Woman saved $40K with beauty tourism — traveling abroad for procedures

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By Dan Sears

Her pie-in-the-sky idea has really taken off.

A Colorado woman says she has saved $40,000 on medical and beauty treatments over nearly three years by traveling abroad to visit the dentist, receive Botox — and even get her hair done.

“I was getting hair extensions done in Idaho — they had raised their prices to $4,500. It was astronomical,” Bryn Elise Wright, 29, explained to SWNS.

“I started thinking about other options. I started looking abroad,” she continued.

That was the summer of 2021 — Wright said she found an Instagrammer in Istanbul, Turkey, who promised to do her hair for $500.

A Colorado woman says she has saved $40,000 on medical and beauty treatments over nearly three years by traveling abroad to visit the dentist, receive Botox — and even get her hair done. Bryn Elise Wright / SWNS
Bryn Elise Wright, 29, estimates she has saved $10,000 on hair extensions, $10,000 on dentist treatments, and another $20,000 on a hospital stay for a flu bug. Bryn Elise Wright / SWNS

“I thought there was a miscommunication at first,” Wright recalled. “We worked it into our travel plans. It went wonderfully. I was blown away.”

Now, Wright is all in on beauty tourism, visiting 14 countries in recent years with her boyfriend, Cody Jorgenson, 36, for various procedures.

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She estimates she has saved $10,000 on hair extensions, $10,000 on dentist treatments, and another $20,000 on a hospital stay for a flu bug.

She often chooses her next travel destination based on places where she can get cheap treatments.

Wright said she got Botox for just $140 in Istanbul — instead of spending $700 to $800 in the US.

“It ended up being awesome. The doctor was a pro,” gushed Wright, an Amazon reseller from Westminster, Colorado.

Wright is all in on beauty tourism, visiting 14 countries in recent years with her boyfriend, Cody Jorgenson, 36, for various procedures. Bryn Elise Wright / SWNS

She had laser hair removal in Paris — shelling out just $400 instead of $2,000.

She chipped a tooth while traveling in Bali, Thailand, and booked the treatment for $70 rather than $600 to $700 in the US.

A new crown and deep teeth cleaning in Turkey cost $240, not $1,800.

And when she and Jorgenson fell ill in Thailand, they spent 24 hours in a hospital — costing them only $120 each.

“I wouldn’t have gone to hospital if I’d been at home,” said Wright, arguing that the hospital bill in America would have been between $10,000 and $20,000.

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A new crown and deep teeth cleaning in Turkey cost $240, not $1,800. Bryn Elise Wright / SWNS
“It’s saved me tons of money,” Wright said of her travels. Bryn Elise Wright / SWNS

Wright plans to continue traveling and trying out cheap beauty treatments.

“Let me be the guinea pig,” Wright said. “It’s saved me tons of money. We’re onto something.”

Wright is not alone — a California-based TikToker admitted she flew to Turkey last year for a $4,000 nose job, while a British couple also jetted off to Turkey for $18,000 worth of cosmetic enhancements.

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