Saving Money to Travel: Tips for All Budgets
Saving money to travel is tough. After tackling over 35k in student loans and medical debt, I’ve put a few lessons together to help you do the same.
For most of us, the biggest barrier against booking our next trip are the financial constraints we face. For me, it was no different. I graduate college with about $35,000 in student loans (about average for college grads these days), had major knee surgery, serious dental work all while living in one of the most expensive cities in the country in the USA, Washington, D.C. All this to say, with some strict budgeting I was able to pay off my loans and all my medical procedures within about three years. On top of that, I saved enough money to start traveling full time! I’ve put together some tips I’ve used over the past few years that might help you save money to travel as well!
1. Make a weekly meal plan and stick to it
2. Stick to a pattern
3. Find copycat recipes of your favorite takeout
This is by far one of the easiest ways to make your weekly meals more delicious and easier to stomach day after day. There’s a salad chain in the states called “Sweetgreen”, and they make the best meals I’ve ever had. If I could only eat at one place for the rest of my life, it would be them. BUT eating there every day would absolutely destroy my wallet. Luckily though, there are plenty of food bloggers out there who have created copycat recipes that taste damn close to the real thing. I’ve managed to find copycat recipes of my favorite salads and pretty much only rely on those for my dinner repertoire.
So if you have a favorite chain or restaurant, the chances are that there are some food bloggers out there who share the same passion and have put together some copycat recipes. Or if you’re more adept in the kitchen than myself, you can probably come up with some yourself!
4. Invite friends over instead of going out
5. If you do go out, find a good happy hour
7. Think about what you might be giving up with each purchase
8. Examine your monthly overhead and prioritize
9. Don’t forget to treat yourself once in a while
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