We tend to associate regular travel with the well-off. This makes sense. After all, you have to fork out for the price of transport, accommodation, connections, food and drink, and all sorts of other expenses. But it’s important to remember that you can get away on a budget. Even those of us with little disposable income can enjoy a getaway from time to time! You just have to be a little more organised and savvy with your spending! Here are just a few different areas that you should consider when planning travel with minimal funds.
Saving vs. Lending
If you have plenty of time on your hands and are happy to wait until next summer to get away, saving might be the best option for you. Putting a small percentage of each of your paychecks away into a separate savings account will allow you to build up money that you can use to book a trip once you have enough. However, if you want to get away sooner rather than later, you can always consider prequalified credit cards. You can use these to book your trip and cover expenses while you’re away, then pay the full amount back in small installments once you’re back.
All-Inclusive vs. Self-Catering
When you head away, you generally have two options when it comes to food and drink – all-inclusive or self-catering. Now, self-catering is almost always cheaper on paper. This is because this option means you don’t get any food or drink involved in your holiday package. If you’re travelling alone or as a couple, you should probably opt for this, as it won’t cost you all too much to eat out at local restaurants and drink in local bars! If you’re planning on staying on a resort and not venturing out, you might want to opt for all-inclusive, as this means you can indulge in on-site buffets and get plenty of drinks while you lie by the pool.
Hostels vs. Hotels
When it comes to choosing somewhere to stay, we tend to automatically look at hotels. However, if you’re travelling on a budget, it’s important to remember that hotels aren’t the only options. Hostels can prove a lot better suited to your needs! A hostel works on a similar concept to that of a hotel. It will provide you with a place to rest your head while you are away from home. However, you can expect less comfort and fewer luxuries when staying in a hostel. You may stay in a dormitory shared with strangers and you may also have to share toilet and bathroom facilities with these individuals, but these sacrifices come hand in hand with a much lower price tag.
As you can see, being a little more thoughtful with your spending can make travel a reality for anyone. So, weigh up the pros and cons between the different options above to figure which will best suit your wants and needs!
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