“Vacation” and “anxiety” shouldn’t go together, right? When you’re organising a vacation abroad, you’re probably picturing a stress-free, relaxing time, but in reality, many people find the financial aspect of traveling extremely stressful.
The key is being prepared and here, we have tips that will help you banish that holiday financial stress and get down to the business of relaxing.
Grabbing the best possible deals for your big-ticket expenses—the things you usually pay for in advance—is an excellent way to ensure that financial stress doesn’t rear it’s head on your holiday.
Whether you’re looking for Celebrity cruise deals, booking flights on something like Skyscanner or Last Minute or generally shopping around ahead of time will allow you to secure the best possible deal for your travel dates, and of course, your wallet.
The time and energy you put into searching the internet for reputable outlets at reasonable prices will certainly pay off when you’re sitting on the deck of a cruise ship ordering your third glass of champagne without a glance at the price!
Booking your big-ticket travel logistics well ahead of time is the ultimate way to secure early-bird deals so it really helps to be flexible in terms of travel dates – if you can, of course!
Don’t Worry About Small Costs
Haggling for souvenirs might be your idea of fun but – it’s not for everyone! If you’re not one to haggle over touristic items, don’t worry about it.
Whilst it’s nice to find a deal and bring back gifts and souvenirs for friends and family, the haggling process shouldn’t be something to get anxious about.
Instead, make sure you visit local shops and boutiques – getting to know the locals. This way, you’ll develop a friendship (for future holidays) and you may also get a discount regardless without having to do any haggling.
Make Sure Your Budget is Realistic
Whether you’re heading to London or going hiking in Nepal, nothing stops you from the suspicion about being ripped off.
Take the time to have a chat with friends who have travelled to the same location or turn to social media, carefully, and join different travel groups.
There’s a variety of travel groups to check out, some for women only along with advice and guides.
This way, you’ll get more advice and a realistic insight into things that you should look out for along with how much your holiday will be.
In the end, always remember that when jetting off overseas, the main goal is to have an amazing time.
Don’t worry about things which will affect your holiday – instead, make memories and enjoy the experience.
Use these tips to help you plan a great holiday – whilst avoiding the money stress.
As always, I love hearing from you so what tips do you have for planning your holiday budget?