Traveling the world alone is easy and you only have yourself to concern yourself with. But how do you continue to afford to travel how do you continue to afford to travel once you found your best travel companion?
Here are some of the travel strategies we use in order to afford travel as often as possible without breaking the wallet!
1. Gift Giving
While most girls love when their boyfriends/husbands come home with a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates and the guys love when their ladies bring home a case of beer or new clothes for them, gift giving can actually eat away at potential travel spending money. Giving gifts is always nice and much appreciated, but I would rather save that 20€ to enjoy a nice dessert at a restaurant with a beautiful view somewhere in Italy!
2. Pack a Romantic Picnic
Eating out can be expensive for two people. That’s practically 30 bucks a pop at some overly priced, touristy restaurant! To save money for more exciting things, consider packing a light picnic with wines, cheeses, crackers and more to enjoy during your travels. It’s half the price and provides more quality time together.
3. Cook Meals at Home
Don’t go for those big chain hotels! Go for the Apartment/Flat style rentals that come fully equipped with a kitchenette, a dining room table or a balcony when traveling! Why spend the money eating out when you can go to the nearest grocery store, grab some pasta, baguette and a bottle of wine and make a home cooked Italian meal! This way you’re not eating out for every.single.meal and you won’t cringe opening your wallet every time!
4. Dinner for Two
Meals these days are plenty large enough to share a meal! What is the point in wasting money eating out on two meals if there’s a chance you’re not likely to finish one or both meals. That’s like throwing money down the drain and when you’re traveling, you don’t usually take your food home in a to-go bag. So, share a meal and if you do get hungry later, hopefully you have some snacks in the room!
5. Pack One Suitcase
Traveling with large suitcases can be a pain in the A. With the fees, the weight of multiple bags and the constant struggle to walk through the airport like a travel pro without
tripping over your bags, it’s easier when two become one! Try packing light and sharing one suitcase and create a “Her side” and a “His Side”.
6. Share Toiletries
When traveling, packing light is ESSENTIAL. The last thing you want to do is lug around stuff you don’t need on your trip. You don’t need two tubes of toothpaste or his shampoo and her shampoo. Lighten your load by bringing communal toiletries you can share!
7. Two for the Road!
Since we bought a car last year, we have been able to afford more travel because we are no longer buying two plane/train tickets anymore! Yes, it takes more time to arrive at your destination, but now we can take our time, stop whenever, wherever we want and it’s still cheaper, gas included than paying all those pesky taxes and fees when it comes to flying!
8. Make a Travel Piggy Bank
Nothing gets us more excited about traveling than the both of us throwing an extra 10-20€ into the travel jar. It encourages saving and it’s fun to sit and count up your successful saving skills. Plus, it’s kind of an endless competition to see who can save the most!
9. Do You Realllly Need That?
What would you rather have? A house full of stuff or a life filled with experiences and happy memories? Hopefully, the latter. So, When you’re out an about and you see something YOU.JUST.GOTTA.HAVE, stop and ask yourself, “is it worth it?”, “Do I need this?” and decide together what you would rather put your money towards.
I wouldn’t have recommended this tips unless they were successful and these tips help keep me and my best travel buddy in line. Travel is our number one priority and we live by these tips! I hope they work just as well for you as they do for us!
every now and then it’s ok to splurge on something you want or need, but always keep your priorities in order. If traveling is your heart’s biggest, unquenchable desire, then I’m sure you will do everything you can in order to nickle and dime every single penny for the next trip!
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