How to save money to travel? This question has been asked so many times to me, so I decided to make a post for you! I know that traveling can be really expensive and hard to afford. But if you follow these tips, I promise you can really save money and travel more!
Before becoming travel bloggers we saved a lot of money to start traveling. And this is the same thing for every travel blogger or content creator. Today I will give you many tips and tricks to help you to save money to travel! Read on!
How to save money to travel?
1. Don’t spend your money on things you don’t need!
Firstly, don’t spend your money on things you don’t really need. I think this is the most important thing you need to focus on if you want to save money and travel more. If traveling is your passion, make it a priority! Unless you are millionaire you can not be going to the restaurant every day, hang out every night, buy Chanel bags and also travel!
You can’t spend money on everything, so you have to choose between traveling and actually everything else! So if really want to save money and travel more, don’t spend your money on expensive bags, shoes, makeup, restaurants, parties, nightclubs (that can be a real source of impoverishment! lol), cars, home furniture and so on. The list is long!
2. Sell all the things you don’t need anymore!
Secondly, take a minute and think about what you really need at your home and what you could sell. You have too many clothes in your closet that you don’t wear anymore? Too many shoes? gear that you don’t use anymore? sell it! Someone will be happy to have it and you can save money. There are multiples platforms online to sell your stuff.
3. Organize your trips in advance
This tip can really help you to save money. When you book your plane tickets and hotels in advance the prices are usually lower. Planes and hotels are managed by the yield management, so more places are available, less the price will be expensive. You should book your trip at least 4 weeks in advance so you can save money.
4. Be flexible on the dates
If you are flexible on the dates, you can save a lot! I don’t know if you have noticed it, but when you’re searching for a flight for a particular day, sometimes you can see flights for the day after for half the price! And yes, unfortunately, some days are cheaper than others.
Most of the time it is more expensive to leave on a Saturday and Sunday than on a Tuesday. But it really depends. So the more flexible you are the best rates you will find! You just have to compare the prices and choose the best day. I can advise you to search on Skyscanner which is an amazing price comparator online.
5. Travel during low season
If you can, try to travel in the low or middle season, it will be less expensive and there will be fewer tourists! Of course, check the weather before and don’t travel to Asian countries during the wet season or Europe in winter.
But for example, you should avoid going to Thailand in January/February because it is the high season. You can go there in March/April. This is what we have done last year. The weather was really nice and it was less touristy. Also, you should avoid visiting Bali during July/August but more in June or September. You can search for all the best times to visit a destination on the Lonely planet.
6. Compare, compare and compare!
Some destinations are more expensive than others. It also depends on where you are based and the distance you have to fly to. But if you take time to make a lot of research you will find a hotel/Airbnb that fits your budget. If you can’t find a hotel, search for an apartment. Also, if your current airline company is too expensive, don’t be afraid to try another one!
We often compare hotels on Bookings and apartments on Airbnb.
7. Change your way of transport!
If the flights are still too expensive, think about taking a train, renting a car or taking a boat. Always think that you have several possibilities. Even if some of them take more time, be patient, take books with you 😉
Last year we have done a road trip in Italy with Interrail and it was an amazing experience! Check our post about our Europe tour with an Interrail pass here!
8. Travel close to your country!
Most of the time we want to go far to discover new cultures, new landscapes, live a unique experience… But sometimes the closest countries can be so unique and epic! For example, for the Frenchies, we can visit amazing and very different countries close to France. We can go to Morocco, Italy, Greece, Baleares, Switzerland Turkey or Jordan in the low season with a small budget!
9. Rent your apartment
When you are not at home, you can rent your apartment on Airbnb or other platforms. It is a good way to save money while traveling and finance your trips. Also, if you have a second room, you can rent it while you are at home. It’s a good way to earn money and meet people from all over the world!
So you want to travel more?
If you make travel a priority in your life, I promise you will travel more! It really is a matter of priority. You can always travel if you really want it and if you are ready to make some concessions!
I hope this post will be helpful to you! Please let me know in the comments 😉 you can also read my other posts about all my travel tips here!