I’m a firm believer that everyone needs a little vacation every once in a while (or all the time) but sometimes the vacation can be more stressful than everyday life! Especially if you have a bad habit of not planning ahead. Trust me, I’ve been there before.
Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes the spontaneous adventures are the best ones, but if you’re looking to just relax and not worry about anything, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. With these few simple steps, you’ll be on your way to a stress-free vacation in no time!
Decide on where to go and set a budget
Some people hate them, but budgets are so important when it comes to having a stress-free vacation, people!
Do you ever feel guilty after getting back from a trip, because you feel like you hardcore overspent? Or you worry while on vacation that you’re going to spend too much and be broke when you get home?
I have been guilty of this, but that’s why setting a budget beforehand will keep you from stressing out about money while traveling, because you’ve already done the math and know your limit! Wahoo!
Because your destination and budget go hand-in-hand, it may be easier to set a budget first, and then decide where you can afford to travel. After all, some places are more expensive than others, unfortunately.
Here are some important questions to ask yourself to determine what your budget will be:
When are you planning to leave?
Determining when you want to leave allows you to figure out how much you can save before the big day! You can save a lot more in a year than in a week (I hope so, at least!) so your budget really hinges on this factor.
How far are you willing to travel? Do you plan on traveling by plane or car?
This is another big one, because plane tickets can easily be the biggest expense of any trip. While there are ways to cut down on the price, it is still probably cheaper to drive somewhere instead. Of course, it also depends on where you’re traveling and how much money you can save before your trip!
How long are you planning on staying?
Obviously, the longer you stay somewhere the more expensive it will be. Hotels can easily be hundreds of dollars a night. If you’re looking for more affordable (and unique!) accommodations than a hotel, try out AirBnB! (Use my link and get $40 in travel credit towards your first trip! This doesn’t expire so you can use it whenever!)
Either way, be sure to get an idea of how much each day will cost and factor it into your budget.
How much are you willing to set aside each month?
The most important step in setting a budget is determining how much you can comfortably set aside without worrying in another department. In other words, don’t put aside money for rent to pay for a trip! Instead, if you’ve got money left over from a check, put some of that towards your trip.
If you don’t have a lot of spending money left over from checks, try cutting back on things instead. Allow yourself to only eat out once a month, or get crazy and cut your cable and Netflix instead. Whatever it takes!
Keep these questions in mind as you set a budget, as these all factor in to what your budget will be, and then you can determine where you can travel.
Research things to do
As easy as it is to say ‘I’m going to Paris,’ it’s tougher to say exactly what you want spend a week doing when you get there.
This is where Pinterest becomes your best friend. There are plenty of itineraries and lists of things to do from people all over the world, which means you can easily find fun things to do pretty much anywhere!
It’s important to do this well before your trip, because if the things you want to do cost a lot of money, you know that you’ll need to budget accordingly. This keeps you from stressing out when you reach your destination and either don’t know what to do or don’t have the money to do anything because you don’t have enough money.
I know I said at the beginning that it’s best to plan ahead. And it is important, but if something doesn’t go as intended, it’s okay to just roll with it! Just think of it as an opportunity rather than a setback!
Channel that inner adventurer, and be spontaneous. Sometimes, you’ll be rewarded with the best memories.
Following these simple steps will ensure that your next great adventure won’t be ruined by stressing about the little things. Planning a trip is a lot more work than it may seem, so be sure to give yourself time to prepare and, ultimately, just have fun with it!
Where is your next adventure going to be?
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