We all have a list of places in the world that we’d visit if we had enough money, and we could take endless time off work. Unfortunately, life tends to get in the way of these dream vacations, and a lot of people end up putting them on hold for “sometime in the future.” Well, how about making that “sometime” right now? What stops you from chasing your dreams, and are you able to navigate around it instead?
Perhaps the biggest stumbling block on the route to realizing your ideal trip is a budget. Luckily, it is possible to visit some of the most romantic and iconic destinations on the planet without spending a fortune. As long as you make sure you’re well-informed and prepared before setting off, you can’t go wrong.
Here we’ll explore ways in which you can visit those fantasy destinations of your daydreams without worrying about the cost.
Cities of Romance
European cities like Paris, Venice and Rome promise the ultimate in luxury, history and romance — and it is possible to see them all on a shoestring. While initial flights may be expensive, depending on where in the world you travel from, once you arrive, there are plenty of ways to save cash. When searching for daytime activities suitable for everyone in the family, try one of the many free museums available in lots of European cities. The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is a fascinating collection of 20th-century art, whereas, the Museo Storico della Liberazione in Rome delves deep into the country’s past. Indeed, a simple walk along the canals and walkways of Venice is a once-in-a-lifetime experience by itself, and it’s free, except for that delicious gelato by the Grand Canal.
It’s on almost everybody’s bucket list, but somehow, you’ve never managed to get around to visiting: Sin City itself, Las Vegas. Usually hailed as a haven of residency shows for big showbiz acts, glitzy casinos and a round-the-clock party atmosphere, there’s so much more to Vegas than its reputation for temptation.
For starters, spending smart can ensure that you have more cash for the things you like. Visiting off-season and taking advantage of any hotel discounts or buffet offers is a must while avoiding the biggest attractions is sensible. If there’s a residency show, such as Celine Dion or Cirque du Soleil, that you have your heart set on seeing, make that your big splurge of the trip and spend the rest of your time exploring the city’s more budget-friendly but no fewer fascinating locations.
Looking for Adventure
Of course, if you want to venture further afield to somewhere exciting like the Australian Outback, the Arctic Circle or even the Amazon rain forest, then this may require a little more planning. You’ll need to think about flight costs, accommodations and your spending budget while traveling as well as factoring in additional costs like travel visas.
However, this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible! Setting a savings budget to work toward can get your trip up and running while you finish the planning stage, and using sites like Skyscanner or Airbnb can help make sure you’re getting the best value for your money. It can also make your trip that little bit more unique. A 24-hour layover may seem inconvenient at first, but it can save you tons of money and provide the opportunity to see two countries for the price of one!
There’s no getting away from the fact that taking a big trip takes a lot of time, energy and money to organize, but we only get one life, and this is our chance to live it. It’s worth balancing the soul-deep gratification you’ll get from watching the sun rise over the rain forest against the surface satisfaction of an untouched “rainy-day” fund. Make today the day that you take that leap into the unknown and forever be grateful that you did.