Vacation time doesn’t need to be expensive in order for you to have a great time. Sure, you can adjust your over-all budget so you can travel more extravagantly, but you can also prioritize to not be in the debt. We’re no money experts but we’ve managed to travel comfortably even though we do not have thousands in our bank.
Planning is key when it comes to travelling, spontaneous travels and road-trips to nearby cities are good, but if you want a truly memorable, longer stay in a city, plan meticulously. Before we go on planning, let’s look at some ways you can enhance your budget so you can enjoy travelling more.
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Manage Your Finances
Another aspect of life that needs planning for long-term is finances. People who are financially free aren’t always born rich, a lot of them are self-made. Financial freedom doesn’t mean having to amass money, but the mindset that one has regarding money.
Put money aside immediately. Make sure that it’s not an easy to open container so you aren’t tempted to open it. If you save first rather than at the end of the month, you’ll be sure that something is really saved up for the rainy days.
Make a list of all your bills, and expenses. It is best to know how much you should have for these so you don’t overspend.
Look through the things you buy by the end of the month, see what’s really needed and important. For example, you might have subscribed to a service you’ve forgotten. Cancel or unsubscribe immediately. See which items you buy the most every month, buy them in bulk to save more.
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Although budget can be tight, you can still squeeze in wonderful time without worrying about money for the much awaited summer vacation, here are some ways to do it.
Money-Saving Travel Tips
Book in Advance
Booking a year before your vacation is sometimes good, both for flights and hotels. Airlines have such promos but they also have sales on tickets that go unsold a few days before the flight. It is best to subscribe to newletters of your favorite airlines to know of such promos.
Finding accommodation that’s convenient, comfy, and affordable can be tough but its doable. You can use comparison websites to see which offers the cheapest – be it hotels, apartments, or rooms.
Cook Your Own Food
Choose a place like vacation villas which is equipped with full kitchen where you can prepare your own food instead of dining out. Hotel accommodations can be quite expensive; there are spacious and beautiful villas some even have glass mosaic tiles design. And of course, smaller apartments complete with everything you need. You can explore the local market and cook food to your tasting – ones you enjoy at home and dine out to try food the city or town is famous for.
Do not over-pack because it will cost you big bucks most especially if you exceed the allowable weight for baggage. Research on the weather so you can bring appropriate clothing to avoid buying while on vacation.
Pack Like a Pro
It is best to bring your own sun screen, toothpaste and shampoo, also bring your bottle container for refills because it will cost a lot more if you purchase these items in the hotel. You can probably buy them cheaper at the groceries.
Spend Money Wisely
When travelling, having cash seems to be the better way, but you have to exchange this to the city’s currency, and money exchange points aren’t always the best (especially airports).
Use a no-fee credit or debit card that allows you to withdraw money in the currency you need.
The internet is a free source for all the budget-saving travel tips you need. See what’s free in other countries that you might try and enjoy, click here. What other budget-saving summer vacation tips do you have? Let us know in the comments!