6 Awesome Budget Travel Hacks to Use for Your Next Dream Destination

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Here is a scenario for you: 

You do not travel as much as you deserve to. You want to, but feel you cannot—especially when you have other pressing financial obligations to take care of.

But travel is good for you. 

In fact, a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology indicated people who travel often are likely to experience more personal growth, a boost in creativity, brain and heart health, and emotional stability compared with people who travel less. 

So traveling to your dream destination is great and exceptional…when you can afford it. 

But how do you afford your dream trip when you do not have a suitcase of clean money to splurge on an overdue vacation?

Here are 6 tips to help you:

6 Awesome Budget Travel Hacks to Use for Your Next Dream Destination

1. Be More Open When Considering Your Vacation Choices

A quick question - 

When are you more likely to grab a last minute travel deal? 

a. When you are adamant about traveling to an exact place and engage in a specific activity? 
b. When you are more willing to take the next most affordable travel package without too much concern about your destination (of course, if it is safe)?

That’s right. 

Being more open to a selection of travel destinations, activities, and amenities will save you a lot of work in sorting through your RSS feed to find a specific top travel destination on a budget.

But, if you prefer to be more “organized and exact” about your destination, there are more suitable ways to go about it than one. 

2. Put it Down on Paper and Choose a Specific Date

Financial advisers and psychologists will tell you jotting down your dream vacation’s timeline will help you plan for it in advance. 

In fact, just thinking about it is a huge motivator to set aside some funds—in advance.

If you really want to travel hassle-free during the summer or spring, plan for the trip up to four months out. If not that much early, then you’ll want to grab a last minute ticket just before the flight’s day. 

You are likely to scoop up a good travel deal either way. 

3. Fix Priorities to Mirror your Vacation Goal

Priorities. Priorities. Priorities.

Here’s an interesting find: 
More Americans would rather spend free time browsing through the best places to travel in Kenya in 2018, all-inclusive flight and hotel prices, the cheapest travel destinations internationally, and travel package deals for couples than planning for retirement. 

Financial firm Edward Jones showed this is the case for as many as 28% of Americans, compared with 25% who put IRA consideration ahead of traveling to a dream destination.

The thing is if you have some “higher” goals that you need to prioritize and are not doing it, you are likely to feel distracted—and even a little guilty—about spending money on travel, no matter how affordable it seems. 

Again, deciding you deserve a trip well ahead (and pinning it to your priorities) will ensure you are not too distracted by serious stuff to make time for and enjoy a well-deserved getaway.

6 Awesome Budget Travel Hacks to Use for Your Next Dream Destination

4. Seek Out the Best Budget Travel Destinations 

Carving out a little more time to research the cheapest places to travel all-inclusive will award you with more engagements for fewer dollars. 

You’ll find your favorite travel blogs or travel magazines offering guides on the best travel destinations for the money.

For example, Vietnam and Thailand were the cheapest travel destinations in the previous year, if you are looking for affordable dream destinations internationally.
But you do not have to cross a border to enjoy travel, which is something many people think of when considering a vacation. 

Always feel free to browse the best local travel destinations. I usually ask for an all-inclusive quote in advance whenever I search local, then compare to a similar establishment before packing for the trip. 

And I find local vacations tend to be very satisfying and worth the time and money I invest in when looking for a worthy, budget package.

5. Keep Track of Time to Take Advantage of Seasonal Travel Discounts

Forget Christmas for a minute.

Other “low key” festivities such as the Easter Weekend and the Chinese New Year come with a whirlwind of attractive travel deals to boost.
You can take advantage of seasonal merry-making to enjoy huge discounts on travel accessories, tickets, accommodation prices, and commuting fees. 

You can also find a suitable travel destination during peak travel seasons for rock-bottom prices, without turning your search into a mental workout. 

With a bit more research, you are likely to find a personalized package ideal for you. 

6 Awesome Budget Travel Hacks to Use for Your Next Dream Destination
6. Low Seasons Are Big on Budget Travel Packages, Too 

There are lots of travel loans you can choose from to whisk your loved ones around the planet. But you do not have to take out realistic cash loans to fulfill your overdue desire. 

With good planning, you can slate your travel plans during low travel seasons. In fact, many of us travel during “peak seasons” because we want to feel a part of the craze—and it usually is costing us more than it needs to.

However, you’ll need to find out when low seasons are in the dream travel destination you have in mind.

Travel agencies, hotels, and even car rental businesses are willing to offer exceptional travel deals to boost sales when business is low. 

Affording travel can be tough when you are not sure how to do it. But with the right travel hacks, you can take advantage of small spices of travel ideas and achieve your desire to travel more often.
Now why not hack into these travel hacks and see what you can decode?

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