Setting Up a Travel Fund Using the Money App

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the trip planning process, take a deep breath and let it sink in that you’re actually going on a trip. Perhaps this is a trip to one of your favorite places (Iceland is mine), or maybe you’re going to a new country where you don’t speak the language. Either way, you’re planning a trip, and that’s exciting! While there may be a lot of prep work involved before you go, I will help you break down one of the most challenging components: saving the funds to go on the trip. There are many tips and tricks to make saving for vacation simple and consistent.

And you can take advantage of a digital tool at your disposal. Think of as your ultimate save for vacation app.

Different funds for different accounts

With budgeting in general, I recommend separating your money into multiple bank accounts. If you want to travel the world, one bank account that I highly recommend having is a “travel fund.” A travel fund is simply a bank account where you save money for travel.

Why have a travel fund?

Having a bank account dedicated to travel ensures that you’re actively working toward your travel savings goals. It prevents overspending and undersaving; at a glance, you know exactly how much you have saved up for a trip. Your travel fund can be a checking, savings, or money market account. Give this special bank account a nickname like “Weekend Getaway with Bae.” Or, you know, whatever floats your boat.

Pro tip: Want to see all of your money in one place? Using, you can connect your savings, checking, and credit card accounts to see all transactions and saved-up funds in one place. Plus, you’ll get an overview of your overall spending.

Use the Auto-Save function inside the app to decide how much you could contribute to your “Weekend Getaway” fund (and if skipping a couple of latte runs might help you reach your travel goals sooner!).

Why save for travel consistently?

After you open a bank account devoted solely to travel, saving for your next adventure each paycheck is easy. Determine an amount you can afford to save per pay period and automatically save that same amount each time you get paid via direct deposit.

Suppose there is a category on your overall monthly spending that you want to reduce (lattes, brunches, impulse shopping buys). In that case, you can change the budget line total for the month and check back in frequently to ensure you’re not exceeding that budget category.
Let the app do the work for you!

How I plan for my trips

When I first started traveling, I saved $25 each paycheck. Now I put away over $200 per month. Whatever amount you decide to save, remember to save consistently. Consistency is key to developing good financial habits. Saving consistently also means you’ll have money available to hop on a good flight deal or go on a spontaneous trip without worrying about your finances. Woohoo! Sounds nice, right?

The key takeaway here, automate saving for travel.

Budget for your trip

Next, create a budget for your vacation. Put together a list of places you want to visit and use blogs to figure out how much it will cost to get there, eat, and do fun activities.

Budget Your Trip is a helpful resource for determining travel costs worldwide. Add all of your travel costs together to set your vacation budget.

Pro tip: The money app has yet another feature to help you reach your happiness (aka travel) goals! On the Money tab, scroll down to Auto-Save to set up your trip goal (the magic number you figured out above), and it will show you how much you need to save per day (or week, or month) to achieve these goals.

Once you have a trip budget, start looking for flight deals! You’ve conquered a major milestone, Nav.igator!

On The Thought Card, Danielle Desir empowers readers to make informed financial decisions and embrace their inner financially savvy traveler. She also has a fun podcast! Check out The Thought Card podcast here!

We’re changing the narrative around money but change can’t happen with a one-sided conversation. That’s why we’re excited to bring different voices and experts to share their wisdom. Send us an email and let us know what you think. And remember the money app offers you free tools for checking in and managing your money moves.

You can download it at Google Play and the Apple Store.

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