Okay, here’s the thing. If you have had to put your travel plans on hold because of low funds. You may be feeling more deflated than a beach ball. Summer is in full swing, and your mates are probably uploading their fabulous beach pictures as we speak. Jealous? We would be too! Still, if you are watching the pennies but still want to have some kind of vacation this year. There are a few things you can do.
For starters, you may not need to get on a plane at all (other modes of transport are available – boats, cars, camels, donkeys), so don’t sweat it if you have to stay in your own locale. Make the most of your time at home (finish your reading and Netflix lists), and get hyped-up for the place you live by checking out all the local attractions around you. Beaches, areas of countryside, museums, cinemas, community events, parks… there are bound to be places you can visit to amp up the fun.
Alternatively, look for a cheap holiday idea. Camping costs next to nothing, and you can set up a tent nearly anywhere – except roads, train tracks, places with no trespassing signs, and next door’s garden – meaning you can have a holiday in the great outdoors that is affordable. Admittedly, you won’t have all the home comforts of a hotel. But when you’re gazing up at the stars, that shouldn’t matter. Better watch out for those midge bites though, so arm yourself with insect repellant.
If you’re reading this and thinking ‘no, I still want to go abroad,’ then fair enough. If a bronzed skin is important to you, and you don’t want to run the risk of British weather taking a turn for the worse, then hopping on a plane may still be an option for you. If you haven’t got the savings, and your mates/family won’t part with their cash to fund your excursion, then you might want to consider secured joint and couple loans, depending on whether you’re heading out on your lonesome or with a significant other. Check for last-minute deals and cancellations on flights too, and you may just pick yourself up a bargain. Remember you don’t have to stay in an expensive hotel, either. Cheaper accommodation is always available if you look hard enough. Be that a hostel, Airbnb, or a self-catering villa, so have a dig around online.
And if you are going away, you could actually make some money while you’re gone to recoup some of the costs. As you’re sunning yourself on the beach, you can earn money back by renting out your car or home while you’re away. If you’re willing to forego the beach every minute of the day. You might also want to consider a working holiday. Teach English to kids, become a tour guide, busk on the streets… there are loads of things you could do, and they are only a quick Google search away.
So, don’t assume your summer is a washout (despite the British weather). Fun may be just around the corner. Whether you opt for a staycation or find a holiday package online. And if you really do struggle to afford a holiday this year, start making plans now to boost your income for next year.
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