When you hear about San Francisco, you know it can rival the cost-of-living of New York City. When you’re on vacation, it can be even worse — it can be done on a budget you just need to plan well and avoid unnecessary costs. This guide will show you where to go, what you can do for free and how to have the most fun with your travel funds.
You've planned, you've saved, you've made a million reservations. Now you're on your trip! As far as money goes, the fun is just getting started. It's tempting to spend like crazy when you finally embark on a new trip. After all, you're on vacation, right? Well, for those of us with tight travel budgets, we can't go crazy. And we need a way to track expenses so we know where we are with our budget.
Before we embarked on our yearlong trip around the world, my husband and I saved more than $75,000. We scrimped, we saved, we sold all our stuff. You don't need to go to the same extremes to save to travel. Most people just want enough to take a nice vacation each year. Whether it's $500 or $5,000, here are some ways you can save for your own trip:
It feels good to be kicking our budget's ass this much. We feel like we're really splurging, but that's taking on a different meaning here. Sitting on the street outside of a hostel drinking crap canned beer while the sun slowly slips below the horizon feels exceedingly satisfying. It feels like enough to do in one evening.
For years we used our spare bedroom as Nate's office, but this past summer, we began to think about converting it to a second bedroom in order to rent it out on airbnb.