Written by Jeremy Biberdorf
Getting away from it all is almost a requirement these days. Being connected to technology and work 24/7 takes a major toll on your physical and emotional well-being. By getting away on a vacation, you can rest and relax and hopefully get yourself back to center.
But many people don’t travel. One reason is they lack understanding of how to travel and need detailed travel tips. In other cases, and I would argue most of the time, people don’t travel due to money. They believe they cannot take a nice vacation that works with their budget.
But this reason is no longer valid. There are many ways to vacation cheaply. In fact, by using the budget travel tips I outline below, you can get away without breaking the bank.
Keep reading to see how you can enjoy the calm and quiet of a well-deserved vacation and still stick to your budget.
5 Budget Travel Tips To Get Way Without Breaking The Bank
#1. Plan Ahead
The best way to travel on a budget is to plan ahead. When you do plan ahead you accomplish a few things. First, you know where you will be traveling to. This will allow you to create a rough estimate of the total cost of the trip.
Second, by knowing the total cost of the trip, you can start saving a little bit of money every month towards your goal. This is critical for most people.
The reason is simple. When you break a large expense down into smaller payments, you can more easily afford to save. For example, what is easier for you, to save $2,000 this month or $167 a month for 12 months? For most people, it is the second choice.
And by saving a little bit each month, you can save and invest this money. Doing this will allow your money to grow so that when you do save your $2,000 you will have more money in the account thanks to the growth.
Of course, you could save nothing at all and put the entire cost on your credit card. But then you are making monthly payments that include interest charges. Choosing this option will result in you paying a lot more than the $2,000 originally planned.
#2. Travel In The Offseason
What if you plan ahead but realize that the amount you need to save is still not possible? Do you just bag the entire idea of vacationing? Not a chance. You simply have to make some adjustments.
The easiest adjustment for many is to travel in the offseason. Most destinations have a high and low season. As a result, the cost to travel to the destination varies.
During the peak travel season, you can expect to pay top dollar for your hotel, meals, entertainment, etc. But during the low season, you can score great deals.
For example, travel to Florida in early summer and you can expect to pay a lot of money. But if you go in September when most kids are back in school, you can save a lot of money. I found a hotel that was charging over $1,000 for a week stay in June.
In September, that same hotel was charging $400 for the week.
You mission is to figure out when the peak travel time is to the destination you want to visit and then see if traveling there during non-peak times works for you.
#3. Go Off The Beaten Path
If you still find that traveling during off-peak times doesn’t work, you have yet another option. Start to think outside the box.
What I mean by this is you need to look to travel to places that aren’t in high demand, or aren’t high on people’s travel list.
This isn’t to say you have to travel to Smalltown USA, but you can choose to visit other cities instead of New York City, Las Vegas, Miami, etc.
There are many great cities and towns throughout the world that would make great travel destinations. You just have to find them.
#4. Use The Internet To Save
Thanks to the internet, you can save thousands when you travel. You can start by using the internet to help you find destinations that are off the beaten track.
In the past, you were stuck with asking friends or family members where they visited and hope they offered some great ideas.
But with the internet, a simple search will yield hundreds of great low-cost travel destinations.
And it doesn’t end there. You can also use the internet to save on your hotel, flight and rental car too. Many sites will compare prices for you and show you the best deals.
And even still, you can use some website services to name your price and get hotels to give you a room at the price you want. This can seem scary the first time you try it, but it really is a great option.
When we were traveling last minute to New York City, the price for a room was close to $275. We named our price of $150 and found a nice hotel in the part of the city we wanted.
It may take a little work to find the best deals for you, but they are out there.
#5. Look Into Credit Card Rewards
The final budget travel tip is to consider credit card rewards. When you strategically use credit cards for points, miles or cash back, you can greatly reduce the amount of money you pay for your trip.
I had a friend use credit card rewards to take his honeymoon. The two-week trip cost him just over $250 out of pocket and this was for the first-class plane tickets.
By strategically using credit cards, you can easily travel on a budget. But you have to be careful. If you are not disciplined, you can get yourself into credit card debt, which defeats the purpose of using credit card for discounted or free travel.
So before you jump head first into this option, look at where you are going and how you are getting there, then decide on the best credit card or credit cards to use to help to offset the costs.
At the end of the day, getting away for a vacation shouldn’t be optional for you. It should be a requirement. The benefits of getting away on your life are immeasurable.
And by getting away, you can reset your work life balance that most likely is out of line these days.
By taking a week off and relaxing, you will come back refreshed, inspired and excited about life once again.
Don’t make the mistake of skipping on vacations because of money. Use the tips in this post and travel on a budget without breaking the bank.