Raise Extra Cash for the Big Trip

Oct 23

Are you planning your dream trip? Perhaps you fancy backpacking through South America, following the banana pancake trail in Asia, or touring the capitals of Europe. While raising money for your big adventure can be a daunting task, there are plenty of creative, offbeat ways to help you make your travel dream a reality.

Here are some easy ways to raise money for your trip.

Use a Penny Jar

Instead of letting your coins settle at the bottom of your bag, collect them into a jar or a can once a week. Once the can is full, take it to the bank and deposit it into your savings account. Pennies add up over time, and the extra cash can really help you during your travels.

Sell Your Old Clutter

You know that closet door that won’t close because of all the stuff you have? Well, open it and look through your old clutter for things you can sell secondhand. Look for items that are gently used but are still in high demand. Many people can successfully sell mobile phone, ipods, laptops, furniture, shoes and designer apparel through sites like Craigslist or eBay. Alternatively, you can list used items at your local consignment shop.

You can even take this idea one step further and spend some time looking through secondhand shops for designer clothing, shoes, furniture and antiques. Then you can list these items for a higher price online or through the classified pages. If you have a good eye, some extra shopping time and a knack for selling, you’ll raise the money for your trip in no time.

Take Part in Surveys

Sometimes businesses will offer discounts or cash if you participate in surveys or questionnaires. These usually only take a few minutes and can result in a little extra cash. Additionally, many universities will compensate participants for participating in short studies or surveys. Just spend a little time looking around university campuses for fliers asking for study participants, or browse Craigslist.

Sell Water at Events

If you have a free weekend that coincides with a major outdoor event, like a match or a festival, buy a case or two of bottled water and then sell them at the event for a profit. That way, you get to attend the event while also making money.


If you are an animal lover and have friends or neighbors that own a dog, ask if they would pay you to walk the dog for an hour every day. This one is particularly fun because you get to spend time with a furry friend in addition to getting paid.

A Final Word

Even though a trip may seem expensive, you shouldn’t let the price deter you from having the adventure of your dreams. If you choose not to take the trip because of cost, you may never get another chance to go. So with a little hard work, you can make your dream a reality.