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How To Start Saving For Your Next Trip


I love traveling and have been doing so for as long as I can remember. As the only girl in my family, and also the youngest, whenever my mom traveled I was most likely the one going along with her. My brothers are both 12 and 13 years older than I am, so by the time I was about 6, they were on their way to college so it was just me. When I had my own family I decided that family vacations were a must, it's a great way to bond and I'm hoping that they will do the same with their own family. Planning for your next trip, however can take a toll on your mind and wallet, but it doesn’t have to! You see, there are ways to start saving for your next trip now. Remember those little piggy banks full of change you had as a young child? Why not have your own adult versions of the change piggy bank? That’s just one idea on how you can start saving for your next trip, read on to learn some easy ways to start saving for your next trip!



Wait Until The Last Minute to Book
While you may be proactive in nature and wish to plan out the entire trip early enough so you can sit back to worry about the little to-do’s before leaving, you may want to wait until the last minute to book. Whether you are booking a place to stay, travel arrangements or tickets for an event; remember the early bird pays more. As time goes on and places want to fill the empty slots, the rates get lower. Keep this in mind when you want to book your travel plans in advance.

Cut Back on Unnecessary Spending
If going on a trip is important for personal or business reasons, then you must think ahead now as to how you can save some cash. Many of us spend money on items that aren't necessary, the sales are tempting, but do you really need everything you buy? Look around in your home to see what you have on hand, and what you can cut back on spending during the duration of saving for your next trip. There certainly will be a few unnecessary items you purchase on a regular that can go away as a means to save for your next trip. Think about cutting back on going to the movies or even dinner and do less take out and more making your own dinner.


Pick Up An Easy Side Job
Whether you are looking online or locally, there are many odd jobs you can do for others as an easy side job to start saving for your next trip. Uber drivers are needed; some people need someone to go grocery shopping for them, while others may just want a friend for the day. Look around your local area to see what tasks people are hiring for, this could be an easy way to give up a couple hours a day to make extra cash to save for your next trip.

Create A Trip Savings Account
Go to your bank and create a savings account that is solely designated for traveling only. If you are someone who travels a lot you may not be able to accumulate a boatload of cash, but you can certainly use this as a place to set aside the money you save by booking last minute, spending less on those unnecessary items and picking up that easy side job.


There are so many tiny adjustments you can make in life as a means to start saving for your next trip, we hope you will use these four tips to start saving for your next trip. If you have more to add, please leave a comment and tell me what ways you work to save money for your trips?

Annmarie John
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  1. Good tips. I think for most people who can somewhat afford to travel in the first place, it's all about priorities. I make travel a priority over most things so it makes it easier to save.

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    1. You're right. Travel is a priority for me as well so I make sure to save exclusively for it.

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  2. Having just returned from Disney and wanting to go back again, this couldn't have come at a better time. Definitely great advice and thank you for sharing!!

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    1. I saw the pics and I know you had an amazing time. You better start saving once again.

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  3. Vacations are definitely something that we need to do more of. We tend to do staycations - which are fun, but it would be nice to get away once in a while :-)

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    1. Oh it's always nice to get away. Staycations can be great as well.

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  4. All great trips! We do a lot of planning ahead and scouring for discounts so that our savings will stretch a little further and we can splurge on something we didn't plan on.

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    1. That's a great idea. Discounts truly do help out a lot.

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  5. I travel 175+ days a year for work so sometimes staying home feels like vacation for me LOL. I hoard my points and miles. We've been able to do a lot thanks to those. Just went to NYC for my birthday in May and 4 first class tickets were $44.80 -total. Miles and points (from responsible credit card usage) save so much!

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    1. That's a lot of work travel but that's also great prices for 4 first class tickets. I have a cash back card but maybe I need one for miles and points too. :)

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  6. Wow, this are very unconventional tips lol I never heard of them but good to know. I actually thought that booking with time was cheaper. Oh well, we learn new things every day.

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    1. They're not really unconventional. Saving and cutting back on unnecessary spending aren't unconventional at all but simple common sense. :)

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  7. I always look at my biggest expense outside of my house payment, and look to see how I could reduce it by 20%. I then take those saving and literally put them in my savings account. Works every time!

