Recently I wrote an article explaining how I planned my trip to Europe. I’m not a person who makes thousands of dollars a month, in fact I live on a minimal salary. My goal was to go to Europe without having to increase my workload, this lead me to think of ways to save money so that I can afford a European vacation.
Granted most of us love to travel, it’s just in our blood, but many of us can’t afford the costs that come with the idea of traveling overseas. Or so we think. Here is a list of ways to save money for your big trip:
Figure Out Your Current Expenses
The very first thing you need to do is figure out where your money is going every month or week if you want to get very specific. Itemize everything and see where you can cut back. Find the things that are not necessary and can be cut for a few months while you save. This will really help.
Find Your Destination
Whatever your dream destination may be, you need to figure out how much it’s going to cost. How much does it cost to do the things you want to do and see? Try to get a nice figure in your head so that you can starting planning and saving for it.
Create A Budget
Ah, so this is the part that most people fear. Setting a budget and actually sticking to it is very hard, but it’s very crucial. This does require some discipline, but sticking to it will help you to achieve your goal in the time you need. One thing that you can do is to create a document with your upcoming income and expenses. This can greatly help you actually see what your budget is rather than just taking a guess.
Don’t Lose Focus
During the coming months of saving for your trip you are going to need to focus and keep your eye on the prize. This is when you need to make sure you are dreaming of all the fun you’re going to have on your trip. Does that beer or wine look great right now? Maybe hold off on buying that drink since it will save you quite a bit of money to use for your trip. Small decisions will help you achieve your goal.
If you stick to these simple tips you should succeed in being able to travel to wherever you desire. Sure, it’s going to take some time, but it’s all worth it in the long run.