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Having a Dream Vacation on a Nightmare Budget!

Remember that vacation or trip you were destined to take but never had enough money to go on? Or you keep on worrying that if you go on this trip, you won’t have enough money to eat when you return! Well it doesn’t have to be that way. Stop exploring your backyard and explore your dream vacation instead, time waits for no one. Don’t let the recession scare you. You can still travel on a budget and you can also still have your dream vacation. You just need to know when to travel, how to book and where to stay. All you need to do is research and be flexible.

Planning

If you plan your trip well, you can save a lot of money on Air Travel. You just need to be flexible in your travel times and utilize online tools like Kayak and Expedia. If you’re willing to spend a little time searching the internet, I’m sure you’ll find some great deals.

Moreover, don’t forget about technology. We live in a Social Media era. Visit Social Media sites such as Facebook and Twitter where you can follow travel providers and experts. Travel providers often announce great deals and exclusive bargains on their social pages so be sure to stay updated. In addition, you can subscribe to receive newsletters from airlines, hotels and other travel agencies. With newsletters, you will often be notified instantly about great deals.

If you’re willing to book at the last minute you might also find some great deals. People may tell you not to wait until the last minute to book your flight but that’s only an opinion. Last minute bookings can provide some great deals and discounts. For instance, many hotels and airlines would rather give you a discount than to leave a room or a seat empty, especially in this tough economy.

When it comes to baggage, make sure you know the baggage limits of the airline you are travelling with. Check maximum bag dimensions, maximum weight limits and also do your best to fit as much as you can into your carry-on bags. Some people try to stuff as much as they can into one small bag, only to be hit with hefty over limit fees when their bag is weighed at the airport.

If you’re only planning to visit for a few days, plan your visit on the weekend if you don’t mind. Some hotels that are geared for business clients are often more expensive on weekdays and the prices will put a hole in your pocket. Besides on the weekend, it is often less crowded and more romantic, that is if you’re traveling with a loved one.

You could also consider traveling during the off peak season. You’ll find great deals, fewer people and most importantly you will save money on air fares.

Accommodation

If you’re staying at a destination for a few days or more, you may want to consider a vacation home or an apartment as they are often more economical than hotels. You can visit websites such as craigslist and other property rental websites to find local deals.

If you are travelling with friends but are the kind of person who likes your own space, consider booking a two bedroom hotel suite instead of two separate rooms; it is much cheaper.

Another good thing to do is to find friends and family that are willing to accommodate you. Some people feel cheeky asking to stay with family members who they don’t see often, but here is an opportunity to enjoy their company!

Currency

Keep in mind the exchange rate when traveling; it makes a big difference. Utilize the internet and find the best exchange rates available.

Travel Insurance

Although travel insurance can be costly, it can save you a lot if your trip gets cancelled or in case of a medical emergency. Be sure to use online comparison sites to find the best deals, but also check that the policy covers all your needs. On that note make certain that you’ve taken all your shots.

Car Rentals

Be smart and take advantage of insurance and credit card companies that offer car rental coverage. Again though, make sure the cover is adequate. If it’s possible, don’t get a huge car. I know that some of us like cruising in a huge car but it’s better to choose a smaller car. Smaller cars are more economical and many of us don’t even need the extra space. Finally, search the internet for Car Rental Companies that offer coupon codes, it will save you a lot.

Food

If you’re going to stay in one place, you can explore the local supermarket and buy groceries; experience the local food. It is really fun to cook for yourself in a new environment instead of eating out every night. And most importantly, you know what’s in the food you’re eating.

If you’re staying at a hotel and can‘t cook for yourself, avoid room service and find a local café with sandwiches and patties, it’s much cheaper. Also, hold your own bottled water because hotel bottled water is really expensive.

Alternatives

Choose local areas instead of tourist spots. Be smart, a lot of these tourist spots are designed to attract money. These spots are very expensive and sometimes uncomfortable. Find local areas; they are more interesting. If your destination is not far away, walk around or use public transportation instead of a cab. In addition, you get to explore the City and see things you’ve never seen before.

When planning, you can book package deals instead of booking your flight and hotel separately. This can save you a lot.

Instead of using your minutes, find out the cost of using the phone in your hotel room or if they have Wi-fi you can use great apps like Skype or Google Talk to make calls.

You don’t have to put a hole in your pocket in order to experience your dream vacation. If you follow these simple tips, you can travel in luxury and still be able to eat when you return home.

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5 Responses to Having a Dream Vacation on a Nightmare Budget!

  1. I used AirBnB to book a home in northern Michigan for a week this summer. Staying in someone else’s home instead of a hotel is going to save us a ton of money AND I think will be more comfortable. The house we rented gets great reviews from former guests.

    • Adam | Money Rebound says:

      Sounds like you got a great deal Joe, I know some people who have even taken part a home exchange. I’m not sure if it’s something I’d do but it’s worth considering.

  2. Pauline says:

    Thank you for mentioning my post and my food guest post on CBB! My big pet peeve is currency exchange, thankfully now I have a no fee credit card that makes life easier, the usual rates are a ripoff!
    Pauline recently posted…A forced emergency fundMy Profile

    • Adam | Money Rebound says:

      No problem Pauline, I really enjoyed both posts. I must have given you a couple of dollars in ad revenue scouring your site to find them too.

  3. Nothing is impossible. It can always be done. If you really want to have your dream vacation, there will always be a way. Decide that you really want to go. Save for it and dow hat you can do make it a reality.
    KC @ genxfinance recently posted…Sell Your Old Cell Phone and Electronics for CashMy Profile

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