For some couples, a travel budget is the primary reason they don’t travel to new places. For others, it’s more of an excuse. But if you have been thinking about taking your girlfriend or partner away for a surprise weekend, don’t worry too much, because with these simple budget hacks, you can have a great and fun time traveling together.
If you are traveling to some faraway place, and don’t have abundance of resources to spend, planning well is a good first step. Calculate the money you have saved up to the point, and research about the place you are planning to visit. Learn about the lodging, places to eat, places to see, etc. so you can go through with the ones that fit your budget. A place to stay can cost between very little to more than what you earn per month. So planning would have you save a lot of money here and there.
If there is some time remaining till you plan to take the trip, begin saving now. You can cook food at home instead of eating out, no extra useless expenses like buying a cool game title or some fancy shoes you don’t really need, furniture you don’t really care about and alike. You should save as much as you can, as the time you travel will be memorable for both of you, and each little penny might help.
You need to realise that the trip you are making is about you two spending a quality time together. It’s just about the two of you, so you don’t need to waste money on shows, parks, events and anything that you already attend anytime where you reside. Traveling is for trying out new things. Be wise with how you spend the time away with her.
Time is Money
Like we mentioned already, time is something you would need to manage well. This is because all the extra time would mean extra expenses on lodging and food. Therefore, make sure to allocate the necessary time to each activity before you start the trip. There might be some things more alluring than the others, so manage them well with the time you have.
Your lodging would be the main part of your travel expense. People tend to opt for the famous chain hotels thinking they’re classier or provide more comfort. Do not adopt that thinking. Go for a smaller hotel. You don’t need to shell out loads of bucks just for the brand value. Remember, it is about you and her. So it is okay to go small on the hotel budget. However, keep the safety factor in view too, and get lodgings in a safe place.
A Little Compromise
You don’t need to deny yourself the ideal vacation you have been wanting with your significant other. However, it is okay to do a bit of compromise so that the vacation is possible without putting a huge load of stress on your expenses. If a particular destination is a lot costly due to its tourist popularity, you can travel to the nearby places. They would offer the same environment, without over charging you. Going in an off-season would further save you some money.
In some cases, taking combine packages can help save money when you know nothing about the place. The total cost of food, lodging and transportation is combined with a discount, and that can save you some money as compared to going clueless to a location and then spending on things that are available as you have no other option.
If the trip is really about you and her for a romantic time away, you don’t need to worry about bringing costly souvenir for other people. Yes, this is what it is. When you are on a tight budget, this shouldn’t be one of your concern. If you want to bring back something for you two as a memory of your time together, get a cheap and simple something. Shells collected from the beach or a wooden bracelet is a good souvenir. A huge plasma TV, isn’t.
This post was written by Salil Jha