Ok, so you don’t want to spend a lot of cash on your next holiday. Got it.

But, you’ve got some tempting destinations in mind. Destinations that may or may not be considered expensive. A bucket list.

I don’t think the two are necessarily incompatible. But you’ve go to do some planning.

First, Get Saving

I’ve talked about ways to start saving, but the best way to save up for a “trip of a lifetime” is to start now. (Yesterday would have been better.) It doesn’t matter if you’re stuffing a mattress, setting up a special savings account, or buying a ceramic piggy bank. Just get a safe place started, and start. Really – go and transfer some funds into savings, even if it’s just 15 quid.

Then, Start Researching

This is the tricky part. So what I want you to do is to get out a piece of paper, and write down some of your top bucket list items. Crazed weekends in Vegas or outrageousness in Dubai. Now, time to go and find out:

  • What is the shoulder season? (That’s when things aren’t as crowded, and yet, the weather or activities still make it enjoyable to go?) This can help you find better prices.
  • How far out do people plan this in advance? If it’s for a yearly event, the best time to book is 11 months out. 🙂
  • What are all of your expenses? If you’re going all-inclusive, that works, but Vegas means gambling money, Austin means music tickets, Machu Picchu means tour guides.

You can see where I’m going with this.  Details, details, details. I’m trying to avoid the cliché about the devil, but certainly the more time you spend researching, the better you know when a deal is a deal.

And Finally, Keep An Eye Out

Flights and fares are in constant shift. I was just lamenting two days ago about having to spend $700 on a domestic flight, and today I went in to decide my times and it’s $310. You bet I booked that quickly. That was by accident, but certainly if it was a trip of a lifetime I’d be checking in regularly, and making sure I’m on any email lists – Sunshine has one!

Have you managed to get a deal for one of your bucket list experiences? Share in the comments!

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Andy Hayes

Andy Hayes is a travel journalist currently based in Seattle, Washington. When not soaking up the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or enjoying life on the road, he is spending time hanging out on his own travel lifestyle magazine, Sharing Travel Experiences.

Posted : Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 at 11:00
Category : Holiday Tips
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