When you only have a tight budget to work with, planning a vacation can be extremely difficult. This is especially true if you’re hoping to go on that trip of a lifetime you have always dreamt of. You would think that ‘trip of a lifetime’ and ‘budget’ are two things that really don’t go together. However, with a little planning you could save a lot of money, making your dream vacation a lot more attainable. Below you’ll discover how to plan a trip of a lifetime on a budget.
Start by doing your research
Whether you have a destination in mind or you’re still searching for the perfect location, doing your research can really help to ensure you know what kind of budget you will need. It helps to have an idea of how much everything costs. For example, you should look into the following costs:
- Eating out
- Travelling expenses
Take each of these and consider how to shave as much cash from each area – a small saving in each will make a big difference overall. The good news is, while the above can really add up, it is possible to save money on absolutely every aspect of your trip. And remember to leave yourself enough budget for spending money.
Work hard, play harder
As featured on the World of Wanderlust blog, the key to enjoying the trip of a lifetime is to work hard. The further in advance you plan your trip, the more money you will be able to save.
Sadly, like everything in life you really do need to put the extra effort in if you want a trip to remember. If there’s no way you can save money through your job, it would be worth looking into different ways to get some extra cash in.
There are many ways you can earn extra cash, even from the comfort of your own home. Use your skills to freelance online. There are always opportunities for web design, photography and writing. In fact, you could even get paid to go on your trip of a lifetime. Look into travel blogging and see if it is something you would be interested in doing.
You can also get a little more creative when looking at ways to earn money. Online gaming sites are not only fun to play on, but they also give you the opportunity to win big if you know what you’re doing and search out the right sites.
Other ideas include having a yard sale – or selling things online – to make money from the items that you no longer require.
Make sure you ring fence any extra cash you make from additional work for your holiday and use the ‘prize’ of the holiday to spur you on.
Constantly monitor your plan
Creating a travel plan can really help you to keep track of what you are spending and what you still need to book. It helps to write down your expenses too. Each month add up your total income and deduct your most important outgoings such as utility bills, rent etc. Then look to see where you can save money. AirTreks has some fantastic tips on how to properly plan for your next vacation.
Don’t set out to scrimp on anything while you are on your holiday – but make sure you don’t pay over the odds for anything too. If you’re going sightseeing would it be cheaper to get tickets in advance? Are there offers on at your dream hotel? Try different permutations of flights and dates too – sometimes it’s cheaper not to fly at the weekend or to use certain airlines. Set your heart on what you want to do and then, item by item, work out the cheapest way of doing it all.