Whether you’re traveling solo, with children or with friends, the cost of travel can really add up and push you over budget. You don’t need to be rich to have the vacation of your dreams – you just have to have a bit of creativity when it comes to how you spend and what you buy.
Before you start making reservations, there are a few things to consider, and we have a number of incredibly useful tips regarding the best way to make your trip financially stress-free.
- As you’re planning ahead for your vacation, enroll in the Polam Rewards Program with your Polam FCU debit or credit card. With the points, you accrue as you use your card to make purchases throughout the year, those points can be used as you book your airfare, hotel, excursions, and you can choose from hundreds of retailers and brands that can enhance your adventure.
- If you’re traveling abroad, use WiFi whenever possible. Depending on your mobile carrier, it could cost you 50 cents for every text message you send and 20 cents for every one you receive. Using mobile apps like Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime and Facebook Messenger to reach family and friends back home, or to meet up with friends along the way, will prevent small charges from adding up.
- Embrace the sharing economy. In the 21st century, you don’t have to settle for an expensive hotel if you don’t want to. You don’t have to wing it when it comes to discovering local hidden secrets. You can even travel longer distances without having to rely on a plane or a train. AirBnB is well known around the world for providing some of the most unique vacation homes and experiences for often less than the price of a hotel room, and Vayable is one of the best marketplaces for finding excursions and adventures that are personally approved by locals. Kangaride may be one of the more innovative ridesharing programs on the market, one that gives the chance to avoid the chaos of airports and train stations, with rides throughout the United States and Canada.
The cost of travel can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. These are only a few tips that can genuinely enhance your vacation without giving you sticker shock, and with the increasing ingenuity of wanderlust culture, there will definitely be more to come. So, book that plane ticket with the points you’ve stocked up on with our rewards program, and have the trip of your life.