We have always loved travelling and had so many plans for 2020 however earlier this year the world has been turned on its head. No one of us could have foreseen a global pandemic of this magnitude. I am consoled by the fact we are all facing this together and doing our best to get through it. I am however living for the day when we get to travel again. I really cannot wait. That feeling of going through the airport is something kind of magical – the excitement amongst our kids is so evident. What I thought I would do is set out some of the ways in which we save for our holidays. We travel a lot and the only way we can do that is careful saving, budgeting and deal shopping.
Deals, Deals, Deals
The Queen of the deal…that is me! I do really love a good bargain. I sign up for all the airline newsletters so I can be the first to hear about deals, sales etc. I also make use of Sky Scanner alerts to keep track of flight prices. I make use of sites like Groupon to search for deals on meals and attractions in the country or city im going to. I have had lots of success with this all over the world.
Neon Funding – financial tips
One of the things I always do is keep a loose change jar and cash it in just before we head away. I have been pleasantly surprised many times on how much I have had heading away for example a recent trip to Toronto the money jar had the equivalent of almost CAD$300. I really didn’t expect it to be that much, I was thrilled.
I know this sounds simple and but it is a lot easier said than done. Budget your total requirements for the trip including spending money and start putting a small bit away each month or week whichever suits. It can be so easy to get tempted by high interest credit cards but try to avoid them they are so costly in the long run. If you do find yourself in a position with some high interest debt do look at companies like Neon Funding can help with this. One thing I vow to myself is to try not to get into debt for a holiday as it can be so hard paying it back when the holiday is long over.
Some practical tips to conclude:
- Consider travel insurance and look at the small print
- Be aware of the cancellation policies on the booking you just never know
- Look at what your mobile phone providers date usage policy is – I have heard of people coming back from holidays to massive bills as they hadn’t checked their providers policy on roaming.
- It heading to far flung remote destinations factor in the cost of any jabs you might need. These can actually be quite expensive so do some research on it.