Traveling is becoming a hobby for many people these days. I can’t say I blame them. It’s quite addicting. The feeling of being somewhere new and getting to experience new things is liberating and exhilarating.
But how can you afford to travel when the salary you get from your 9-to-5 job is not enough?
Well, there are plenty of ways out there to extra money for travel. You just need to get yourself to do it.
I may not be the most well-traveled person there is, nor am I an expert at saving money, but I’ve found some strategies that work for me, which may work for you as well.
Get a side job or start a small business.
When you go home from work, what do you do? Do you sit on the couch and watch TV until you fall asleep? Do you spend the whole night looking at memes on Facebook? Would these get you to your dream vacation? Probably not. As much as I enjoy memes, I have to limit my time obsessing over them. lol
Okay, let’s put it this way: There are 24 hours in a day. If you get 6-7 hours of sleep (because who sleeps 8 hours nowadays, right?), spend 8-9 hours in the office, and 2-3 hours on the road (back and forth), that’s a total of 16-19 hours. You still have 5-8 hours left. Let’s say you spend 2-3 hours eating, prepping for work, relaxing, and browsing the internet. You’d still have a few hours left to spare.
So, why not make use of the remaining hours to earn money through side jobs or a small business? There are tons of freelance jobs online; you just have to look for one that suits your skills and time. As for businesses, you can pretty much sell anything (not illegal stuff, okay?) on the internet these days. There are even plenty of ways to earn passive income. I used to have an online business too, but now, I’m doing freelance writing (aside from my main writing job) and social media stuff to earn extra money.
While having side jobs or small businesses would indeed take up your free time, it’s so much better to use this time productively because let’s face it: doing nothing won’t get you anywhere.
Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.
Seriously, people need to stop buying stupid sh*t. A lot of pretty things and compelling advertisements would tempt you to spend your money on them, but before you whip out your cash (or credit card), ask yourself twice if you really need it. I know, this is difficult to do and I get tempted a lot as well. You just have to learn how to control yourself!
Also, stop eating out too much. Admittedly, I love eating out as well, but I do my best to limit my spending on this one. That new restaurant you’ve been eyeing surely won’t go away anytime soon, so it can wait. Priorities, mga bes!
Another thing that goes side by side with not spending money on things you don’t need is trying to be as low maintenance as possible, especially for girls. I’m sure we can survive not going to the salon every week/month for a mani-pedi or hair treatment. Actually, I haven’t been to one in several months and it has really helped me cut down my vanity expenses. I’ve also ditched the colored hair to avoid having to spend on maintenance.
Quit your vices.
A pack of cigarettes may not seem to cost much when you buy it, but when you calculate your total expenses for a year, you’d see how much money you have wasted on something that will put your life and more importantly, other people’s lives, at risk.
As for drinking habits, to be honest, I like to drink alcohol as well. However, the only time I indulge myself in it is when I’m out of town. It’s something that I could totally live without and I’m sure you’d survive not getting drunk every weekend too, especially if you keep your goals in mind.
I drafted this article in my head while I was in the shower a couple of hours ago. It may not be very well-thought-out, so I’m sorry about that. It may also not apply to everyone. Cheerio got to go!
I am a twenty-something free spirit from Cebu, Philippines. I love to travel, take photos, and write about my experiences. When I’m not traveling, I go freediving wherever. I aim to inspire others to care for the environment, especially our oceans as it is the lifeblood of our planet.