Ever since I got a taste of travel and it became my only favorite thing in the world and I started feeling a really, really strong constant itch in my feet, I started prioritizing saving over spending. Over the years I did not upgrade my life style as much as my income grew.
I am the last person you would see at a Kurta store, my wardrobe contains mostly basics and staples and is never up-to-date with ongoing trends. I don’t even look at designer wear stores. I use drugstore cosmetics & have a very limited amount of it. Same for shoes. On Iphone, I am always at least 3 years behind the latest version. I decided not to buy a car. I keep a strict check on my salon trips. The only thing I get indulgent on is eating out. That too not regularly. And this is how I am able to save mostly 50% or more of what I make every month. And put it in the form of dollars in my travel fund.
Also, I spend time researching & planning on destinations I’d like to visit months in advance and book everything on my own (most of the time) rather than going to travel/tour agents; which saves me money. Also, having a partner who is enthusiastic about travelling himself and supportive of my travel goals, adds to the ease.