Travelling tips for low budgets

Yosemite, California, May 2014.
Yosemite, California, May 2014.
Travelling the world is now at everyone’s reach. I took the plane with my family for the first time at six years old and I took it alone for the fisrt time at sixteen years old. I always loved discovering big cities, eating crazy new food and meeting all kinds of people.

Of course when you are on a budget you can’t just leave everything and take the first plane available. However, with preparation and a little bit of savings you can leave for a month and have a blast!

These are the steps I take when I’m set on leaving to travel!

Save money from every paycheck to a saving account. Every paycheck I receive I take 100$ from it and I put it in a saving account which I don’t touch. This account has a goal and when I spend the money in it it has to be directly for this goal (to travel).

Shop for the plane tickets early so you can get deals. I am very strong on expedia, but there is also kayak and trivago who are good websites to compare plane tickets’ prices. Be careful, when you use the same computer days after days to look for a particulate destination the website will record it and it might give you higher prices. So, always verify with another computer or cellphone as well.

Try to do camping when on your trip it’s so much cheaper. Of course it depends what kind of trip you are doing, but when the temperature allows it and when you can equip yourself you really should consider camping. In america it will cost around 30 to 40 $ for one night and one space and the number of person doesn’t matter as long as the size of the site allows it.

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Purchasing Christmas gifts without loading your credit card

Black friday/cyber monday deals, see below for details.
Black friday/cyber monday deals, see below for details.
The holiday season is probably the most expensive time of the year. There is no reason to get crazy and load your credit card for Christmas, but at the same time it’s always nice to get the people we love a little something.

The way I do it is I choose to whom I will buy gifts and the amount of money I will spend. Personnally, I only buy gifts to my boyfriend, my parents and my sister (I am really broke remember?). For my family members I spend 30$ for each and for my boyfriend around 80$.

Here are some tips to reduce your spendings

  • Use your employee’s discount (or the one of a friend): People who are working in retail normally have an employee’s discount and it can be very profitable. Why not use your’s or the one of a friend if it fits with the gifts you wanted to get.
  • Buy during the black friday week to get the deals and pay less: Black friday, cyber monday… during thanksgiving the sales are at their peak. I like to buy online during this time because I dislike the vibe of madness in the stores.
  • Select to whom you are giving gifts: You don’t need to get every each of your friends a present and you don’t have to participate in every gifts exchanges. You can easily and politely explain to those who could feel harmed.
  • Do gifts exchanges instead of getting something to everyone: With your group of friends, coworkers or family members you can choose to do one gift exchange instead of getting something for everyone. It’s cheaper for everyone and it can be fun as well (you can make a themed exchange).
  • Team up: If you and another person both will give a gift to the same person why not team up together to get something more interesting and cheaper for you both? You can also do the other way around, buying one gift for two people. That way you can buy something more high-standard that you know they will both use.

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