Let’s face it, travel can be expensive. From flights, to gas, rental cars, accommodations, and activities, travel expenses can add up fast.
While airline credit cards and point systems are hugely popular, I don’t like the idea of (even possibly) going into debt over traveling. So where does that leave those of us with little income to set aside for traveling?
If you have been reading any of my other posts, you have probably noticed that I am a big believer that anyone can travel. It was this belief that led me to begin writing and creating videos, but I haven’t really explained my methods to fund my own travels.
I know I usually don’t talk about myself very much in most of my posts, but I want to let you all in on a little personal detail about me: I work a full time job, only making slightly over minimum wage, and so does my husband. Our jobs are able to cover our bills and expenses with raising our toddler, but not much else.
No, I do not make any money off of this blog or our youtube channel. Even though my goal would eventually be to turn all of this into a business, it is not a source of income (yet).
Our living situation has propelled me to have get creative with finding sources of income to fund our travels, and while it has been a difficult battle at times, the rewards end up being worth it in the end.
Between my husband and I, we have joined countless rewards programs, took surveys for money, been product testers, washed dogs, cleaned houses, recycled months worth of aluminum cans, sold stuff on craigslist, been extras in movies, and more with our shared goal being able to travel the world.
So I decided to sit down and tell you all about the easiest, and most lucrative sources of income that I have been able to use to fund our travel dreams.
Ok so depending on where you live, this may not be an option, but here in California we pay CRV (California Redemption Value), whenever we purchase beverages in aluminum, plastic, or glass bottles and cans. Which makes us able to take our empties to recycling centers and get money back for recycling our containers. I save our bottles, pick up littered bottles, and I have even gone to my neighbors asking them if I can redeem their recycling. I find this to be the most rewarding way of earning income with minimal effort, and it’s even good for the environment!
#2 Use Rewards Programs
Ok so this may seem slightly out of place, but I definitely use a lot of rewards program and reap some major benefits for them. I have done so much research into different rewards programs, which ones are scams, which ones make you the most money, and which ones pay the fastest. And I always come back to the same ones that I use religiously: Swagbucks and Ibotta. I did mention both of these programs in my 5 Tips for Saving Money in Las Vegas post, but I don’t think that these programs get enough credit for actually getting people cash back.
While these programs take a lot of time and patience to begin paying off, if you are willing to put some extra effort into your online shopping or your grocery lists, it ends up being minimal effort for putting real cash back in your pocket.
#3 Sell Some Stuff
Have stuff taking up room in your closet or garage? Try making some money off of it on eBay, Craigslist, or a good old-fashioned yard sale. We definitely used this method when our toddler started out growing all his baby clothes and toys. This is helpful in a couple of ways: you’re making some money back from things you don’t use anymore and you’re getting rid of things cluttering up your house or garage. Also, if you are paying for a storage unit, you may end up being able to downsize to a smaller (cheaper) unit, or get rid of it all together, therefore saving money that you can start putting in your travel fund.
This method does take some effort, but it can yield some of the fastest and largest sums of money depending on what you decide to sell.
#4 Do Some Odd Jobs
Have a friend or family member who needs a baby sitter? Friends need help moving? Do you have some skills that could make you money? Knowing how to knit, crochet, even sewing can yield you some money if you are willing to start an Etsy store. If you are good with animals, you can always offer to wash dogs or even pet sit while others are out of town. Start by putting yourself out there to your friends and family, make a Facebook page listing what services you can offer, you never know what new doors this could open for you. I still get offered money to groom my friend’s three dogs since they are too much for the groomer to handle! (hint: it’s because I bring the best treats!).
I hope these ideas motivate you to not only want to save money for your travels but to also be on the lookout for new ways of creating income to fund your dreams.
If you have any ideas or stories to tell about the ways you are able to fund your travels, or if you feel like telling me how awful my ideas are, please leave it in the comments!
And remember my friends, Anyone Can Travel.
©Bree & Arielle Travel 2017