HOW TO SAVE MONEY FOR TRAVEL (WITHOUT REALLY TRYING)
I’ve mentioned a few of the ways I save money for travel before and always have lots of questions so thought I would share my tips with you here!
SAVING MONEY FOR TRAVEL
I’m the first to admit I am not always the most responsible with money. I’m not necessarily *bad* with it but I’m not the most savvy either.
I often look at money as a way to make me happy right now rather than make me happy in the future so I haven’t always been good at saving. The exception to this is with travel.
When I lived in Cornwall I worked as many jobs and hours as possible all summer so that I could save and travel all winter. My winter trips were usually done very cheap but over months rather than weeks which meant saving was essential. Every year in April my saving journey would begin and with exception to rent and the odd beer all of my money when into my savings account for travel. Rarely did I buy meals out or clothes or anything other than essentials.
Every winter the hours paid off because I got travel and surf in some unbelievable places and I was able to be on the road for anywhere between 2 and 6 months at a time.
Since then my travel habits have changed (I’m not traveling for as long as before) and now that I’m older I have more responsibilities that sometimes (just sometimes ????) come before travel. When I started finding things I needed to save for other than travel I began seeking out ways to save some pennies. I wanted to find a way I could still save for travel without it eating into the money for important ‘life stuff’. I figured if I could find even just a few extra hundred pounds a year that I could blow on a few weekend getaways or cheap flights I’d be more than happy. And that’s exactly what I managed to do…without really trying!
The tools I use aren’t likely to save you thousands of pounds in a year (although it is definitely possible depending on how you use them) but rather help you save towards a trip. Maybe you want to save for a night in boutique hotel? Or splurge on a mega meal. Maybe you want to save up enough for some short-haul flights or car hire. The ways I use below can help you do that without feeling like a massive chore.
*Some links included in this guide are affiliate links. This means if you book through this link I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only include links for products and services I love and use regularly. Using these links helps me to build my small business and maintain this travel blog.
SAVE MONEY WITH TOPCASHBACK
In my opinion this is the best way to save money for travel without trying! Earn cash back on (almost) everything you buy online. Yep, really. This is such an easy way to earn a little extra cash without even thinking.
From Top Cash Back alone I’ve saved almost £150 towards a trip to Italy. This is just from a six month period shopping as normal buying things I would be buying anyway.
HOW IT WORKS
Top Cash Back offers you cash back on a huge selection of online retailers. All you have to do is sign up and the click through to your favourite retailer via their website. Once you have made a transaction a percentage (anything from 1% to 30%+) will be debited into your TCB account. This is similar to using affiliate links but instead of the affiliate making commission off the sale you do.
There are a huge amount of retailers to choose from. There are too many to add here but a few examples include Tesco, ASOS, Topshop, M&S, GAP, Body Shop, Superdrug, Boots, booking.com , Deliveroo, Just Eat, Vodafone, British Gas, the list goes on…
Cash back varies from a low percent like 3% (ASOS) to £170 (Tesco Mobile) to £665 (Royal London Life Insurance). Big ticket items (electronics, white goods etc) and insurance (travel, car, home etc) can bring you a big lump of cash back whereas things like clothes and beauty will bring you anywhere between 2% and 30% of that purchase.
As I am in Portugal I can’t use this as much as I would like. If you are in the UK you can really maximise on this website.
If you sign up to Top Cash Back with this link you’ll receive a bonus £5!
HOW TO GET CASH BACK WITH TOP CASH BACK
Sign up here : https://www.topcashback.co.uk/ref/candicetomkins
Search for the website you want to visit
Click ‘GET CASHBACK’
Shop as normal
The cash back will be debited into your TopCashBack wallet almost immediately and then be payable to your bank account in a few weeks. You can track your ‘earnings’ easily in the dashboard and withdraw to your bank account as soon as they become ‘payable’.
SIGN UP TO TOP CASH BACK HERE > > > https://www.topcashback.co.uk/ref/candicetomkins
HOW DO TOP CASH BACK MAKE MONEY?
They actually make their money from advertising space on the website. This means you get 100% of your cash back by using their website to shop.
SAVE MONEY WITH AIRTIME REWARDS
This works in a similar way except you don’t need to shop from the app. You simply add your bank cards and if you shop from any of the retailers you’ll receive a percentage cash back for that purchase. The difference here is that they money can only be used to pay off your phone bill. Still pretty cool and essentially money for nothing!
Use the code DKUN8QQH and receive a £0.50 bonus.
SIGN UP TO AIRTIME REWARDS NOW > > > https://fave.co/2Xf2tf1
SAVE MONEY WITH REVOLUT VAULTS
I’ve talked a lot about Revolut I even wrote a whole post about the benefits of using it as a Travel Money Card. If you haven’t heard of it before… Revolut is the perfect travel companion. You can switch between currencies easily and for free. There are no fees and Revolut offers the best possible exchange rate there is. The app and card is free to use and you’ll pay no card shipping (usually £5) if you use the link below *
The Revolut app also has a ‘Vault’ feature. This allows you to round up change for a purchase 1x, 2x , 3x or 4x making it easy to save without trying. I’ve saved over £120 doing this in the last 6 months.
SIGN UP TO REVOLUT NOW > > > https://revolut.ngih.net/c/1809365/589915/9626
*due to COVID19 the free card shipping is not available at the moment.
SAVE MONEY WITH KINDLE UNLIMITED
A slightly different way to save money on travel is through Kindle Unlimited. Rather than spending money on travel guides before your trip r books to read on holiday you can read them for free. Amazon are currently offering a 90 day free trial of Kindle Unlimited. This means you can read a tonne of books (including travel guides) for free! I signed up and downloaded a few travel and business books and have been enjoying them without paying a penny. There are so many free books on there that I’m thinking of staying signed up for £7.99 a month.
GET YOUR FREE 90-DAY KINDLE UNLIMITED TRIAL > > > https://amzn.to/2Ai1PUS
These are just a few of the things I have been doing to help save for travel. We’re currently in lockdown due to COVID-19 but as soon as International travel is safe again I’ll be taking my hard earned (yeah right!) travel savings for a spin around Italy!
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