21 Tips for Saving for your Dream Vacation

Are you dreaming of a sandy shore on a tropical beach? The sun beaming cheerfully as you lay and read a book. No schedule, no obligations, just you, the next chapter and gentle lapping of the waves.

Are you dreaming of standing on the side of the grand canyon? Feeling chills travel through your whole body as you stare in awe at the natural beauty of the world that is everyone to see? 

Are you dreaming of staring into the Mona Lisa’s eyes? Trying to discover the secrets that is hidden in her smile? Or dreaming of sitting in a crowded Parisian cafe watching people holding hands and falling in love as you sip a cappuccino?

As a dreamer myself I can easily get lost in thought as I put myself in any of these inspiring places. To me, travel is the most wonderful way to live. To learn more about ourselves, our planet, and each other. Traveling is more than just a break from routine, although that is needed too. It is an opportunity to enrich your life and claim for yourself the beauty and wonders of this world we call home.

I envy those adventurous nomads out there who travel the world. Some adventurers spending months or even years on the road discovering wonder after wonder. But let’s be real here for a minute. Not all of us can do that, and not all of us want to. There are other things in life that are important too, like family, careers, building a home. For most of us, travel is something to be enjoyed that adds to the richness of our lives but is not our life itself.

For many of us, the prospect of traveling can be stressful. Many of us don’t want to indulge our fantasies too much because the thought of saving for our dream trip might overwhelm us. I get it. I am a young working professional with a modest income too.

But that doesn’t mean you cant dream. Just because you have a job, a family, or a mortgage doesn’t mean you can’t still work towards a travel goal.

What if I told you that anyone in the world has within them the power to make their dreams come true? What if I told you with a few simple tricks you can over time realize your dream vacation? I think you see where this post is going.

Here are a few tips to help you start turning your travel dreams into your future reality. Remember to think big and start small and you will get there!

Outline your dream

Think big! Really big. Forget about being realistic and really dream. More than likely you already have an idea in your heart of hearts of where you want to go. That one place in the whole world you would want to see before you die, one place you would go if you won the lottery.

That one place is your dream vacation. It might be expensive, foreign and out there. But this is your goal. Go big or go home right? If you want to realize your dreams then you need to have the guts to achieve it. Don’t be afraid. Thinking about going won’t send you into bankruptcy.

Your first step is to choose your dream vacation and do a little research. Begin with the basics. How much is it to go for a week or two. Plane tickets, accommodations, spending money. This does not need to be an accurate to the dollar outline just a rough idea. Round that number up a little to give you a little breathing room.

Remember this is not a set in stone outline, just the general idea to help you get started. but without it, you may as well keep dreaming. From this idea, a great master plan can be born. I promise. Besides this could begin the manifestation of a wonderful reality.

Create your budget

The most obvious way to begin planning for any big purchase is by creating a budget. However, it still shocks me how many people don’t budget.

You can not improve if you don’t know where you can improve. For this reason, a basic idea of what your budget is will not be enough. You need to get it on paper, you need to restrict and reward yourself with your finances. You should treat your finances like a business.

By creating a budget you can plan, organize and create goals for any situation. Start simple by tracking what you spend each month on rent, transportation, food, bills and misc. Then take a look at your monthly statements of the past and track what you spent on clothes, eating out, memberships and other wants.

It might be shocking, and it might be hard, to be honest with yourself. Once you have the numbers you can determine how much you can put away each month for your dream vacation. I would suggest putting this automatically into a separate account each pay period.

Simple tips to help you save

If you are tight on money or would like to put extra away each month then taking then trying the following tips is a great way for an extra boost. Place any extra money you save into your savings account and start packing.

  • Stop buying coffee and lunches

  • Make a grocery list and budget food spending

  • Cut down on heating costs

  • Downgrade on data phone plans

  • Start thrifting

  • Manifestations

  • Sell things on the internet

  • Ditch the memberships

  • Watch your bank fees

  • Carpool

  • Get second income

  • Find cheap alternatives to regular activities

  •  Get a library card

  • Walk or bike to work instead

  • Pack your own lunches

  • Cut cable

  • Stop buying bottled water

  • Buy generic

  • Downsize on gifting

  • Leave your wallet at home

  • Cut your own hair


  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle | 16th Jan 18

    These are such awesome tips! If you really sit down and add up how much you spend on coffee and lunches, you’re spending a TON of money!

  2. jennifervanhuss | 16th Jan 18

    This is a great post for me! I have been dying to go on a vacation and I have trouble finding the budget. I am going impliment some of these!

  3. Marcie W. | 16th Jan 18

    What wonderful ways to save! So many of these are simple to incorporate and really add up, plus I am more likely to stick to things when I know it is for a vacation.

  4. Jenn @ EngineerMommy | 16th Jan 18

    These are smart tips for saving for a vacation. By putting a small money aside every week, it is possible to accumulate a nice savings for a fun trip.

  5. Rose Ann SAles | 17th Jan 18

    Great post! I’ve been planning to go on a vacation since last December last year but I cant pursue because of the expenses. Thanks for the tips I’ll implement some of these.

  6. marysa | 17th Jan 18

    These are really good tips. I do a lot of these, and I am pretty sure some friends of mine think I’m crazy. But I don’t drink anything other than water or tea, and we turn the thermostat way down in the winter.. when you have some great goals like a vacation, it is good motivation.

  7. Tami (@ThisMomsDelight) | 17th Jan 18

    To go on a vacation seemed like a far-fetch idea until now. I can easily implement every one of these ideas, except the library suggestion. Yes, I borrow books from the library, but I will never give up my bookstore purchases. It’s my vice!

  8. TheSmallFashionista | 17th Jan 18

    What great tips! We have a few dream vacations planned in our head and can always use good money saving tips.

  9. Melissa Dixon | 17th Jan 18

    It is such a great idea to plan for your vacation and save. That way you don’t worry about money while on it and you still get to enjoy yourself within a budget.

  10. Terri (@mylittleport) | 17th Jan 18

    I like your tips and I’m actually doing a couple of these this year so I can travel more. One thing I did was to give away my Keurig because I was spending over $35 a week just on k-cups. I now use my KitchenAid coffee machine which is saving me money already. Plus I avoid Starbucks unless I can’t refrain.

    • stephaniewp | 18th Jan 18

      That is a really good idea. All those little things certainly add up! I think you can get reusable k-cups too which is a bit cheaper.

  11. Adaleta Avdic (@adaatude) | 18th Jan 18

    These are all great tips! I’m always saving for some sort of travel adventure.

  12. Cyn Gagen | 18th Jan 18

    These are fantastic suggestions. I’m saving up to go back to Europe so I’m going to give some of these a try!

    • stephaniewp | 18th Jan 18

      I am saving for a Europe trip too! Got to stay dedicated 🙂

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