Enjoy Expensive Destinations

So you’ve been wanting to take the trip of a lifetime right? Why wouldn’t you? You work very hard and you want to enjoy the fruits of your labor. However, to do so might cost you an arm and a leg…or more! So what do you do? Well the good news is, you can have your cake and eat it too. That is, by being a smart traveler!

Here are some great tips on how to Enjoy Expensive Destinations Without Burning A Hole In Your Pockets!

Plan Early

No matter where you plan on going, plan early! Everything will go up in price if you wait for the last minute to book your reservations. Even if you don’t book anything at the moment, start researching in advance.

Sign up for airline and hotel alerts for price drops. You will be surprised how much you can save by doing this. Look for flights/hotels that are available during off peak hours/days. Also, start racking up on travel points on your credit card. They will add up in no time!

When booking your reservations, Please be sure to add business insurance to cover yourself during your trip. Not only will you save money, you will also have peace of mind. That is the ultimate goal right?!?. Here’s an example of the importance of doing so:

A couple, I know well, traveled to Sweden and the husband unexpectedly got sick. Thankfully, they added insurance and didn’t have to pay the hospital bill. From that point on, I always add insurance! It’s always best to pay a little extra now and save a whole lot later. While vacationing, you want to do all you can to keep your family safe and sound!

Stay at an Airbnb

Airbnb is a great alternative to hotels and is quite popular! Again, begin your search early and plan wisely. Check out places that are close to the city center. Reservations are bound to be cheaper. People love staying at an Airbnb because it allows them to experience life as a local. Also, be sure to check out reviews from other travelers before booking.

Travel With Others

When it comes to traveling to expensive destinations, traveling with others is a great way to save! You get to share the expenses as well as the experiences. Now, an entourage is unnecessary. Instead, travel with people you enjoy. That will certainly make your trip memorable and practical. Plus, you will always have someone to take photos of you!

Get Groceries

This will save you tons of money! To eat out for every meal is expensive and impossible on a budget. Knowing that fact, getting groceries will keep your tummy and pockets full. Reserve a place where you will have access to a kitchen. Stock up on water, snacks that you like and other items that you would need. This way, you won’t have to spend while you’re out. You can carry a little backpack to carry your water and snacks around. Certainly, you will work up an appetite from all the walking and exploring.

Take Advantage Of Free Activities

Thanks to the internet, you will be able to find free activities to enjoy. For instance, New York City is full of action! Street performers are everywhere. Spend the day at Central Park and get a free tour! If you are into fashion or the arts, go down to Soho and just walk around. You will come across great spots where you can enjoy food and even live music at affordable prices. There are tons of fun free things to do in the big city of New York!

Don’t Rent A Car If You Don’t Have To

If you plan on visiting a big city, you most likely will not need a car. New York is a great example because you will not need a car… at all! Actually, having a car can be an added burden. Finding parking is difficult. You will have to park in a garage, which unfortunately, is super expensive. If you park on the street, you will have to be mindful of the parking regulations. The last thing you need is a headache and a parking ticket for $125 or more.

You can hail a cab at any given moment or call an Uber. Ether way, you will be able to share the cost when traveling with others. Another option is taking the subway!

The subway is such a convenient way to get around on a budget. Here’s a link on how much a MetroCard will cost. You have the option of getting a day, week or 30 day pass.

Let’s Continue Using New York City As An Example.

As a native-born New Yorker, I can honestly tell you, New York City is one of the most expensive cities to visit. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!

If you choose to stay at a hotel, please plan months in advance. Look into hotel sites like https://www.booking.com and compare prices. Try to get a hotel that includes breakfast. If you choose to eat out, check out food carts and small restaurants. You will find food that is delicious and affordable!

In the event you are unable to book a hotel at a reasonable price in Manhattan, you have other options. Look for areas that are close to the city. For instance, Astoria Queens or Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The prices are usually cheaper outside of the city.

These tips will save you tons of money wherever you decide to go. As a reminder, the key is to plan ahead and do your research. Get a clear idea of where you want to go and what you want to do. Next, work around those goals.

You want your vacation to be exciting without stressing over finances. How horrible would it be to get yourself into debt unnecessarily. Many have fallen victim and my wish is for you to avoid such traps. Just applying these simple tips will help you get the vacation you want and deserve!

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