I love going on holiday, whether it’s to the beach or the mountains, an amusement park or a lake. I just love getting away from home, being somewhere different and doing fun stuff. Who doesn’t? But when you are on a tight budget, a holiday trip may seem out of the question. Don’t give up hope!
While you may not be able to go on the most elaborate vacation ever, you might be able to afford some type of holiday even if you don’t have a whole lot to spend. Instead of bemoaning the fact that your money is tight, take a look at how much you have, then start researching. You may find you can take a decent holiday after all.
Break Down Your Options
Once you have an idea of how much you can spend for your holiday, you could begin researching the prices of various possibilities by breaking down the expenses associated with a holiday you are considering. Let’s say you are going to a town with an amusement park. You will have to pay to get to the town, stay in a hotel, pay admission to the park and pay for food. However, if you are going to stay with a friend, you will only have to pay for travel and possibly some food.
When you are deciding which holiday to go on, it is important to get a good idea of how much it is going to cost. Be sure to include all your possible expenses so you won’t end up spending more than you planned to.
When you are deciding where to go, the cost of getting there can vary greatly. If you are going somewhere far away, flying might be easiest, but it will also be more expensive. Instead, you might choose to drive to your holiday destination and save money on your travel expenses.
If you have to fly, start comparing prices on discount travel sites well in advance so that you’ll have a good chance of spotting a reasonable price. Don’t forget to consider travel insurance, and perhaps compare health insurance cover with regard to your holiday if you’ll be renewing your health insurance policy before you travel.
Where to Stay
Accommodations are often one of the most expensive parts of a holiday, especially if you are going to a place where the location is considered part of the allure, like the beach. One way to save on a vacation is to go to a place where you can stay with friends or relatives. This may not be as glamorous as a nice hotel, but it is very economical.
If you prefer to stay in a hotel, start comparing prices for hotels well before you want to travel. Unless you already know the exact hotel you want, choosing accommodation can involve visiting bookings sites, discount hotel sites, and doing a lot of research. Consider any discounts you might be able to get, and you might also try calling hotels direct to ask for their best offer.
When you go to the beach, some of the entertainment is provided by the sun, sand and surf, so you won’t have to spend as much on other things to do. But if you go to a city where you are visiting more paid-entry attractions like museums and amusement parks, you would be wise to consider how much you’ll be spending on entertainment.
Searching for coupons and discounts for the places you are hoping to go may turn up a useful discount deal. Some places charge lower prices on week days or outside of the peak season, while other attractions may offer discounts on a second day’s visit. These options could be well worth looking into.
Obviously, when you are away, you won’t be cooking in your own kitchen, and eating out over several days can be expensive. When booking your hotel, see if they offer a free breakfast and whether this might help you to save a little on food expenses. You might want to look for a hotel that provides a kitchenette, or a mini-fridge and microwave, so that you can bring your own food and eat in the room at least some of the time.
When going out to eat, again consider looking for coupons and discounts first. You may be able to save on your food costs a good bit over the course of a few days’ holiday.
Holidays can be very expensive, and sometimes people end up getting into debt by taking one they can’t really afford. Even if your holiday isn’t elaborate, you can plan for a nice time on a budget. Take time to prepare, try to stick to your budget, and you’ll have every chance of enjoying a great time without the guilt of having spent more than you should.
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