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The UnPacking List #12: How to Radically Increase Your Travel Fund – Part 1

how to increase your travel fund part 1

We all want more money in the travel fund – or just more money to pay off debt – which is why Emily and I decided to have a good chat about the topic. 

We break down 6 sure-fire ways to put more money in the travel fund and to keep it there! But we talked so long (typical us!), I’ve actually broken it up into 2 episodes, with Part 1 featuring the first 4 tips and Part 2 featuring the rest in the next episode.

Today’s episode covers some of our favorite tips including setting clear, defined goals that push you to save, as well as the tactics that can help you stay on track. Have a listen and start putting more money away for your next trip now! 

What You’ll Learn

  • How I saved $23,000 for travel in just 1.5 years.
  • Emily’s top tips for setting up a budget and keeping track of it all.
  • The importance of separating your savings from your everyday money.
  • Simple investments at home that can save you more money in the long-run.

Links of Interest

Take Action

Set some big savings goals and start putting the pieces together that can get you there. Spreadsheet everything 🙂

And don’t forget to…

Written by Brooke

I run the show at Her Packing List and love packing ultralight. In fact, I once traveled for 3 entire weeks with just the contents of a well-packed 12L handbag. When I'm not obsessing over luggage weight, I'm producing episodes of The UnPacking List or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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Gear We Use


Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.

Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.

Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

Booking Airfare

Dollar Flight Club – Get flight deal alerts for your preferred departure airport. There is both a free and premium version (recommended for more sweet deals). Members save on average $500 USD per flight!

Skyscanner – Skyscanner is our preferred site for searching flights. They offer unbiased search results and are free from hidden fees. You can also book your hotels and rental cars.


Airbnb – Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world. Sign up using this link to get $37 USD off your first stay booking + $14 USD towards an experience booking! – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

Reader Interactions


  1. Cassie Burtner says

    All of my extra money goes into my travel fund. Once bills are paid, everything else is saved for the multiple trips I take each year.

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