Life is short- first, we’re so young and tender and Voila! Old age comes knocking.
I made a personal choice to enjoy every day, cultivate a minimalist approach to certain things, guard my happiness, improve my mental health and explore the world within the ambit of my budget.
Guess what? It’s paying off massively!
The first time I conceived the idea of taking short and long trips for vacations and so on, it seemed like it was unachievable considering how much I had at that time.
But I’m not one to give up so easily- so I began to look for the best ways to save money for my very first trip.
Friends, I did! And when I returned, I happily ticked this feat off my bucket list, and ever since, I’ve used the same methods to plan for other trips.
Well, I’m excited to finally have a medium to share what has worked for me, and it’s my hope that as you put these tips to use, you’ll check more items off your bucket list and enjoy life to the fullest- while you can.
Have A Realistic Budget
I found that to create a budget is one thing, but to stick to it is another. Well, my zeal to travel was empowering enough; hence I was willing to do what it takes.
Like me, you can sit down and create a budget; that way, you’ll be able to keep track of your spending, and you would not be lured easily to spend on just anything, except it’s absolutely unavoidable.
Don’t Book Hastily
After making the decision to take the trip, don’t be hasty about your travel or hotel booking, else you may end up spending more than you bargained.
Do some research online, and you could find one or more minimalist hotels that are just as comfortable.
If you have friends who have been to the same city you plan to visit, it’s okay to ask them for suggestions on how you can get the best price cuts on your travel expenses.
Sell Your Crap
Have you got used items at home that are just taking up space? Sell them and add that money up to what you already have!
This just reminds me of the trip I was planning to take to see some monumental sites in London; I took a deliberate tour around my attic to find items that I had no plans to use anymore, and I made quite some money off them.
Save On Transport Expenses
For short distances, skip the car and take the bus or – better yet – if your stop’s not too far, enjoy a stroll!
I took the bus to work before, covered short distances on foot, and ensured I enjoyed myself while at it. I saved the money I’d have spent on gas, possibly tickets for road misconduct, vehicle maintenance costs, etc, and to my delight, my travel savings increased!
This minimalist approach has been a win-win every time I had to use it.
If you’re planning on your next trip, you can commit to these tips and reap the rewards.
Be sure to let me know the methods that worked best for you, and don’t forget to share your travel experience with me.
Remember, you only live once!