Saving Money for Travel – My Top Tips

Growing up my dad (who had been in the Navy) was forever telling me stories of wild, exotic places; of fascinating cultures and people and amazing sights he saw when he travelled the World. I was always convinced that I would do the same until I got older and started my career and started to feel like Worldwide travel would be forever out of my grasp.

But last year I realised that to travel didn’t necessarily mean to go off and do it full time in the way that my dad did, but that by taking regular trips we could see the World in a lot more practical a way. That being said travel still costs money (despite my firm belief in the quote “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”) and so we are saving up for various trips that we want to take – ticking off our bucket lists tick by little tick.

This past year we’ve been able to go to some amazing places such as Prague, Scotland and Iceland, and we have some amazing trips planned for the rest of this year too such as Croatia and Berlin, so as you can imagine we’ve been putting away our pennies to go towards those! As we are saving as much as we can towards travel experiences I figured I’d share my top tips for saving money up for travel (or any other goals you might have!)

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Meal Plan Monday

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend – it always goes way too quickly doesn’t it?

The hubby has kick-started back into his training regime after an injury a couple of months ago and so the whole family is on a high-protein, reduced carb diet to make it easier! This means we are using lots of recipes from Lean in 15 and also adapting other favourite recipes to fit.

I’m still trying to eat within a budget (not particularly easy when you are following the principles of the Lean in 15 diet to be honest) so we shall see how that goes!

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How to ‘Date’ your Husband…

Sounds random right? I guess once you’re married you’ve left the ‘dating’ stage of your relationship behind, but I’m thinking more along the lines of going out on a proper ‘date’ the way you would have when you first met.

Scott and I got together when I was 17, our first date was to Greenwich – we went to the cinema to watch Pan’s Labyrinth, walked through the park drinking milkshakes and for dinner to a little Italian restaurant. After that first date we were always going out – bowling, to parties, gigs, weekends away, meals, cinema etc – of course we stayed in together too *how do you think we got Lily ;)*

I remember the excitement of getting ready to go on our dates – picking out an outfit, curling my hair, applying the glittery eye shadow that was super on-trend back in the days *this was pre the existence of contouring*, calling my friends to discuss every minute detail of my outfit and our plans and all of that nice buzzy feeling waiting for him to knock on the door.

It’s been ten years, one wedding and one beautiful daughter later and whilst we do go out it’s not labelled as a ‘date’ but I’m starting to think it should be. And so I’ve planned out a list of ways to ‘date’ my husband – it doesn’t have to be expensive nights out but I’d like to get dressed up intentionally to go out together. One of the most wonderful nights we had recently was for our anniversary last year when Scott took me to Opium Bar in Soho – we had cocktails, dim sum and I’d got dressed up (even wearing heels) for the occasion. It was exciting and fun and we both had such a good time – it’s been 7 months since then and we’ve not really done anything similar and I think it’s important that we make more time for ‘us’ as a couple not just as a family or individuals.

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Meal Planning Monday

Hey lovelies!

It was my hubby’s birthday yesterday so this week’s meal plan is a bit late as we were busy celebrating!

This week is going to be super busy, plus we are all back to work/school *eurgh* and so I’m not going to be wanting to spend much time in the kitchen (tbh I never ever want to spend much time in the kitchen anyway ha!) so this week’s recipes are simple and quick family meals. Also between birthday celebrations and Easter half term we’ve spent a fair bit so I’m sticking to a super thrifty budget this week, and as before any new recipes are marked with an asterisk* 🙂

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The Reality of Working From Home – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

You know that saying ‘the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence’? Well that’s definitely the case for me when it comes to working from home – it was one of those things that I dreamt of happening until it actually did and now I actually miss my office ha! For those of you thinking about going into working from home this might be helpful – and even if you aren’t it can be good to see that it’s not all a bed of roses!

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Meal Planning Monday

Morning!

I’m travelling back from Aberdeen today (well technically Glasgow as I arrived here last night!) and plan to pop into the supermarket on my way home to do our big shop for this week. I’m looking for easy meals that I can throw together without a fuss and some lighter dishes to make the most of the weather whilst the sunshine lasts. Anyone else struggle to eat heavy meals when the weather is nice?

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One Pound Meals – Cookbook Review

I love cookbooks and have quite a collection (not that I use them all to be honest!) and I think Scott might have rolled his eyes when I bought this one home – pretty sure he expected it to sit and gather dust with the others in our kitchen.

I’d actually come across Miguel some time before on Instagram and loved his easy, budget friendly takes on meals but its quite hard to remember things that I see on instagram – I much prefer a written recipe that I can follow easily.

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