There is a general perception that holidays are expensive. Holidays can be expensive but with a little planning, you can have your dream holiday without breaking the bank.
It is actually very possible to have your dream holiday for less with just a little planning. We will give you a few tips below:
Do a thorough research of your dream destination. The internet has a wealth of information that will tell you everything you need to know about your destination. Do check up on accommodation, cost of food, transportation and fun activities available.
Choose an affordable destination so that you can save on travel costs.
Draw a detailed budget
Make the budget as detailed as possible and put an estimated amount for each item. Be very detailed, yes, factor in everything including meals, fun activities, snacks, outings, shopping for gifts just to name a few.
The most important thing is, to be honest about how much you have for the vacation. The idea is to put aside something small in terms of savings each month based on your budget estimate total. That is the reason why it is important to be very detailed when doing your budget.
You may opt out of staying in a hotel and use some of the hosting services like Airbnb. If you prefer a hotel you should look for good budget hotels. Do a price comparison and read online reviews to help you choose.
Consider splitting costs
You can opt to get together with a group of friends and share the costs. There are great packages for group travel. However be very clear on each person’s responsibility in as far as expenses are concerned to avoid confusion. You can, for example, agree to share accommodation costs but drinks and costs of outings are individual responsibilities.
Cook your own meals
Eating out is expensive, so get accommodation with kitchen facilities and cook your own meals. This especially works well for a family or group vacation. Yes, you may not want to be bothered with having to cook but it will save you a lot of money.
Use a travel agent
Travel agents have their feelers out for great holiday bargains. You may actually save quite a bit by using a travel agent. However, the onus is still on you to do your research on whichever destination or package they offer. Look for reviews or feedback from people, who have taken their packages, this will give you a good indication of what to expect.
Some seasons are considered peak seasons and are therefore not the best times for a budget-friendly holiday. Consider planning your holiday during the off-season. You will get the same great deals but at much lower costs.
Book your flights early, you may get better rates. Do some research on the transport modes available wherever you are going for your holiday; you do not have to use cabs all the time as they can be very expensive. Get train schedules, public buses etc. You will save a ton this way.
Remember, you do not have to be a millionaire to afford a holiday; it is all in the planning.
Travel enthusiast, always looking forward to the next adventure. Flying around the world, enjoying mostly sunny places, learning about new captivating cultures are some the main reasons driving me to travel.