Have Funds, Will Travel

It’s no secret that the Mr. and I love to travel! Ever since we first were married we knew it was a goal of ours to travel as much as we can. We think marrying at a young age has given us the opportunity to travel, enjoy life and make many memories together prior to having kids! However, I often get asked how we manage to travel so much. The easy/not so easy answer to that is a budget. Though I don’t enjoy budgeting, I married a smart man who knows how to put an effective budget into place so that we can achieve the goals we have set for us! 

Our larger travel goal is to make it to Europe next year for our 5th wedding anniversary. It will be Isaac’s first time there and I’ve been itching to go back! However, we knew we still wanted a small getaway this fall to celebrate our 4th anniversary. We decided on doing a long weekend in Colorado Springs as it was drivable and wasn’t too hard on our budget. 

Gas is relatively cheap right now so if you can drive to your vacation spot it will definitely make vacations more attainable! We also chose to do it over Labor Day weekend so we didn’t have to use many vacation days-also a great way to get more vacations in in a year. 

We spent the most money on meals, but tried to be smart where we could. I brought along breakfast bars so we only ate one breakfast at an actual restaurant. Most of our lunches were pretty casual so we could spend the most on dinner. 

We had a great time visiting the local sights in Colorado Springs: Pikes Peak, Seven Falls, the Royal Gorge and even a local winery! 

Though it’s not the beach-which is typically my first pick for a vacation-it was definitely a breath of fresh air. We don’t have these views in Nebraska and for some reason they never get old!

Since we had a car we visited a couple towns around Colorado Springs including this cute historic city, Cripple Creek, nestled in the mountains. 

While we do a lot of walking around, sight seeing, and window shopping we usually don’t do much actual shopping on our trips. This cuts down on our vacation costs immensely. 

While visiting some of the local sights, like the Royal Gorge, weren’t the cheapest adventure it was a great way to spend a couple hours. We’ve also become more accustomed to spending money on experiences versus physical items. 

It’s much more enjoyable to look back on vacations together and think about all the things we’ve experienced together versus some shirt we bought that we probably don’t even have anymore! 

However, the hubs did make the first purchase of the trip which was the patagonia hat he’s wearing in this pic! I gave him a lot of grief over that 😉

Loved this bridge over the Royal Gorge that had flags of most of the states people come to visit from.

On our way back from the Royal Gorge we stopped at the Holy Cross Winery. It was such a cute little winery and we may have even brought back a couple bottles!

The Seven Falls at the Broadmoor was beautiful. We also enjoyed driving around the Broadmoor hotel at all the gorgeous grounds and amazing houses in the neighborhoods surrounding it. 

We ended our vacation with a fabulous dinner and dessert at this cool underground bar!

While we haven’t taken a trip every anniversary, we always try to do something special to celebrate. Last year we had recently moved so we just had a nice dinner out, for year 2 we went to Boston and DC, and for our year 1 celebration we had a staycation. A staycation is definitely a budget friendly way to still have a “vacation” in your own city! It’s so fun to look back and see how we have celebrated each year. Our weekend getaway to CO Springs was technically our celebration for year 4 even though our actual anniversary isn’t until October 12th. What is your favorite way to celebrate anniversaries? And what travel tips do you have?