First off, check out the domain name! Yep, It's customized! Merry Christmas to me!
For those globetrotters out there, I’m sure you have your own system down for saving money to support your wandering needs. But budgeting isn't an easy task. And as an 18 year old who is constantly trying to become independent from my parents, I love them but I desperately long to achieve my goals without their help. How typical, right?
From my years of traveling, both by RV and plane, I've learned a thing or two about budgeting for trips. After all, without the money my ass will be staying right where it is. Sadly, I've also learned that I have very little will power. I’m weak to sales, discounts, and most commonly, food. In fact, my largest expense is food.
1) Hide the money from yourself.
That’s right. Put it in a box, lock it, and throw away the key! Boom, solution solved. The way to do this in the 21st century is to open another account just for your travel savings. Promise yourself to put a certain amount of money into the account every so often and don’t dip into the account! This is the only thing that will be linking you to that Mexican beach or Caribbean cruise over the next number of months or year. Whatever your dream destination is keep in mind that without this money you won’t even step onto a plane.
2) What Even Is Starbucks?
This one is easy for me, but it might be harder or impossible for you. Que Mission Impossible theme music. Don’t spend that, what $4 on coffee every morning? If you must have a caffeine dose in the morning then try dark tea or ordering regular, plain coffee. I know how shocking this might be but, yes, there is such a thing as coffee without syrups, flavors, whip, and drizzle. It’s a fraction of the price and you still get that caffeine awakening. Although, I typically stick to teas if I must. Usually I don’t need caffeine in the mornings unless it has been a long week. But if you’re that person who stands in line for 5 minutes ordering your coffee on steroids, no judgment. We all have our morning rituals.
And finally, 3) Chillin’ Like a Villain Doesn't Have to Cost a Dime
I struggled a bit with this one, but like all things it got easier with practice. When my friends call up with that tempting sushi invite, I go against all things that I stand for and tell them no. I denied sushi not once, not twice, not even three times, but more. I am ashamed of that fact and I know that the religious would send me straight to confession if only they knew. When I hang out with my friends we typically end up enjoying the food in the refrigerators of our homes. I’m lucky enough to be able to go to college and live with my parents for the moment and I am willing to take all the benefits that come with it. Why throw away a Disneyland visit because you would rather eat Taco Bell than a home cooked meal or cook with your buds? Although this is what I do more often than not, like I said before, food is where the majority of money I spend goes. I don’t spend money willy nilly so not even this amount is high.
Also, you can motivate your friends to do the same. Tell them that instead of going to the movies, y’all can save the money for something more memorable, like a weekend trip to Disneyland.