How to have the vacation of a lifetime on a shoestring budget
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How to have the vacation of a lifetime on a shoestring budget

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There’s a high chance that right now, you’re sitting at your office desk, pretending to do work (don’t worry, your boss isn’t looking) and dreaming of sitting on a beach in the Bahamas, drinking a pina colada and getting caught in the rain. Okay, the sun. Yep, you’re envisaging your perfect beach body – because that’s obviously what you have – lazing about on the sand, as you later frolic in the sea in apparent slow motion. That’s the life, ey? Well, not quite. In your eyes, having the vacation of a lifetime isn’t even on the cards, because your funds are holding you back. Well, we have one thing to say to you, ladies and gentle beans, you CAN have the vacation of a lifetime on a shoestring budget.

Travel off-peak

Although peak season is often the best time to travel to a far-off country and have the vacation of a lifetime, this also means that the prices reach peak level – and nobody wants that. Especially not your bank account! If you have the ability to be flexible with your vacation time from work, you have the chance to cut costs and STILL explore the destination of your choice. Yuh-huh, traveling off-peak reduces the price of both the flights and your accommodation beyond belief. Although you might have to deal with colder (or warmer) weather, you will still be able to see all of the sights and enjoy what the country has to offer. The best part? There are fewer tourists, too!

Use vacation comparison sites

What would we do without the internet, ey? We’d be paying extortionate prices for a vacation, that’s what! Thankfully, vacation comparison sites make having the vacation of a lifetime on a shoestring budget so easy – because booking a vacation has never been easy. With different websites and companies offering different prices for the same vacations, websites such as KAYAK bring them all together and show you which one is the cheapest (which leaves you more money to spend on common vacation items that you will never use again, such as sombreros and Cuban Cigars you absolutely hate!)

Define your priorities and compromise

Okay, nobody likes to compromise (especially us), but sometimes you do need to give yourself a bit of leeway to have the vacation of a lifetime. If you are desperate to see the Pyramids of Giza and explore the ancient ruins of Egypt but can’t afford the price of the hotels, you have to see where you can cut costs. One of the best ways to do this is to stay in hostels rather than hotels. Although many people turn their noses up at hostels, they aren’t as bad as you think! Many hostels offer couples the chance to stay in private rooms, and you don’t always have to share bathrooms with total strangers. On the other hand, if you’re simply looking for a place to rest your head and take in the sun, you should spend more on the hotel (with a pool, and possible private beach if possible) than the destination itself.

Do your own cooking

We know what you’re thinking – you don’t go on vacation to do your own cooking, right? While eating out every night during your vacation may be easy for those that have oodles of money to their name, those who are trying to have the vacation of a lifetime on a shoestring budget don’t have that kind of luxury. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t eat like the Kings and Queens you are. To save money and eat like locals, you can take yourself off to the local supermarket and cook your own traditional fare, if you have a kitchenette in your hotel or hostel.

If you’re desperate to get away and have the vacation of a lifetime, you really don’t have to spend the earth to travel the earth. Follow these simple budgeting tips, and you’ll be living it large in no time!

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