3 golden tips to save up money for your next trip

Hey lovelies,

Today I will discuss a subject I get asked so much about. Yes, let’s talk M-O-N-E-Y!
I often get asked how I can afford all my travels and today I will share my little secrets with you.
In all honesty, I do get a lot of sponsored trips, presstrips, free stays and free flights and I am aware that if you are not a travelblogger, a freelancer, a digital nomad that you don’t get these goodies. But besides that- I also use a lot of my own money to explore and discover our globe.Travel pic 1

And today I will share my 3 golden tips on how I am always able to afford my trips.

  1. A STRICT GOAL + PLANNING
    Having a goal and creating a planning is essential for almost everything that you will do in this life. If you have a goal you have something you can work towards to without feeling like a lost sheep. When you have a goal (hence- the destination, duration etc) you can start planning. How long will it take you to being able to afford your travel and trip. It might take you up to a year to save up, or even longer, but do not get discouraged. If you really want it, you can make it happen. I believe in you.
    Look at your income and see how much you have to put aside to get the amount that you need for your trip. Than look at the amount you need. Divide that amount by the money you can put aside every month- and tada- the outcome is your answer.For example; if your trip costs 1500 USD and you can put aside 150 euro a month – it will only take you 10 months to save up and get to that amount.

2.    OUT WITH THE OLD + NOT IN WITH THE NEW
In order to make some extra cash money go through your apartment and look at (valuable) items that you can sell. Have you heard of the 1 year rule for your clothing? If you have not worn it in the past year SELL IT! Get rid of it. You can sell it online or at a local vintage / second hand market. Every dollar you get by selling your old things you can put in your ‘Travel Jar’- (more about this tomorrow :))
While saving, try to limit your amount of time that you spend shopping (online)- Do you really need that new top? Probably YAAAS- haha…but just try not to buy it and keep focussed on your goal!

3. LIMIT YOUR MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTIONS
People often feel surprised when I tell them that I don’t own a telly. But with the amount of traveling, I hardly have time to watch the telly. And everything that I do want to watch I can find on Netflix. Of course, Netflix costs money too, but you can share a subscription with your friend. The only subscriptions that I have are internet- (As a blogger you just can’t live without it) and well, my rent- of course this is not a subsription, haha. But it is something I have to pay every month.
Cancel your gym membership, your phone subscription – everything you don’t really need. And I promise you, that you will save up a lot of money- money you can put in your Travel Jar!

These tips always help me to save for my trips. Sometimes it is hard not to spend money on a cute new top, or an extra dinner in a fancy restaurant- but hey- if that means you can finally take that cool surf trip amongst the coast of Portugal, or that backpacking trip to Australia- isn’t it worth it in the end than?

I hope these tips helped you out a bit, let me know what your best tips are!

xoxo

Girl Solo Travels – 5 tips from a female travelblogger to start with solo travels!

Hey lovelies,

This post is for all my ladies out there. Yea you girl! I wrote this post specially for you because I want to inspire you. I want to trigger something inside you to do the thing that I love to do the most: TRAVEL!

If you have never solo traveled before but you want to see if it might be something for you too take these 5 steps and allow me to guide you through it!

1.  TAKE A CITY SOLO TRIP FIRST
Before packing your backpack and traveling to the other side of the world, go out there and test the waters a bit. See if solo traveling is something for you. Pick a destination close to home so it will still feel same for you, jump on a plane and just go there. Start with just a long weekend and see how you feel. Of course you can not compare 3-5 days with 3-5 months but you will get a good feeling and vibe of the ‘traveling alone’ part. Based on that feeling you can decide if that is something you would like to pursue a bit more.

2. PICK YOUR ACCOMMODATION
When you are out there on the road you often don’t have the luxury of ‘planning’ everything in advance. For your first solo travel I will definitely recommend you to at least plan everything you can plan about this trip in advance. Your planning skills will be well tested while being out on the road so let’s see how you do this. When looking for an accommodation read online reviews. Not everyone has the luxury to stay in expensive hotels but there are really good and affordable hostels out there as well. The one that I have recently stayed in, The Generator in Dublin was amazing. They even only had an all female dorm room what creates a safer environment if you are a lady traveler out on your first solo travel. Chose an accommodation and just go for it!

3.  MAKE A DAY PLANNING
Have you researched the city that you are going too?  Do you know where to go to once you got there. Do you know what you want to do when you visit the city? Perhaps a museum or a shopping street. Get a map and a notebook and write down all the things you want to do and how to get there. If you are prepared you will feel more comfortable with your self and your solo traveling skills. Of course you do not have to do everything that you have on your schedule but it often helps when you have an idea on what you can do and how to go there.

4.  WHEN THE SPONTANIOUSITY KICKS IN, SURRENDER TO IT!
Spontaniousity- is that even a word? I do not thinks so. Haha. But you get my point right. I recommended you to make a planning in pointer 3 because what I often notice when I talk to first time solo travelers is that they go to a destination and they don’t have a clue on what to actually do there and than the fear kicks in and they feel unsafe. If you have a planning and you know what you could do, it will give you some relieve. Often what you will have during solo traveling, is the pleasure of meeting random people. Be open to that and let things happen. If someone invites you to join for an event later say YES! Who know what kind of great experiences you will have and what kind of new people you will meet!
*Please always be careful though, when someone invites you to their home and you don’t know that person well, don’t do it. Always trust your gut and your instinct. But when it is at a public event, a cafe or a bar, do it! You will be pleasantly surprised. 

5. WHEN SOMETHING DOES NOT FEEL RIGHT, DON’T DO IT
Always be safe. Solotraveling is fun, not scary. It will allow you to get to know your self in ways you never could when you just stay in your own save little environment back home. You will develop some serious James Bond’ish skills and you will learn how to take care of your self because you are the only person out there that takes care of you on your trips. Always trust your instincts and when something does not feel right, don’t do it.

If you follow these 5 steps I am sure you will have a great first impression on what solo traveling is and feels like. I am so curious on how you will experience your first solo experience. Have you ever solo traveled before? How was that for you?
xoxo