We all would love just to travel the world and not have to worry about our responsibilities at home, but that’s just not in the cards for many of us. If you find yourself struggling to get the most out of your short vacations and want to do more, even with the few days that you have, look no further. This guide will help you understand how to get the most out of each trip you take and even how to budget better for it.
Book a Tour
You’re short on time, which means you shouldn’t go with the crowds! Taking tours directs not only lets you see and experience the top attractions at your destination, but it is also a great way to learn as much as you can so that you can put the attraction into the context of the city or even country.
Tours are also a great way to add day trips. This is a particularly great idea for those who are planning a city break but need a break from the city. Take Las Vegas, for example. While it is a stunner at night, you may find yourself bored throughout the day if lounging poolside isn’t your thing. Instead of wandering the city, take one of the many Hoover Dam Tours. The Hoover Dam is something to behold and a great way to add more depth to your trip.
Check Events in Advance
It’s not just touring you are going to want to book ahead of time, but events as well. From live shows to concerts, many events occur throughout every city. While there will be options available still when you actually land, the top options may get sold out by the time you start looking. Not only does booking in advance secure your spot (do remember to buy the cancellation insurance) it is also how you can immediately start to spread out the cost of your trip.
Book a Luxurious Accommodation
There are so many great accommodation options, and before you think that booking something luxurious will break the bank, stop. With vacation homes, AirBnBs, and hotels offering discounts and packages, there are many ways that you can save on great accommodation. Even if you are on a strict budget, look at what options are just a short commute away from the area you want to explore.
Another way to save while staying luxurious is to prepare meals at your accommodation. To do this, you will need to choose a spot that has a kitchen. Treat yourself to amazing ingredients and make a real night of it. You’ll eat amazing food and save.
Create a Specific Travel Fund
To help you budget for day-to-day costs, you’ll want to create a travel fund. This fund should have two parts. The first is your main budget. This should cover the cost of transportation, food, and even shopping. Then you will also want to have an emergency fund. This way, if you go over your budget, you won’t be dipping into savings or, worse, your overdraft.