How to Budget for Travel – A Complete Guide

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There are many different ways to save for and afford travel. I’ve considered (and tried) many of them; from working a multiple part time jobs to selling all my belongings and everything in between. There’s no denying some methods work better than others and different things work for different people. To cater for this I’ve written a comprehensive guide on how to budget for travel.

Tips to save money for travel

How Much Do You Need to Save?

The first step is an obvious one, regardless it should not to be taken any less seriously. It’s important to come up with a figure of how much money you would need to make your trip a possibility, and then, most importantly, work out if it’s possible at all!

Consider all of the factors below to help you calculate how much you need to save for your holiday.

Where can you go based on your budget?

As a general rule, proximity will be the biggest determining factor. If you’re based in Australia, the most budget friendly option outside of your home country will be somewhere in nearby Asia (Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia are all great options) or the Pacific (Fiji is extremely affordable and close). If you’re located in the USA, a trip to nearby Canada or Mexico is an obvious but excellent option, but you could also consider locations like Hawaii – still within the USA but it feels a world away with the slow-paced island lifestyle – or head south to the Bahamas, Belize, or elsewhere in the Caribbean – the options are endless!

How long can you go for?

I’m going to say something that might sound ridiculous at first, but stick with me here. Going away for a shorter amount of time does not necessarily mean it will be cheaper. Quite often you can spend the same amount on a 2-month holiday as you would on a 2-week holiday. Some readers might think I’m crazy or at the very least terrible at math, but I promise you this has been tried and tested! The main reason for this is that for a longer trip you plan further in advance and in more detail, so you’re bound to find more ways to save cash; you’ll also spend less on a longer trip as you’ll be in long-term travel spending mode, whereas on a 2-week holiday you’re likely to overspend and indulge as you know you only have two weeks to go overboard; finally, if you stay longer in each place and dial back your accommodation a notch, you’ll save a tonne of cash. Long term rentals, where you pay a weekly or monthly rent instead of a per night hotel rate, are also a great option to save money.

What type of trip do you want to take?

Lastly, think about what you want to do overseas. Lying around all day at a beach resort might be your cup of tea, but you’ll also spend a fortune on food and beverages at a nice resort, despite the fact that you’re not doing much. In contrast, being outdoors on day trips and activities will also be expensive, but you’ll be experiencing so much more than you would otherwise do at home. The choice is up to you! Determine the type of trip you’re looking for and use this to help set your daily budget.

Skydiving Vegas

Calculate Your Savings Goal

Flights + Accommodation + Travel Insurance + Daily Spendings = $_____

Once you’ve determined how much money you’ll need, you’ll then be able to come up with a dollar figure for your savings goal.

For safe measure, always round the amount up; it’s better to have too much money and come home with extra than fall short!

Example: My one-week holiday to Bali

Flights: $1,000 (return)

Accommodation: $150 per night = $900

Travel Insurance: N/A (yearly coverage)

Daily Spendings: $50 per day average

Total = $2250

The above is a very comfortable trip that could easily be cut in half! Be sure to look out for flight sales, hotel deals and other ways to cut your expenses.


How Are You Going to Reach Your Goal?

There are many great ways to save money. Just like exercise or trying a new diet, the best way to get there is to head in the right direction and take it slow and steady – not to completely stop living life while you try and save every single penny! So long as you’re putting money away each week, you’re heading in the right direction. Below are some of the most common ways to reach your travel savings goals:

Work + Save (slow and steady)

The most common way to save for a trip is to set a goal, figure out how much you can save per week, add together how many weeks it will take to reach your target, and book your trip for that time. This provides a great incentive to work hard, take on extra shifts or even an extra job, and save more money in a shorter space of time… so you can go travelling sooner!

Taking out a loan 

Some people don’t want to wait it out and choose instead to take out a personal loan to fund their travels, vowing to pay it back as quickly as possible upon return. There’s no shame in needing to take out a personal loan in order to leave sooner or go for longer, however you should always have a game plan for how you’ll pay it back so you don’t get stuck with the post-travel blues for longer!

Work while you travel 

Another great way to fund your travels which has really picked up momentum over the past few years is the work + travel lifestyle. There are many great jobs for people who love to travel… such as blogging!

Read more: 20 great jobs that suit the work and travel lifestyle. 

Brooke in Patagonia

Get to it!

No matter which way you choose to go about saving for your travels, it’s encouraging to know that as with anything in life, if you want it bad enough you can make it happen, one way or another! Remember there are so many ways to save money generally (like these!), not just for travel, and the key thing to note is that it often comes down to sacrifice. Giving up a bad habit, reigning in your spending to stop trying to “keep up with the joneses” or making substitutions are all great ways to save more money in less time.

Adios and safe travels!

$250 Giveaway!

Comment below with your dream destination and why.
The winning entrant will receive a $250 prepaid VISA gift card to help you start saving for your next adventure!

