A vacation is the one thing that must alleviate your stress and not give you more. So if you complained to friends or family about your highly expensive trip, you’ll only see eyes roll in disbelief. Most people are going to tell you that you were in denial if you thought travel and vacationing was cheap. Well, they do seem to know everything but do they? How about researching, having that fun vacation on a reasonably low budget and bust some myths? Maybe it’s time you gave them something new to chew on!
There are ways to plan your holiday around your budget, all you need to do is think and know that there are many options available in the whole wide world. You can always stay clued in by following some websites through the year. Some travel companies have offers that you can avail. For example you might have heard of clc travel centre promotional holidays. Do a little research on what hotels sound good, what restaurants you might want to dine in, their reviews etc. Make use of websites such as Opentable.com
Cheap does not mean that you make compromises, not at all. Some tips might help you make a plan that assures you of a quality vacation.
Make use of frequent flier miles,sign up on all airlines that you frequently take. Similarly when you sign up for a new credit-card, choose one that gives you free air miles. Some even go to the extent of a few thousands of miles that can actually be enough for your entire air travel for a vacation. Remember to add multiple users and benefit from the free miles that increase. Google for the cheapest flights and offers as well. There are some incredible offers out there.
If you are not working in a university or school and can choose your vacation period, choose an off-season time or a time very close to season, but not yet there. This helps you get your flight and accommodation at a good price and the weather may not be all that bad because its closer to season time.
Destination need not be the most popular. Also popular places are so crowded! Look for a similar place within the same geography which is quietly tucked away into a corner but offers the same weather, flora and fauna,hotel facilities etc. That way, they are much less expensive and you get to have a similar experience as the popular destination that everybody chose but with a lot more privacy! Who wouldn’t want that?
Among hotels, look for offers. Chain hotels are expensive, but if they have an offer going on, why not? Check if they have one. Do you enjoy those quaint bed and breakfast places instead of the biggies? Try them! Look them up in travel portals for reviews from customers. There are homestay options you can explore too. Today, people offer their homes to tourists for short stays. There are some that are available for long holidays too.
The homeowner would be making some extra money and will be interacting with someone new, foreigner and for you, it’s about experiencing the local culture and people and saving up on your lodging expenses. Look up on all the do’s and don’ts about staying, etiquette, what to expect and rules on a website. Choose one that fits you best. Again, this is a huge money-saver and some of these houses are too good to be true. You might thank your lucky stars!
Bidding for a hotel room, taking the local transport, opting for a train journey instead of a flight are all ways to save up! So yes, plan for your journey and pack your bags with confidence!