6.4.16

How to Budget for an Adventure



These past few weeks I have begun planning a trip to Czech for my cousin’s wedding and to reunite with family and friends. Planning an adventure like this is one of my favorite things to do, I love searching for places to stay, planning how we will get from one place to another and especially get a good deal. I wanted to share with you some of my tips on how to budget for your adventure =o)


  1. Look around and do your research before you buy – before R and I started booking our flight we looked at a few different cities we wanted to stop and see before we got to Czech. Having only two weeks off for vacation a year, this time we spend traveling is very valuable and we wanted to make the most out of our trip. It was more cost friendly for us to fly into Amsterdam, a city we both fell in love with and had wanted to visit together since we had both been there on separate trips. Staying in Amsterdam isn’t the cheapest and I looked through hotels, hostels, and finally ended up at Airbnb. I had used Airbnb once before while studying abroad and had a good experience. I ended up finding a charming little apartment near the center of the city for a great deal. From Amsterdam we are flying to London to see my best friend and I knew of some small European airlines that had good deals. I struck gold with a $27 flight from Amsterdam to London with EasyJet Airlines! I couldn’t believe it but I am so glad I took the time to compare flights and accommodations.
  2. Stay at a friend’s (or family) – luckily in London we are staying with my best friend. London is very expensive to begin with and so having a place to stay will help us spread out our travel budget. Also a great thing about staying with a friend is you get to catch up while playing tourist in their home city.
  3. Spread purchases out – the price of traveling abroad can be intimidating especially when traveling from one continent to another. R and I spaced our purchases out starting with the biggest: our flight from America to Europe. After we got past the shock and feeling of just spending a whole paycheck on an airplane ticket we gave our wallet a break. About a week or two later I began looking for accommodations in Amsterdam, the week after for our flight from Amsterdam to London, a week later our flight from London to Prague and lastly our stay in Prague (which I am currently finalizing). Week by week we slowly made our way through each purchase without having a complete nervous breakdown.
  4.  It’s ok to say no – the hardest part about our trip was having to say no to going to the Euro Cup. It has been my dream to go to a Euro Cup or World Cup game and it was one of my adventure goals for this year. This summer the Euro Cup games will be in France and I have been wanting to show R Paris and where I lived while I studied abroad. The day the tickets officially came out I was on my computer first thing in the morning looking up tickets and to my disappointment the tickets were way out of our price range. The time we were planning on being in Paris there would be only one game and the cheapest tickets were several hundred dollars. I knew prices would be high for a game so late in the tournament but not knowing what teams we would see and spending so much was not worth it. I was upset for a few days but I had to be realistic about how much money I was going to spend on the trip.

There are so many different budgeting tips out there but these are some of the ones that have helped me budget for my trip. I have just a few little things to finish planning and I can’t wait to share my adventure this summer! Do you have any travel budgeting tips?

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x the Adventurer

51 comments:

  1. Love this post! I am dreaming of a summer vacation right now and just starting to think about planning it so this was really helpful. I especially love your tip about spreading purchases out so you dont get overwhelmed. Have fun in Czech!
    www.sprinklesandsaturdays.com

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    1. thank you! I hope you have as much fun planning your summer adventure as I have =o) also after reading your post the other day I just roasted some chick peas and will try the avocado toast for my lunch tomorrow so again thank you for the recipe =o)

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  2. Oh my goodness a $27 flight! That is totally amazing! Such great tips, I will have to look into these for my next big adventure! :)
    xx Annie
    http://www.somethingswellblog.com/

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    1. I know I couldn't believe it when I saw it! it's unheard of for prices to be so low in the US (from Chicago to Milwaukee is over $200) thanks for stopping by =o)

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  3. I don't have any major trips planned this somewhere, but maybe something locally. My dad is a huge soccer fan and I know the Euro cup for him would be a dream for him also! I can't imagine how pricey the tickets must be for an event like this. Great post! Loved the budget friendly tips:-)

    www.wiunderbliss.com

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    1. I hope your dad gets a chance to visit a Euro Cup game =o) I know the next one will be in England so maybe Euro Cup 2020 =o)

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  4. Wow! Great tips! Very helpful post!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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    1. thank you! glad you found them helpful =o)

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  5. I'm actually waiting for midnight ticket promos from different airlines before I book a flight. I can't believe with that $27!!! SO AMAZING! :)

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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    1. Interesting, i have never heard of midnight promo tickets. I will have to look into that next time. I know though, $27 is crazy!!!

