Dream vacations can be associated with the high costs. So it happens that those plans and dreams are so distant, that usually it all ends up on scrolling Instagram and looking at the lovely pictures from the foreign travels and wondering “oh, how can they afford it all?”. And even though, of course, there are the ones who buy business class flight tickets without the blink of an eye, most of the travelers use some simple and trusted methods of saving money, so they don’t need to sacrifice too much to afford the holidays. So how to save money for the dream holidays? Here are my 5 tips:
1. Piggy bank – a way of saving money for vacation
2. Save money by reducing eating out and buying take-away coffee
3. Make a logical plan of saving money – don’t refuse yourself all the pleasures
4. Organize your dream holidays on your own – don’t get overcharged at the travel agencies
5. Reduce monthly payments and subscriptions
I’m one of those people who has never bought anything on credit and never had phone subscription. Paying for the yearly access to Netflix was the first kind of subscription I’ve ever had in my life (I’m also not watching normal TV). I’m avoiding all kinds of small monthly payments, which in the end of the year sum up to a pretty decent amount. That’s why recently I felt really unhappy with the lack of possibility to buy the standard Photoshop license – it’s only available as subscription now, and even though that’s definitely against my anti-subscription philosophy; the need to edit my travel photos in this program was stronger.
Many people use services which monthly costs are so small, that they can barely feel it. A few euros for Spotify premium, Netflix, maybe HBO GO, phone, sometimes girls order some “Glossy boxes”, in Austria many people pay for the Amazon prime access (faster shipping). Some, just like me, buy the access to the Adobe products, and that itself means over 140+ euros yearly. So in the end of the year, all of those small payments actually would cost you the amount that you could easily spend on your dream holidays. It’s worth to rethink which of the products are truly necessary in our life or for our work. Maybe it’s possible to find cheaper (and even free) replacements, use the standard Spotify access, lower the monthly phone subscription. Instead of ordering the cosmetic “box of the month” find a full product in the store, instead of having nails done every month at the beauty-salon learn to make it on your own (reducing 12 visits would give you more than 420+ euros of yearly savings – having in mind Austrian prices). And if you really decide yourself to subscribe to something, calculate first the total yearly amount, before the tempting vision of “just a few euros more monthly” will tempt you.
What are your ways of saving money for dream holidays? Which ones of mine did you already use?