***Winner announced: Catherine for her poem about Iceland***

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    Idonna Rowee
    March 9, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    My dream destination? Any place with winter season. I’ve always wanted to see how people react on such weather. I also wanted to make sure winter do exist. ‘Cause here in the Philippines, it’s always summer days (wet and dry).

    February 17, 2016 at 12:30 am

    I would like to go to Cuba, actually that’s my child’s dream… Why would I want to go? Well, I’m a dancer. I wanna go see but mostly FEEL La Habana and experience the real life of Cuba… I definitelly want to see how comunism works and looks like, but most of all, I would like to take the part of that magnificant cuban perspection home with me… Your giveaway is probably over, but nevertheless I wanted to share my passion with you… xoxoo Love from Croatia 🙂

    Cassandra Surette
    November 10, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    These all sound amazing! I’ll keep this in mind as I plan my trip.

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    Kerjan | Backpack Babe
    November 9, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Love this!! Such excellent tips 🙂 thanks Brooke!

    November 9, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I would love to go to Canada, particularly during winter. I would love to have a “white Christmas” and have the chance to see the Northern Lights. Antarctica is also on my bucket list. Just started travelling over the last few years and have found Groupon, Travelzoo etc to be a great way to travel. I’ve been to Sth Africa and Vietnam on vouchers and have been able to extend the trips and stay for longer. I’m now saving for a three month trip to the UK.

    November 8, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Sorry it did not allow me to put in the separate paragraphs of the poem on here 🙂

    November 8, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Brooke,
    I have written a poem about my plan and dream to travel to Iceland.
    Thank you,


    I would very much like to tell you firsthand,
    About my dream to visit Iceland.
    This country seems so romantic and grand,
    And I know this desire you will well understand.

    In photos green hills stretch for mile after mile,
    A view of the sea is just as worthwhile.
    The houses are colourful and unique in style,
    Oh so different from the Apple Isle. 

    Summer or winter I do not mind,
    As long as the weather is not too unkind.
    In Reykjavik beauty I would find,
    As my Lonely Planet has underlined.

    I hear that one of the greatest sites,
    Is the famous Islandic Northern Lights.
    I would definitely venture out most nights,
    In order to indulge in these natural delights.

    When avoiding weather which is cool,
    I would take a visit to a thermal pool. 
    Another important and unsaid rule,
    Is to sample Icelandic food to refuel.

    Lastly, I would visit the Skaftafell Ice Cave,
    To demonstrate I am both adventurous and brave.
    The Kirkjufell Mountain of which people rave,
    Would complete my travels; a goodbye wave. 

    Reading this poem I am sure it must seem,
    Iceland is the destination of which I dream,
    A million times better than pavlova and cream,
    A trip to promote my positive self-esteem!

    November 7, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    I’m about to leave on a 15 month trip and have spent two years saving for it. I tried to change my spending to save for travel but in ways that still wouldn’t sacrifice the time and life I spent here in Melbourne. Hence I’d still go out with friends; but we would go to cheap Asian restaurants that are BYO; so I’d be spending $15 on a night out rather than $100 (I also always got the train home instead of getting a taxi). I also did things like move slightly further out of the city to half my rent, buy a coffee machine instead of buying coffees everyday, limit my eating out to once a week, buying items for my trip whenever I had the need for a little retail therapy (rather than just spending it on pointless stuff), going to the library instead of buying books, going to the movies on cheap tuesdays instead of the weekend. That said, I still worked 7 days a week while studying full time and made sure I put at least 50% of my wage into a high interest account I couldn’t access. And sometimes its not just about budgeting here but also budgeting to make your trip cheaper if need be; hence I love doing things like couchsurfing and I also collect frequent flyer points to help subsidise flights!

    Rebecca Miller
    November 7, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    The saving process to get to South America has begun. There are so many countries with different appeal, but one thing that is common is the culture, I desperately can’t wait to get there and experience everything I can! Specifically I am aiming for Venezuela to reunite with a friend I met on my London gap year and meet her family which she told me so much about. Argentina would also be well received because my hips don’t lie – I REALLY need to learn how to dance in rhythm. Plus a sneaky trip north to Mexico for some taco’s would be pretty neat as well!

    Holli McCarthy
    November 6, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Aside from wanting to travel everywhere in the world eventually my dream destination is Bolivia, South America! Myself and my boyfriend have been working away in the Queensland outback for months trying to save to make it over there, can’t wait till we finally make it! Great post about saving, potentially one of the hardest things to do I reckon!

    Emily Wilson
    November 6, 2015 at 10:39 am

    My dream holiday would definitely be Morocco! My mum is from Morocco, but unfortunately my family has never been as my mum left there early as a child. After seeing your posts on Morocco it made me determined to learn more about my background and it looks so amazing! I would love to be considered for this competition! xx

    November 6, 2015 at 4:58 am

    Hello there,

    I recently came upon your blog looking for solo trip ideas, and I must say you have a very helpful site.
    Next year I will be turning thirty and I wanted to get an idea on where to go and what to do. I am willing to do a little bit of splurging but not too much as I still want to be able to come back with some type of money LOL. Anyway Keep up the great work!

