I get asked pretty frequently about how I afford to travel so often. I’m really fortunate to be invited on some amazing trips and given some great opportunities but also all my disposable income does go on travel. Right now, I’m saving up for the biggest trip of my life which I’ll be spending two months travelling across America. As you can imagine, it’s going to be a pretty pricey trip but it’ll be worth it. I thought I would share some of the ways I save money for my little travel addiction. Every penny counts!
Sell, Sell, Sell!
If you know me quite well, you’ll know I’m a borderline hoarder. I’m currently going through all of this stuff I’ve accumulated and either selling, donating or throwing away. Obviously, selling whatever you can is great for making a little extra cash and I’ve been doing so on eBay and Facebook Groups. I am also planning to do a Car Boot sale soon which I usually make around £50. When it comes to clearing out old DVD’s and CD’s I’ve been using Music Magpie where you can scan in your items and send them off. Some CD’s are only worth 20p but it’s better than nothing, right?
Cashback = Free Money!
You’ll have seen the adverts on TV about getting Cashback off your purchases. I was quite sceptical for a while before joining Quidco. You are basically getting free money off purchases you are going to make anyway. Once you’ve joined, you just have to select the retailer before making a purchase so it all gets tracked and then a percentage will be added to your account. It does take a while for it all to be tracked and paid into your account but it eventually gets there. I’ve bookmarked Quidco onto my browser as I kept forgetting to use it but it’s so worth it when you are booking hotels, flights and train travel. I’ve just got £9 back off my flight to America!
If you haven’t joined Quidco already, join here & get £5 when you start spending!
The Zeek App
I was recently introduced to Zeek* which is an app and website where you can buy & sell unwanted gift cards. You can make money from gift cards you don’t really want and avoid spending it in-store for the sake of it. You can also save money on buying gift cards as they sold a little cheaper than their worth. For example, you can find an M&S gift card for £50 been sold for only £40! I picked up a £150 Thomas Cook Gift card for £145, it’s a little saving but helps make my flights cheaper!
If you haven’t joined Zeek already, join here & get £3 off your first purchase!
Student & Youth Travel
I was unaware of this until looking into flights for America but websites such as STA Travel and Student Universe offer amazing deals for Students and Travellers under the age of 26. If you are looking for long-haul flights, I’d recommend checking on those sites first. I’ve managed to find a Virgin flight for £200 instead of £1,000+ and that’s all because I’m under the age of 26. You don’t even have to be a student for these prices.
Start saving the old-fashioned way with a piggy bank! What I’ve been doing is collecting £2 coins, whenever I get one in a shop, I save it for my jar. That way I’m not emptying my purse every once in a while but focusing on collecting one coin. It soon add’s up, I guess it helps that it’s a coin that is worth the most.
Searching for Deals
There are so many deals to be found online, it’s just knowing the right places to find them. I’ve found that dealsdaddy and dealsqueen have a large selection of deals from across the internet to many different sectors including travel. I’ve found many different voucher codes for booking hotels, skiing holidays and even flights. It’s also really worth looking at last minute deals for holidays, there are some great savings to be made if you are able to jet off at the drop of a hat!
Cutting back on things you don’t really need, sounds easy, right? I’m talking about cutting back on takeaways and eating out. Try and meal plan for the week and avoid going for a cheeky Nando’s or getting sucked into Domino’s latest deals. Think about your monthly subscriptions? Do you need them all? I recently cancelled Netflix (shock horror) as aside from Pretty Little Liars I wasn’t watching it anymore.
This kind of links into cutting back but just make sure your prioritise your travelling. Right now, I’m 99% focused on my America trip. As I want to save as much money as possible, I’ve had to turn down a few fun things such as gigs and nights out. When I’ve been shopping, I have to think do I really need a new pair of heels? Usually, the answer is yes but when I think I could use that money on my trip for a meal out in New York or entry to Universal Studios. It makes all the sacrifices worth whilst. They might have better shoes I can buy in America anyway!
Do you have any other ways to save money for travelling? or any ways to save money when booking holidays?
*This post is in collaboration with Zeek