This is a collaborative post.
We all have a destination for our dream holiday in mind; whether it’s Cuba, Mongolia or even the Antarctic, it’s often been a feature of our ambitions since childhood. Life gets in the way all too often, though, and this dream gets put on the back-burner for years, maybe even decades. However, if you’ve been following the advice from Creditfix and you realise you can save enough money to go, then what are you waiting for? Here are some golden tips to help you to save up enough money to make your dream of Antarctica come true.
Book your Dream Holiday flights early
Start scouting for cheap flights as early as you can because the prices only rise as seats get filled up. You could also try breaking your flight up with a stopover in a city you always wanted to visit to make the most of your time.
Spend some time on the comparison sites
One great thing about travelling nowadays is that we don’t have to visit a travel agent and put ourselves at their mercy! We can scoot around travel sites at our leisure, looking for the best deals out there. It can be part of the fun if you enjoy bargain-hunting.
Be realistic about your plans
Unless you’re going for a while, you won’t be able to do all the things you’ve dreamed of and read about. Don’t try to rush or to cram everything into a timeframe that’s too short. Pick out your biggest must-do activities and trips and also factor in two or three days for resting and wandering the streets with no particular aim in mind. Doing too much can be a waste of money because you’re buying fares, tickets and so on without really getting the full experience.
Just because you’ve bagged some great flights doesn’t mean your work is done. You still have to save up and so you should have some definite targets to meet by certain dates. Use a planning app or a physical calendar (or both) to keep yourself on track.
Cut down on your vices
If you have a year to save up for this dream holiday, then you also have a year to get in shape for it too. What’s great about cutting out smoking, junk food and drinking is that you’ll feel healthier and you’ll probably fit into some slinky new holiday clothes! Not to mention the hundreds of pounds you’ll be saving.
Speaking of new clothes…
On average, we spend more than £200 on a holiday wardrobe. Instead of this, have a few charity shop trawls and see what you can pick up.
Know your exchange rates
Start thinking about changing your money as soon as you’ve got your flights. If you keep an eye on the exchange rates, you can start changing over small amounts on an international bank card when the going’s good. Just don’t leave it to the last minute and certainly don’t use the bureau de change at the airport!
Monitor your spending
Keep an eye on what you spend on a daily basis, writing it down if necessary. You’ll be surprised by how much you waste on coffees, doughnuts and unnecessary travel expenses. Walk to work sometimes if you can and start taking your own coffee with you. When you manage this, put a fiver in a jar and it’ll soon mount up.