    November 6, 2015 at 4:28 am

    I really wish I could enter this giveaway but alas I’m from the UK!! Sad times! It would definitely come in handy. I love the idea of travelling and have only had a small dose of it so far but I fear I’ve got the bug. Definitely on the cards to do a lot more travelling in the near future and these tips are more than useful so thank you! Saving is my number one goal atm, I’m in a full time job so that is easily done for me right now, but I also like the idea of working whilst abroad as well. I’d love to kick start this blog I’ve got going but also I’d love to experience different cultures and physically work in those countries too. Great advice here, am saving this one for future reference 🙂

    Georgina x

    November 5, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    The destination I have my sights set on is Havana, Cuba. The culture there is just so vivacious and bright and all I want is to see it and be a part of it before the destination is taken over and urned into a commercialised tourism destination. The music and dance culture is incredibly intense and raw and it would be amazing to be able to experience this and lay down some roots.

    Cassie Lewis
    November 4, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Brooke!

    My best friend lives interstate and the only time we get to see each other is when we go on holiday! We met in 2012 on a trip to Japan where we were room mates for 3 nights. Never have I clicked so well with a person. Since then I have been to visit her twice in the Gold Coast and she has been to Adelaide twice as well. We also went to Hawaii together at the start of this year which was an incredible experience which has only made us more eager to explore other parts of the world. We have our hearts set on the Greek Islands as our next travel destination. To swallow a Santorini sunset and experience those picture perfect views in the flesh would really be a dream come true, especially with me best friend beside me.

      November 5, 2015 at 7:27 am

      Brilliant article as always. When I was younger and started 1st travelling I was on quite a low wage but still had the travel bug. I stayed in some pretty basic accommodation, my theory was you were hardly in the rooms and they money went towards day tours, shopping and seeing more of the places I was in. One was a Bangkok backpackers with no AC, bit of a struggle with the temperatures they have but so worth it! Some places I went to I made sure they had cooking facilities, as tempting as it is to eat out for breakfast, lunch or tea it soon cuts into the funds. Limiting myself to going out for meals every 2nd or 3rd day instead

    November 4, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    My dream destination is Costa Rica!

    I would love to visit there so I could bask in the sunlight on the beach, take up surfing, become one with the fish while mastering scuba-diving, trying new foods, ziplining alongside the monkeys in the rainforest…and when I’ve done all that – be like a sloth and spend afternoons simply relaxing. Ahhh.

    Emily Meagher
    November 4, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    My dream destination is South America. With life sort of spinning, churning and spitting me out of a year of chaos (but laced with blessings and lessons) – I think there is no greater playground for growth, self discovery and fun quite like the South American landscape. Hiking in Peru, partying in Brazil, reconnecting with nature in the Amazon … If I was fortunate enough to win, I would consider it to be a universal sign that’s sort of nudging me and whispering ‘go gem ’em darling’. xx

    ariana kajic
    November 4, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    GREAT POST! Having just come back from a 4 month trip, im desperately searching for a new job to help me save again for my next adventure, which sadly wont come til maybe next summer. I went over board in Mostar/Sarajevo’s shopping centers, buying ALOT of clothing!! Im so used to the Bosnian Mark, that Aussie money seems so foreign to me now. Even when i convert from euro i always convert to the mark instead of trying to figure out how much is it in $$. haha

    Emma Hayman
    November 4, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I know it’s already been said, but definitely Peru, to see Machu Picchu and hike the Inca trail- from the photos (and vlogs) that I have seen, the ancient beauty of the site is wondrous. I’ve always loved history, and thus a trip there is definitely on the bucket list. 🙂

    November 4, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Hey Brooke,
    Thanks for the saving tips! I’ve really been enjoying watching your adventures as of late, thanks for the inspiration and advice! =)
    My current dream destination is Tanzania, mainly because I would love to hike up Mt Kilimanjaro but I also want to experience what life in Africa is like. I am hoping to travel elsewhere in Africa next year to volunteer with a couple of NGO’s, but would love the trip to include some serious exploring of this completely different part of the world!

    November 4, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Hey Brooke! A great read. My dream destination is Antarctica. I’d love to experience a landscape unlike anything I’ve seen before, and glimpse incredible wildlife in such a pristine, breath-taking environment.

    November 4, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Hi Brooke!
    My dream destination would be Thailand! Earlier this year, I had the privilege to go on a mission trip to Northern Thailand it was a blast! We got to teach English at schools and visit children’s home’s on the Thai-Burma boarder. One of the places we visited was called Child Life and it is an organisation run by a man named Abraham who rescues children begging on the boarder and gives them food and a safe home to live. This place touched my heart and it was such an incredible experience to see these children and be able to serve them. My dream is to go back for 6 months to volunteer! Ive just started year 12 and getting the funds for my trip is going to be very hard particularly during the Hsc! So $250 would be much appreciated and I would be so grateful! Thankyou for all your amazing travel tips!

