Travel is on the rise — and it’s easy to see why. Experiences such as dog sledding in Alaska or ziplining in a rainforest are unique and exhilarating ways to connect with nature, stay present in the moment, and get some physical activity all at the same time — though you might enjoy a quiet trip with your partner just as much. Here are some ways to plan the adventure of a lifetime without breaking the bank:
Look for Priceline Deals
Cost can be one of the prohibiting factors when it comes to planning a vacation. One way to save money on your getaway is by looking for deals on travel sites like Priceline. To get the most bang for your buck, try booking your travel and accommodations together in a bundle. Whether you’re booking flights, hotels, car rentals, or all of the above, you can stretch your money even further with online deals and promotions, including cashback offers.
There’s a lot to be said for spontaneity, but it never hurts to have a solid itinerary — even if you decide to go off script once you’re there. For instance, Atlanta has so much to see and do, from the Georgia Aquarium to the High Museum of Art, not to mention the lushness of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, as well as the Dancing Fountains at Centennial Olympic Park. Just don’t expect to see everything in one day!
Budget-Savvy Pet Care
If you have any fur babies, it’s essential to consider their needs when planning your trip. Not all hotels or airlines accept pets, and even if they do let you bring your beloved canine friend with you, they might charge you an extra fee.
So, what’s a pet owner to do? Luckily, with the right planning and precautions, you can avoid many of the most common problems pet owners face while traveling. One option is to find a pet-friendly vacation rental, which you can do with a quick search through reputable sites like Turnkey — that way you can bring your pup along for the fun.
If you decide to leave your four-legged family member behind, you could ask a friend, relative, or loved one to care for your pet while you’re gone. If you don’t know anyone who can watch your four-legged friend, look online for deals on petcare. For instance, you might not need to pay full price if you can find a Groupon for your local dog kennel or a discount coupon for Rover’s pet-sitting services.
Make Money While Traveling
Another way to afford your adventure trip is to find ways to make money while you travel. For instance, if your line of work revolves around the internet, you might ask your boss for permission to work remotely for a few days. Although your sightseeing time would be limited during the day, you could still explore your destination during the evenings and enjoy activities all day long on the weekends.
Are you a photographer, videographer, writer, or designer, or do you do something else creative? If so, consider freelancing during your travels. You’d be surprised how many small businesses around the world could use your help. Offering your services to local companies can help boost your travel budget.
Another option is to explore accommodations that offer free stays to travelers in exchange for work. For instance, you might work the front desk of a hostel in Thailand, or, if you have a green thumb, you could volunteer on a farm in exchange for a free place to sleep. The experience is especially immersive and rewarding, and a great way to make memories while saving money.
Ready for Your Next Adventure?
“If you have someone that you think is The One,” Bill Murray once said, “buy a plane ticket for the two of you and travel all around the world.” A couple’s adventure can be the perfect way to do just that.
Although dinner and a movie (or Netflix and chill) can be a lovely excuse to spend quality time together, nothing compares to getting away with that special someone. By planning a trip as a couple, you’ll bond over shared experiences and learn new things about each other, making cherished memories to last a lifetime. To reduce stress and save money, though, start by planning ahead and make sure you have everything you need to make your trip a success.
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