When I tell people of all the travelling that I plan to do, a lot of those people look at me like I’m a little crazy; like how will I afford it and that they could never do such a thing. But it’s really not as difficult as some may think.
Saving money for travel may take some trial and error, will power and a definite change in priorities. But when it comes right down to it, it’s really quiet simple.
First of all, let me just mention that if you really do your research and get ahold of some maps, there should be plenty of nearby adventures worth your while that hardly will cost a dime!
But if your thinking on a broader scale, some advice that I have would be to first get an airline credit card (check out my recommendation on one of my last post here).
Though a lot of my upcoming travels will be on wheels, the sooner you get an airline credit card, the better.
One good way to make money on the side is selling a lot of things just taking up space in your house.
Go through your closet and get rid of all the things you never wear. Sell the extra bedding you have, the heels you never wear, the tools you never use, the dishes collecting dust. It will feel good to empty your house of clutter.
I recommend selling on OfferUp, Let Go, Craigslist and local buy and sell Facebook groups. You can also bring your clothes to a local Plato’s Closet.
If you really want to go above and beyond, sell just about everything from wall art to furniture! but only do this if you plan on travelling in an R.V or van.
You could also cancel subscriptions that you don’t take enough advantage of. You’re $40 gym membership (work out at home!) or your Birchbox subscription. These little things add up.
I’m telling you, it’s all about how much you truly want to travel/how far.
Saving your spare change in a jar is not overrated either. Give your change a designated jar that you will not touch!
Another tool I recently took advantage of, is an app called Qapital. This app is connected to your bank account and rounds up your transactions by two dollars and deposits it into your fund, until you’d like to cash it out.
This is helpful because it’s out of your hands, this little bit of change can add up to a lot within a year or so.
One other way to make quick money is with gigs on Craigslist. Labor work, event gigs and odd jobs; these all make good money fast! Though I warn you to be extra careful for scammed.
The last piece of advice I have to save money is to donate plasma. I have yet to do this, but I plan on it. Some local places in Spokane to donate plasma is CSL Plasma and Octapharma Plasma, though they are all over the U. S.
You can make about $75 a week for three hours (one hour each) to donate plasma. If you do that for a few months and put that money straight into your travel jar, you can collect a good amount of money.
You’ll notice that you can save thousands of dollars if you commit to this fund, with hardly saving any money from your own pay check.