How to Save for Your TripThe trick to going on any vacation and having fun is planning smart, especially when it comes to money. For example, finding out if you need to save up and exactly how much to save is a crucial start so you don't find yourself running out of money during your trip. Check out these top 9 money-saving tips:
The first important step to take in order to save money is to have constant reminders of why you're doing it.
Set A Goal:The first step to saving money is to have constant reminders of why you're doing it. A map with pins placed on a wall showing the countries you'd like to visit will provide you with a much-needed reminder. Then work on reducing your spending by simplifying your life. Sell the "stuff" you don't need and keep the essentials, or start looking for ways to earn some extra income if possible.
Create a Travel Fund and Stay Dedicated:A travel credit card, if available at your bank, can provide you with “free” money, rooms, and/or flights once you’ve acquired enough miles and points. Here's a tip: make sure to check out the incentives when you're making a big purchase, they might involve a trip. Lastly, make sure you feed your account frequently. Whether it's monthly, weekly or even daily - remember that it doesn't need to be a large sum, something as little as 5 USD, for example, can make a huge difference.
Quit Dining Out and Learn to cook:Constantly eating out is ridiculously expensive. Instead, save up by clipping coupons and learning how to cook for yourself (if you don’t already). The Food Network and other cooking blogs have numerous delicious recipes that are easy to start with, not to mention quick to prepare. Make sure to focus on unprocessed foods that will keep you healthy and filled up. Lastly, minimize your impulse purchases by create a shopping list when you go grocery shopping and stick to it.
Evaluate Your Spending:Create two separate lists of your "wants" and “needs” for weekly or monthly spending. Once you've done that, decide what it is you need to spend money on and start eliminating things listed in the "wants" column.
Ditch Subscriptions and Memberships:Unsubscribe to magazines, newspapers and any unnecessary memberships. For example, instead of paying for a gym membership, you could get out there and work out outdoors, whether it’s walking, running or swimming…etc.
Cut Back on Utilities:For starters, cut the landline if possible, because in this day and age, you don't need to have both a landline and a cellphone. This way, you will reduce your utility bill.
Secondly, get rid of the cable. Getting rid of the cable bill will be useful in two different ways. First, you will no longer be bombarded with advertisements that guilt you into buying things you don't need. Second, the upside of getting rid of your cable is that you won't have to pay a mighty bill. There are various websites online that allow you to stream movies and shows legally.
Dump Bad Habits:If you're a smoker, you might want to consider giving up this habit due to the fact that you could save more than 2000 USD per year. For an average U.S. citizen who smokes up to 3 packs a day, the savings might exceed 3500 USD per year. How much would you save?
Cutting back on your alcohol consumption is also an excellent method of saving up. A few tips that might help tremendously in your attempts to cut back on alcohol is only going out with limited cash, have a drink or two before heading out, and look for freebies because bars often offer specials on their website. Lastly, make use of the happy hour and instead of ordering individual drinks, opt for pitchers.
Enhance Your Network:Building a network on a website such as SuperCoucou is essential, because as you befriend the locals, you might receive free accommodation when you travel. However, there are tricks to building your network if you're new to the website such as finding a tribe and joining it. Not only will you be making new friends, but you’ll join discussions, and have a network that you can take advantage of once you reach your travel destination.
Here’s How SuperCoucou can help:There are several ways you can save up on transportation before and during a trip. For example, getting around a city on your own two feet is obviously the best and healthiest way to save money. However, investing in a bike is also a healthy and inexpensive way to get around. There are also many affordable accommodation options that you might not have considered. Here’s how we at SuperCoucou can help:
Flights:SuperCoucou really tries to reduce costs on flights to ensure that our travelers have the best possible travel experience with minimal expenses.
Transfers:Like the flights offered on our platform, SuperCoucou searches for leading suppliers to provide the best transfers at reasonable costs, and presents them to you.
Communities:By joining our communities, users can quickly post questions or tips they have in regards to saving money on transportation and accommodation in different countries, cities, and areas. This enables travelers from around the world to share essential information and advice on how to move around and where to stay. For instance, taxis in major cities like New York can be a bit over-priced, and the traffic is awful. However, the Big Apple is armed with a major subway that’ll save you valuable time and money.
Hotels:Ranging from 3 to 5-star hotels, SuperCoucou offers a vast number of accommodation standards to fit different budgets and travelers’ needs. For example, some may want 5-star hotels for various reasons (such as using their spa facilities); however, others may prefer the inexpensive option. Another prime example of finding suitable accommodation for a reasonable price is comparing prices found for hotels in Manhattan, New York to those of the prices found in Brooklyn or Hoboken.
That’s not all: we wrote a whole chapter on Transportation and Accommodation. Check it out.
Saving Money On Your TripThere are excellent solutions for traveling on a budget. In this part of the chapter we’ll talk about finding cheap accommodation, cheap airfare, group tours, choosing local transport, buying food and much more to help you save money while traveling.
Saving Money on NutritionFirst thing would be to plan your meals, and by plan, we mean eat something before you go on that two or three-hour long city tour. You may get so hungry that you’ll end up paying a lot of money for a snack or a mediocre meal at a poorly-selected restaurant. Remember your school lunch boxes? They’re perfect when you’re on the go. If you’re staying at a Bed and Breakfast, don’t skip the meal you’ve already paid for, and if you’re in a hurry, ask for some food to-go.
Always use this rule: Eat hearty breakfasts and lunches, and light dinners –
It’s healthier for your metabolism and easier on your wallet. So if your accommodation includes any cooking utensils, use them to cook for yourself; it’s always economical to go to a grocery store and prepare your meal from scratch. If you don’t have any cooking equipment whatsoever, bring some canned food or make a simple sandwich.
Saving money while shoppingBefore going on a shopping spree, be very careful about the exchange rates for different currencies. A lot of money exchange offices offer bad rates, so reserve some of your pre-travel research time to choose places where you can get real rates. If you plan on going shopping, use your tourist-status to your advantage by shopping at Duty-free shops. They might not be appealing to everyone, but you’ll find the best deals if you consider the tax return.
Many countries offer tax refunds for vacation shopping, and these can be real bargains.
The reason why they are not so well-known is the paper trouble: fill out some forms, bring your passport and proof that you are a visitor (boarding pass or similar). The easiest way is to ask directly at the customer service because some retailers offer tax refunds for foreign visitors on the spot (or they fill out the paperwork for you).
Lastly, even if you are a tourist, try to avoid the tourist hubs in the city, because these places are not so much worth the attention and are ridiculously expensive.
Saving Money While SharingThe sharing economy is on the rise, and everybody loves it. There are many apps for things like carpooling, but not all of them are present globally, so ask around and choose the best one for you.
If you feel queasy about traveling with a stranger, always carry a charged phone, notify your friends about your itinerary and pay for your ride beforehand or during the booking process. The SuperCoucou platform is a mix of social sharing and traveling which allows you and your friends or like-minded people around the world to create travel groups and get the best travel deals.
Another way to ask for the support of the community is to set up a crowd-funding page. Yes, you can ask for help to fund your dream trip. When you create your request, it’s always better to have a good reason behind it. Do you want to volunteer, write a novel, or help the local communities some other way? Share this with the Internet crowd and they may choose to support you.