Some say ‘Travel is for the rich‘ and some just work a bit harder for making travel a part of their life. Most of my friends from the travel community work full-time or have families & responsibilities but still, they make travel a priority. In today’s era, we are surrounded by extremely costly smartphones, Macs‘, iPads‘ & other high techs well apart from our routine expenses. Some of us bore the burden of debts, loans, & EMI’s, including me. Yet, I save for my trips, some domestic & few international. So, I’m going to share all the tips & tricks I use to save money for travel even with debt. Believe me, I’ll not recommend selling all your stuff for travel – really no!
How to save money for travel even with debt?
If you have a full-time job and dream of all those whimsical places posted almost everywhere on the social media channels, you’re in the right place. I am a travel blogger with a full time (read demanding) job in IT in Delhi. So, when it comes to a full-time job in a corporate, it’s all about showcasing your best self…oh yeah work too 😉 When I say showcase, I mean how to dress properly. When I think of my job, it’s my means of paying for my travels, not a passion (hoping my boss isn’t reading it 😁). Working in a corporate means you have to maintain a lifestyle, latest fashion trends, costly make-up and *literally* clothes ripping costly tech like iPhone. So let me tell you that I do have an iPhone but it was before I started blogging so I’m excluding myself comfortably here.
1. Shop Online
I see women around me dressing up in the latest fashion from Zara, Mango and many more like them. I am a shopaholic too, but what I do – I resist the urge to buy from these fancy stores. Sale season is the key! Sites like Myntra in India offer 75-80% discount during sales which is how I take my share of the latest fashion.
2. Save on makeup
I don’t use makeup, just a Kohl and a lipstick which also costs a fortune, well sometimes. So, I buy the necessities which usually lasts 4-5 months depending upon my low usage. When I say low usage – I mean I hardly retouch my lipstick after I apply it once. And I look just fine. I might not look attractive, but I’m fine with it. Another alternative is to use a lip balm with a tint. I use Avon’s strawberry one which is a partner since my childhood days. So, be your natural self, enjoy a bit of makeup & save money for travel.
I know tech is an important part of our lives. No matter how costly or budgeted, it’s an evil necessity. But it doesn’t mean you have to spend 1000$ on an iPhone which will be obsolete in a year. And I’m not saying you have to go with a Nokia 1200 but anything between 100-200$ should give you a decent phone. Plus it’s safe, even if you lose it or it gets damaged then you won’t regret investing a hefty amount in it. So, keep an eye out for the tech reviews & buy a cheaper one to save money for travel.
4. Saving Plan
When I say a saving plan, I don’t mean the investment plan with hefty instalments. I usually go with smaller recurring deposits with smaller maturity period. I opt for more than one deposit account if I plan to travel internationally. I am associated with a bank which gives me the option of flexible recurring deposit. I chose one exclusively for my travel needs & I refill it as per how my monthly expenses go. It gives me freedom & a sense of accumulating the extra money whatever I have; no matter how small. It is like my piggy bank.
5. Cut down on Eating out
I will not say never here. I am a die-hard foodie and love all the junk food, lattes, and exquisite gourmet restaurants. Yet, I tend to eat out once in a while & have a rather *decent* home-made coffee to save extra bucks. We don’t realise it enough how much these little expenses shoot up when we dine out. So, I skip the fancy restaurants for special occasions and save money for travel.
6. Opt for Kindle books
I say it with a really heavy heart that I love books, the smell of a new book & the bookstores persuade me many times into buying them. However, I noticed the Kindle editions are really cheaper than the paperback ones. I don’t own a Kindle or iPad yet, but I intend to buy to suit my reading & travel needs. So, I’d rather enjoy reading on a kindle & save money for travel as well.
7. Go Green – Chose Public Transport
I admit it shamelessly I am a big fan of Delhi Metro and loved commuting through public transport in trams & subways in Europe too. Although cabs & cars expose us to a different side of a place, they are insanely costly. Plus the pollution they cause. I’d rather spend looking out of the window of a metro than a car, what would you do? Also, as a responsible tourist, I guess it is a decision we all should go for.
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Bonus Tip about how to save money for travel even with debt –
8. Put Smaller portions to use
I have realised travelling is definitely not cheap, especially to international destinations from India. Flights and hotels rip apart the majority chunk from the budget. I have to admit, I have been in debt in the last 2 years and yet I fulfilled my travel dream. On top of that, I also managed to pay huge portions of my loan with most of these tips.
But would you like to know what really helped me plan how to save money for travel? Here it is – I save smaller amounts of money, seriously, no matter how small. I have saved as little as 1$ too. Every week I calculate my expenses & estimate how much I can save with what am I left with. As I have opted for a flexi-plan, I now refill it with 8$ every week taking my saving to another level. These are the ones I plan to use for my international trip this year because honestly, I think travelling in our own country is comparatively cheaper.
So these are my some tips through which I have been saving & travelling all these years & hope to do so in the coming years. Does any of these tips to save money you’d like to put to use?
– The Wanderer