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    1. That's a great strategy. I need to start doing that myself.

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  8. Picking up a side job, or a side hustle, as we like to call it, is a great way to save for a trip. I am saving for a Disney vacation with my family by doing my side hustle.

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    1. That's a great idea and I'm sure you'll have lots of fun when you go there.

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  9. These are some really great tips. I can't wait for our next holiday but I really do need to save. I'll get started right away.

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    1. If you're wanting to go away for a holiday, I would say that starting to save now is a good idea.

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  10. I love your post! I never had the extra money to just spend on a vacation but I love to travel. I have competed with myself to see how much money I could save each grocery trip and then put those savings in my travel fund! It seemed to work for me, was fun, and made me really appreciate each penny saved.

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    1. That's a great way to save for a vacation too. You truly do appreciate the money you save when you barely have any to save.

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  11. I'm planning a trip for October and have started a vacation savings account. Hopefully, I will have enough saved for my trip by the time it happens.

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    1. I hope you do and if you don't you can always postpone your trip for another date.

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  12. I think travel is so important and love giving my family experiences versus gifts. I think that is something you can add too that sometimes instead of a big gift a gift of travel (even just an overnight trip) is an awesome present.

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    1. That is so true. I prefer to give the gift of travel myself since I love traveling and creating new experiences.

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  13. We are saving up for a trip right now and we are so excited! It is going to be so much fun!

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  14. Great tips. With a little planning and budgeting vacations are not a financial burden.

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    1. That is true indeed. You don't want to feel like you also don't have the money for a vacation when you do take one.

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  15. Great tips my friend!

    I should start stowing money away for my next trip. I don't plan on flying anywhere but I would love to take a jaunt to the mountains or Victoria!

    Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo

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    1. Oh that sounds amazing and I wish I could go along with you.

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  16. My daughter's dancing school is going to be doing a cruise in about a year, so these are great tips for me to save for it!

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    1. It's never too early to start saving especially when it's an expensive trip. The sooner you start the easier it will be.

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  17. We have the change jar in our house. You will be surprised how much it adds up to after a while. We don't really have the need for a trip since our kids are so little so we just use it on a fun outing.

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    1. The change jar is such a great idea and the change tends to add up quickly.

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  18. Taking a step back and seeing what you can stop spending on is something that most people could do. There is something frivolous in your life that you could give up while saving for a trip :)

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    1. Oh I have tons of frivolous things. I've cut back on the video games for the kids. They play for a week then they're bored.

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  19. It's funny because we haven't booked Alaska yet, for next month, but the prices have dropped a bit. So we know what we're doing after all! I think..
    I usually pick up one large summer job to be used for most of our following winter Disney trip. It's usually either photographing a wedding or doing a blog ambassadorship. Something that makes a large difference!

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    1. Yes the prices do drop significantly right before you fly. I did the same when we were going to the UK and it paid off.

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  20. Very useful tips!! I love this!

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    1. Thank you Brody, I hope they work for you.

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  21. These are all great tips. I need to remember them when I book my next trip. It seems that I never have enough money saved when it pops up.

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    1. Please remember and maybe the next time you'll have enough.

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  22. I need to start saving for my next trip. My husband and I are hoping for a big trip to celebrate our anniversary!

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    1. That sounds great. We're planning a cruise next year and I'm hoping that it does happen.

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  23. Huh. Never thought of booking tickets at the last minute. Usually I book way ahead in advance because I always assumed it's cheaper that way. But I guess, I see your point in booking very last minute when they're throwing out cheap tickets. Then, I'd worry if I might not get the cheap tickets and forfeit all the other bookings I made though.

    I pretty much very OCD about planning, so I don't think booking last minute is for me. =/

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    1. Well it's not for everyone but you can always check it out the next time you book way in advance.

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  24. We are saving for a trip at the end of the year and do the same thing with the trip savings account, every payday I take a little bit of money and add it to the account so that we barely notice we are saving.

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    1. That's an excellent way and by the time your vacation comes around, you'll be there with your goal.

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