In 2010, shortly after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, I decided to travel to the country and help in any way possible. This international trip was the most expensive one I ever planned on going on, so saving money was a necessity. Although I also received some financial support for this trip, I still had to be diligent to save my money.
1) Limit spending
The first thing I had to do was evaluate my spending; although I had to stop purchasing some things that I enjoyed, it was a worthy sacrifice in order to go on my trip.
Although I was in high school during this trip, I still had to make sure I was earning money by working. I did this, primarily, by finding odd jobs that family members needed done. If you are out of high school, I would suggest making sure you have a steady job and possibly find some freelance work if you can.
3) Set a budget
Budgeting is important, and not just to afford an international trip. A budget will help you save/spend your money the way that you want to; without it, you are prone to not know what you spend money on.
4) Visualize your goal
For me, this meant constantly thinking and talking about going on my trip–my team had meetings, so this was pretty easy to do. For you, this might mean a picture of your dream vacation, or any type of reminder about the trip. This will allow you to stay on track with your money goals, which in turn will help you achieve the ultimate goal of going on the trip.
Overall, the best thing you can do in order to save is to be diligent in budgeting; After all, if you stick to your budget you should be able to find more money to save and put away for your international trip. If I was able to do it, I’m confident that you can too.