Most of the time, people think they can't travel because they don't have enough money. Too many commitments and expenses they said. Is it true that, most of us certainly have expenses we can’t cut. But, we definitely can reduce our set costs, and find other ways to save money for travel.
If you want to start travel, the first thing that you need is to create a budget. And of course, it will involve proper planning as well. For instance; how much you are willing to spend per day for accommodations? How about transportation etc?
When you are done with your budgeting, set a date (goal) when you are planning to travel. When I'm travelling abroad, I always set it 3 months earlier. First month, buy the air tickets. Second month, accommodation and finally, third month for expenses over there.
Here are some simple and creative ways to cut your expenses :
#1. Track Your Expenses
As most people (me too) don’t have a budget so the first thing you need to do is to save money. The best way is to know where does all your money go. You will be shock on the unnecessary spending that you've made and how much you can save after that.
Start tracking your expenses. Do a simple record or spreadsheet if you want. Nowadays, there are a lot of expenses tracker apps too, uses any of it to track yours.
#2. Separate Your Travel Budget
First thing to do after you receive any payments or salary, deduct 30% for your future or emergency fund. Then, settle all the commitments. Then decide how much you are willing to put aside for your journey.
Keep these travel savings separate from your everyday accounts to help you avoid spending it wherever possible.
#3. Cut the coffee
Let's assume you get your daily caffeine fix from Starbucks and do a simple calculation.
Say you need at least a cup of coffee at RM15 per cup. A week will cost you about, RM105; that's RM330 per month! Enough to buy one way ticket to Bali or return tickets to Krabi!