22 May 6 Tips for Cost Effective Female Travel
Women work hard. We deserve a vacation. And if we choose to travel on our own or with a girlfriend, we should be able to do so without breaking the bank. It is possible. Watch as we break down the key factors in getting the experience you desire, safely and within a reasonable price range.
Select the Right Destination
You can find the perfect beach vacation or European getaway at an affordable price if you are willing to think outside the box. If you’re dreaming of relaxing on the beach, you don’t necessarily need to book a flight to Bora Bora. If there’s a coastal town within driving distance for you and the girls, you can still have some fun in the car while saving airfare. Or take a train for new experience in another part of the country you haven’t seen before.
Plan Your Timing Accordingly
If you are able to choose the time of your vacation, consider times that aren’t typical. This doesn’t mean you are visiting Greenland in the winter, but think about traveling when others are not. School holidays and summer tend to always be high season for family getaways. However, January through April or September through November see fewer visitors at popular destinations. Also think about holidays. If Thanksgiving or Christmas aren’t particular favorites of yours, you might find it the ideal time to visit a deserted tourist attraction. However, pick your departure date wisely; holiday flights can be expensive.
The purchase of a guidebook can make a world of difference. Find all the little hacks you can to save money and still be able to enjoy a special experience. Make sure you know enough of the country’s native language to converse with the locals. They can give you tips on authentic eateries and other places that are less of a tourist trap.
If you are traveling alone, you need to look into the best places for safe travel. Read up on your destination and find the activities and sights that are centralized so you can blend in. Even better (and cheaper!), stay out of the city all together and drive in for visits during the day.
It is safe and cost effective to keep your luggage to a minimum. Besides the advantage of having less to worry about and keep track of, you will save time in the airport without baggage to check. You save money on any kind of transportation you need to use – walking anytime you can – and also deferring the need for a porter. Keep in mind, too, the less you pack, the less you will forget to repack on the way home.
Search Out the Best Activities
Many vacation activities lend themselves to low cost. Lying on the beach or hiking through the mountains are relaxing, invigorating, and cost virtually nothing. The drawback is the safety issue, so be sure to research well the area you will be in, and let someone know exactly where you will be if you intend on going alone.
Prepay as Much as Possible
Nothing ruins a vacation like encountering surprise costs, whether it’s the amount you’ll pay for your lodgings or more expensive activities than you expected. As you prepare and plan for your trip, prepay for as many things as you can, starting with your accommodations. If meal plans are provided, select one and stick to it. Buying tickets to attractions or reserving guides ahead of time will help you keep a strong handle on the amount you spend while you’re traveling.
Whether you choose to go alone and make friends on the way bring your girlfriends with you, you can have a fantastic vacation on whatever budget you set. Follow guidelines to stay safe, and you’re bound to have the time of your life.
As part of financial planning, the Hopman Group believes that money should be fun. While a financial secure future is a big part of what we help you strive for, we also want you to be able to kick back, relax, and enjoy travel and other exciting events right now. If you want that kind of financial freedom, reach out. We’re here for you.