A few years ago, my wife I scrimped, saved, and somehow got enough cash together to go on a trip to the Dominican Republic. We didn’t really have to do anything too extreme to afford our trip. In fact, I think just about anyone could follow our model.
Below you will find what we did to be able to afford our dream vacation to the Dominican Republic.
We stopped eating out so often
My wife and I love to eat out. It’s no secret. However, we also love to travel!
We knew that cutting back our food budget would be a great way for us to save enough to go on our dream trip. So for about six months, we only ate out on very rare occasions. This was hard for us at first, but we managed. Knowing that we’d eventually be able to eat delicious food on our tropical vacation made it all OK.
You want to know something else? By not eating out, we obviously had to do a lot more cooking. The cool thing about this was that this made us eat a lot healthier, too, and we actually lost quite a bit of weight! Also, since returning from the trip, we’ve continued to cook at home much more often, and we’re already planning for out next getaway.
We both took on extra jobs
Taking on extra jobs wasn’t easy, but we really, really wanted that trip. We weren’t too proud to sniff out the extra work and make some extra cash. We both have professional degrees, so it wasn’t too difficult to find some extra work in our fields.
Honestly, though, we would’ve taken on just about any jobs! If I didn’t find anything in my field, I would have been more than happy to deliver pizzas, walk dogs, or do whatever it took to make our trip happen. Maybe it’s silly, but my wife and I both just really wanted to go on that vacation, and we decided to do whatever it took.
Cut out unnecessary purchases
This really, really took a lot of effort for both me and my wife, but we tried as best as we could to cut out unnecessary purchases. For example, I often liked to buy newspapers and a candy bar at the gas station on my way to work. My wife helped me stop this habit.
She, on the other hand, liked to buy our pets presents. It was hard to not buy our fur babies toys, but my wife and I both had to stop making these purchases. For what it’s worth, though, we got them some awesome souvenirs for bargain prices! We haggled quite a bit in the Dominican Republic, and it worked more often than not!
Walking and biking
My wife and I knew that, once in the Dominican Republic, we’d want to do a lot of sightseeing and shopping. We also knew that this would require us to do a lot of walking.
So, in preparation of this, we decided to walk and bike whenever possible before our trip. Gas was creeping up to $4/gallon in our area, so this helped us save a lot of cash.
What we did to save for our trip wasn’t anything special. Anyone could pull it off. All it takes is dedication and self-monitoring. The cool thing about our saving is that our habits have now carried over past the trip! We’re now a lot better at saving money and hope to soon be debt-free and going on even more international vacations.