Colette’s trip to Greece in 2017.
The easiest way to plan a trip is to set a budget from the start. Travel expenses can add up very quickly. Before you know it, you’re spending thousands of dollars right away, and you don’t actually need them and won’t use them. Planning with a budget in mind, right from the start, will help guide you through the process and keep you on track.
2. List your travel priorities
Regardless of your travel destination, it is important to set your priorities. Do you want to stay in a luxury hotel? Will you need transportation? How much will you spend on food? Are you planning to shop? Make a list of the most important things you need on your vacation. Once you’ve budgeted for your best choices, you can then find ways to save money on the lesser essentials while traveling. If you’re not sure what to prioritize, here are our top 3 tips to look out for: location, quality, and accessibility!
3. Expense limit
Vacations are expensive. So it’s time to limit your spending for at least 4 months before you plan to travel. Find different ways to cut back and limit your expenses. This may include canceling subscriptions and shopping online for much less. This tip is not fun, but it is important if you need to save money.
4. Use Chirpyest while shopping
If you can’t limit your shopping habits, use chirp. With Chirpyest, you can earn up to 30% cashback from over 1,000 of your favorite brands. This cash will accumulate over the course of the shopping months. You can use and redeem your cash on your vacation. These are hundreds to thousands of dollars (depending on how much you shop) that can be used for yourself while living your best life on vacation.
5. Save and protect your money
Saving on a trip can be overwhelming. It is important to add to your savings when you can. No matter how big or small you add over time. And try not to withdraw money from the account. It can be tempting sometimes because your journey takes months, but once you start it will be hard to stop.
Another professional travel tip is to open a new credit card when they travel. Tourists run the risk of theft (depending on where you go), so having a card that can be frozen when needed will come in handy. Your personal funds are not accessible and the card can be easily replaced.
Travel at the end of summer is less crowded, which means more time to spend at popular attractions. Take the time to plan a trip. It could be a weekend getaway or a two week getaway due to the fall season. Summer goes by too fast to not take some extra time for yourself.