10 Ways To Afford Your Dream Holiday Abroad

Everyone dreams of a place they’d love to see.

For some, there couldn’t be anything more exciting than walking through vibrant, busy and manga-addicted streets of Tokyo.

Others prefer the traditional and rural landscape of Tuscany, where the delicious spaghetti bolognese dish is said to have been born.

Finally, for modern adventurers, the idea of driving along Route 66 across the USA is the definition of what holiday should be about: Fun and sensational road trip.

Find your dream holiday

Regardless of what you’re dreaming of visiting, these types of vacations are for many a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With the Internet making us more aware of the marvels of the world, it’s fair to say that our travel aspirations go well beyond the national borders. Unfortunately, they often go beyond our financial abilities too. How you make your dream come true is a challenge for many first-time travellers. However, don’t panic. There are some solutions you can deploy to fill your memories with new and exciting landscapes:

#1. Research your destination ahead

When it comes to travel, the first rule is to start planning early. You can’t let your imagination feed the journey. You need to take concrete actions if you want ever to make your dream come true. Consequently, you might want to plan for some research time. Indeed, your dream destination has presumably famous landmarks or spots you specifically want to see. It’s a good idea to look more into the details of those as you could be able to save yourself some unnecessary expenses. Picture going to New York, for instance. It’s impossible to think of NYC without thinking of Lady Liberty. If you were to buy tickets to get on top of the statue, you would have to waste a lot of money for an unpleasant and crowded experience. A quick study online could instead give you some of the best locations in town to capture the magic of the statue without breaking the bank. Central Park, the iconic destination at the heart of Manhattan is also free to visit. In short, plan ahead the areas where you have to spend money and the things you can do for free!

#2. Save today, travel tomorrow

There’s no secret. The world is your oyster, but like a good oyster, you have to pay for it. 78% of Britons admit that their ideal holiday doesn’t go beyond fantasising because of simple affordability matters. Travelling is not cheap; however, you shouldn’t let the cost stop you from seeing the world. On the contrary, you can set a financial objective to make your dream come true. Naturally, life puts other expense priorities on your path. Consequently, you might find yourself saving for several years – according to Money Facts 25% of holidaymakers say it would take them more than 5 years to save for their dream vacation. In other words, if you haven’t yet decided on your resolutions for the year, a saving plan could be the way to go.

#3. Can’t wait, look for lending plans

Saving can take a lot of time, and, if you can afford to wait, it might be the easiest solution. However, there are numerous occasions in which waiting is not an option. If you’re planning your honeymoon, or you want to surprise your ageing parents with a trip under the sun, you know that time is the essence. For those cases – and many others – you need to be able to afford to travel as soon as possible. If your credit score is in the medium to high range, you should consider applying for a personal loan directly by your bank. Don’t panic if your credit history is less than optimal; you can look for alternatives such as a guarantor loan from Buddy loans. You’ll find as well a range of loan options from professional brokers, which can often be more advantageous than borrowing through your bank.

#4. Become a nomadic worker

There’s a common misconception among holidaymakers that you have to save ahead of your vacation. In reality, you can see the world even without gathering capital. Believe it or not, but more and more young adults choose to travel and work at the same time. Indeed, all you need to make a living abroad nowadays is to pack your laptop with you.  There is a variety of remote work programmes that let digital nomads work from across the world. Selina is a popular solution that provides high-quality co-working spaces and hostels for independent freelancers looking for new experiences. You can even apply to entrepreneurial training programs all around the world if you want to launch your remote business; now that sounds like the kind of productive travel any ambitious Millennial would love to sign up for!

Work remotely

#5. Volunteer in the places you want to visit

Remote regions exert a strange fascination on modern travellers. While the lack of modern urbanisation can affect your comfort, you can enjoy breathtaking views and experiences in the middle of nature. Imagine a world without smartphones, fast-food restaurant chains, and urban infrastructures. If this sounds appealing, you should research volunteering opportunities. While you don’t get paid to volunteer abroad, you can find centres in the areas you want to visit. Most programmes provide food and accommodation at no or a low cost, which means that you only have to worry about your travel costs. Additionally, you can also make a significant difference in the life of animals and people around you. No many travellers can claim they improve the local lifestyle during their stay! But you can see the world and make it better at the same time!

#6. Some companies pay you to travel

Do you remember that feeling when you were a child and didn’t need to worry about how much your holidays cost? Unfortunately, one of the disadvantages of becoming an independent adult is that you have to pay for everything you want. But, when it comes to travel, you can tune in to the tourism market to catch up with the latest job offers. Ultimately, some companies such as Cancun.com – a touristic experience provider dedicated to Cancun in Mexico – offer fully paid travel and accommodation in exchange for social media friendly reviews. The job offer expired in December 2017, but with a little bit of a dig online, you can uncover similar jobs all around the world. Vidanta, a company of luxury resorts launched a similar campaign in 2018. In other words, the next opportunity is deemed to pop out soon!

