Do you need to get away, but you always stop yourself by telling yourself you can’t afford it? Holidays are expensive, and taking longer breaks from work to travel will cost you even more. It’s fine if you can save up for a trip and claim your holiday pay at work, but what if you struggle to save, you have no holiday left, or you’re self-employed? Surely you can’t go away for even a week, let alone longer? But you can go on vacation, or even travel around the world if you only approach it with the right mindset. There are lots of ways to save money on your holiday, and even more ways to save up for it. Try using these tips to plan your next trip, whether it’s a week in France or six months around Asia.
Choosing Destinations and Times
Two significant factors that will contribute to the expense of your trip are where you want to go, and how long you want to go for. Further flung destinations could cost more to get there, but it could be a lot cheaper once you arrive. For example, you might find that many countries in Asia or South America are very cheap for food and accommodation, even if the flights cost you an arm and a leg. Countries closer to you, and perhaps holidays in your home country, are much more accessible, but could be more expensive if you want to stay for a long time. You need to take into account how much time you’ll take off work too. Are you just taking your allotted holiday time with pay, or do you want to take a longer sabbatical?
Saving on Flights and Accommodation
There’s no doubt that travel and accommodation are the most expensive things when it comes to planning your trip. But you can save on both of them, no matter where you’re going. Tracking down the best flights can get very complicated, but it is possible to find the cheapest ones. Don’t forget to consider other forms of transport though, such as trains or driving. It’s much easier to save on your accommodation. First you should decide what sort of comfort level you need. If you’re happy to sleep anywhere, you can find a cheap hostel bed wherever you go. People who need a bit more luxury can find great hotel discounts, especially by searching on booking and comparison sites. But there are other options across a broad price range, from camping to renting a room or apartment.
Planning, Budgeting and Saving
To start saving for your trip, you need a plan and a budget. Decide where to go, how long to stay and what to do. Then you can look at different options to find the cheapest ways to travel. Once you have a budget, you can make a schedule for saving up. There are lots of ways you can save more money by cutting your expenses, from reducing your bills to cutting out coffee. By creating a plan for saving, you can make it seem much more manageable to work towards your goal.
Everyone can take a trip away, even if they have to save for a year to go camping for a weekend. If you want it enough, there’s nothing stopping you.