    November 4, 2015 at 2:15 am

    My dream destination is Vienna! The city seems so beautiful! I love the architecture, and the beauty of the mix of buildings and nature. I would especially love to go their during the winter when it snows, and everything is decorated for christmas!

    November 3, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Hello Brooke! I’ve been very fortunate to have travelled quite a lot in my 27 years (nothing on your scale though!). And like you, much of this travelling has been solo. Whilst I’ve managed to have an incredible time on these journeys and highly recommend it, I’ve learnt that everything truly is best shared. My dream destination would be anywhere I can explore this amazing world we live in with my family. My family I must say includes my beautiful dogs who love to explore just as much as me! My dream destination would be to take my two girls, and my Mum and Dad who work so hard all their lives and have discovered a love for travel for a wonderful escape in this beautiful country of ours to explore and enjoy together. There are so many holiday homes popping up these days that are dog friendly and I love that my dogs love exploring just as much as me! I would love to take them to the beautiful Byron Bay (which I’ve never visited). Yet it has everything to offer from what I hear. Beautiful beaches, lush hinterland, eco friendly cafes and an awesome vibe!

    November 3, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Pyramids in Egypt. I love seeing and visiting amazing sights around the world, I have done a lot of the sights in the USA and Niagara Falls, I have a trip planned to Europe next year to see a lot of the sights around there so that will be done as well.

    But, sadly the Pyramids in Egypt is one place I don’t think I’ll be travelling too, at least not until the world settles down a bit! Reckon I have missed my opportunity to see those amazing feats of mankind! So that is my dream destination, but for that to happen I require the world to settle down.

    November 3, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Hey Brooke!

    Apologies in advanced for the upcoming essay 😛 Firstly I just wanted to say thank you for this opportunity and the constant wanderlust this blog has inspired in me!

    My ULTIMATE, out-of-this-world (quite literally) dream destination- I kid you not- is to travel into SPACE! I am the 20 year old who still entertains dreams of being an astronaut when she grows up (who wants to grow up anyway?). I don’t even have to make it to the moon (nobody cares if you’re the second one to do it), but just to see the earth from the spaceship window would be the most incredible, ethereal experience I could possibly imagine! Recently in a class at university I learnt that the famous Blue Marble image, taken in 1972, was the first time that people had seen the earth from space (we take this for granted now- how good is satellite technology!), invoking a widespread sense of awe and appreciation for our fragile earthly planet (known as the ‘overview effect’- see the link for a very interesting video! So, maybe in 50 or so years time Virgin Galactic will be running commercial flights into space and the $250 can be the first savings towards this haha 🙂

    In the meantime (or more likely, back to reality), I want to explore as many places on this incredible earth as I possibly can! Antarctica is THE ONE place I want to visit before I die. I have always been obsessed with snow, perhaps due to our almost-lack of it in Aus, and seeing the incredible scenery and wildlife unique from anywhere else (baby penguins are perhaps the cutest animals on earth!) would be an absolute dream come true!

    Currently, I’ve been saving like a crazy person working two jobs whilst continuing my uni degree for my upcoming trip to Istanbul and Gallipoli for a study tour with my university- as a self-confessed history geek I could not be more excited to learn about not only the stories of our Australian diggers but also of the other nations involved in this momentous and tragic campaign. As well as, of course, to explore the bustling streets and colours of Istanbul (!!!!!!!) So the money would go so far and be appreciate immensely!

    Also, September 3 babies rock (scrounging for extra brownie points here hahah) xx

    November 3, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Hi Brook. Today is my daughter 21st birthday, she is going to America in January 2016 for holiday, for only 20 days. She loves to travel…she’s at uni and working too, that’s how she’s saving the money…I wish that I can help my daughter but I’m not working because I have back problem, I hope a positive response….sorry for my English

    Cassie Ellis
    November 3, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Hi Brooke!

    Currently my dream destination is Uluru in Australia. I have spent my whole life on the east coast of Australia and I have recently become fascinated with the idea of travelling across country and being able to watch the sun rise over Uluru, I am working 7 days a week as I have a number of other little trips planned for the coming year, but Uluru is my number 1 destination. I feel like it would be a truly spiritual experience.

    Thank you

    November 3, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Hey Brooke,
    My dream destination would have to be Iceland! I love exploring and nature, adventuring off the beaten path and discovering hidden gems! I would love to hire a campervan so I could roam around finding the places I love with a bit of freedom! From seeing the northern lights, wale watching, volcano and glacier hunting, exploring icecaves, swimming in wafterfalls to driving through some of the most picturesque scenery in the world, there are no questions as to why this place is on my bucketlist! I also love showing people and opening their eyes to countries they never thought about travelling to. I will adamantly keep saving and dreaming until I make this destination a reality!

