Financial Strategies and Budgeting for a vacation or trip
Most people mistakenly think that you need a lot of money to travel, or that vacations are simply
too expensive and lavish. This is a good example of a wrongful assumption. Traveling ‘light’ so to
speak, with limited cash, combined with a positive attitude and a deep personal commitment,
persistence and resourcefulness is possible.
9 Simply put, planning pays and travel budgets save money. Taking the extra time to review sources
at your disposal prior to, during and after your trip encourages a hands-on, pro-active approach to
traveling and vacationing in general.
Most of us want to focus on having a good time and ensuring that a couple of the smaller details are
taken care of. Taking advantage of saving opportunities and discounts, limited offers and utilizing
tips and tricks from frequent travelers seem to be the keys to travel success.
Lessons learned will serve us all well when taking our next trip, whether to the campgrounds, some
exotic tropical paradise or both!
There are various useful information and travel sources to assist you in this money-saving
undertaking for traveling on a budget:
web-pages and online providers who specialize in hot deals for vacation package bargains,
travel websites brokerages and discount fare operators, airline carriers and websites with last
minute fares and seat sales,
travel specialist portals like priceline.com where taking advantage of overnight flight flights,
empty seats and multiple connections and other ways to save money while traveling the
globe, is a mastered art of comparison-shopping and the budget travelers paradise so to
Printed material, budget travel magazines (like Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel Magazine
and Bestfares magazine, free with membership to Bestfares (www.bestfares.com) and
books, other e-zines online, offering industry and insider travel tips, student and
backpacking tips, and even specific destination guidebooks.
Other specific budget-travel, industry-related publications and resources like: “First-Time:
Around the World,” by Doug Lansky (published by “Rough Guides”) or “The Travel
Detective: How to Get the Best Service and the Best Deals from Airlines, Hotels, Cruise
Ships, and Car Rental Agencies,” by Peter Greenberg (Random House)or the ever-handy:
“The Traveler’s Handbook,” published by Globe Pequot Press.
Various customized, targeted guidebooks like, “Let’s Go,” guidebooks by and for students,
are ideal for backpacking and exploring Europe for example. “Lonely Planet,” guidebooks to
remote and or popular destinations of choice, with lots of valuable information for both
upscale and budget travelers
10 Travel Word-of-mouth from regular travelers, colleagues, family and friends who travel
frequently often share great insights. We cannot discount these value-adding insights.
Coupons and special vouchers, Family discounts and specials, online, limited-time internetbargains
Condominium or developers, resort, time-share Promotions. Sales-pitch pop-up windows,
Camping (sites and cabins, bring own linens and towels), tourist boards and information
and many more…
Setting up a quick quote or cost-analysis for your planned journey, a rough travel expense account
or budgeting outline to get started, is always a good idea to give your dreams some wings.
At the very least, you will have an idea and some kind of baseline and starting point. Initially
though, forget all about expensive restaurants, business class flights and luxury car rentals and all
you might have to sacrifice or cannot have on your budget, at least for now.
All you need to know, upfront, is that YOU CAN TRAVEL IN STYLE ON A BUDGET and 101
Tips for Traveling on a budget will offer a few ideas to keep the money where it should be – in
your pocket and/or well spent to make your vacation dream come true, while still maximizing
your vacationing and travel experience!