Lately I’ve been focusing on myself and experiences I want in life. Towards the end of 2017 I got bit by the travel bug and I got bit hard. I’ve done my fair share of traveling and have been all over the United States and even visited England and Scotland when I was younger.
Just recently I went to Los Angeles with my boyfriend and our friend for a concert. Flying down to L.A. for one night for a concert was something I’d never done before and it was worth it
We all know traveling can be expensive so before I start booking any vacations, I’m doing what I can to prepare for the expenses.
For starters, I’ve been embracing minimalism. Since taking on this new lifestyle, I’ve saved money by not buying “stuff”. I’ve really been taking a look at my life and seeing what’s important to me and what’s not. It’s been a huge eye opener looking through all my things and seeing what purchases I’ve made throughout the years and how I can do better.
Picking up extra shifts at work. I’ve read a lot of travel blogs where the blogger is able to do all their traveling because they don’t have a job with set schedules. While amazing and fortunate, that is not the case for a lot of people, including me. I work a 4/10 schedule so I always have an extra day or two to work when I can. It puts more money in my check and adds PTO time that I can use for future travel.
Doordash. What I like about Doordash is that I don’t feel obligated to do it everyday or every week. I go completely based off my schedule and when I feel I have the time to do it. The money you earn is not taxed and 100% goes to you weekly. It’s perfect for when I’m in a pinch and need some extra cash. They also have their busy hours where they’ll over anywhere from $1-$6 extra for each delivery. The one thing I get paranoid about though is the fact that it isn’t taxed and I don’t want to make too much to where I’m owing money back during tax season.
Applied for a credit card*. I only have two credit cards and recently cancelled one since I never used it much. I wanted to get a new one that would be perfect for traveling and getting me started. I did some research and found the Capital One Venture card. It had great reviews from customers and the perks are great!
- 2x miles for every $1 spent
- 10x miles for every $1 spent on hotels (using their own link)
- 0% APR for the first year
- $0 annual fee for intro year
- BONUS 50,000 miles if you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months of opening account
- And many more! Check out their site here
Taking surveys. There are so many sites to go on but the one I use is Valued Opinions. It’s very easy to use and surveys are frequent. Once you reach a certain dollar amount you can get gift cards, donate to charities, or even get some miles through Southwest!
Lucky Day app. This one isn’t necessarily saving money but you can get some awesome rewards through it! Literally it’s a scratcher/lottery app where you can win actual money and tokens! Tokens can be saved and used to get rewards. I just cashed out 10 million tokens for a $10 Starbucks gift card – how awesome is that! It’s not complicated and no strings attached – just open your app, play some scratchers, and get rewards!
What ways do you save for traveling? Comment and share below!
*Credit card is not sponsored in any way by me.