    November 3, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Scotland is the country that is on my mind all the time! My family are from there and I would love to take my mother there for the first time so we can see them and explore the area in which my grandparents lived. I wouldn’t just stick to the capital cities, there just seems like there is so much else to explore too. The nature, rolling green hills, the architecture, the highlands…. Hopefully I would be able to spot nessie the lochness monster, hear some bagpipes and try some haggis if we are game enough! Who wouldn’t dream of exploring such a unique and gorgeous country!!

    November 3, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Hi Brooke. Loving all the travel inspiration I get from your blog. My dream destination has always been Israel…would love to walk in the land that was the birthplace of the world’s three most popular monotheistic religions. So much history to absorb! Friends and family in Australia think I’m crazy for wanting to visit such a volatile place but I know I will get there one day.

    November 3, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Hi Brooke, first of all I loved this post! Very helpful so thank you!

    Secondly, my dream destination is Nepal. I have always been intrigued by Nepal as we don’t always hear too much about it in the news, and then recently they had such a horrible natural disaster and suddenly everyone was talking about Nepal! I would love to travel to Nepal and maybe teach English there for a while. I feel like it’s a country that so many people overlook when they are planning their travels and I would love to go and see what it’s all about!

    November 3, 2015 at 10:12 am

    My dream destination.
    My dream destination is ever changing. It changes with every beautiful photo of a foreign land. It alters from reading articles detailing amazing adventures. But lately my imagination runs wild with the films I watch. Can you guess it ? I see myself ( and perhaps a troop of drarves behind me) horse riding accross vast green plains bordered by rolling mountains with snowy peaks. I dream of kyaking down freezing crystal clear rivers with war horns sounding behind me. Right now you could probably think of dozens of places fitting this description. Ahh but only one place in the world has green hills with head banging height round colourful doors, poking through the front. With small picket fences with signs saying “No admittance except on party business”. You must know it now. I dream of New Zealand. More specifically Hobbiton to unleash some of my nerdiness. If it wasnt lord of the rings and the hobbit it would be HP which is on my more expensive dream list. I want to get in a campervan and drive around the country side. Lay out at night on a blanket looking at the starry night. I want to be cold and to see nothing but green. A nice change from the north of QLD where i am surrounded by brown and persisant sweltering heat. NZ is also in my budget as I have just graduated uni and have a HECS debt a mile long. Thanks for the wanderlust you inspire in me every day Brooke and the itchy feet you inflict me with. I think I’am quite ready for another adventure!

    November 3, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Hi, It is quite hard for me to pick just one dream destination as my dream destination is the whole world. If I had to pick just one place though (which is very hard) it would have to be South America – and I know that this is not just one country, but my reason behind choosing South America is that there is such a rich sense of history and culture that would mean a world to me if I could experience that. I am also an aspiring travel writer who is planning on studying journalism and English while at uni to help with this and I think that the money that this would put towards actually going to South America would be amazing and a massive help to my writing. Thanks 🙂

    November 3, 2015 at 8:58 am

    There are so many reasons I want to travel to Norway. It’s hard to express in words how much I want to travel there. There is a law in Norway called “allemannsrett” which literally translates to “all men’s rights.” Basically there is a law that allow you the freedom to roam all uncultivated land. There is a laws that tell you to go out and wander. Yes Please! I want to experience the majestic fjords, the mountains, waterfalls, glaciers, lakes, cute little red fisherman cabins, skiing, the midnight sun, the Northern Lights, reindeer. It is all so magical. I want to see snow falling before my eyes and taste it on my tongue. Also, I read somewhere that Norway is the second most happy country in the world, so being around all these happy people would defiantly make the experience even better!

    November 3, 2015 at 8:37 am

    My dream destination would be Norway! I am absolutely obsessed with the fjords and how majestic they look. I cannot wait to go back to Europe and explore new places like Norway! There is something so enthral about them, these huge gorges a and mountains and waterfalls. They are magical.

    November 3, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Hi Brooke,

    After a bit of a rocky road lately, my husband and I have decided to challenge ourselves and build our relationship stronger than ever by walking the Camino de Frances together next year. We are saving, planning and getting pretty excited. I am so nervous but exhilirated about the thought of the scenery, the people and the challenges we will meet on the way. Life is about relationships and while we travel we are going to grow ours better than ever, probably testing it along the way. We are willing to budget and do whatever it takes to make this happen but at the same time, I would love to surprise him with little luxuries, especially while we transit through Paris. He has always wanted to taste a real croissant in Paris! Wish me luck!

    Sara Gemignani
    November 3, 2015 at 8:19 am

    My dream destination is Japan. My fiancé and I chose it for our honeymoon, which will be next June. It’s a pretty expensive trip (we would like to stay 3 weeks), so we need to sacrifice a lot in order to afford it (plus, we need to save to pay the wedding day expenses as well!). So, in order to make it true, we are giving up on a standard wedding registry and asking our guests to donate some money for the trip instead. It may not be the most elegant thing to ask them, but we’ve been dreaming about Japan ever since we got together and found out about each other’s love for manga and videogames. A $250 grant would mean having a Shinkansen bullet train pass for week, or covering hotel expenses for about 5 nights!

