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Family Vacation - How to Save for Your Family Vacation

Temperatures are soaring, as is your family’s zeal to take a much-awaited summer vacation. With the end of the financial year and with the school year ending, this seems like the perfect time, right?

However, as soon as you go to the travel sites and see the price list for plane fair and total travel cost to your dream destination, this seems like a difficult task now. Suddenly, it is not so easy as it seemed so in the beginning.

However, your dreams do not need to be laid aside altogether. All you need to be is flexible at times like these. Make a budget within what you can spend and go on a family trip. At the end of the day, it all comes down to how much fun you had together as a family. You can go to an over-the-budget destination, and yet if you are not happy, what is the use of such a trip?

Here’s what you got to do!

Make a travel budget and stick to it

Let’s face it. Buying a travel plan, going on a vacation, through a travel site or a travel agent can be expensive nowadays. They don’t just sell you trips, they sell experiences. And that is why a trip to Switzerland is more expensive than a trip to your local hill station. This is why it is important to have a budget, and to stick to it.

There are so many ways to cut down costs. 

First of all, you can stay closer to home than leaving the state altogether. In case you really do want to take a trip abroad, take a vacation where it shall be more worthwhile.

One thing to keep in mind is the international exchange rate. And here’s how to capitalize on the exchange rate. Check where your budget shall take you the furthest based on the exchange rate, and then pick the places where you want to go. It is prudent to research this rate before booking, instead of the other way around.

Make short term sacrifices

No matter where you are planning to go, you need the budget to go there. Since you don’t suddenly plan for a huge family vacation, you’ll still have a bit of time to save up. You can quickly build up your vacation savings. You may have to sacrifice some current luxuries and short-term desires for that, but such sacrifices will be well worth it.

Spend on priorities but save for the rest

The last thing to keep in mind is that there is no right or wrong when you are taking a trip or vacation. If there is something you care about, do splurge on it, but also remember to cut back on other things to make up for this splurge. You can save money by renting a home instead of staying at an expensive hotel, as well as by waiting for plane tickets instead of buying suddenly. 

In the end, do be flexible and keep an eye out for last-minute details.

 

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