When we think of traveling, the first thing that comes to mind is exploring faraway places and exotic lands. But attached to those whimsical destinations, we often associate a hefty price tag. However, with the right strategy, you can make your dream vacation a reality. With the following six tips, you will be able to fulfill your travel destinations without derailing the rest of your financial goals.


  1. Create A Travel Budget


Before you jet set across the world, take into account how much you intend to spend on your entire trip. Consider the cost your airfare, other transportation, lodging, food, and entertainment. Taking the time to create a travel budget helps you avoid spending too much and reassures you that you have enough money to enjoy your vacation as spontaneous purchases come up, once you are there.


  1. Research Affordable Destinations


When planning out your next vacation, you will not only want to take into consideration how much it will cost to get there and stay there but what the area has to offer. Consider taking advantage of activities and sightseeing opportunities that won’t cost you additional money.   


  1. Sign Up For Discounts and Coupons


There many travel website companies that offer great deals on flights, rental cars, and hotels. Sometimes you can even find offers for an all-inclusive vacation — a great option for staying in control of your budget and maintaining the rest of your financial goals.  Sites like TripAdvisor, Kayak, and Travelzoo are constantly updating with new promotions and deals every day.


  1. Travel Off-Season


Peak travel season usually ranges from June to August. During this time, flights and lodging can reach exceedingly high prices. If possible plan your vacation during the off-season, from January to March. Within the off-season, you will most likely get the best prices.


  1. Don’t Forget About Exchange Rates


If you are traveling internationally, you will want to look into the exchange rate for your destination. If you stuck deciding between two countries, check to see how far your money will go in each destination. Mexico, Costa Rica, and Vietnam are a few countries where your the American dollar will go far.


  1. Pause Before You Purchase 20 Souvenirs


When visiting a foreign place, it can be tempting to buy the entire gift shop. Save your money on souvenirs that are truly special and are something you will appreciate long after your trip is over. You will also want to think about how much room you have available in your suitcase before getting hit with extra baggage fees.


Don’t let the fear of overpriced travel costs prevent you from adventuring to new places. With these tips, you can have your dream vacation without sacrificing your entire savings account.


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