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You don’t need to be rich to enjoy an overseas vacation once in a while. In fact, making it to your favorite destinations on a budget is within reach… if you know the right tricks, that is. Travel comparison websites across the Internet have made it easy to find the best deals on worldwide travel, but to really get the most bang for your buck, we’ve compiled a list of several secrets to affordable overseas travel that you’ll definitely not want to miss.
1. Take Out a Loan
If (despite the best of intentions) your vacation fund just isn’t where it needs to be, there’s no need to fret or cancel your travel plans. Small cash loans can make it totally affordable to set sail.
Most small loans have low interest and flexible terms, so it’s easy to pay them back without getting into serious debt. Do some research, pick a reputable company and then get excited again about those vacation plans – you’ve earned it!
2. Travel During the Off-Season
Traveling during the peak season is expensive. Sure, the weather is probably nicer, but if you can schedule your trip during the off-season, you’ll save on hotels, airfares, dining, and more. Another bonus – your destination will be less congested with other tourists.
3. Use Credit Cards that Offer Travel Miles
If you’re planning months ahead for a vacation, you can literally fly for free if you use credit cards that reward you with travel miles when you spend and/or pay your balance on time.
Of course, this means you’ll need to be disciplined in using the cards. You’ll need to make everyday purchases and pay off the balance monthly in order to reap the rewards. If you follow this technique, however, it’s possible to fly at a very discounted – or even free – rate!
4. Avoid Baggage Fees
As if airfares weren’t expensive enough, baggage fees make flying even less affordable. You can avoid the checked bag fees by doing your best to limit your packing to a carry-on bag only. Remember, it’s likely there’s a laundromat near your destination, so it’s not necessary to pack days and days worth of clothing.
Make a checklist of the things you’ll need and get creative with packing a multi-purpose carry-on bag that holds clothes and everything else you want to take along. You’ll probably also fall in love with the ease of light travel.
5. Stay Somewhere Outside the Box
Most people stay in hotels when they travel, but who says you have to? In fact, there are several options that are just as accommodating and far less expensive.
For example, hostels offer a cheaper stay if you don’t mind single room accommodations. Alternately, you may want to consider house-swapping with another homeowner who wants to vacation where you live. Airbnb is another less expensive option than hotels. Do some research to find alternatives to hotel accommodations for your destination.
6. Plan to Visit a Budget-Friendly Destination
If you want to travel but don’t have your heart set on any place in particular, do a little research to find a destination that’s budget-friendly. Some places are cheaper to visit than others, so do some comparison shopping to find one that suits your wallet and your sense of adventure.
Some places to consider include Saint Martin, Zanzibar, Naples, Greece, Vancouver, and Croatia.
Overseas travel is exciting, but it can be expensive, too. If you’re planning your dream vacation, use the tips listed above to make it a more affordable excursion.