Have you ever wondered how so many people can travel so much, for so long? These are some incredible money travel tools (plus alternatives) that you can use to save enough for your dream trip! It’s great to budget, but your budget is limited by the funds you first save up! Here’s how to stretch what’s already in your wallet:
College is a prime time to travel! Not only are you learning the technical skills to prepare you for the future, you’re also learning about the world and society at large. Travel can be a major part of that growth process, and it’s great to travel when you have a lot of freedom to enjoy it.
I started my travels with mission trips with school organizations, but branched out to backpacking after that. I never would have expected or dreamed of traveling so much, but I couldn’t help it!
Frequent Flyer miles are incredible, even if you only take an hour to learn about them. They buy cheap flights anywhere for less than $100 – and often less than $25. As long as you understand how to get started and how to leverage airline alliances in earning and redeeming them, you are good to go!
If you have even more of an interest, they can be even better. You can learn how redeeming miles for upgraded tickets (business and first class) may be a better deal. Or how to get up to $0.06 of value for each mile. These websites also cover credit cards, which are one of the best ways to earn points. If you want to know advanced miles strategies, check out these websites.
Airline alliances are the best-kept secret of the traveling hacking game! Once you’ve learned how to use them, you can use frequent flyer miles to travel anywhere in the world – for less than $100! (I’ve included a screenshot of a flight I got for just $23!
What are Airline Alliances?
If you’re reading this, that means you love to travel! Forget about being nervous. Whether you have visited 20+ countries or have just come from a road trip to your nearest city, you know the value of travel! When you travel, the world seems so much more exciting than normal. The sights you see are more beautiful, the food is more delicious, and the people you meet are more carefree. Even when you meet challenges, learning to overcome those challenges has made you more versatile and more resilient. You can handle tough situations with more ease and confidence, and you can’t wait to travel again!
So why do you still get nervous before you leave?
Being broke sucks. Giving up experiences because you don’t have money really blows. What’s the point of working if you are never going to have money to spend on what you really want – travel?
Unfortunately, it’s easy to spend money, especially with new mobile payment systems like Apple Pay or websites like Amazon with one-click pay. Money is always within reach when you want to spend it.
It’s all about prioritizing.
Have you ever heard the saying, “The best time to start saving was 20 years ago. The next best time is now”?
Your bank is key to being able to travel! This tip is a little more technical but even more helpful in getting you to your dream vacation spots: it has to do with organizing your finances.
This is a sensitive topic because the root of most problems in life is money, but it’s one that I know can make or break your trip. This tip will show you how to make the most of your transactions wherever you are – home, in the historical center of Rome, or the most wonderful views of Victoria Falls.
Here it is:
I’m starting Expedition Execution, my travel hacking series! I start with money because it tends to be the most obvious obstacle to travel. Before I start talking about ways to spend less money while traveling, like frequent flyer miles and booking accommodation, it’s important to start with the supply side – how much money you have to spend in the first place. How do you have money to spend in the first place?