Travel is slowly starting up again, despite the many restrictions in place. Being locked down for months hasn’t been a great experience and people need to “stretch their legs” and go about seeing the world. Now, you’ve been thinking about your next vacation (travel planning is good for your mental health), don’t know how or when to start? You can start now; all you really need to get the best vacation after the travel ban are: saving up for the best and also some knowledge of the safety basics and protocol from World Health Organisation.
Going for a vacation and saving for that vacation go hand in hand. Vacations can be expensive, travelling for the purpose of fun, relaxation and sight-seeing; you can’t say you’re travelling without considering accommodation or even transportation, you also won’t get the best vacation if you can’t do fun things there. Imagine visiting England without some basic sight-seeing: visiting the o2 arena in Greenwich or even just taking a tour in one of the EPL stadiums for as low as 30 pounds. Or visiting Dubai and just staying in your hotel room all through; not going on a desert safari tour, climbing the top sky of Burj Khalifa, or exploring the rides at img worlds of adventure; now the vacation won’t really be complete don’t you think?
Firstly, you need to figure out how much money you need. Before you can even think of saving you should calculate how much you plan spending, from your flight there to your flight back home, This will give you a clear idea of what you need to save and your target. Do you plan to travel cheap or luxuriously? Create a savings plan with details on how to accomplish your goals, you need to open a travel savings account; this will help separate your vacation savings from the rest of your finances, and also help you track and see how well you’re saving. Many banks allow you to have more than one account, so you could simply ask your bank if you could open a separate savings account with no debit card to avoid being able to easily take money from that account.
Cutting down on expenses and following a budget to keep you mindful of your expenses is a major key to saving; know exactly how much you spend in a month, and what needs to be evaluated. Try to eliminate your “wants” and spend majorly on your “needs”. One good thing learnt from this COVID19 era is how we can actually get to save up from not spending on wants (we tend to see that we have survived months without our wants): if you got a Netflix account why spend money going to the cinema every week?
Now, talking about the safety: The air quality on an airplane is actually really good and it recirculates through a HEPA filter, the airlines also normalize intensive cleaning and check for fevers before boarding now so really, it’s on the part of we humans to stay safe: Covering your face while boarding flights and maintaining 6ft social distance. Good hand hygiene is very important while on the trip and even beyond that, as you may need to use public restrooms and stay in a hotel. Following all the protocols may take time to get used to, but practising these measures keeps you-and everyone else-safer, regardless of how far you wish to travel!
With these in mind, get up there and go open a savings account for your next trip; set your goal vacation, and if your goal is completely achieved, have a wonderful vacation!