One of our fondest travelling memories was eating spaghetti out of a garbage bag on our hotel room floor in Iceland (😅).
We were shocked by the prices compared to North America, so we traded takeout for a home cooked meal made days prior at our AirBnB (and, having no food containers pushed us to using whatever we could find to hold the food in). Travel gives you experiences that your daily life doesn’t. It gives you one of a kind stories to tell, and teaches you that material possessions aren’t the source of happiness.
We encourage you to make travelling a priority – yet we understand money is a huge roadblock for a lot of people to make it happen. Here are the ways we save for trips without missing out on things we love in our daily lives:
1. Make your own coffee (or, tea!) instead of buying it. (PSA: If you spend $2/day for a year on coffee you’re missing out on $730 of travel money 😱)
2. Buy used clothes instead of brand new, or grab a few friends and do a clothing swap. The movies “Minimalism” and “The True Cost” (both on Netflix) changed our outlook on this subject entirely.
3. Learn a skill and charge for it (our photography + design sends us on a trip every year!).
4. Learn how to do things you’re paying someone else for (oil changes, manicures, taxes, etc.)
5. Make your own meals instead of going out all the time
6. Ask yourself – do I actually need this? When buying something. You’ll be amazed at how much you put down when you shop!
Implement these tips, and you’ll have enough money before you know it. We guarantee it!