Practically everyone has a dream vacation, that one destination you’d give anything to visit. But for many, that exotic locale is out of reach financially. Whether you’ve always wanted to take that family trip to Disney World or you’ve dreamed for years of sinking your toes into the sand in Bora Bora, if you get serious about savvy saving, you can make the vacation of your dreams a reality.
Get an All-Inclusive Package
The cost of a vacation is more than just your hotel and airfare. While these expenses alone are often costly, travelers often end up over-budget after arriving at their destination by spending on things such as fine dining, drinks, a massage, and attractions that are too tempting to resist such as whale watching or para-sailing. One way to keep many of these costs under control is to purchase an all-inclusive package.
All-inclusive packages include your accommodations, meals, snacks, alcoholic beverages, on-site activities (access to the fitness center, beach gear rentals, and perhaps even water sports), and more. These incidentals can otherwise leave travelers in a state of shock when they see their final hotel bill.
Make it a Group Vacation
Larger groups can share the cost of accommodations such as renting a vacation home. Booking a beach house for a week or two, when split three or four ways between families, is typically more affordable than the cost of renting even a smaller unit for a single family. Plus, while you are free to split up and do your own thing whenever you like, you can also score group rate discounts for many travel arrangements and activities, from airfare and hotels to theme park tickets and more.
Baggage fees are the worst and are an annoying extra cost we all have to factor in when we’re traveling. But if you aren’t careful about what you pack, you may end up having to pay even more to get your bags from place to place. Be sure you don’t pack too much and end up with luggage that is outside the size or weight requirements for your airline. And when you’re packing, keep in mind that you’ll need to leave some space on the way to your destination for all the souvenirs you’ll want to bring home with you.
Save Money by Budgeting for Arrangements at Home
One of the costs that can push many travellers over budget isn’t traveling itself, but making arrangements for the things that need to be taken care of at home while you’re away. If you have pets, for instance, you’ll need to find someone to stay at your house and care for your pets, or book your animals for a vacation of their own in a boarding facility.
Of course, there are ways to save money on these costs, as well. Look into local dog boarders and dog walkers who can care for your pets at a more affordable cost than a large boarding kennel.
There are hundreds of tricks and tips you can use to save a few dollars here and there to take the vacation you’ve always dreamed of. While it may seem like a lot of work to research your options and secure the right services, the payoff will be worth it when you can cross your dream vacation off your bucket list.
About The Author
Aimee Lyons is a twenty-something free spirit who loves crafting, painting, building, and anything else that lets her exercise her creative muscles. A born do-it-yourself kind of girl, she started DIYDarlin.com to inspire others to embrace their inner creators and tackle projects with confidence. When she isn’t crafting, you might find her vintage shopping or taking her corgi Champ out exploring in her hometown of Austin.