#7. Maybe a side-hustle is all it takes

If you prefer to save money aside for your future holiday, you might find it difficult to tackle day-to-day bills and expenses while trying to save ahead of a big trip. You can make your life easier by creating a stream of income that is entirely dedicated to financing your vacation. Side-hustle businesses are income-generating activities aside from your daily job that are growing in popularity as a financial management solution. Indeed, more and more workers are turning towards side-hustle to supplementing their professional income. While you can’t replace your day-to-day job, you should be able to pay off your dream holiday a lot more rapidly. A popular choice is to sell unwanted items on eBay, or to create uniquely designed objects for Etsy.

#8. Don’t need a luxury lifestyle? Become a backpacker

For a lot of holidaymakers, the vacation budget disappears almost entirely in unnecessary luxury additions. Indeed, it’s not uncommon to pick five-star or more hotels for the night and to indulge in extravagant snacks, meals and visits during the stay. As a result, your holiday budget goes overboard. However, if you are not looking for luxury but experience, backpacking offers a cost-friendly alternative to see the world. Be prepared, nevertheless, to share your dorm room with strangers, walk a lot and eat only carefully chosen street food. But, you can afford to travel through Europe, Asia or even South America on a tight budget without missing out on any of the scenery.

Backpacking creates new memories

#9. Don’t go alone

Solo travellers often face higher cost per person than group travellers. The reason is simple. Imagine that you’re driving from A to B on your own. The fuel and potential toll costs are your entire responsibility. Now, imagine the same journey but with friends. You can share the costs, keeping things overall cheaper per head. Accommodations can also become advantageous when you choose rentals over hotel rooms. Indeed, you’ll find that the comfort and privacy of a holiday home – Airbnb is the best address to start looking – suit everybody’s budget!

#10. Pick the low season

Last, but not least, travel has peak and off seasons. Needless to say, some regions of the world should be avoided during the low season – tropical and exotic countries tend to experience heavy rains, for instance. But, with a little bit of smart planning, you can find discounted flights and hotels if you choose to avoid the crowded period. You’ll also get to see more of the local lifestyle as there will be fewer tourists.

In conclusion, your dream holiday does have to remain a fantasy. You can make it come true and afford to see the world without breaking the bank as long as you set time to plan ahead. What are you waiting for to see the world?


Moscow Travel Guide: 3 Things You Have To Do

Want to visit Moscow but want more information? My travel guide should give you some ideas.

Moscow, the capital and most popular city of Russia. It’s actually one of the largest cities in the world, and with that, comes a wide area to explore. I stayed in Moscow for a week and wanted to share the 3 things I think everyone must do or see when visiting Moscow.

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What Makes Moscow Special?

When I visited Moscow, I had low expecations. It was a stepping stone on my trip, and the first place I visited after leaving the UK. Boy, was I surprised. Moscow is packed full of rich, historic architecture. If you’re a history buff like me, you’ll be in your element in this Russian city. Around every corner, there’s some form of historic landmark, which are not only beautiful to look at, but have some interesting stories behind them.

What three things must you do?

1. Visit The Red Square and Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Quite possibly the heart of the city, The Red Square is host to a number of popular landmarks. The most prominent being Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Whilst here you can also visit GUM, a shopping centre packed full of luxury boutiques. From there, you can nip into a cafe for lunch, then walk across the square to Lenin’s Mausoleum. In between all the adventure, make sure you stop and take pictures. I spent so much time wandering around The Red Square and viewing it’s landmarks, and you should too.

Saint Basil's Cathedral

2. Laze Around In Gorky Park

You would never expect a park this beautiful to be hidden away inside a city. The park was designed by a world-famous, avant-garde architect, Konstantin Melnikov. From row boats, to roller skating, Gorky Park is packed full of activities. It was nice to actually take a moment to unwind in the park, and switch off from the outside world. Although, all the trees wreaked havoc on my hayfever, but that’s something you have to deal with.

Gorky park fountains

3. Explore The Moscow Kremlin

The Moscow Kremlin is a fortified complex that overlooks the Moskva River. Insdie the grounds you’ll stumble across five palaces and four cathedrals, along with the Kremlin walls and Kremlin towers. I generally have no idea how they’ve managed to get so many beautiful buildings in once place, but they have! The walls are over 500 years old, and perfectly house the architecutre inside. Ivan the Great Bell Tower and the Dormition Cathedral were two of my favourite buildings, but when you’re standing in between them all, it’s seriously difficult to choose.

inside the moscow kremlin

Moscow is packed with so much history and architecture, it’s difficult to take it all in. What I’ve mentioned above would be the essential things you have to do, but if you have more time, there’s definitely a lot more to explore.

