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Vacations and Travel

Jetsetters, campers, glampers, and wanderers—see our tips for getting closer to those far-away places.

Where Will You Go Next?

When you’re dreaming of an overwater bungalow, a cabin in the woods, or a sunny getaway by the beach, you know half of the fun is the planning and anticipating. 

It’s not just your Pinterest board that gets you dreaming. Your budget is the one that turns it into a tangible reality. Create categories for travel, fund your dream trips, and let your budget be the wind beneath your wings in your travel adventures.

Budget Tips for Travel & Vacation

  • How to Save for Vacations in YNAB

    How I Save for Vacations in YNAB

    Update April 2021: This post was originally written just before a global pandemic upended my (and everyone else’s) travel plans for the year. Our trip’s location and timeline has shifted, but how to set it up in YNAB hasn’t changed! So you’re dreaming of your next vacation: a cozy cabin getaway, or a wide-open sandy …
  • Note To Self: Experiences > Things

    I was trying to save money. I really was. We could have just flown to Seattle. But in a rash moment, I thought I’d save some money and we’d make some memories by driving instead. But my math was quick and dirty and, as it turns out, wholly flawed and incomplete. By my equally rigorous …
  • How One Family Manages to Budget for Travel

    Tina Ricks, a legal editor, and her husband Allen, a nurse, call Beaverton, Oregon, home. But it’s not necessarily where they hang their hats, if they can help it. See, the Ricks family has a taste for travel. Tina grew up in a family that prioritized worldly adventures. She said, “We went to Europe for …
  • How To Budget While On Vacation

    I had told you about how we just got back from Europe, and Sarah in the comments had asked: “How did you track your expenses while on vacation?” So my husband and I got to talking about it, and, using much of what he commented back to Sarah with, we came up with this post. While it’s …
  • Are Credit Card Rewards Worth It?

    According to Finder.com, nearly a third (29.2 percent) of Americans make credit card purchases simply to earn rewards. But, are the perks worth it? A quick Google search or visit to YNAB’s Facebook fan page indicates that, like with all things personal finance, it depends … If you’ve been eyeballing cards with cash back, points …

Fund Your Jet-Setting Dreams!

Budgeting is not restrictive. You won’t be spending less, you’ll be spending right. So what do you have to lose? Except all that debt and stress?