You CAN afford it.

There is never enough time or money to travel as much as we would like, right? Time we can’t do anything about, but money we can control! We can save!!

With a plan we are…..

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Day dreaming about the trip is so much part of the fun. You can get started daydreaming and planning while you save.

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Read books on your future destination. I”ll get you started with ready made lists! I’ve already done the research choosing great books on topics to get your kids interested and learning about your vacation. Click on your destination: Hawaii, Canada, Italy, New York, London, Paris

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Watch movies that are set in your dream spot. Get those daydream juices flowing!

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Learn about the food from that country.

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Learn traditions from that destination. Holidays are great fun! We try to use a tradition from a country we have visited in our holiday fun.

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Start a walking program to get in shape. This is especially important for kids! Get them ready so you aren’t held back by cries of “I’m tired.” and “My feet hurt.” Use these tips to have the kids ready for lots of walking on a trip!

Keep track with a pedometer.

Keep track with a pedometer.

And save….get the kids on board! Let them contribute found pennies and watch the savings grow! Read about how travel can teach kids about math and money.

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So many ways to save, but this one recently caught my eye. I’m all about the gold stars on a chart, myself. I like this 52 week challenge chart from Fresh and Organized. Click here for the FREE download of this chart.

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Make a plan for saving – there are many to pick from – one will work for you!

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Can you eat out less? Cook more? I hate cooking – really, I do, but if it means saving money for a trip, then I’m game! Try these food saving tips here.

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Can you make coffee at home and skip the Starbucks once a week? Worried it won’t taste as good? Try this tip here!

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Can you watch movies at home instead of going to the theatre? Get movies at the library instead of Redbox?

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Color your own hair. This is surprisingly easy and you could save $100 a month, or more! Take that $100 and put it in the travel fund.  Not that I would know anything about coloring hair or covering grays – not at my tender age of …..Uh, hum…..29. 😉

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paint your own nails

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groom your own dog

I have one of these attachments for the vacuum and it is the end all be all!!

I have one of these attachments for the vacuum and it is the end all be all!!

mow your own lawn

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….and put the money you WOULD have spent in the travel fund!

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Don’t know how? Learn!!

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Be brave – try something new!

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How hard could it be? How bad could it be if you mess up? Just try again next time. The dog, your nails, and your lawn will forgive you if it isn’t perfect the first time. Whoever is drinking your coffee…maybe not so much. 😉

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Trade babysitting with the neighbors? I know babysitting costs can really add up!

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Or be the babysitter! Organizations like this one are always on the look out for great babysitters!

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Just google saving money and you’ll get a gazillion sites to choose from! I love the Frugal Girl and you might, too! I love her ‘can do’ attitude!

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You CAN! Plan for the trip of your dreams!!

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Go! See the world. You CAN! Don’t forget to leave a little sparkle.

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All the tips and information you need to plan the trip of your dreams is right here on this website! If you still need more help – drop me a line! I love to help travelers!

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Happy daydreams!

Natalie, The Educational Tourist

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4 Responses

  1. Sarah says:

    I really like the savings tracker..think I’ll try that out myself!

  2. Pamela Rex says:

    Love all the ideas!!! I especially love the picture of the angry cat about the coffee…hysterical!! Fabulous ways to make a dream trip a reality!!

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