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Phuket Travel Guide: 3 Things You Have To Do

Want to visit Phuket but want more information? My travel guide should give you some ideas.

Phuket, possibly one of the most well-known islands in Thailand is a beautiful destination for anyone looking for a beach holiday. Whe you travel here, I know you’ll instinctively want to spend all your time lazing on white sands. While that’s a viable option, this island is worth exploring further. I ventured here after stopping off at Bangkok, in an attempt to have a relaxing beach break. To some extent, I got that. Read through to the end of this post to find out why.

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What Makes Phuket Special?

You’d honestly only have to google this to figure it out. Phuket is simply beautiful. The island is packed full of beaches, rainforest, and tropical wild life. Don’t be surprised if you drive past working elephants, or encounter a wild monkey that tries to steal your fruit. Can I also mention that it’s ridiculously cheap?

What three things must you do?

1. Relax On The Beaches

Believe me when I say, there’s plenty of them. Now I know the below beach doesn’t look relaxing, but that’s because it’s iconic. It’s actually Maya Bay, featured in the film The Beach. Tourists flock to see it, and when you see the clear blue sea, you’ll know why. If you explore Phuket at the right time, you’ll actually be able to find a secluded beach that’s perfect for relaxing on.

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2. Visit The Phuket Big Buddha

You’ve got to visit some local landmarks, right? The strange thing about The Phuket Big Buddha, is that it’s actually not finish. I’m not too sure if it will be when you’re reading this post, but yeah. A good thing about that though, is that you can actually donate money to complete the building. In return, you get to sign your name on the back of a tile that is used in the construction of the Buddha’s base!

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3. Feed The Locals Of Monkey Island

If you love monkeys as much as me, you definitely need to stop off here. Most of the day trips to Phi Phi actually stop of at Monkey Island. It’s a cute little mass of sand, with a bundle of palm trees. What’s better is that there are plenty of monkeys running around. From full adults, to little infants, it’s honestly the cutest thing ever. You can’t really feed them, however the tour guides normally bring nuts and bananas to encourage them to venture away from the trees.

his phuket travel guide monkey island

Phuket is honestly such a beautiful place. Unfortunately, when I was there I had a little accident including a road and a scooter. Yeah, I fell off. I didn’t let it ruin my adventure though, and I still managed to take in all the sights of Phuket. What’s the moral of the story? Hail a taxi to get around.

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New York Travel Guide: 3 Things You Have To Do

Want to visit New York but want more information? My travel guide should give you some ideas.

 New York, also known as ‘The Big Apple’, is one of the most desirable locations for anyone looking at a trip across the pond. There’s so much to do, it’s difficult to know where to even begin. Thankfully, I’ve been and experienced it so I’ll pass on a little bit of advice based on my experience.

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What Makes New York Special?

Where do I even begin to explain this – the reasons are endless. New York is a bustling city, packed full of culture, history and landmarks. Alongside this, there’s plenty of restaurants, bars and coffee spots ready to be explored. I loved how busy, yet friendly New York was. It honestly is the city that never sleeps, and no matter what time of day you choose to explore, I’m sure you’ll find something to do.

What three things must you do?

1. Visit Central Park

Right in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park is an iconic destination. The fact that the urban park has over 40 million visitors a year should give you enough of a reason to visit. I could quite easily spend an entire day in the park, there’s honestly so much to do. Whether you’re rollerskating through the park, watching some dancers or having a bite to eat, you’ll definitely be entertained.

new york travel guide central park

2. View The Statue Of Liberty

Good old Lady Liberty. She truly is breathtaking, and you really have to see it to believe it. If you want to see her up close, I’d recommend booking your tickets before you go. Unfortunately, I didn’t do that so could only admire from a distance. However, don’t fret. There’s actually a ferry that goes from Manhattan to Staten Island and the view is just as good.

new york travel guide statue of liberty

3. Shop Until Your Heart Is Content

If you go to New York and don’t go shopping, you’ve done it wrong. There’s a shopping location in pretty much every district of New York. From big department stores, to smaller local concessions, there’s something here for everyone. I’ll still never forget this shirt I decided not to buy from Banana Republic, and to this day, I still can’t find anything that suits my style more. What’s the reason for me telling you that? If you’re in New York, go with your instincts. Buy what you want and deal with the aftermath another time.

new york travel guide shopping street

There is genuinely so much to do in New York, but this post would be too long! If you venture there, don’t forget to check out Times Square, One World Trade Centre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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