So you want to go on vacation? Maybe you’ve saved up for a while and think now is the time? Or maybe you’ve been stopping yourself because you don’t have the funds to fall back on? When it comes to wanting to go on holiday, the worry over how much money we have is usually what stops us. Well, this post is here to tell you it’s okay for you to book your way onto a plane!
We all get a bit wanderlusty from time to time, but if you’re someone who has been dreaming of getting away for years, it’s time to look into your financing needs. So yeah you already have some money ready to pay for flights and accommodation, or maybe you just haven’t had any success with that before now. Either way, here’s some of the best options for you to look into. Happy Holiday!
Make Sure You Have a Budget
Budget travelling is a whole ‘nother realm unto itself, and there’s plenty of ways you can live cheaply out of a suitcase if you’re stretched thin on the ground. However, when it comes to a vacation we’ve planned in our heads for a long time, we probably want a little luxury from it as well!
Yet, budgets are the most important plan to have in place once you’ve decided to go on vacation. If you have your itinerary ready, you’re going to have a good idea of what you’re going to get up to and thus what you can and can’t afford within and around it. When it comes to first booking a holiday or tour abroad, shop around the bargains. Are there any bargains on offer via all the different providers? You could also try haggling if you have the confidence, as you never know when an agent is willing to lower the price just a little more in order to make a much needed sale. This way, you have more money to spend when you’re on the ground!
Budgeting is all about knowing the ins and outs of how society works on a timescale, as sales crop up after Christmas and Black Friday is a rush the world around. So, with that in mind, pick the right time to travel! During school terms and outside of spring break is one of the cheapest times for you to book a flight, and you can save hundreds by simply saving a flight until then.
Take the Time to Save Up
It’s usually the best idea to pay for a holiday with cash, as then you don’t have any outstanding credit debt when you get home again and the stress immediately hits you (unless you have the ability to pay it off as soon as the credit clears!). However, saving up doesn’t have to be as hard as we think to keep up with, and whilst it will take some time, the anticipation is just going to get better and better.
Mainly, if you don’t have a savings account, open one! There’s so many banks and accounts out there for you to look into, so if you’re not accepted at one, simply try out another. Then, if you get paid a good amount in wage every 2 weeks or each month, put as much money as you can spare in the said savings account.
You could find time to finally sell off the wares you’ve kept in the boxes at the end of your bedroom in a yard sale or online. This is quick money in your pocket, and even at just a couple of dollars a pop, if you have a lot to get rid of, you can make thousands in minutes. People love a good bargain after all!
Don’t Be Too Luxurious
Even if you want a lounger by the poolside when it comes to staying in a hotel, make sure the travelling arrangements don’t live up to that standard at the same time! A flight is over in a few hours, and getting squashed in coach is all part of the true travelling experience.
Buy your snacks and drinks at the airport and travel as light as possible with you carry on. This just makes the experience a lot easier to get through, and then you have plenty of money to buy all the souvenirs you want.
Maybe Even Take Out a Loan!
Maybe you’re the kind of person who can’t take the time to save all the money you’d need, or you have some stored away but it just wouldn’t cut that round Europe tour you’ve been wanting to take for years. If so, this could be the option for you. First of all, it’s a lot safer than you might think to take out a loan to fund a holiday! If you borrow from someone who lends out loans secured against owned assets, you’re more likely to, number one, be able to get one, and number two, stick to the payments regularly. If you’ve had trouble with money before now, these loans can lead you into a whole new world.
On the other hand, taking out a loan is seriously versatile. If you’re the kind of person who has some savings stored away, or you can work a job whilst you’re on foot and hiking over the mountains, it might also be a good idea to take out a loan for your holiday needs. This way you have a lot more financial security to fall back on, and it’s simply another budgeting matter to make sure you get home safe and sound after the trip of a lifetime.
A holiday is a bit of an investment, so treat it like one! The trip of a lifetime is only a couple of dollars away if you know how to save and shop! Be sure to look around before you choose something to fly away on the wings off; Greece is still going to be there in a few months time after all.