Happy Monday all!
Travel is a goal that the majority of people list as a resolution for the new year. But with all the responsibilities of life, it might seem to be an unattainable dream. Well I’m here to tell you if you want to travel you can! While I’m no travel expert, here are a few tips I use to travel on a budget.
If you have any travel tips, please feel free to share them!
Have a wonderful day!
- Make A List: When I was 33 I made a list of 10 places I wanted to visit. For the next 10 years I went about completing that list. Making a list of the places you want to visit can help you keep focused on your goal. It also gives you a visual reminder of what you want to accomplish.
2. Start Small:
When I started traveling I had a very limited budget. While European destinations such as London were high on my list I had to wait until I could afford to go. Although I had limited funds, I didn’t allow that to stop me from traveling. Instead I focused on locations on my list that fit my budget. By doing this I was able to visit Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and the US Virgin Islands until I could afford bigger trips.
3. Sign Up For Travel Alerts:
Signing up for travel alerts from sites such Travelzoo, The Flight Deal, Cheap Caribbean and Airfare Watchdog can literally save you hundreds of dollars on vacations. For my 2013 trip to Cancun, I used Cheap Caribbean to book our 4 star all inclusive resort for $700 for a 5 night stay for 2 people. That came to $350 per person for the resort! Airfare Watchdog alerted me to a sale on flights to Cancun and we were able to get a non stop round trip flight for $330 per person. Usually non stop flights between Philadelphia to Cancun can run anywhere from $500-$800, so our $330 fares were a steal! In the end I only paid $680 for a 5 day vacation to Cancun. Now that’s a bargain!
4. Travel During Low Season:
Whenever I travel internationally I always go during the low season. Why? Besides offering lower airfare and hotel prices, you wont have to contend with large crowds around popular tourist sights. For example, November to March is considered low season for European travel. When I went to Paris in March 2014, we didn’t have to wait in ridiculous lines at the Eiffel Tower or push past mobs of people to see the Mona Lisa. We were able to enjoy all the attractions we wanted to see without a crush of people . So research the low season for the destinations on your list and consider visiting then to avoid large crowds.
5. Take Your Time:
It took me nearly 10 years to complete my list of places I wanted to visit. There is no need to rush through your list. There will times when you doubt your travel dreams…do not give into that doubt. Your dreams dont have time limits. If you keep focused and go at your own pace, you will achieve all your travel goals!