They say that it’s better to have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff. That’s the most common goal of our generation: to be able to travel. Personal finance however is affected by trying to fulfill this dream. As a travel buff, I know how prior to travel, creating an itinerary is the most important task to be able to save as much as you can while not compromising comfort. Here are some travel tips you can try on your next adventure:
- Research on available promos
Coupons, bundles and package deals are very common with travel agencies and even airlines. These are focused on the young professionals that tend to travel with their group of friends. Instead of booking a room at a regular rate, discount coupons can be used to lessen your accommodation fees. One thing I’ve learned is that there’s always a cheaper way to do things that is not at all that different with the usual. Look for coupons offering accommodation, food, and even tour guides, it’s feels very rewarding when you total the amount of money you can save by research and use of discount coupons.
- Create a feasible itinerary and do-it-yourself
When going to a particular place, we want to see everything it has to offer. Sometimes, touring the whole place is not a great itinerary. Why? When we travel, we should not be focused on time constraints. It lessens the pleasure of being free during the travel because you have to stick to the schedule to see all of the sites. If you’re traveling with friends, it’s better not to hire a guide and discover your way around together. Tour guides may share historical facts about the place, but you can always do online research. Besides, they usually charge high prices, you can use the money saved for food instead.
- Set a ceiling price for your travel
After creating your itinerary and purchasing the discount coupons, match each coupon with your activity. Look at the activities left with no voucher and set an amount you are willing to spend for that activity. By doing so you are able to have an estimate of how much money you need to bring therefore limiting the possibility of overspending.
- Plan your next travel destination…ahead
This final tip may sound weird, but I am always encouraged with the possibility of having another adventure. Convincing myself that I have another adventure to plan a few months after this travel gives me all the more reason to try and be thrift. It’s a very effective way because I’m exposed to its possibility of coming true and therefore thrives my passion.
There are endless ways to save, as long as you want to save. Personal finance management is easier when you commit yourself to the goal of saving. To be able to travel is a dream, but it should not hinder you from other life essentials. Just because you have money does not mean you have to spend it. Try these simple tips on your next travel!