5 Steps To Plan Your Vacation On A Budget

May 04, 2019

5 steps to planning your vacation on a budget

It's May, which means summer is nearly here! Spring and summer are my favorite seasons without a doubt, I am such a beach bum. But also, I love love love traveling to new and exciting places and just exploring! 
Traveling with friends
As much as I love to just take off and go, there is a lot of planning that goes into "taking off" for me. I have a bit of anxiety when it comes to leaving my comfort zone so that makes me make sure all my ducks are in a row before I head off to the airport. Here are the 5 steps I use to plan my trips and vacations~
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1. Determine your vacation budget.

First things first. How much money do you have to spend on your trip? This will obviously determine where you end up going, how you get there and what you'll do while you're there. There are plenty of worthy places to travel when on a tight budget, so don't let a lack of $$$ keep you from exploring! Consider traveling during the off-season to save money, or traveling to places like Canada or Panama that are considered bargain travel sites year-round. 
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2. Price accommodations.

Depending on your chosen destination, you'll have to decide the best and least expensive way to get there. Should you fly, drive or take the train? My favorite booking sites are skyscanner.com and kiwi.com. They offer some of the best no-frills flight options AND their sites are so easy to navigate! 
Once you've determined the Where and the When part of your journey, you should start looking into where you're going to stay. Hotels are an obvious option, but can be pricey. Airbnbs can be a great less-expensive choice, but do your research! You don't want your experience to end up on Reddits 10 Worst Airbnb Customer Reviews- I've read some pretty incredible horror stories. I just used Vrbo to book my summer beach holiday and it'll be my first Airbnb experience, so I'll let you guys know how it went! You can also check out Airbnb or booking.com when researching accommodation prices.
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3. What do you want to do on vacation?

What kind of holiday do you want? Do you want to just lay on the beach for 5 days and forget that anything exists outside of the sand and your margarita? Or do you want to explore and experience everything your destination has to offer? Most places offer the typical tourist locations which are more than likely going to be overpriced. Taking the path less traveled can often times give you a more memorable experience that is easier on your wallet. 

> Food.

You'll want to decide if you're going to be dining out or cooking during your trip. You can research inexpensive restaurants and cheap markets and grocery stores to find the best deals.  

>Transportation

Will you be renting a car or staying near the local transportation? Are you driving yourself? Most travel sites have the option to book transportation right there and you can save money when you bundle.

>Excursions

You can research local hot spots online, but it can be difficult to find off the beaten path places to visit if you aren't;t a local. Find Facebook groups or Instagram hashtags for your destination and ask around for the best places to visit! People generally love talking about their favorite or least favorite travel experiences, and you'll get a good sense of where to go and where to avoid.
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4.Booking 

The farther in advance you can book travel arrangements, the more money you're likely to save. Be sure to write down or print out all your confirmation numbers and contact info for the arrangements. Make sure you have all the relevant travel documents you need. Some destinations require you to have a Visa and/or Passport so now is a good time to get those documents sorted. 
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5. Packing and Planning

There's nothing worse than getting to the airport or hotel and realizing that you forgot _______.
(I created a Travel Packing List for myself to make sure I don't forget the important stuff, you can grab it here~
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I know it's a bit crazy to start packing weeks in advance of your trip, but I do it anyways. I just like to feel prepared. I'm traveling on a budget and I don't have the budget space for "whoops, I forgot and now have to go buy..." So I make a list in my Travel Planner section for Packing and add things as I think of it. That way when I go to pack I have a list of all the things I need right there. 
And of course, my favorite part of the travel planner is the Travel Journal and Memories sections! There's something really special about taking the time to print out your favorite photos and putting pen to paper to record the best parts of your trip. I try to journal while on the trip and work on adding photos as soon as I get home, that way the memories are fresh and I can record details that will get lost in my memory as the years go by~
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