You’re sitting in your bed, your couch, or at your desk, perhaps somewhere else, bundled up in sweaters and thick scarves, thinking to yourself ‘how am I going to survive until summer?‘. With your New Year’s resolutions still in mind, whether or not you have this one particular thing on your list, even though im sure most of you do, it’s time to get out of there and put traveling on your resolutions list.
Not only is traveling healthy and good for you, in terms of living a happier life because you get to get out of your usual surroundings, but it’s also a really good mood booster since you get to experience a lot more, and it’s so much better than looking at the world through your smartphone or computer screen.
But the number one reason most people, including me, don’t get out and see the world more is the gut wrenching thought of budget. But just because you don’t have a lot of money now, doesn’t mean you can’t save up and get out where you want to be. It’s possible, even the smallest amount can be beneficial! That’s why I decided to write this post, because in between planning and dreaming about my own trips this year, I realized a lot of people believe they can’t get out and see the world due to budget and economy. So fret not, friends, I got you covered!
Create a separate savings account.
If you own a credit card, chances are you have a savings account. Now, start off by creating a separate savings account, and name it or mark it for the destination in mind. What you do is make automatic withdrawals every month from your account to the savings account. At first, this sounds like a waste, since you already have two accounts, but even if you don’t have a trip in mind, it helps to keep some money aside, for spontaneous and maybe impulsive weekend trips to longer overseas traveling. Withdrawing every month to this account, you’ll start seeing results after a while, and it’ll make spending abroad easier and guilt-free, since the amount of money will increase without thought.
Any transfer counts, big or small.
Got a few dollars from last month? Transfer to your savings account. Didn’t wanna splurge on those lovely boots you saw at the mall? Transfer to your savings account. Any big or small transfers make a difference, especially when they’re frequent. Think about the times you wanted to go for a latte, but didn’t want to spend money on that, instead, transfer to your savings account. It’s a smart move, and it’ll be worth it in the long run.
Stash loose change.
There are still places that only take cash.. why? I don’t know. But take all the loose change you have, and stash them in a jar somewhere, mark them as vacation money, activity money, anything. Not only can you use them to round up the money with your travel ticket, but you can save it for something else while youre traveling, like tips, donations, or meals.
Apply for extra work.
Extra cash and savings aren’t enough, sorry to burst the bubble. But it’s fairly easy to earn all the extra cash by taking up extra work, whether its babysitting, setting up cake booths, selling unwanted clothing or other stuff, renting out rooms, you name it. And don’t tell me you don’t have the time, because you can compensate for all the hours spent watching Netflix and binge-eating. Off you go!
Ever heard of mood boards? They’re all over Tumblr, Pinterest, and on walls at home. And theres a reason they exist! Mood boards for your travel destinations are a great way to keep you on track and motivated to keep working to get where you want to be. Whether it’s a mood board, a background picture on your phone, a picture on your computer, a note in your journal, it’ll help push you in the right direction of staying focused and making the best out of both what you got and what you can get. So don’t lose hope! You will get there!