Travel can be expensive, but that doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are some budget strategies for planning and taking that dream vacation without incurring further debt.
Setting an initial total trip budget can help keep you on target during the planning process. This will keep you from losing track of where your money should be going.
1. Set a budget
Are your dreams of sailing the open sea or hiking to Machu Picchu accompanied by an adventurous travel budget? Start by writing down all your dream destinations, then researching travel costs to see how much it will cost to reach these places and stay there.
Set and meet your savings goal – to do this, use a budget spreadsheet or mobile app like EveryDollar that tracks spending to help track how much is saved every month towards your trip. If necessary, adjust other budget categories or even find side hustles to help increase savings.
Consider taking advantage of discounts to help keep travel costs under control. Many pricier attractions offer deals and packages that allow visitors to save on airfare, accommodation, food and more.
2. Prioritize your needs
For an unforgettable travel experience, starting early savings is crucial. This could involve setting aside a portion of each paycheck or downloading apps such as Qapital which round up purchases and put spare change directly into a savings account.
Once you’ve set a budget, it’s important to identify your travel priorities. Knowing what is most essential will enable you to determine which aspects of your vacation could be compromised upon – for instance by sleeping in hostels instead of hotels or forgoing certain activities in exchange for others.
While it can be tempting to splurge on the trip of your dreams, keep in mind that this opportunity comes only once in your lifetime. Don’t waste both your time and money on an experience that leaves you stressed, exhausted, and dissatisfied; otherwise it wouldn’t really qualify as a holiday anyway! Taking some time off just for relaxation is surefire way to come back feeling rejuvenated to tackle life again.
3. Travel during off-season
Traveling during off-season could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars, as tourist businesses will typically have reduced workloads during this time, leading to cheaper accommodations.
Unfortunately, this may mean making some concessions on your vacation – such as weather. However, if you are willing to make sacrifices it can be an excellent way to save money while still experiencing your ideal trip.
Budgeting for a vacation takes careful planning and adjustments along the way, but it will pay off in terms of stress-free memories! Start saving for your trip now by creating an EveryDollar Vacation Fund; you’ll thank yourself later!
4. Book your hotel in advance
Booking hotels early can be an excellent way to save money on holidays. A website or app that monitors hotel prices and alerts you when they drop can help ensure you always find a good deal on your ideal vacation destination.
Procrastinators understand the risks of postponing travel plans until the last minute can be costly, since hotel rates can skyrocket in the lead-up to your trip and you might end up without one or one that doesn’t suit your budget.
Procrastinating can work to your advantage when it comes to saving for a vacation. By opening up a savings account and setting aside small amounts each month or making cuts elsewhere in your budget to reach your dream of an extravagant trip – procrastination may actually work to your benefit when saving. Just start early and find a strategy that fits.