Traveling and experiencing all this world has to offer has become a necessity for me. The everyday grind of life can get overwhelming, but knowing that my next adventure is just a few weeks or months away is a treat! It’s something to look forward to, like a kid waiting for Christmas day to arrive. That’s the type of excitement and anticipation I feel while waiting for my next adventure.
With that being said, these adventures are not cheap. Especially when you plan two or three a year, so until I find ways to get paid for my travel, I need to get creative. I need to find more creative ways to save. Below are a couple things I’m doing or looking to implement.
1. Re-work Your Ongoing Expenses
We all have necessary expenses but are there any “phantom expenses”? Expenses that are so small that you didn’t know they were costing you money. Money that could be used for TRAVEL! So go through your weekly and monthly expenses to see what you can eliminate or scale back. (Cable, reduce phone bill, memberships, Starbucks)
2. Open a Dedicated Travel Savings Account
Designate this as your “Do Not Touch Account”. Have money automatically drafted from your checking and deposited into this account. As little as $30 a pay period can make all the difference.
3. No More Pampered Princess
Being a woman is a lot of work. We get our hair done, we wax everything, get the gel nails, some of us tan and all that “ISH” can get pretty expensive. So cut back. I wear my hair natural most of the time so I reduce the visits to my stylist. Now I see her about once every three months. I also do my own manicures and pedicures. (I don't like people touching my feet anyway)
4. Reinvent Your Wardrobe
Shopping has slowly become my least favorite pass time and besides, I have enough clothes in my closet to create a new wardrobe every day. Shop in your closet instead and resist the urge to buy. Remember, "sale" does not mean "shop". Try it for a month and see how much money you can save. (Its all going towards your travel fund)
5. Become Your Own Chef
So much money is spent on eating out. Although it’s not my favorite thing to do, I have recognized how much money I save by cooking. I plan my meals and stick with the stuff I know. The best part is that I have leftovers to last me for a day or two.
6. Social Spending SMH
This is my struggle. I love a brunch, happy hour or day party; however this expense can get out of control. Now I’m saying no to a lot of things or just reducing how often I go to happy hour. Inviting my friends over to my spot or going to things that are “free” are at the top of my list now.
Lastly, if you have the time, pick up a part time job/side-hustle that’s not too demanding and you can work at your leisure. This can be very helpful when you know you have an adventure approaching. I know “UBER” is hiring.
These are just a couple things I’m doing. Do you have any tips? Please share!
Enjoy the Journey,