Just because it is winter, does not mean that it is not appropriate to take a vacation. It could, in fact, do you a world of good. During the winter months, your physical and emotional health can suffer because of the dark and cold. A holiday may be just the thing you need to lift your spirits and could leave you feeling refreshed. You may be wondering how on earth you can afford a winter vacation as well as the other expenses associated with the festive season. Well, because it is off-peak season the flights and accommodation will be considerably cheaper than they would be during the busy summer period. If you are intrigued, here is some information on how to plan for an affordable winter vacation.
1. Set a maximum spending amount
Set out a budget for your winter vacation. Include expenses for travel, accommodation and spending money. If you are planning on shopping during your vacation, it is best to set yourself a budget for this too. There will be lots of tempting and original items to buy so make sure you stay strong and stick to your budget.
2. Pick your destination wisely
You should limit your choices of destination to places that you can reasonably afford. Cities like Oslo and Monaco are notoriously expensive at all times of the year, so rule out locations such as these. Investigate which destinations you can afford to travel to. Use cheap flight-finding websites to help.
Once you have narrowed down your options, you can research what these destinations are like during the winter. Have a look at forums that offer tips and guidance from travellers and read travel guidebooks. When choosing a destination, bear in mind what kind of vacation you want to go on. Do you want a relaxing break, do you want to try out a winter sport or do you want to be somewhere you can shop for original party dresses and Christmas gifts?
3. Find good deals on accommodation
It may take a bit of effort but if you do some research, you may find big savings on accommodation in your chosen destination. Look for last minute deals and sign up for alerts from online deal sites. You could try using a website to help you find hotels within your budget. Also, consider staying in B&Bs or hostels instead of hotels, as they tend to be the cheaper option. If you know someone who lives in your chosen destination, why not ask if they would mind putting you up for a few nights.
4. Hand luggage only
Don’t pay the airline fees to check in a suitcase, just take a carry-on. This may require a bit of strategic packing, but it is worth it for the money that you will save.
5. Make packed lunches
No doubt you will want to treat yourself to a few meals while you are away, but don’t feel you have to pay restaurant prices for every meal of the day. To save money on food while you are away, buy sandwiches and snacks from supermarkets to keep you going throughout the day.
6. Travel on the public transport
Public transport is a great option for getting around whenever you are away. Taxis can be expensive, so research what bus or train services are available in your destination. This will also help you to get an insight into local life, as well as helping you save money.
By following these tips and being budget-conscious, you should be able to plan a fantastic winter vacation that won’t break the bank. With a little bit of effort and planning, you could have a wonderful time while still keeping costs down. So go ahead and start planning your winter getaway today!