I admit it. I spend a lot of money and I spend it frivolously. It’s fun! But, trips are expensive and sometimes these trips require CrossFit style money saving. Let’s face it! All of that loose spending isn’t going to get us to the places we dream to see, and when I die, I would rather have memories than a house full of stuff.
Here are some tricks that might help you save those dollars and get that plane ticket!
Always choose the CASHBACK option. This is a new trick I’ve been practicing with and so far, I really like it. Whenever I am getting gas, buying groceries, or secretly purchasing a new bag, I always get cash back. For example, instead of my groceries being $100, it’s $120, and that $20 cash goes straight to my travel jar. This trick is a way to continue to have cash in your travel jar. I also find it helpful because it doesn’t make you go without. I hate saving plans that make me go without the things that I want. I find that when I refrain from spending from too long, I always end up on an uncontrollable spending spree. Instead, this trick helps you save money by just adding on to what you are already planning to purchase. Consider your savings another item in your cart, and it can be as cheap or expensive as you choose.
Replace your date. Planning on going to a movie, or celebrating pay day by splurging on a pricey dinner and drinks? Save your money instead! Take all the money that you would have spent at the movies and at the restaurant/bar and send it straight to your savings. Replace your night out by staying at home and enjoying your Netflix “to watch” list that you’ve been waiting months to start, or play board games with friends. Those nights at home with a hearty homemade pasta dinner and your besties might get you to your dream destination one day.
Treat cash like it doesn’t exist. (Treat it like it doesn’t exist after you have it in your wallet of course.) This tip #3 is the backbone of tip #1. Whenever I get cashback at the grocery store (or any store that offers cash back) I place the money safely in my travel jar (featured below). Whenever I get paid by selling my jars, or when relatives give me money on my birthday or on holidays, the cash goes straight to the travel jar. After it’s in the jar, I consider it fallen into the abyss. And it is so easy too! Consider your cash spent. You can’t use it cause in your mind it has literally already been on a hotel room in Japan, or wherever your heart leads you.
Traveling holds different meanings for everyone. We are all enriched in different ways. These are a few reasons why I love to travel…
Traveling gives me confidence. There is something rewarding about going somewhere you’ve never been before. I struggle with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and for many years couldn’t even go to a restaurant that I’ve never been to before because I was afraid I would look silly if I ordered my food wrong. However, when I travel, I’m forced out of my comfort zone and to go explore places I’ve never been and become immersed in cultures that are new to me. Traveling gives me the confidence to be who I really am and when I return home, I feel as if I’m not the same person as when I left. If I can get lost in Sydney, Australia alone for 3 hours at 1 a.m. and ask every single person on the street for directions, I can go to Twisted Root and not worry whether they give me a silly name or not.
Traveling has the tendency to give me an open-mind. One of my passions is history and it makes me so excited to see history still standing in our contemporary society. It allows you learn where you came from. It also reminds me how fleeting our life is. Some European cities have been around for a thousand years. Other cities around the world, that I have yet to visit, have been around for much longer than that. Real people living real lives inhabited these cities all those hundreds of years ago. They were just as real as you are I and they made that city what it is. When I travel to Munich, I don’t just see a beautiful and lively Bavarian city. I see a city that has been built up over hundreds of years, went through great turmoil not that long ago, and has amazingly overcome that turmoil and created a city that I never wanted to leave.
Traveling gives me freedom. As soon as I book that flight out, I feel that overwhelming sense of “my job/family/school/etc. can’t hold me back from what I want.” I feel unconfined by city limits. I feel liberated from finances and responsibilities. I don’t want a job to dictate my life. I don’t want a role that society wants me to fill to be my cage. When I’m traveling, I feel in control. I feel that my future is mine and fortunately, I have a very supportive family and a husband who wants to get out and see the world almost as much as I do. I remember standing in a mountainous area (I’m from Texas, hills are mountainous to me) of the northern island of New Zealand and thinking how big the world is. I thought at that moment that I could go anywhere and be anyone I wanted to be. When I’m adventuring far from home I don’t have anxiety. I’m not depressed. Somehow, being in nature makes me feel like nothing else in the world matters. All of my thoughts drift away. To me, that is the best type of freedom.
When I travel I find myself. There is so much of myself that gets lost sitting behind a desk and preforming the same repetitive tasks for the profits of others. When I’m traveling I become a better me. I develop the drive to make my dreams realities, rather than allow them to remain dormant. I’ve always wanted to live in Europe, but when I was actually standing in the middle of Marienplatz in Munich, I realized that it was a dream that could happen. I made my dream of standing in Marienplatz a reality. Why not other dreams too? I remember things about myself that I forget over time. My love of art becomes overshadowed by television. My interest in learning a new language was pushed aside because of my endless ability to Pinterest (and yes, I’m using that as a verb) for hours on end. And my desire to travel is sometimes suppressed because of my need for instant gratification and needing to spend all of my money now. I travel so that I remember these things about myself. I loves to travel because it brings these interests back up the surface and reminds me what I’m missing when I’m drowning in all of the things that are suppressing my real personality.
I’ve been working on an itinerary for Ireland. Trying to pack in as much as possible in such a little time frame. Can’t wait to share!
My number one hobby and interest is traveling. That’s a difficult interest to have as your number one.
What’s great about hobbies and interests is that you can express yourself through those things and have an outlet to feel free from the mundane day-to-day. Travel is an interest where it’s hard to express yourself. We have jobs. We have careers. We have families. We can’t just get up and leave for a month because we feel that familiar, restless urge to go dust off our old suitcase that’s been sitting still for way too long. Continue reading “Express Yourself through Travel! (even when you can’t go anywhere)”→
Hello strangers who have happened upon this blog! Welcome to Travel and Trinkets.
My name is Meagan, and I hope not to be strangers with you, my readers, much longer. I say this because there is no need to keep up a pretense of being strangers here. You have all stumbled upon this page (I assume) because you all have a love of the beautiful things this world has to offer. I too share this passion. This world is full of beautiful things in beautiful places, and what makes us so close already is the fact that we are the few that truly appreciate the world for what it is. Continue reading “Welcome Fellow Travelers!”→