Going on vacation doesn’t have to be synonymous with squandering your small savings for the rest of the year. It is true that it is even healthy to allow oneself some freedoms, but if you want to manage this time of rest with economic and financial coherence, here are 15 tips:
- Plan your holidays ahead of time. For several reasons: on the one hand, with time you will always find cheaper airline or hotel tickets, among other items. On the other hand, you will be able to foresee in advance the cost of the trip and you will be able to start making small changes in your domestic economy to arrive with the budget of the trip already saved.
- Try to leave the dates of high season. If you have the opportunity, avoid the month of August and a few fortnights in July or September to go on holiday. Being able to enjoy the same thing, but significantly cheaper in October or in the fantastic and luminous month of June is a very top recommendation.
- Search and search between different transport companies. Often there is a lot of difference between them. For example, there are safe flight companies, but low cost. Maybe you will be dropped off at a farther airport. If it compensates you by adding the extra travel to the center of your destination city, opt for them.
- Apply the same, but in relation to accommodation. Currently there are many websites that make comparative studies of the same hotel. Use them, there are very significant differences!
- If you are going to make the trip by car, value alternatives of the collaborative economy. You’ll be familiar with companies and organizations that allow you to share a car while you travel. Compare the cost with the coach or train. In this sense, if you are young and want to travel around Europe, find out about the Interrail ticket, a classic way to get to know our continent.
- Do you really need to stay in such a luxurious hotel when you are only going to use it to sleep? Think about your real needs and don’t let yourself be carried away by an abusive consumerism or an unnecessary whim.
- Find out the cheapest way to use public transport at your destination. For example, in London transport is very expensive, but you can save some money if you go with your voucher, the famous Oyster.
- If you want to visit paid tourist attractions, look for vouchers or discount vouchers. They tend to be very attractive if you spend several days and want to see and visit absolutely everything of the chosen city.
- At lunch and dinner time, look for the neighborhoods and restaurants of the locals. Escape from the tourist areas and immerse yourself in the most authentic tourism if you want to know the customs or uses of that geographical area.
- Get information because, in many places, museums and other attractions are free on certain days or at certain times.
- Consider renting an apartment or sleeping in a hostel with kitchen facilities. The budget for lunches and dinners, this way, you could reduce it significantly.
- Consume responsibly in general. Start with the most superfluous expenses of the trip (useless souvenirs or those extra coffees or knick-knacks). Be aware of how much you spend on them and reduce them. Don’t buy without a clear objective and ask yourself before buying if you really need that product.
- Look for alternative vacations. Not all vacations have to be conventional. There are cheaper ways to travel. We’re not just talking about backpacking tourism, which also, but we’re talking about sleeping in residences, in hostels, exchanging your flat for mine in the summer, using the magnificent network of campsites that some countries have, etc.
- Why not holidays in your city? You could take advantage of them and visit those museums or art galleries for which you never have time, dine in that restaurant that has a waiting list or visit lost corners that you didn’t know about.
- And finally, think before your holidays, plan (as we said in point 1), organize in advance, and keep track of expenses. As we said in a previous post, there are multiple apps that facilitate this control. Also, if you’re a paper and pen type, you can use the kakebo notebook, a Japanese model for managing the domestic economy.
You don’t have to go without a vacation for fear of the next month’s financial cost. You just need three things: planning, control and conscious consumption. Do you want to travel more responsibly like this?