We get it, traveling is expensive. From the flights to the hotels, spa treatments, dinners, cocktails, and tourist activities, vacations can cause a serious drain on your finances. But for some of us, traveling is simply a necessity worth sacrificing for.
Take, for example, 23-year-old Bridie Wilkins. The fashion blogger from London recently revealed to the Daily Mail that she skimps on just about everything in her life, including on food and daily transportation, just so she can afford to travel the world in style.
“I don’t think twice about restricting my diet to things such as canned fish — if you love something as much as I do traveling, the sacrifices you make don’t even cross your mind,” Wilkins said. “Travel has changed everything. I absolutely love seeing new parts of the world. It has made me into a more well-rounded person.”
Wilkins shared that she’s been able to save nearly $800 a month with her cost-savings plan, which she then spends on luxury resorts around the globe. In fact, according to the Daily Mail, Wilkins has already checked into resorts in 19 countries around the world. She will soon add Copenhagen, Los Angeles, and Mexico to her growing travel list.
“I’m a lot more confident,” Wilkins said. “I’ve flown alone multiple times and I’m only 23, while I’ve also been on a week’s trip alone.”
Wilkins said her favorite destinations include the Anantara Uluwatu hotel in Bali, Velassaru island in the Maldives, and the Grand Hotel Angiolieri near Sorrento, Italy. Additionally, Wilkins said Le Quattro Dame suites in Rome and the Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan in Paris were her favorite urban destinations.
“I’ve also got a new zest for life — I’m so excited to see what else is out there,” Wilkins said. “When I’m not traveling or working, I spend most of, if not all, of my waking hours researching where else to go. The world is a beautiful place.”
Wilkins even shares a few of her cost-saving tips and tricks on her lifestyle blog, where she also shows off a few behind-the-scenes snaps and reviews of each adventure. Moreover, Wilkins uploads photos to her growing Instagram account, which will undoubtedly inspire us all to swap out a few decadent meals a week for tinned tuna so we too can travel in style. As she said on her site: “You don’t have to save for months — if you really want something, you can make it happen.”
For more tips and tricks to budgeting for travel, check out Travel + Leisure’s guide here.