At some point in your life the travel bug hits you. For some people it happens earlier than for others. I remember always wanting to travel. So much so that my career ambition was to be a travel agent. Unfortunately, when I told my guidance counselor she brought up the career prospects for travel agents and told me that with the advent of the internet, travel agents were a dying breed. If I knew then what I know now, I would have just told her that I planned to specialize in providing travel for a specific niche. There are always opportunities if you look hard enough. But I digress. I did get a chance to travel out of the country for the first time in college.
In college I signed up for a study abroad program. If you are still in college I highly recommend this way of travel as a first timer out of the country. It’s an easy way to get acquainted with the whole process of leaving the country. I think this is one place where America really could do a better job. Spending time outside of your natural habitat and in unfamiliar surroundings really helps you grow as a person. In my opinion it makes you more involved as a U.S. citizen as well.
How Can I Travel on a Budget?
Travel can be expensive. If you are a recent college graduate, then you may not have the money to blow on a five star vacation to Dubai. But if travel is important to you then you should at the very least have a travel budget. I have a separate ‘savings’ account that is specifically for my spontaneous travel bug. Each month I put aside $25 bucks. Pretty simple and it doesn’t kill my normal budget too much. If there is not enough in my normal discretionary spending for a plane ticket, I can tap my travel savings account. I also try to throw extra money in there when I have it. This is savings on top of my 401k and emergency account savings so I feel absolutely no guilt about emptying it every few months. I recently went to the Bahamas for my birthday and I emptied my travel account to enjoy a dolphin encounter. It was amazing! And I am already beginning to save for my next trip.
Two important things there. Nothing should trump your normal savings plan and you shouldn’t ‘dip’ into savings for a trip. Secondly, it’s OK to enjoy what you’ve worked so hard for! Just don’t let it put you off track of your ultimate goal. But travelling doesn’t have to be expensive and I’m going to tell you exactly how to budget travel.
How About a Trip to Dubai?
Interested in going somewhere exotic? How about a trip to Dubai? With Groupon Getaways now you can travel without breaking the bank.
Groupon has teamed up with Expedia to create Groupon Getaways by featuring select travel experiences at great values. We look into each destination–whether it’s a five-star resort or a cozy bed and breakfast–and provide local insights to make every travel experience one of a kind. Backed by the Groupon Promise, Groupon Getaways will inspire you to explore the world—one deal at a time.
Included in this tour package:
- Round-trip airfare from New York (LGA, JFK, or EWR)
- Four nights at 4-star Traders Hotel in Dubai; two nights at 4-star Holiday Inn in Abu Dhabi.
- All transfers from city to city
- Sightseeing per itinerary
- Six breakfasts; two dinners
- English-speaking guide
How to Travel to Belize on a Budget
Looking for a beach trip to Belize at a posh hotel? Trips like these could cost you anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 dollars. This specific deal is under $400 bucks for three nights. Yep.
Stylish Beachfront Hotel near World-Famous Dive Sites
Just north of the Belizean town of San Pedro, Kama Ultra Lounge not only serves as a launch pad for boating and diving excursions around the Belize Barrier Reef, but as a destination in its own right. The property combines San Pedro’s laid-back vibe with trendy decor and entertainment reminiscent of a Miami beach club. And the centerpiece of the property is the private beach, which is lined with black-and-red day beds.
You’ll be greeted with two welcome drinks upon arrival, and can unwind with an included massage for two at your leisure. At night, head to Kama’s upscale restaurant and lounge, which was awarded a certificate of excellence in 2012 by TripAdvisor. The hip lounge hosts Friday ladies’ nights, hookah nights, and fire dancers wielding torches or burning tax forms. The hotel’s one-bedroom units feature tropical decor and views of the Caribbean Sea. Each morning, an included hot breakfast of Belizean specialties might include egg tacos, chicken burritos, tropical fruit, and johnnycake, a sweet roll made with coconut milk.
Experience package includes:
- Daily breakfast for two
- One anti-stress and back massage for two
- Round-trip transfers from San Pedro to resort
- Daily beach fees
- Two welcome drinks at Kama Lounge Bar Bistro
These are examples of deals that are running right now. You may or may not see the exact same deal when you visit the Groupon Getaways website but you are sure to find a deal. The trick is to visit often until you find the right trip for you.
What’s the catch?
I know what you’re thinking because I’m pretty skeptical as well when something sounds too good to be true. But the catch is that you have to read the fine print. Some deals have blackout dates where you cannot use the travel vouchers for example. As long as you read the fine print you should be fine.
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