Maui, Tahiti, Disneyland, New York. Dreaming of visiting these places someday, hopefully? Stop dreaming and start making it a reality.
NPR reported people tend to find more happiness in doing things, rather than just getting things. Instead of spending money on that new outfit or new video game, do something fun that takes you away from your day-to-day reality.
Following these five simple steps will get you off your couch and onto a plane.
Dream Up the Perfect Getaway
You can’t have a dream vacation without first dreaming about it. Consider all options. 73 million Americans have been on a cruise. If that’s your dream, great! If you get sea sick, choose another vacation.
Is Disneyland your dream? Do you dream of small lines and fewer people? There are times when that dream can come true.
Avoid major holidays like spring break, Thanksgiving, Christmas and even Presidents Day. Instead, plan to go on a weekday in March or May, or when kids are back in school in September.
Be Okay With Your Vacation Being In The Future
Instantly stream videos, instantly message your friends, instantly, instantly, instantly. Get that idea out of your head.
To make your dream come true, be patient. USA Today said a family vacation costs around $4,500. Most American’s aren’t going to instantly have that amount of money to use on a vacation.
Find a good time for a vacation, a few years in the future, if needs be. Allow yourself time to save the amount of money necessary to actually enjoy your vacation, guilt free!
Watch For Different Deals That Will Make Your Vacation Less Expensive
By planning in the future, you can watch for deals. Be flexible in the dates you choose for your vacation and the times you choose to travel.
For example, some airlines offer cheaper tickets if you fly Monday through Thursday.
Watch different sites that offer daily deals or getaways through Groupon and take advantage of the discounts.
Put Off Simple Spending To Keep The Dream Alive
Keep your vacation on your mind and alive in your budget. Look for ways to save money in the simple things you do each day to save extra money. Take a look at your budget and consider these examples of simple ways to save.
- Make your coffee at home. Put the money you would have spent on coffee into your vacation account.
- Find inexpensive entertainment. Go for a hike, play at a park, or rent a movie from your local library instead of going to the movies.
- Cook! Make homemade meals instead of eating out. Daily Health Post suggests not eating out for two weeks and setting aside the money you would have spent at the restaurant.
- Save your tax refund. InvestorPlace says putting your refund into a checking account is a bad idea. Before you know it, the money is gone and you aren’t sure what you spent it on. Instead of piddling your refund away on meaningless things, save it for your vacation.
Once you have found simple ways to save, open a specific savings account to put this extra money into. Being aware of the simple ways you spend or even waste money will help you save all you can for your dream vacation.
Account For Experiencing All The Vacation Has To Offer
Snacks, souvenirs, museums, theme park pictures, excursions, unique restaurants. Don’t forget about other expenses that ALWAYS come up while you are on vacation.
When planning for your vacation, put aside extra money you can use while on vacation. You don’t want to ruin an amazing experience because you didn’t account for the extras costs.
Plan now to spend extra money on the memories of your dream vacation. This will keep the memories sweet, not sour!
Enjoy Your Dream Vacation
Once you have scrimped and saved and sacrificed for your vacation, enjoy it! Having the money saved to spend on your vacation will allow for a fun filled trip for all.
You won’t spend the whole vacation worrying about how you are going to pay for this or that. Your dream vacation will be perfect if you use our simple steps to prepare now.