The summer holidays are still a few months down the line, but quite a number of people have begun to put their travel plans together. While many of us dream of traveling the world, it’s not always feasible for some due to a lot of factors, MONEY especially.
So what do you do when you don’t have enough time and money to tour the world? Plan a budget-friendly trip of course! Here are five ways to plan a vacation that won’t leave you in debt.
Consider Your Budget
The first rule is that you plan your holidays according to your budget. A lot of people plan the holidays first and then start to figure out how to pay for them. Don’t be that way!
Start by establishing your vacation budget and sticking to what you can afford.
Have a Vacation Theme
Having a theme for your vacation helps to guide your decisions and gives you the flexibility of choosing where to go and what to do without overspending.
Consider choosing activity themes with affordable options like history. With this theme, you may get to visit several of the local museums or parks in the area. Surely, this is a low cost/no cost activity that the whole family will enjoy.
Consider A Staycation
How often do you visit the tourist sites in your own city? Hardly ever, right?
If you’re short on time and money, there’s no better way to spend some free time than to wander your own city. Explore your city and look at it with new eyes. You might just be surprised at the new things you would discover.
With staycations like this, you save on additional accommodation and transportation costs. You have one rule though – NO CHORES!
Grab Last-Minute Deals
Depending on your budget, last-minute get-away holidays might be possible.
Subscribe to get newsletters from your favourite travel agencies, and airlines, and start watching out for when they announce their deals.
There are so many affordable last-minute vacation options. Choose one and relax!
Explore The Routes Less Traveled
If you want to save money on your vacation, it is important to think outside the box and take the less-traveled routes.
Travel counter to the prevailing trend. If people are going in the summer, you go in the spring or winter. Skip the popular destinations and head off the beaten path a bit.
Contrarian travel will save you a bundle of money. It’s like reverse commuting. The more you are a contrarian in where — and when you go — the better off you’re wallet will be. Plus, you’ll enjoy destinations more because there will be fewer crowds.