Perhaps the most expensive part of a vacation is lodging, usually, followed by food or vice versa. When people start considering the cost of staying at a hotel and eating out everyday, especially with a family, they quickly dismiss the idea of going away at all.
Cruises include just about all the food you can eat (a great deal if traveling with teenagers), transportation to a variety of destinations and lodging. Generally the only extras are soda, alcoholic beverages and gambling. Your luxury cruise lines often include all beverages.
All-inclusive resorts mean just that, everything, including tips are part of your package. As with anything else there are different levels of quality with resorts (and cruises) so you get what you pay for.
There is still another alternative to hotels; houses, apartments and villas. Choosing a house rental when vacationing in Orlando can save you a bundle when traveling with the kids, especially since most of the homes have pools. When you just don’t want to go anywhere for a day, you can stay ‘home’ and not feel crowded and the kids won’t be bored.
Apartments are great for European travel, they give you a real feel for where you are. Reputable companies that manage these properties have managers that know the neighborhoods and can help guide you to the best property.
Villas sound, and usually are luxurious. while some of them can rent for over $50,000 a week there are many that are as low as $1000 which comes out to less than $150 a day. When you consider that you can often have staff to help with cooking and housekeeping a villa is hard to resist.
Conde Nast has made a list of Affordable Villa Vacations.
Always check with your travel agent, whether its a hotel, cruise, resort, villa, etc. As trained professionals travel agents know what questions to ask and get you what you want vs what someone wants to book.
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Most of us see insurance as a necessary expense and fortunately, rarely have to use it. Yet when it comes to travel many people don’t see the need.
Consider this when your travel agent offers you travel insurance
Have you ever left early enough to allow for traffic, then the tractor trailer jack knifes on 95 and two hours later you watch your plane fly over you.
With insurance, you can be reimbursed so you can afford the next flight out. Without it, you and your family just blew probably more than $1000.
Do you know anyone who has had a sudden heart attack, appendicitis, etc?
Last year there were over 19,000 medical evacuations for travelers. Can you afford the $5000 for the helicopter ride if you don’t have insurance?
The ‘it won’t happen to me’ comes back to haunt all of us at some time. The old saying an Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, holds very true here.
Probably the biggest concern I hear about travel is how to pay for it.
While we in the USA consider travel and vacations a luxury they are really part of our emotional and mental health. But economics always play a part in everything we do.
Here are a few ideas:
Setup a savings account solely for travel- If you can afford to save $100 a month, in one year, you can save enough for a 7 day cruise for two people. If its only $50 a month, you can have a long weekend.
Tell friends and family that instead of buying you gifts or gift cards, have them write a check and deposit it in your Travel Saving account.
The Unique Travel Events website offers a really easy way for you, or friends and family to build your travel account with the Honeymoon and Travel Registry account. You can sign up online and add to it any time you or anyone else wants.
If you plan your cruise for a year from today, you have 9-10 months to pay for your trip after a small deposit. This gives you time to put money away and know how much you need, very little guesswork.
We wish you happy travels!