March 14, 2018

Sea, Sand and Saving Up: You CAN Afford to go Away This Year!

When you work hard all year, taking a week or two break to relax is just what the doctor ordered. It's a chance to kick back, unwind and spend some quality time with your loved ones. The only problem is travel can be expensive, and if you're not left with buckets of disposable cash each month you might be wondering if going away is a possibility at at all. The answer in most cases is yes, there are lots of ways you can afford to get away - travel doesn't have to be five star luxury. Here are some of the ways you can save money and make that summer adventure happen!




Do Some Overtime
You could work one day during the weekend, or for a few hours in the evenings if extra work is available. You could then use this extra money towards your vacation. For most of us, work is a means to an end and the idea of spending more time in the workplace might not fill you with joy. But keep visualizing your getaway, it will be worth it in the end and it’s a chance to get on your bosses' good side too!


Earn Money From Home
There are plenty of ways you can earn money from home in the modern world thanks to the internet, and best of all it’s completely flexible so it’s something you can do around your full time job. You could monetize your blog, join a freelancing site or even set up your own small home business. These kinds of things are something that will serve you well and can be a great way to earn money year round, but especially great in the run up to summer when you want t boost your income so you can go away.


Sell What You No Longer Need

Most of us are sitting on a big chunk of cash just with our unwanted items around the home. Old phones, tablets, computers and consoles can all be a chance to sell and earn money there. Broken or unwanted jewelry can raise some money if you take it to a jewelers, even things like clothes and disks have a market for them, someone will be willing to take them off your hands. You could sell on eBay, Craigslist or Facebook groups. You could sell to speciality online companies who buy and sell these kinds of things. Either way, whatever it is you have, someone else out there will want it. It’s a good way to raise some money towards your trip, as well as have a de-clutter in the process.


Find The Best Deals

Make sure you’re always shopping around for the best deals, from flights to hotels, transfers, luggage, clothes, even currency. Shop the sales and scour bargains online from places like eBay. Waiting until the last minute and booking a last minute deal is another option, you'll just have to get an expedited passport if yours needs updating and you find a great deal for earlier than you expected! This is a good option if you don't mind too much where you go, it can actually lead to you going on some incredible trips to places you wouldn't originally have considered.


Go on a Less Expensive Trip
If you're on a budget, there are plenty of options for less expensive getaways. How about an all-inclusive trip? These are fantastic - as once you've paid you have peace of mind that your food, drink and activities around the resort are paid for. No worries about needing lots to spend, or running out of money part way through. Going on a road trip in an RV is another one to consider, you can hit the open road and see lots of amazing sites, and you have your accommodation and transport in one. Camping is another, fun for all the family, cheap and cheerful. You could go bird watching, orienteering, build a campfire, sing songs, cook under the stars and have a wonderful time without spending much money. You can even bring your dog, so no boarding kennel fees! Finally, going on a shorter break could be the way to go if you want to get away but don't have lots of money to spend. A mini break or long weekend of three or four days will of course be less pricey than going away for one or two weeks. Anywhere you travel to is always worth the experience, so don't feel like it's pointless going away just because you won't be going five star.

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