PLANNING A VACATION: BUDGET AND MORE

Creative people make it a priority to go for at least two vacations per year, no matter how busy they have been with their business and work life. It is significant to unwind from all the stress of the work, to be more productive and mindful. Planning a vacation can be arduous, considering the economic downfall of recent times. Go through this article to find out budgeting tips for a holiday. 

Money Management:

Money is simply the deciding factor when it comes to choosing the destination of the vacation. There are various ways to monitor finances to achieve that two times of vacation a year. 

  • Set up a savings account dedicated to the purpose of a vacation. There is always a chance of spending away the money from a regular account that is why setting up a special account is necessary. If the dedicated timeline for the vacation is predetermined then you may also go for fixed deposit account as it will generate better gains. One may fix the money for six months or one year per their needs.
  • When it comes to a trip with a group of friends or with family members, managing money is a whole new ballgame. It is a smart idea to open a separate account to save money. Decide on a fixed amount of money to be deposited every month. Everyone should be comfortable with the arrangement for it to work smoothly. 

Reduce Expenses:

There are various ways to cut down on excessive expenditure. You don’t need multiple streaming services that you hardly use. There are smart ways to cut corners and do little extra savings. 

  • Install a budgeting app to have a clear understanding of the spending habit. The application will show the bigger picture of how you are spending and saving money. Purchasing the budgeting app is a smart investment for maintaining personal finance.
  • Try purchasing daily items with cash only without using cards. It is a proven fact that people who use cash, tend to spend less than those paying with the cards. 
  • As mentioned before, cancel subscriptions that you are not using regularly; it includes not only streaming services but also gym/yoga centre subscriptions and more. 
  • Instead of eating out or ordering in every day of the week, try making healthy homemade food. It will not only reduce expenses but also will create a health consciousness. 

Pre-planned:

It is advisable to pre-plan the trip to reduce travelling costs in general. Plane fares are way cheaper if they are booked in months advanced. To avoid unforeseeable circumstances, decide on the perfect hotels and other destinations beforehand and jot down the pricing. 

Local Cuisine:

Instead of going to five-star hotels for every meal while on a trip, try out local cuisine to get the authentic taste of the place. The local eateries serve food at comparatively lower pricing than the fancy star rated restaurants

Skip International Phone Plans:

International calling plans are still expensive. Who needs those expensive plans in the age of technology? Use cheap data and apps like WhatsApp and Skype to stay connected with friends and family back home

There is always an opportunity to get better pricing for everything in a foreign land. So, don’t hesitate to ask for a discount and free perks from the hotels as they give away various cuts if inquired.

Shahbaz Ahmed

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