Real Accounts: How Aimee Funded Her Epic Road Trip Through Canada

Name: Aimee
Location: Pymble
Occupation: Account Executive
Age: 26

When it comes to saving, spending and lending, everyone’s got a story to tell. In our new series Real Accounts, we talk to different millennials about their (very) personal finance experiences and some of the key lessons they’ve learned along the way.

This week we chat to Aimee, who saved with her partner for a 3-month road trip across Canada and the USA. It taught her that slow and steady wins the race - both when travelling and saving!

My partner and I saved $10,000 each a few years ago whilst we were living in Canada. We bought ourselves a cheap van which had a bed in the back. We then took to the road and drove down to the USA. We road tripped for three months throughout the states and had an amazing time.

We put our combined $20,000 in one bank account to use it as our money. This really helped whilst travelling and I would highly recommend if you’re travelling with your partner.

The whole experience really taught me about setting a financial goal. I know now that I have the capability of saving really well when I set my mind to it.

We don’t regret using all of that money on the road trip. It was one of the best experiences of our lives and whenever I have a low point with money or my finances, I have to look back and remember that I can save. Even if it’s just a little bit at a time, I know I can do it when the end result is worth it.

Living back in Sydney however has thrown its financial challenges. It’s quite expensive to live here. We make it work though and I know we have the ability to save again for more trips, or other big purchases.

Here are three things I learned:
  • Don’t give up if you feel your savings are going nowhere - slow and steady always wins the race!
  • Don’t be afraid to use your money on a big trip! It’s definitely worth it.
  • Pool your resources if you travel with a partner, it really keeps you financially focussed and accountable.