    November 3, 2015 at 5:59 am

    I want to go to Ireland.

    I want to meet sweet woolly sheep that will remind me of my two English Babydoll ewes (one of which was killed by wild dogs, two years ago), Ivory and Katrina.

    I want to roll in the grass that is greener than any of the yards here in Missouri.
    I think travelers live in a constant state of “the grass is greener on the other side.” But, what’s wrong with that? It’s just like wanderlust. And it’s what keeps us moving. 😀

    I want to go to the town of Cong, where the movie The Quiet Man was filmed. It’s my favorite of all Maureen O’Hara’s films (she passed away a couple days ago).

    I want to meet an Irishman that makes me laugh, and makes me forget what it feels like to be lonely.

    I want to drink my first beer in a regular Irish pub… while I’m still underage in the USA. 😉

    I want to meet girls that have wild red hair, just like Merida.

    Irish blood must run in my veins… Somewhere in my family tree!

    November 3, 2015 at 5:40 am

    This is so unfair!!! Why only open to Australians >_<

      November 3, 2015 at 6:00 am

      I just noticed that it’s only open to Australians… That’s really disappointing!

      • Brooke Saward
        November 3, 2015 at 9:35 am

        Sorry Hannah! Sadly brands need to do this as they are geo-specific but WOW often has worldwide comps and posts for the UK and USA as well 🙂 xx

    • Brooke Saward
      November 3, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Sorry Joyce but this is very normal for brands to specify that comps are geo-specific (as is the case in magazines, etc.) hope this makes sense! some comps are worldwide, keep an eye out for more as we frequently run giveaways 🙂

    November 3, 2015 at 5:02 am

    I am working and saving in order to start my own travel blog while attending Grad School at AUR! I really appreciate your blog it has helped me in so many ways and I hope that I will be just as successful helping others with my own blog!

    Molly Silva
    November 3, 2015 at 4:34 am

    Cieo Brook

    My dream destination getaway is by far Italy, though I have a heart for travel and wanderlust. Italy been in my dreams since I was a little girl. And for the longest time it was just a glimmer of a far off place, one that honestly seemed unreachable. Am happy to say that is no longer the case. Am not sure when or even how I’ll make it there. What I do know is that I will! The very thought of exploreing every part of Italy, taking in all the beauty. Getting to walk down cobblestone steets, taking in all the flavors Italy has to offer. To get the chance to practice my Italian and immerse myself in the culture. Is enough to keep the spark/dream inside me alive. So thank you for your thoughts on how to save for my goal.. Bella Itilia

    November 2, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Hi Brooke!!
    My dream destination is definitely Iceland. Why? Because we travel to escape. Most of us, anyway. I know that you live and breathe your job as a travel blogger, and that’s so amazing and inspiring. However, on the other hand, there are lots of people who see work only as a means to an end. Just to pay the bills, basically. As a uni student, that’s all I work for at the moment. So I see pictures of Iceland, with it’s extraterrestrial landscapes, and so far reserved from any other continent… and it makes me so happy just thinking about it!! To be so, so far away from the mundane troubles of life, to be able to jump in a car and drive around an entire country in 10 days – it just makes me so excited! With the hot springs, and the amazing culture that’s so similar to the ancient Vikings that settled the country, and the positive relaxed lifestyles… the pros just never end. (Probably the only con is that it’s like 500 plane hours away. Wah).
    So yes. Iceland would definitely by my dream destination. 😀

    November 2, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Helpful ideas, some that I already utilize. My travel plans usually begin with deciding the destination, scouting out the best travel prices for plane tickets and car rental, scouring hotel travel sites, totaling those costs, booking early, avoiding extra baggage costs, researching an itinerary with lots of low cost or freebees, breakfasting if not included in the room, buying main meal out often an early bird, taking lo’s for midnight snacking, hitting a local supermarket for a stock of tasty snacks and drinks, and most of all budgeting and saving for daily expenses within my means while planning special souvenirs into future gift giving (another budget)

    clare burns
    November 2, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I’m currently planning and saving like crazy for my dream trip. I have booked a cruise from argentina to ANTARCTIC, and am planning a few weeks travelling around sth America before and after. So far I’ve worked every extra shift available and saved, booked and paid for airfares, cruise and accommodation. Now i’m still working every extra shift and saving like made for living/spending money for the month i’ll be away. I can’t wait see the icebergs, penguins and everything else there is to see at the STH POLE when I head there in 3 months time!

