Travel

Easy Ways to Save for Your Dream Vacation

March 22, 2017

I’ve always been a wanderer at heart. Whether it be flying across the world to see the Great Pyramids of Giza, taking the train down to Washington, DC, or simply walking out my backdoor to see if anything new is going on in my city, I’ve been incredibly lucky to see so much this world has to offer.

But now that I’ve been working full-time for the past few years, it’s definitely a little more difficult to be sporadic when it comes to traveling–both time-wise and expense-wise. And while I’m the first to admit that I’ a bit of a shopaholic (I’m looking at you Sephora and Amazon Prime), if you put your mind to it saving for your dream vacation will become a breeze!

I personally try to save a certain amount of money each month, but I use the following tricks to save a little extra leading up to a vacation or when I know that I’ll be making large travel-related expenses soon, such as airfare and lodging.

Here are my to-go money saving tricks that never fail. Let me know what y’all do to save for vacations!

Cook at home and bring lunch to work

I actually really love cooking so this isn’t too tough for me, especially since I’m constantly on Pinterest looking for healthy new recipes. I usually go out to lunch once a week with my coworkers but by bringing lunch for the rest of the week, I save about $10/day which definitely adds up!

Bike to work and take public transportation

I live too far from work to bike to work but whenever I visit NYC, I strictly stick with the subway, buses, or, if the weather’s nice enough, walking around the city. While taxi cabs and Ubers may be more convenient, it’s hard to justify the cost when you could use that money to buy more croissants while walking along the Seine!

Skip the line at Starbucks

I love Starbucks as much as the next person but, honestly, I feel like I can brew drinks at least half as well as they do. Granted it’s more work for me and will probably make me even grumpier in the morning, but I know that future me will be grateful for making frugal choices.

Drop the gym membership

Group classes are my absolute favorite but lately I’ve been getting really into Youtube workouts, especially yoga and pilates which I like to do before work in the mornings. My gym membership is fairly cheap but I know people who pay $200+ a month for their memberships, which is a decent chunk of change. Skip the gym and do your own workouts for free!

 

While not a money-saving tip, I absolutely love having an airline-affiliated credit card because I can earn miles with every purchase I make! I’m also a big fan of setting up sub-savings accounts for specific goals/trips and it’s super easy to do.

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  • These are great tips! I’m all about making my coffee at home too!

  • These are all such great suggestions, girl! I cook dinner and pack lunch during the week days and have noticed how much that saves us in the long run, A LOT! When I’m in NYC, I too take the subways and walk around as much as possible, which is why I’ll only ever really venture there when it’s beautiful outside, because it’s definitely cheaper than an Uber for sure! Thanks for sharing, girlie, these tips are so helpful even just for general savings! I hope you’re having a great week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

  • These are really great money-saving suggestions. I don’t pay a lot for my gym membership, but I’ve still been thinking of dropping it since I’ve been working out at home more!
    By Lauren M

  • Violette

    Great tips! I completely feel you about cooking at home and bring it at your work because it’s so convenient!

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  • Rachel

    I totally agree with everything! Travel is so hard with a full time job, it’s good to save where you can. I’m so for packing your own lunch and cooking dinner at home. Eating out is a huge expense! And many gym memberships are such a scam. We dropped ours a few years ago and bought a treadmill!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Great tips! My mr. Makes the coffee, and saves me a cup to take to work. Really adds up. I cannot wait to see your next adventure!!

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Wow this is absolutely amazing photos! Thanks for sharing darling!
    Much love, Len
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  • These are great suggestions for saving money for travel. You have gone to some beautiful places so I know you practice what you preach. Great post Courtney!

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  • Those Starbucks frappocinos can really accumulate over time!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

  • I agree that gym membership isn’t really necessary when you can exercise outdoors. It’s definitely worth saving for great vacations

  • great advices, I actually never eat out and always eat my mom’s food now that I moved back home and also not having to pay rent is helpful.

    The Fashion Matters– Travel & Fashion Blog

  • monica

    Great advice. it’s a bit hard for me to skip starbucks, but thinking about holiday excite me more than dose of caffeine <3

    xoxo
    https://monicaptanzil.wordpress.com/

  • Good ways to save! We started making our lunches at home several years ago, and I swear we both dropped a few pounds and saved a lot.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Nina

    These are great ways to save money. Cooking at home is not only saving money but also, eating healthier. I always try to avoid eating outside.

    Nina’s Style Blog

  • Great tips! Bringing lunch saves SO much!

    Jamie
    Treats and Trends

  • These are great ideas on saving money! I do love to spend but I also love to save hahah. I do sometimes try to think that savning money is earning money too (even though that doesn’t make complete sense). But yes to saving money for travelling! Xx

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  • Mahi Chaurasia
  • these are great tips. saving on gym members s really good. You end up not going.

    Wendee//theglossychic.com

  • Skipping Starbucks is such great advice, I always think a lot before I spend on coffee. Thanks for sharing dear!

    Camila,
    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

  • Skipping Starbucks saves so much that you don’t even realize! I used to work by a Starbucks so I’d go every day and now I never go and I was wondering where all my extra money was coming from. These are all great tips girl! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  • Great tips especially saving money on Starbucks! Thanks for sharing 🙂 xo, Vivian

    http://www.viviantse.net

  • Great tips, thanks for sharing them. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Amazon Prime really is the devil, isn’t it?! “Oh hey, $8.98 for this cute phone case AND it can be here tomorrow?! Done!” No, no, no. I defintiely appreciate these tips. Saving for dream vacations when you have endless day to day temptations can be really hard.

  • agree with all of these! especially the cooking and eating at home tip! it really really makes a difference!

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  • Such great tips! I love to travel, but unfortunately it is always so expensive… I need to start following all of these to save some money.
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  • Mary

    Courtney,
    These are all great tips to prioritize saving for travel over non-essential dumb expenses that aren’t worth the money. One of my biggest tips for travel is to set up a separate travel account and have money automatically moved into there each month. Then I don’t touch it at all until it’s time to buy tickets and make reservations!

    http://www.districthilo.com

    Love, Mary

  • These are such great tips! I totally agree with all of these! Also loving these photos!

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  • Rach

    These are definitely great tips! I do agree that being sporadic can be difficult when working full-time and that all the little expenses add up!

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  • Loving your tips! I cook so much and always bring my lunch – it helps save so much money!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing!
    Adi xx
    fancycorrectitude.com
    instagram.com/fancycorrectitude

  • I love cooking and working out at home as well. Great tips – thank you so much for sharing!

    xx
    Merritt
    The Style Scribe

  • Love this super informative post! Yes, I definitely need to start saving for trips! I skipped out on all music festivals this year!

    xo, Chloe // http://funinthecloset.com/styling-halter-jumpsuit/

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