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  6. Great tips! I don't budget, I just do...blindly. lol
    Come by for a visit, would love to get your thoughts on my latest design! Happy Weekend hun!

    Xx-Julie

    Haute Khuuture Blog

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    1. Thank you! Hey whatever works for you =o)
      thanks for checking out my blog!

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  7. Great tips!!
    http://silkypearl.com/

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  8. Wonderful tips! Travelling can be so expensive x
    www.britishmermaid.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. thank you =o) it's an expensive hobby for sure!

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  9. Great post! Thanks for the tips!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
    http://mllecoconath.com

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  10. Great tips. I really want to visit Czech too x

    http://thelondonthing.co.uk/

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    1. thanks =o) you would love it! Prague is a charming little city =o)

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  11. Great tips! In this period I've always start to program trips and trravels, very useful post! :D
    xxx
    S
    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it

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    1. Thank you! Good luck planning your adventures =o) let me know if you have any need any help!

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  12. great tips

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  13. I think spreading out your purchases is a great strategy, as well as buying things well in advance. Then it doesn't feel like such a financial burden. Especially if you are able to suck up those expenses from a monthly budget over a few months. Great post!

    Julie
    http://alohalovely.com

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    1. Exactly! It really does help buying in advance too! Thanks for the comment =o)

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  14. Really good post, thanks for the tips and inspiration!
    Daniela @ wanderinginthenow.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. i agree with all of your tips, for me a great time and money saver was buying all ticketes to all location 3 month ahead - much cheaper~!

    www.peachplz.com

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    1. thank you! good tip too, buying a few months in advance definitely helps =o)

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  16. These are some great tips and I love the idea of AirBnB, will definitely be using this option next time I travel :)

    Pop over to my blog!

    Sarah
    sarahinks.co.uk

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    1. thank you! I can't wait to see the airbnb we booked =o)

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  17. Great tips. I shall use them

    Hope you have a fabulous day! Kisses,
    BLOG | TAISLANY

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    1. thank you! and thanks for stopping by my blog =o)

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  18. Such great tips! Staying at a family or friend's place for sure will help! Hotel prices is cray cray although they are one of my favorite things when traveling! Lol. Thanks for sharing :)

    xo Raina
    www.themamaqueen.com

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    1. i do enjoy staying at hotels too =o) it is a luxury not having to make your bed in the morning =o)

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  19. Amazing shot! Love this post! Have a fabulous weekend ahead!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

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    1. thank you hope you have a wonderful weekend =o)

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  20. A very nice post, if you want to follow me and I follow you back.

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  21. Yup there are so many truths in this post. Staying with friends definitely cuts costs!!

    Fran x
    www.opinionslave.com

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  22. Sad to hear you won't be able to make it to France for the Euros! I personally am obsessed with football - I volunteered for a month at the previous Euros in 2012 in Kyiv, and this time I'm attending a semifinal in Marseille (we got our tickets last July). Watching from the fan zone is so much fun too! Hope you'll be able to make it to Russia in 2018 or one of the European cities in 2020 when Euros games will be played all over Europe :)

    http://www.appelezmoiana.com

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    1. I know I was really upset I wouldn't be making it to the Eurocup =o( But super excited for you!!! That will be an amazing game to attend =o) Hope your team wins (which ever country you root for) hopefully I will get over to one of the next ones =o)

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    2. Thank you! :)
      I hope this dream of yours will come true soon too!

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  23. Great post! I'm so bad with budgeting tho x

    http://thelondonthing.co.uk/

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  24. Cannot waiiiiiit for you to come and stay, whoop!

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  25. Number 1 and 3 is sooo true! There are lots of cheap and decent places to stay everywhere! Just be persistent in doing research about it :)

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    1. Definitely! It helps a lot to research first =o) Thanks for the comment!

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x the Adventurer