    Jennifer Martin
    November 2, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I will be living in South Korea next year, and am ready to start budgeting for my Asian escapades! From the 30 countries I’ve snooped around so far, none of which have been in Asia. I am excited to be living near Seoul, and a short plane ride to the volcanic island of Jeju. I hope to hike around this lush province while learning about it’s history. A $250 grant would cover airfare and cheap accommodation, which is all I need. I wouldn’t let you down, as I will take out my GoPro and Nikon, documenting the trip and writing reviews (hopefully as a guest on your site!).

    If anything, I hope you visit Seoul and South Korea as a whole. Asia will be new territory for this American, and I’m ready for the adventure!



    Raquel leiva velasco
    November 2, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I think I would deserve to win $250 because I am in a long distance relationship and it is very diffucult to see my loved one as he is in Croatia.
    My dream destination would be Croatia and I would put that $250 towards our special New Years to our 2 years and the fact we have succeeded in staying together that far. I would love to be with my boyfriend and be also with my little cat. I rescued the little kitty, named her alma and she became my company and my little baby. She lives in Croatia with my boyfriend.
    Being in a long distance relationship is not easy. It’s more work keeping in touch and our relationship alive as we don’t see each other whenever we like to.

    Thank you Brooke.

    Alexandra Hanna
    November 2, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    There are so many amazing places on my list, but I can never go past Europe! My current dream destination is Turkey. My husband and I went to Europe last year but working Turkey into our itinerary just proved to cause too many issues. So unfortunately we left it out. I would love to experience Turkey as I feel it would be very different to the places I have been and almost like another world. Magical and mystical with islands, sapphire blue waters, ancient ruins, beautiful mosques and of course top of my list, Cappadocia. To see the sunrise over the landscape at Goreme with the hot air balloons, I think would be like nothing else and a magical sight to behold.

    November 2, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Tokyo, Japan. I have planned a trip already and need all the financial funds so I can spend it all on snacks. hahaha.

    November 2, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I would love to visit Kathmandu in Nepal, so that I could see Boudhanath, I have spent hours looking at photos online and there is something about it that just seems magical, I imagine that it would be quite and peaceful yet mind blowing and awe inspiring. Definitely a dream I’m following!

    Anna Avanesova
    November 2, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    It’s a very nice article. Really I liked it. Thank you.

    November 2, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    My ultimate dream would be to go to Japan, but not just anywhere I would want to go to ice~cream city and fox island. I would but squid ice cream and eat it despite knowing that I would hate it. I would be surrounded by fuzzy little foxes as far as the eye could see and die from happiness. I would go where I want to go rather than what’s famous. I want to see the amazing Harajuku fashion and see what Decora is really like. I would dye my hair a crazy colour and when I come back my family will hardly recognise me due to my awesome experience. I’ve craved going there since I was 11 and have studied Japanese diligently ever since, this is my dream and my passion.

    Thank you~

    November 2, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    I have been teaching myself Croatian for about a year now as I am thoroughly intrigued by this incredible country and its history (did you know they have donkey races there!?) 😀 Anyway, I am itching to travel there and test it out! I work one day a week washing dishes (not the most glorious of jobs) but each time I do it I keep reminding myself that one day it will get me that magic ticket! To keep myself inspired I put pictures of where I want to travel every where I go, for example, my phone background, bedroom, my bathroom door and my locker door at school! <3

    November 2, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    My dream destination is New York City. Ever since I was a little girl, from the moment I knew that it was possible to travel to other countries, I remember watching all those Christmas movies based in New York City and couldn’t believe how magical it all looked. From that point on I knew that going to New York City was going to happen no matter what it took. In 2012 I thought I was finally going to live out my dream. Bus/flights, accomodation and all the activities had been booked, all I had to do was hop on the bus headed for New York. Unfortunately, the night I was due to arrive was also the night hurricane Sandy was getting so bad that all incoming and outgoing transport was cancelled until further notice. Not only was I not going to make it to New York that night, but I couldn’t even change my flight to fly in at a later day because there were no flights for the next few days. So not only did I have to cancel the NYC leg of my trip and all the things that came along with it – halloween, The Lion King on broadway, all the food and sightseeing tours and basically finally seeing my dream come to reality, but I also had to cancel my flight to Boston, my flight from Boston to Vancouver, spend money to stay a couple extra nights in Nashville where I was stranded without a phone and limited internet and try to figure out how on earth I was going to get back to Canada. Oh, and the hassle of trying to get everything back through insurance and trying not to get screwed over due to all the technicalities.

    Freya Johnson
    November 2, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    My dream destination at the moment would be Cinque Terre! It looks like a dreamy world of pink houses + italian coastline (my kinda thing)!

    November 2, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    I wouldn’t use it towards my dream destination instead i would give it to my sister to put towards her first overseas holiday which we have just put a desposit down. We’re headed for Canada next September and she is way beyond excited for it! Our first sister holiday and her first overseas adventure.

