Minimalist Mentality: How to Save Money when Traveling

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When traveling, it can be easy to go a little crazy with your spending. If you're willing to focus more on being a minimalist you might find it's more affordable than you think. Here's a few ways to keep your suitcase light and your wallet a little heavier:

Focus on a Capsule Wardrobe

Most women love an excuse to buy clothing, and what better excuse than a trip overseas? You can easily find yourself with an overfilled suitcase and a pretty sizable expense if you go overboard. Instead, you should focus on a "capsule wardrobe," or those pieces of clothing that never go out of style.. Think about getting high quality items if you don't already have some. They may cost a little bit more up front, but they will last longer. Focus on neutral colors that will go with several different accessories. One of my friends makes it her goal to bring fewer than 10 items of clothing for a weekend trip so she focuses more on the trip and less on spending money.

Ask Yourself Questions

To get yourself in a minimalist frame of mind, you may want to ask yourself questions like, "What does it do?" and "How will it improve my life?" This may help you when you are tempted to buy a lot of unnecessary souvenirs or spend more money eating out.

I have always been happiest traveling when I focus on simple pleasures. One of my best memories from my three-week trip to Turkey was splitting lunch with a friend. Everyone else we knew went to a much bigger and more expensive place, but we wanted to go to a quieter, more quaint place. I am pretty sure we got the better deal. We got amazing service at a very reasonable price. If something you're thinking of buying doesn't do much for you or it might not improve the experience very much, you might want to forego it.

Focus on the Experience

At the end of the day, traveling is about the experience. Often with traveling, you do not have to spend a lot of money in order to have a great time and meet amazing people. In fact, it is often when you go off the beaten path that you have the best time (and it can be a lot cheaper). I have always liked to frequent grocery stores overseas. They are often much less expensive—I got an incredible deal on Canadian maple syrup that was 5x more expensive in the tourist area—and you get a better feel for the local culture. Hanging out with the locals is normally a great way to learn more about the local flavor without breaking the bank.