Being in a long distance relationship across an ocean means I take frequent vacations for as long as I possibly can. Every day I’m saving for the next trip, which can cost over a thousand dollars, is only a few weeks down the line. Trust me on the following tips…
1. Downgrade Your Daily Food
Firstly, stop buying lunch and dinners out, bring a packed lunch or eat before you leave when you’ll be gone for a long time. That $9 could be spent on four meals you make yourself instead of one made for you. Many store brands are near or the same as name brands for a significant amount less of the price. Otherwise, you can always buy in bulk at Costco.
2. Eliminate Treats
It’s a tough thing to do, but in general, it’s a healthier decision to not color your shopping basket with ice cream, candy and cookies not just for your wallet. You can always make up for it while you’re on your vacation and then they’ll taste even sweeter. Take the money out of your pocket and put it toward the trip instead.
3. Buy Your Plane Tickets Strategically
The more you shop around, the more the websites take notice and hide the cheaper flights from you. They can track your cookies and see that you’re eager to buy. Always browse incognito mode which hides them and then you’ll get a consistent price every time. Also, browse on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon rather than on the weekend and look to fly out on mid-week too, ideally Mondays if you can. Friday to Sunday are always way more expensive, up to the hundreds of dollars more.
4. Stay With Friends/Relatives
Although I go to visit my partner it doesn’t always mean we have a consistent place to stay, we often visit their family and friends for the night rather than a hotel. Accommodation is always the most expensive thing, especially for long trips. Even though it may be a distance from your tourist destination, it also shows you the real culture your vacation by staying right in their neighbourhood. If you don’t know anyone and find that hotels are too expensive, try a website like coachsurf.
5. Buy Food At Their Grocery Stores
Like back at home, eating out is one of the biggest drains on the wallet too. Granted, there’s always special occasions worth going out for but going out daily adds up quick. If you have the space and time to prepare food, then save the money to upgrade your treats when you do go out. However, it’s fine to stick to brands you do know at this point. That’s what the saving was for.