We live in a vibrant, urban area in a country that prides itself on delicious food, wine, and coffee. We’re foodies who appreciate a good drink (alcoholic, caffeinated, or otherwise), so it can be difficult to avoid the temptation of trying a new café, restaurant, or bar several times a week.
But when you’re saving for travel, every bit counts.
The problem is, it’s difficult to keep from spending money on food and beverages when friends are always inviting us to try the latest fried chicken place (Melbourne loves its American food) or speakeasy (Melbourne also loves its old-timey gimmicks).
So what to do?
Get friends involved!
Odds are, they already know that we’re planning a trip, so it’s not that shocking to them that we’ll want to save a bit of cash here and there. And knowing our friends, they’re either saving for travel themselves or trying to save for other things (we’re definitely at the age that houses and babies are on people’s minds).
So if you need to save more money here and there to afford your travel, be honest with your friends and start taking advantage of the more wallet-friendly options for hanging out.
If one person brings wine, another provides cheese, a third grabs some olives and crackers and a fourth handles veg and dip, you’ve got a fully catered girls’ night for the price of one (or half, in many cities!) cocktail. Or make up a big pot of pasta and sauce and have everyone bring a 6-pack of interesting new beer to try– it’ll still save you $20-$40 that you would have spent at a restaurant. That $20 could mean a double room in a hostel in Asia or a picnic lunch along the Seine in Paris.
It can be fun and worth your money to explore the town or city you call home, but if you’re wanting to save to discover new places, it pays (heh, see what I did there?) to get your friends on board and change the way you all think about socializing.