When you think about the things that celebrities and other wealthy people get to do that the rest of us don’t, extensive traveling and taking long vacations often comes in as one of those perks. Though we all like to take vacations or extended trips from time to time, doing so is often so expensive that lots of people opt to forego family vacations and trips altogether.
You don’t have to rank in amongst the rich and famous in order to take a nice vacation, though. As a matter of fact, it is possible to take great vacations – even trips to different countries – without overspending. Here are some tips to help you plan a great vacation while saving a boatload of money in the process.
Book Flights with Budget Airlines
Other than the cost of traveling as a reason to not go on vacation, people often don’t like the idea of being trapped in the car with the family for endless driving sessions. Of course, those folks could always fly, but that can be the most expensive option at all. That is, of course, unless you choose to fly via a newer budget airline instead of one of the big airline companies. The big airlines simply refuse to lower their fares; many continue to increase them every year. Budget airlines, like Air Asia, Norwegian Air and WOF offer cheap international flights to and from the United States. Check this out – Norwegian Air offers flights from the East and West Coasts all the way to Europe for $150 one-way. These airlines are worth checking out if you want to travel internationally without breaking your vacation budget.
Make use of Points and Miles you have earned
Chances are you have airline points, hotel points or even car rental bonus points that you have racked up over the years. Planning a vacation on the cheap is a great excuse to finally use those miles and points. Heck, you can even earn some immediately if you are in the market for a new credit card. There are some cards that offer immediate sign-up points of 50,000 or more. Those points could add up to a round trip flight to Europe or other destinations. Don’t let those bonuses sit around and collect virtual dust; use them to help make your next vacation more affordable.
Choose Affordable Destinations
If you think that going to exotic lands for a vacation or holiday means that you have to fork over a ton of cash, you may not be considering the right destinations. Sure, a top tier trip to Paris will cost you an arm and a leg. There are, however, other international destinations that you can visit for pennies on the dollar. Australia, India and Japan all have thriving tourist industries, and it is much more affordable to visit these countries than some others. It takes a bit of planning and doing online research, but choosing a country that is more affordable to visit may help you to fulfill your plan of taking an international vacation without spending too much of your hard earned money.
International travel and prolonged vacations aren’t for everyone. And there is always something to say about the thriftiness of choosing to do a “staycation” instead. But if you are serious about seeing the world, and want to save money while you do it, try using a few of the tips we shared with you today. With the money you save, you may be able to squirrel enough away over the years to take a more expensive trip in the future. But with so many very affordable options available, why would you want to?