    November 2, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Although it changes often I’d love to visit Hierve el Agua near Oaxaca City in Mexico! From the photos it looks absolutely breathtaking but I’m sure they don’t do it justice. 🙂

    November 2, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    My dream destination (currently) is Trolltunga near Tyssedal, Norway. I want to go in summer when the sun hardly ever sets and camp along the way. I want to see the sun rise and set and for the world to never really get dark. I want to dance under the stars and wake up in the morning to icy cold mountain air and a perfect view. I want the perfect profile picture and a place to find myself. I want to conquer my fear of heights and sit on the edge gazing down at the lake below. I want to see the mountain flowers and apple rows, I want to immerse myself in a new place, a new experience and a challenging hike.

    Kathrin Deshotels
    November 2, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    My dream is to visit Australia and NZ
    I applied for a one year visa and I’m leaving in March 2016. I’m and American that’s been living in Spain. Traveling solo and learning so much. A friend of mine recommended you, Brooke, to learn more about saving money and tips from a well-experienced, yet normal girl like most of us. I’m now nose deep in your manuscript and reading your blogs daily. I’m making my dreams come true especially with a boost from you! I feel we are alike in many ways. For one, “taking a year” to myself as I did a similar thing as you after graduating as a nurse in Louisiana. Except for me it was incredibly weird to leave home (being from my small town Louisiana-Cajun lifestyle) I hope to meet you one day, even for a cup of cafe!! 🙂
    I can’t wait for my next journey… SE Asia before heading to the AU.
    Keep being inspirational and fabulous. 🙂

    November 2, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    My dream destination is the entire world! But if I were to narrow it down to one particular destination it would be Iceland. I’ve fallen in love with the rugged landscapes, the colourful houses, the northern lights, the waterfalls and the Icelandic horses. I’m even loving the idea of the cold, which says a lot as I’m a sun loving Australian, because I think it just adds to the country’s atmosphere. But with Iceland being so far across the globe, and me being a it is currently only a dream destination that hopefully will one day be a reality!

    November 2, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Haha I know…so hard! The only solution is to go everywhere 😀

    November 2, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    My dream destination has to be Costa Rica! I’ve been absolutely in love with it for about a year now – every new photo I look at or post I read just makes me want to go more and more. I’d especially love to go hiking in the forests and finding those stunning waterfalls… They’re just like an oasis. Costa Rica just looks so beautiful, plus it would be another continent I’ve stepped foot on! x

    November 2, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I don’t have one dream destination. I have plans to travel everywhere. My next destination is New Zealand. At the moment my dream destination is LA for surf and sun.

    Ma Cleofe Tordesillas
    November 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    My top pick would be Ireland. To see the Blue Lagoon, geysers and witness an Aurora Borealis would be truly amazing!

    November 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Well, my next goal destination is Peru and the Galápagos Islands if my knee gets better and I’m able to do the hike and adventure activities, but ultimately my “dream” destination would be a tiny village in Tanzania. Growing up as an only child to a single mother for many years, I would constantly beg Santa for a baby sister. Obviously unable to provide that, my mum did the next best thing and sponsored a girl called Pendo who I spent the next 12 or so years writing to as my new “sister”. She turned 18 a long time ago and we weren’t able to keep in touch due to world vision policies but I’d love to try find my “baby sister” one day….

    November 2, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Dream destination is Japan! Top of my list!

    November 2, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    My dream destination changes every day. That’s because my dream is to go everywhere. Some times I feel like wandering through the tulips in Amsterdam or the canals in Venice, then other times I want to go on safari in Africa and see the Big 5 in their natural habitat. A white Christmas in Munich or Switzerland, learning flamenco dancing in Spain or riding a Harley down Route 66. Wine and cheese in Florence, romance in Paris and hiking Macchu Pichu. I guess these are dreams…but just because they’re dreams doesn’t mean that I can’t make them a reality. Thanks for all your amazing travel tips!

      November 2, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      I hear you! Trying to narrow it down was so hard!

      November 2, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      So true! And it makes actually picking a trip so hard. I’ve been trying to decide where to go in the middle of next year but there’s just so many amazing places I want to see

        November 2, 2015 at 8:37 pm

        There’s a great book on travel called a year of adventures or something. I always look at that when I have a specific date in mind as it tells you the best time to visit certain countries. I. E – I think it’s March for Galápagos Islands to see the sea turtles migrate. I went to Nepal this past March because the holi festival was on (& it’s been on my bucket list for a few years) – ended up missing the festival due to plane delays (4 days in Singapore airport – not that fun even with the free wine tastings) but was still an incredible time to go with the perfect balance between enough tourists that I felt a bit safer as a solo traveller and not too many tourists – I easily went a couple days without talking to any tourists, but they were around if I wanted to – and perfect weather with some hot days, and some cold days and snow. I know some people say stop spending money on travel books and just travel (haven’t been following long enough to know if brook is one – sorry brook!) but that is one I definitely think is worth it.

        November 2, 2015 at 8:39 pm

        Oops. Brooke* Double sorry!

    November 2, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Wow this is really helpful! I’m taking a gap year next year so I am going to weak overseas! 🙂