It would be really nice to just get up and go to Europe without worrying about the price. Of course, there are few people in the world who can actually do that. Most of us mere mortals will have to take months and maybe even years to plan ahead and save up for a kind of vacation like that.
The Difficulty of Saving
Saving for a vacation can be really difficult. One of the reasons this is tough is because there it is hard to place saving for a vacation as a priority. There are so many other immediate and more things that require saving. For example, if you have kids, you are probably saving for their college. As most of us already know, saving for a four year education at a public college will cost up to eight times as much as a vacation to Italy or another European country. Because of this, there is a lot of thought and frugal decision making that goes into saving for college.
In addition to things like college, there are also incidents that happen that require a lot of money to be spent. Accidents and emergencies can happen. As a result, you will probably need to spend time saving for a sort of emergency budget in the event that something undesirable happens. For example, in the event of a storm, you might have trees that fall on your property and block you from getting where you need to go. Even worse, you might have trees that are too close to your house that might fall on your roof. In that situation, you would probably need to spend the money to pay for a tree service Oklahoma City in order to cut down big trees. I know in the past I’ve had to spend big bucks in order to trim my trees. This can obviously take a chunk out of anybody’s budget. The worst part is that a lot of the time, you cannot plan for these kinds of things. This is where the emergency budget comes into place.
Of course, we are here to talk about ways to save for your trip to Europe. While it may be slow going, the best way to do it is to allocate a small percentage of what you are making every month and set it aside in a separate place in order to pay for your trip. There are apps that can help you do that. Good luck!