Saving Extra Money for Travel

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

So, J and I are a primarily one income family, but we have decided to make travel a priority for our family. We live as cheaply as we can (Hello two room apartment!) and we generally don't spend money on stuff we don't need. To contribute to saving for travel I have picked up a few tutoring students on the side of my normal part-time job and that money goes directly into a bucket that I designated a travel fund.

If you remember my post about Places I'd Love to Visit in 2015, you'll know that Greece is really high up on that list. I'm thinking April vacation on some sunny island in Greece. To make this dream a reality I'm been dropping all of the extra money I earn into a box that I've decorated with an image of Greece.

I know this is absolutely not rocket science nor a fabulous budgeting trick - and is pretty much the same as a piggy bank - but it works. Having the simple feedback of seeing an image of where I want to go and stashing my money in a jar (actually a chocolate container) works wonders. I've seen a few awesome versions of a money saving jar on Pinterest and have collected my favorites on a Pinterest board here.

Check out my non-arts and crafty handiwork...






Do you have any simple tips you use to save money for travel? Where are you saving to visit?

8 comments:

  1. Italy is my top "to visit" but Greece is up there too! x

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    1. Italy is so wonderful! I bet you could find relatively cheap tickets from London to several airports using Ryan Air or Wyzz Air. I hope you get there soon :)

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  2. I LOVE THIS POST!! We are a two income family, however, when you have kids finding travel money becomes so much more difficult. I budget a monthly travel savings, for short terms (weekends), mid-term (summer trips) and long term (far away destinations for 1-3 years out).

    I LOVE your idea of a Greece savings box and I'm sure you'll find you fill it in no time (and your craft skills are awesome!).

    Good luck and know that other budget travelers are right there with you!

    I will be starting a monthly linkup about travel for travel and NON-travel bloggers who blog about local destinations called #reasonstoTRAVEL, please let me know if you would be interested in co-hosting.

    I was thinking of making the linky open all month and posting it on all of my weekly travel posts to make it easier to manage but I'm open to suggestions.

    So far Chasing the Donkey and Como Perdese in Espagna are interested in co-hosting and I would love to have you as well!

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    1. Thank you! I've actually been thinking of starting a long term destination savings box as well (I really want to go to Thailand!). I love that you have three different trip categories - so do we!

      Also, I would absolutely love to link up with and/or co-host #reasonstoTRAVEL! Just let me know the details! Thank you so much for thinking of me :)

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    2. I will send you an email re: #reasonstoTRAVEL - do you like the name or would you prefer to change it. I'm SO EXCITED TO HAVE YOU ON BOARD!!!!

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    3. I LOVE the name! I think it is perfect! I look forward to your email and I'm excited to be involved :)

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  3. Oh good idea - I mean I usually try to put money aside and if I don't buy something like a coffee or a shirt I'll put that money aside for a travel - still feels like I'm spending and it fills me with happiness :)

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    1. Exactly! And it makes me less tempted to spend that money on clothes if I know I have a trip coming up.

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