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8 Dream Trips to Take in 2019 — and Exactly How Much You Need to Save for Them

Exploring one of our most sought-after landmarks is a great bucket-list trip that doesn’t require an international flight. Travelers from all over the world <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/grand-canyon" target="_blank">flock to the Grand Canyon</a>, so if you can make it happen with one direct, domestic flight, why not save up for that? For Grand Canyon glamping, <a href="https://www.undercanvas.com/camps/grand-canyon/" target="_blank">Under Canvas</a> has chic elevated tents that are just 25 minutes from the South Rim. (And that’s a lot closer than most Airbnbs or hotels will get you to the park.) Their luxury tents sleep four and start at $199 a night, which means you could go with three other travelers and spend $50 a night. You can find flights from New York City to Las Vegas starting at <a href="https://www.google.com/flights?client=safari&amp;rls=en&amp;source=flun&amp;lite=0&amp;uitype=cuAA&amp;tfs=CAEQAhokEgoyMDE5LTAxLTI2ag0IAhIJL20vMDJfMjg2cgcIARIDTEFTGiQSCjIwMTktMDItMDJqBwgBEgNMQVNyDQgCEgkvbS8wMl8yODY&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=2ahUKEwjJuvWZ45bfAhVJx1QKHf1IB8EQuRUwAHoECAAQAw" target="_blank">$150 round-trip</a>. Add on a car rental for about $300, <a href="https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/news/2018-entrance-fee-changes.htm" target="_blank">entry to the park for $30</a>, and a $300 food budget, and you’d need to save at least $980 for four nights. - Keiji Iwai/Getty Images
Exploring one of our most sought-after landmarks is a great bucket-list trip that doesn’t require an international flight. Travelers from all over the world flock to the Grand Canyon, so if you can make it happen with one direct, domestic flight, why not save up for that? For Grand Canyon glamping, Under Canvas has chic elevated tents that are just 25 minutes from the South Rim. (And that’s a lot closer than most Airbnbs or hotels will get you to the park.) Their luxury tents sleep four and start at $199 a night, which means you could go with three other travelers and spend $50 a night. You can find flights from New York City to Las Vegas starting at $150 round-trip. Add on a car rental for about $300, entry to the park for $30, and a $300 food budget, and you’d need to save at least $980 for four nights. Keiji Iwai/Getty Images

For some reason the promise of buying an enviable sofa will never motivate me to save as much as the hope of finally making it to a destination I’ve been researching (or Instagram stalking) for years. That’s why I set a travel savings goal every year. Not only does it motivate me to sock away some extra money, it also shows me how far my money can go if I stick to a budget. It’s nice to realize that, over the course of a year, skipping $50 of takeout every week can get me all the way across the Pacific Ocean and back.

Even when I was penny-pinching on an entry-level salary, I’d tuck away $100 a month and map out a trip or two based on tiny home Airbnbs I could book for $40 a night. Whether you can barely save $20 a week or you just got a substantial raise, making a few travel goals for 2019 might help you focus your savings efforts. If you have your sights set on a trip to Thailand, that can help you resist the $7 oat milk latte or the flash sale email urging you to buy a new bronzer.

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