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7 painless ways to budget for your next adventure

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Ways to budget for your next adventure

7 painless ways to budget for your next adventure


The most common reason people use to avoid traveling is the misconception that a vacation is always going to be expensive. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to go on a fun-filled adventure trip without burning a hole in your pocket. The following article curates a list of tips and methods that can not only help you save up money for your dream vacation but also reduces your spending during your holiday.



1. Keep track of your monthly expenditure

The first step to any savings plan is to monitor your current expenses. Maintain a journal that records every transaction you take and the total budget per month. The journal not only gives you an insight into where your money goes every month but also what items require what percentage of your income. Once you have collected this data, it is a simple matter of sitting with it and prioritizing the purchases.  Using this journal, you can decide a goal on how much you can save per month when you cut down on unnecessary expenses.

2. Budget your pre-travel shopping

A common mistake travelers make is that they go overboard with buying items they think is crucial to the trip. While some shopping is necessary, invest wisely. For instance, if you plan on heading out for a hiking trip, do not purchase hiking boots that do not come recommended by a large number of people. Consider buying boots that are meant for all kinds of terrain so you can reuse them. For a road-trip, invest in sturdy and highly rated roof carrier systems for your luggage. The more reusable your purchases are, the more you save in the long run.

3. Plan your trips well

A large number of factors influence the price of a vacation. The season, the hotels you choose to stay in, the activities you plan on taking part in and how early you start booking. You can save money by choosing to visit places during their off-season. For example, most destinations are cheaper during monsoon and winter. You can choose activities that are free or are on the cheaper side. Hiking and camping out in public trails can help save money on accommodation and entry fees. Booking flight tickets and hotel rooms are usually cheaper when booked well in advance. Compare prices from multiple companies before making your purchase. Take advantage of all the discounts that are available to you.


4. Saving on food

A large portion of one's monthly budget is used up for food. Reduce the number of visits to fancy restaurants, buy items in bulk for cheaper rates, and consider cooking at home. Cut down on office lunches. Bring home-cooked food instead. You are more likely to want to eat if you are idle. Create a schedule and keep yourself from being bored. All of these factor into a building healthier lifestyle as well as help you save money in the process.

Food
A large portion of one's monthly budget is used for food.


5. The Latte Factor

The Latte Factor is the name given to the percentage of a budget that coffee takes up. An average American spends about 15 dollars a week on just coffee. This amounts to about 720 dollars a year. Reducing one's coffee intake can help redirect a significant amount of money into your travel funds.  

6. Do not pay for things you will not use again

Make a list of things you want to take on your trip and those recommended by your friends, family or people on the internet who have visited the place before. Cross out items from the list that you think is not necessary to purchase and will not have much use for after your trip. For example, if you are planning on visiting an island, you may want to go snorkeling. Buying a snorkel would not be in your best interest. You can drop it from your list of items. Instead, look for places that either provide you with one or allow you to rent the snorkeling gear. In this way, you can cut down on things you do not need.

Travel List
Make a list of things you want to take on your trip


7. Keep an eye out for hidden fees

A large number of products come with hidden fees. You may unwittingly be paying for more than what you use. You can cut down on cable bills by unsubscribing from channels you do not watch. Some accounts have an automatic renewal and deduction of fees. Make sure you are aware of these accounts and only keep the ones you use actively. Another area where you could be spending money without realizing is through your bank bills. Banks usually charge for hitting your card limit, withdrawing money from an ATM not associated with your bank and overdraft fees. Get yourself up to speed with all the rules your bank imposes. Armed with this knowledge, you can avoid incurring any extra charges.

Adding these little changes to your lifestyle can go a long way towards a well organized and inexpensive vacation. As every person's lifestyle and priorities are different, focus on doing whatever works for you. Good luck!






Author: Rebecca has been closely studying the travel industry trends from quite some time. Intrigued by the booming growth of this sector, she takes interest in penning down her views providing quality insight on current travel trends and also likes to write about food and beverages, particularly wine.





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