Greece has been on my list for just about ever. As a 21 year old University student, money is obviously tight, but personally I don’t mind splurging on experiences. I don’t think you should either. Travel is the best way to expand your horizons and get out of your comfort zone a bit. Ya, the Instagram photos are great. But being able to learn how a group of people live and how their life differs from yours has no comparison to the likes and comments you oh so crave on your photos.
People might think I go on vacation just for the photos (I used to think I did too), but the truth is vacay can teach you a lot! I have been saving up since I started working at the age of 16 and promise myself a trip each year to a new and exciting place. I’ve crossed a number of places off my long list of places to see such as Miami, California, St.Maarten and now Greece.
5 Tips for saving $$$$$$
- Open a savings account (and lock it so you can’t get into it for “shopping emergencies”). Most banks have student saving accounts and you can set up a certain amount of money you’d like to put aside every week, 2 weeks, or month. The best idea my father had for me was to start doing this when I started working. And because of this I have been able to do most of the things I wanted when it comes to travel. Thanks dad!!!!
- Go to work. Seems logical right? Well, not really. Here’s the thing. A lot of us want a lot of things, but get lazy or say we have too many other things to do. If you want to see the gorgeous blue domes of Oia, you’re gonna have to work honey. Take an extra shift even if you’re really hungover. Stay later if you’re asked to even if you have plans to binge watch your fav netflix show after work. Trust me, the blue domes in Oia are SO worth it.
- Say no sometimes. Okay so it seems like saving money takes a lot of sacrifice right? It does. That doesn’t mean you can’t do things while you’re saving up for a trip. It just means to be smart. I used to say yes to everything. Like “hey want to go for a drink tonight? (which usually turns into a couple) “yes”, “hey the girls want to do dinner and shopping, you in?” “yes”… you get it. I couldn’t say no. I love being around other humans and indulging in life but you can do it on a budget. You really don’t need that super cute top from aritzia that looks like 5 other shirts you have. If your friends want to go out Thursday, Friday AND Saturday, maybe chose one of those days to have GNI and one night to go out. You get it. Sacrifice. Worth it.
- Go thrifting. Listen, there is nothing gross about thrifting. And whoever said that obviously doesn’t even care for vintage or has enough cash to spend her money on full price clothes. Thrifting is the best way to find clothes that you will see no other person wearing. In a world of social media models and clones of Kylie Jenner everywhere, be yourself. Please. There is nothing better than a good pair of thrifted shorts and a cute crop top and having people ask where you got it from. Well, could be a nightmare if you don’t want people to know you shop at value village. In that case you can make something up but I take pride in my thrifting. Not only is it a great way to save money but it’s a cool way to show your personality and not be like Kylie Jenner!!!!
- Sell old stuff. Okay seriously, this is the easiest way to make some extra cash. Before Greece, I sold a couple things on Kijiji and made some spending cash for my trip. You know that purse you haven’t worn in 3 years? Get rid of it. Or those super cute designer sunglasses you swore you would wear because everyone told you they look cute on your but you actually hate them? Sell them. One girls old sunnies are another girls something something. You know what I mean. Someone will love something you don’t. And you’ll make money for the blue domes in OIA, SANTORINI!