**This is a collaborative post. Photos are my own.
Do you love to travel? Silly question really, who doesn’t?! I love to travel and looking back at this year, it saddens me that I’ve not been able to explore somewhere new abroad due to not having enough funds. I’ve managed to fly over to Sweden twice, and that’s been lovely but it would have been fun to also explore somewhere I’ve never been before. Hopefully next year I will, and by using the tips below I hope I can.
Open a Travel Savings Account
The first thing to say is that you do need to start actively saving. If you don’t at best you will likely end up travelling only when you get a bonus from work or another windfall. If you do not actively save, for example using a savings product like the one you can find on this website, you will never have enough to do much more than that.
Life is full of temptation to spend. If the money is in your current account when you see that perfect pair of jeans the chances are you will buy them. Even if you already have 3 other pairs, at home.
On the other hand, if you put that money into a separate account and ring-fence it in your mind as being for travel, there is a high chance you would not spend it. Especially, if you put it in an account that requires you to wait before you can get your hands on the money.
Learn to Travel Light
One of the simplest ways to be able to travel more is to travel light. Travelling with hand luggage is generally far cheaper than taking a large suitcase that has to go in the hold. You will be surprised by how easy it is to get everything into a hand luggage sized case. Have a read of this article for more information.
Get Good at Seeking out Deals
The best way to be able to afford more holidays is to pay less for each one. So, always shop around for a deal. There are lots of ways to do this. Which approach works best depends a bit on where you live and what part of the world you want to travel to.
Think Outside the Box
Check out and seriously consider alternative ways of travelling. House swapping is a great way to save yourself a huge amount of money. Even if you don’t live near a tourist destination, or in a big city, you can still give it a go. People who travel this way are usually after a different experience. So, just because your home is off the beaten track does not mean that you won’t get people who want to stay there.
Add More Stopovers
If you are going on a long trip, try to break the journey with a couple of stopovers. That way you can stay in a new place for a few days on the way out and back. So, instead of seeing one country during that trip you get to enjoy three.
The above tips are only a couple of example of how to afford to travel more. Have you got any tips to add to the list, or suggestions on how I can manage to go away on a holiday next year without breaking my bank account? Check out my previous post on how to save money when on holiday.