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.