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Travel isn’t just a fun way to experience new cultures, meet new people, and try new foods. It’s also good for you. Research shows that traveling helps people manage stress and negative emotions, and even reduces the risk of depression. Even the simple act of planning a trip can increase a person’s sense of happiness. When it comes to such planning, money is probably one factor you keep in mind. While it might seem like finances and a busy schedule will hold you back, you can still see the world without breaking the bank. Here’s how.
Establish time- and money-saving workplace solutions
As someone with a business to run, your pool of obligations flows deep and wide, and it’s all too easy to get caught up in all the little details that make your business run. Yet the more time you spend on smaller tasks that pull you from the bigger picture means less time growing your business and your bottom line.
Consider your annual report, for instance. All Oregon businesses need to file one, but it can be a time drain to compile it. And if you’re late, there are fees that add up while the state awaits your compliance. Instead of setting yourself up for stress, set yourself up for success by partnering with an affordable online service to compile the information and file your report for you, accurately and on time. By looking to outside tools and services that are available to you, you can free up room in your day to work on building your business and freeing up time to take care of your personal needs.
Select less popular travel dates
Use online budget travel platforms like Travelocity when searching for flights and hotels. You can often save by booking packages covering accommodation and travel in one go. These platforms also let you set alerts, so you can get an email notification when a destination you are interested in has cheap deals. In general, opt for weekday travel as this will be cheaper than weekend travel. This is especially true around major holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Eve, when a lot of people are on the go.
Get a credit card with mileage points
Odds are you have a credit card you use regularly for day-to-day needs like buying gas or making larger online purchases. Make the most of your credit card usage by getting one that will award you travel points with every transaction. The Points Guy has a comprehensive roundup of the best options. Some even offer added perks: The Platinum Card from American Express also gives you credits towards the Global Entry program, for instance.
Rent a car to save on transport
Using public transport, taxis, or rideshare services in another location can quickly add up, especially if you have a group of people. Rent a car to save money and give yourself the freedom to go where you want, when you want. Enterprise Rent a Car, for instance, offers car rentals throughout the United States and even abroad.
Opt for non-traditional housing
Instead of staying in a hotel, look for more cost-effective accommodations. Platforms like Tripping.com offer affordable options. When you stay in a place with a kitchen, you are also able to save because you won’t have to go out to restaurants to eat: You can simply hit the supermarket and then cook at home. If you live in an area that’s popular for tourists, you can also opt for a home exchange. With this arrangement, you stay in another person’s house while they stay in yours. Everybody saves money and everybody wins!
Find ways to save on essentials and activities
Getting there and finding a place to stay is only a tiny part of the travel experience. You’ll also need to account for travel essentials like a toiletry bag and TSA-approved containers. Pick a major retailer like Amazon and browse their products to get the best bang for your buck.
Once you’ve arrived, you will want to take part in sightseeing and adventure activities. Use platforms like Entertainment.com to get cheap deals. You can even get affordable tour guides by using a platform like Tours By Locals. People who live in the area you are visiting will show you around, providing a personalized experience at a lower rate than a large-scale tour operator.
There is no need to let money or a lack of time hold you back when it comes to travel. Keep these tips in mind when planning your next holiday and you will be able to save while still creating an enjoyable trip. Whether you are coordinating a family vacation, a romantic couple’s getaway, or a solo trip just for you, as an entrepreneur you can create your perfect trip easily and affordably.
Sheila Johnson has seen so much personal success with her health and wellness routine after leaving the corporate world and long working hours that she wanted to share it. She created WellSheila.net as a place to not only share her story, but inspire others to put their physical and mental health first with a regular wellness routine and daily self-care.
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