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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Travel – Iceland – Part One #IvesonsOnTour

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It feels like forever since I had the most amazing holiday in Iceland with my friend Carla (of Carla Thomas Photography) back in November – and I can’t believe its taken me this long to post about it *tut-tut* but here it is – our incredible trip to Iceland.

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Bucket (or F*ck It!) List & Goals – January 2017

If you’ve read my blog before chances are  you’ve heard me talk about my Bucket List aka F*ck It List – it’s here if you want to take a look.

It’s essentially a list of things I’d like to do or places I would like to go in my lifetime. It’s a pretty long list and i’ll be honest, even I find it quite overwhelming when I see how much is on there!

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The (not Big, not Fat) Quiz of The Year 2016 – reflections on the year & goals for 2017 tag!

Gosh that title is a bit of a mouthful isn’t it? Thank heavens i’m not writing this hungover (or still drunk!) – I actually love this feeling of waking up on New Years Day sober and fresh after a decent night’s sleep!

2016 was a strange year – in a way it flew by but there were also times where it seemed to drag on forever (especially that night where I stayed up to watch the US election results and cried into my cereal!!!)

I have done some amazing things this year, met some incredible people and had some fantastically fun times. Yet of course there has been darkness in this year too – and i’m not just talking on a global scale a la Trump and Brexit; for me my battles with anxiety and depression have really come to the fore, I ended my relationship with my mother after my parent’s horrendous divorce *although on reflection that’s only been a positive experience for me*, I have lost friends and family and I have had a very stressful work year. But I look at those things and whilst they were definitely negative parts of 2016 I can honestly say I am in a happier place now than I would have been if I hadn’t gone through them – I am so much stronger than I ever realised that I was; and that’s a really amazing thing for me to have realised.

Enough of the rambling; Rebecca at Mummy Est.2014, Jen at Just Average Jen and Lorna at Mums Wine HQ tagged me to join in with ‘The (not Big, not Fat) Quiz of the Year 2016 and so here goes:

What was your highlight of 2016?

Ooooh….. this is so hard because I really did get to do some amazing things in 2016… I’m going to have to pick three:

  • Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland (I’ve still not got round to blogging this but I will do!)
  • Our family holiday to Prague
  • GLASGOW!!!

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I actually can’t believe that it’s already the 22nd November – this month has completely flown by and it’s been full of amazing adventures – and there are still more to come before the end of the month!

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Travel – Prague – Part One #IvesonsOnTour

This summer we were lucky enough to get the opportunity to spend a week in Prague. Our kind and generous friends Martin, Katerina and their daughter Noemi invited us to stay with them in their lovely home so that we could explore their city.

Prague is a  beautiful city with a fascinating history and culture aplenty. It’s also one of the greenest and freshest feeling cities I have ever visited – it really does feel as though there is a park or garden on every street and the Vltava River  lazily winding through the centre of the city lends to the feeling of space and the crispness of the air. That’s not to say it isn’t busy – the Old Town and Charles Bridge in particular are busy 24/7, the cobbled streets seeming to groan under the footfall of thousands of tourists however there are always little hidden oasis’ just waiting to be found and relished.

We flew from Gatwick to Vaclav Havel Airport where Martin and Noemi collected us – from the airport it was a short drive to Malá Strana, the district of Prague where we would be spending our week (and definitely the area I would recommend to any traveller to base themselves out of).

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The Bucket (or F*CK it) List

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When I was 15 I sat down and wrote a list that I titled ‘The Plan’; it was, essentially, a list of all of the things I wanted to do before I was 30. It was a pretty long list with 62 items in total. A couple of weeks ago I found it tucked down behind my bed in my old room at my parents house. It was funny to read it but it also made me think a lot about what I had expected from my life and what I’ve achieved in the 12 years since I wrote it. In all honesty – I’ve not done much of it, just 6.5 out of the 62 items which made me feel a little sad. But instead of moping around about the lack of things I’d ticked off I decided to take it as an opportunity to rewrite my Bucket List, or as I’ve taken to calling it the F*CK it list – as in ‘Oh F*CK it lets just jump on a plane and go drink mojitos and salsa dance in Cuba’ 🙂

The list will be a work in progress and I’ve no doubt that it will change as time goes on, just like it’s changed since I first wrote it at 15. I’ve deleted a lot from my original list as many were things that just don’t appeal anymore, and the list is a real mix of big and small things that I’d like to do. To make it easier to find things as I work my way through I’ve split them into categories – Skills, Experiences, Travel and Misc. At the top you will see that I’ve added the 6.5 I’ve ticked off of my original plan as I love that feeling of satisfaction you get when you cross things off ha!

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