If you’re planning your next trip, you may be dreaming of swanky locations by the sea or sipping wine by candlelight, but let’s face it, that sounds a little expensive!
However, with a little bit of research, careful planning, and a budget, you can go on a nice trip, and it might not be as far off as you might think!
The first step always begins with research. There are plenty of travel sites to peruse before deciding on a destination like Kayak for my US readers or Cosmos Cheap Holidays for my UK readers. You can also consult customer reviews for countries and regions rated as typically cheap in terms of accommodation and living costs.
Also, be smart about the area you want to visit! Flashy resorts on the ocean are likely to come at a higher cost than quieter inland villages. That said, travel companies often buy in bulk including hotel rooms in popular spots and sell them off for increasingly cheap rates as the dates approach, so keep your eyes peeled for last minute deals too.
Basically, it’s a case of shopping around to see how far your money will stretch. And if you can be flexible about traveling in late summer to early fall, it can be a lot more affordable.
This is likely going to be the biggest vacation expense you’ll encounter, so consider all the options. Many people opt for all-inclusives as a way to keep to a budget. You can also follow my tip of churning credit cards to earn hotel points.
If you’re a solo traveler, consider websites like Air bnb where you may find a room in a local’s house for a cheap rate, all while getting the experience of home-cooked meals and interaction with local peeps.
I’m also a huge fan of setting up a budget before traveling anywhere. It makes everything so much less stressful, and you don’t have to worry about the guilt of checking your credit card statement when you go home!
Now let’s hear from you. Where oh where in the whole world would you like to go next?