10 Tips on How to Save For Travel

Many people ask us how we make our travel dreams possible and assume we are either lucky or independently wealthy. Well, we are definitely not independently wealthy — and luck usually doesn’t play a big part in realizing your dreams.

We both have had to work for everything we want in our lives. There is no free ride here, unfortunately! We have both just chosen to make travel a priority. And in order to make this happen, we have had to make sacrifices in other areas of our lives.

Luckily, we have both learned the art of saving vigorously. And let me tell you, it definitely is an art and not everyone is willing to do it. We live modest lives, free for the most part of gadgets, new clothes, and eating out often. These are all things that we both consider to be unnecessary.

If you find yourself wondering how others are able to travel the world, these are our best tips on how to save money to travel!

How to Save Money to Travel the World


How to Save Money for Travel


1.) Create a Budget

First and foremost, create a spreadsheet in Excel — or another program — and start tracking every single purchase or payment. Do this for about a month or two to get an idea of where your money gets spent. This is a huge eye opener for some people and from here you can consciously decide how you need to change your spending habits.


2.) Selling Items

Go through your closet, garage, and boxes to find items you are no longer using. Then you can either have a garage sale or sell them online at Amazon, Ebay or Craigslist. Selling your unwanted things can boost your savings dramatically.

3.) Stop Buying

It sounds simple, but it takes a great deal of restraint; especially if you are accustomed to buying the newest gadgets or clothes. The next time you want to buy something, ask yourself if you really need it. Most likely the answer is no. When you do need to buy items, try to buy them used, and when something breaks try fixing it first.

4.) Limit Entertainment

Invite friends over instead of going out, go to places on days they are offering free admission, and look for other free things to do for entertainment. There are definitely plenty of things to do that don’t cost much money.

5.) Get the Best Interest Rate

Do some research to find a good interest bearing savings account. Also, you should never have to pay monthly fees to have an account since many banks offer free checking and savings.

6.) Automatic Transfer to Savings

Once you figure out your budget and the realistic amount that you are able to save, have your bank automatically transfer that amount to your savings every month or every two weeks and do not touch it.

7.) Save on Utilities

If you have cable, get rid of it. This can be beneficial in a couple of ways. You won’t be subjected to guilt-inducing ads and you won’t have to pay the outrageous cable bill. One thing I cannot live without is internet and there are plenty of sites to watch movies and television shows online if you have the urge.

The library is also a great resource for renting DVDs for free. Obviously we are not going to cut out electricity, but here are a few ways to lower your bill. Dry your clothes outside in the summer, turn off all lights when you are not using them, do not use the heat dry cycle on your dishwasher or just wash dishes by hand, and install CFL light bulbs.

8.) Write a list when you go shopping and stick to it

Start eating healthier, unprocessed foods. They are cheaper and you will notice a benefit in your health too! Plan your meals around your grocery store’s sales and when you make meals, make enough for leftovers to bring to work for lunches.

We buy all of our bulk items on Amazon. They have the best prices and we don’t have to pay for a membership.

9.) Gifts:

Give a gift of service or a homemade gift instead of buying an item.

10.) Subscriptions and Memberships:

Get rid of subscriptions to magazines and any memberships you can do without. Go for a run, walk, surf, or ride a bike instead of going to the gym. It’s much more fun too!


While you are saving for your travels, you will need a little reading inspiration and tips to prepare you for your trip. Here are a few more helpful posts to check out:

How to Keep Your Valuables Safe While Traveling

The Secret to Living the Life of Your Dreams

My 65 Best Travel Tips

How to Choose the Best Travel Camera

Overseas Travel Checklist


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  1. I just came across your site and this article. 

    Great list! These are definitely 10 things ANYONE can do to save for travel.

    I find that surrounding myself with like minded people – either friends, blogs, etc – is such a great way to keep you on track and mentally focused while trying to save. 

    Great stuff, can’t wait to read more!

    1. Ordinary Traveler says:

      That’s so true about surrounding yourself with like minded people. It definitely helps your cause.

  2. Stephanie Ramirez says:

    I need to share this! Ive been saving myself for my next trip! and sometimes it feels sooo hard!

  3. Taras Dyvak says:

    you can use TripMoneyAdvisor app, where you can find calculated expesnes for different kind of trips with accurate budget

  4. Priyanka Shanaya says:

    Great tips to save money!!! We made lots of travel plan but often we fail to execute that because of the money.These tips will surely help us in making our travel dreams come true. These tips are also easy to execute.

  5. Nicole Lutterbach Suet says:

    Hi, Christy! I have been planning and saving money for a trip now for almost a year. I am happy to know that I already do some of the things you suggested. In my experience, “Create a Budget” and “Get the Best Interest Rate” are the most important tips, because this way you can get the best deals and be more organized with your plannning. I thought “Automatic Transfer to Savings” was very cunning and I will start doing that as well.

  6. Nora Marks says:

    All the tips are great. I’m sure it’ll help to save much.

  7. I love all this advice! It is all very simple to say, but sometimes hard to put into action. So when you have a goal set on a dream vacation, it might make it a little easier to make some of these budgeting tips to happen.
    My greatest tip is to always research things. Sounds boring, but when you want to save big, it really pays off. Research online and ads for coupons, research cheap hotels and flights for trips, research the most efficient way to go shopping and routes, etc. You will definitely thank yourself later!

    1. Ordinary Traveler says:

      So true! Scott is such a researcher and we always find deals that way!

  8. Pallavi Washivale says:

    Awesome tips. simple and easily achievable.

  9. I totally agree with that common idea that travel is for rich.