Deep inside us is an adventure bug. No matter how hard we try to suppress it, it always comes out eventually. Human beings are seekers and collectors of good memories. Only thing that holds us back is often our finances. But believe it or not, you do not have to be rich to travel. And you do not have to start big the first time. Start locally, get your resources in check and eventually be able to afford that dream vacation you have always wanted.
Here’s how to:
Everything requires careful planning first. Research about your dream location. Once you determine how much you need, break down how much to save per pay cheque to help you reach your goal. Just like you create a monthly budget for your household needs, you need a budget for your vacation. But don’t wait until two months beforehand to figure the costs—it’s unlikely you’ll be able to save up enough in time
- Keep an eye on travel deals and discounts
There are travel companies that offer travel deals every now and then. This is an opportunity you can’t afford to pass out on. Take advantage of sales, discounts and deals. Who wouldn’t want to travel for free or for less?
- Go in groups
If some of your other family members or friends are planning trips, think about making it a joint effort. Group rates for hotels, flights, and attractions are common, often netting a significant discount.
- Start with shorter trips first
Think road trips and staycations. You don’t always need to jet off to some fancy island overseas to get the experience you crave. Shorter travel blocks offer the same benefits as longer vacations, and they can cost much less. Plenty of shorter trips can help you recharge, explore different areas, and experience something new – even if it’s within your home state. As an added bonus, planning shorter, closer-to-home trips means you can drive instead of fly, saving the money you would have spent on airfare.
- Travel during off-seasons
Traveling during the peak months or during holiday breaks means paying more for airfare, gas, and accommodations. In general, some of the best times to travel are early in the year and before the festive seasons. As an added bonus, you can benefit from less crowded attractions and have a less stressful overall experience. And it also cheaper.
Everybody needs vacation. You need to be able to step back from the stresses of life and the worries of work to enjoy time with family and friends. Your physical and mental health can suffer if you don’t—not to mention your productivity at your job!