Many of us wish to travel but often don’t do so because of the many costs associated. But what if I told you that you could take these trips by simply making these (3) slight adjustments to your current thought process & lifestyle. Let’s begin…
1. Be Flexible with your Dates & Destination
If you asked me “Where to next?” I’d have no idea to be quite honest. Although I’ve shared a 365-day bucket list (here) earlier this year it solely depends on how the cost of flights and accommodations pan out.
One of my all-time favorite tools to help me figure out where I’m going is Google Flights. It allows you to just put your departure airport(s), tentative date, and then displays a map of the entire world along with prices for various destinations. See your dream vacation spot but the price or airline doesn’t match up with the dates you want? Click back on the dates and the calendar will show fares for the entire month, and if that still doesn’t work peruse the map for a similar destination (i.e Barbados instead of Jamaica, etc.).
2. Maximize your weekends
Think about how much you spend going out each weekend and multiply that by 4. Shocking right?! At the very least you can probably travel once a month whether it’s within your state, domestically, or internationally.
The key here is to either request time-off on Friday and fly out Thursday night after work or request off Monday and leave after work Friday. For the return take the latest flight out Sunday or earliest Monday morning and head straight into work. Just be sure to fly back in your work outfit! If taking time off is not possible you would basically just fly out Friday after work and use the same return method, you might be a little tired but YOLO and that’s nothing coffee can’t fix. Plus you’ll have an awesome story to tell your co-workers about your weekend.
3. Define the purpose of your trip
Are you looking to just relax or interested in exploring the city? Depending on the destination and your comfort level, decide whether you want to splurge a bit (you deserve it!) or can skip certain luxuries like a nicer hotel/resort and seek alternatives.
With a number of hostels, AirBnb’s, and websites to help you find inexpensive accommodations in any city, you’ll get to apply more of your dollar to what truly matters to you. Some interesting places I’ve stayed over the years include a 1939 Art Deco home with 360 views of the city, an extremely Zen home in the middle of the desert, and a dorm converted hotel at UNLV’s hospitality school, which gave me more of a “local’s experience”.
Want to splurge a bit? That’s perfectly okay too. Just do your research before locking in that hotel rate and check to see if there are resort fees. Coming from hotel/resort world I can tell you sometimes booking directly with the hotel versus 3rd party sites like Priceline, Expedia, etc. can save you more in the end. I’ve seen some brands do as much as 30% off their rates from booking direct.
Have some tips and tricks of your own? Let me know in the comments.
xo Sincerely Shanti