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27

5 Cheap Summer Vacations

By Bob Levin on June 27th, 2011

Categories: The Travel Debunker

Everyone needs a break from their mundane routine and taking a break does not have to be expensive. Be it a family vacation trip, a couples or a singles trip, there are numerous vacation possibilities out there which can provide you with refreshing and memorable vacation experience without adding to your financial stress. What is the point of the vacation if you are going to be burdened with thought and guilt of spending a lot of money after you are back home? Therefore, below are some of the most popular low-budget summer vacation ideas:

  • All-inclusive vacation country clubs: There are various country clubs which offer vacation packages which include food, drinks and room service. Such all-inclusive vacation packages usually cost around $120 per person and come with additional free facilities such as free golfing or swimming. For children, most country clubs have free play areas such as Water Park.
  • Camping: The perfect way to refresh your soul and get away from the busy city life is by going off to a near-by remote forest or lake-side area and camping for few days. It is the ultimate bonding experience for families or couples and an opportunity to enjoy and get back to nature. All you need is a tent, which can be rented if you do not own one, some food items, and appliances lying around at home.
  • Beach Vacation: Instead of taking expensive flights to Hawaii or Australia to have a beach vacation, there are numerous possibilities which allows for the same kind of experience. There are beautiful local beaches that can be visited at considerably low prices which offer endless possibilities like beach-side parties, bon-fire and beach side barbeque to mention a few. There are many hotels near the beaches which are affordable and also offer amazing beach-side view which is refreshing. The average mid-range cost per person would be $200 including the accommodation and food expenses.
  • Resort House Vacation: During vacation period, some individuals rent out their resort houses for interested people. Usually these resort houses are located in remote locations which are near to nature like forests and lakes thus also provides a perfect opportunity to explore the natural environment. Such a vacation is ideal for people who love hiking or fishing. The rent is negotiable and affordable and often highly discounted especially during vacation period.
  • Road-Trip: For families and friends who are in search for the best way to spend their summer vacation at low cost, taking a road-trip could be the ideal option. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on going to another country to be away from home, spending a portion of that amount to explore local areas could lead to some of the most memorable vacation experiences. Theme parks and amusement parks can be visited on the way for children to enjoy while adults can visit popular vineyard for some wine-tasting, the possibilities are endless. Such vacations are comparatively more flexible and less stressful.

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Jun

21

What is the biggest stress on vacations?

By Bob Levin on June 21st, 2011

Categories: The Travel Debunker

The results obtained from a survey regarding vacation and traveling, conducted by an independent research company TNS, highlights an obvious answer: Money. It is evident, without a doubt, that the main concern of individuals during vacation time is the cash that is going to be spent which resultantly adds stress for the vacation planner. It is ironic how vacations are taken to relieve oneself of stress and daily tension, but planning one to do so adds to that. Budget-related decisions when planning for the affordable vacation ultimately determines the kind of experience and time a person will have.

Financial stress does not end at the initial planning stages of vacation. Impulsive shopping, spontaneous decisions or unplanned expenditures such as medical expenses all further build up the stress involved when taking a vacation. Only the privileged or the ignorant can experience what is known as a ‘stress-relief-vacation’ because obviously with limited financial freedom and budget constraint, stress is inevitable. Who in his or her right mind is capable of splashing out hundreds of dollars for an hour of stress free spa experience when you know you would have to eventually get back and make up for the spent amount. The survey also determined the fact the 64% of women and 41% of men ultimately feel guilty for vacation spending. Clearly, the added financial pressure and guilt is not worth the ‘stress reducing’ vacation experience if thought about rationally.

However, there are ways to reduce or control this unavoidable stress when planning and taking a vacation. It is highly suggested to consult a travel agency when planning a vacation. The agents turn constraint into possible options which one could only dream about within the limited budget. As travel agents usually have direct links or business relations with the major hotels and airlines, they are able to provide better and more affordable travel packages. Depending on occasions most agents also provide special offers or discounts that individuals can avail. Special or discount offers include free spa coupons, free dinner or lunch coupons, one-day adventure experience tickets, or discounted transportation to mention a few.

Another stress that most vacation takers experience is of unexpected travel expenses related to missed or cancelled flights and lost baggage or personal belongings. The smartest way to curb such expenses is to go for travel insurance. Most of the time travel insurance packages cover expenses incurred while travelling which are unplanned. With proper reasons, if a flight is missed the insurance covers the fine expense or due to some situation a flight is cancelled the expense of the possible stay at a hotel is covered. Moreover, if while travelling some personal belonging is lost such as baggage, money, credit card or official documents, the insurance covers the loss or the possible cost associated with replacing or finding the lost possession.

Conclusively, financial stress is inevitable but there are ways to reduce or eliminated such worries which can simply be done by consulting a travel agent or taking advantage of travel insurance packages. If these simple steps are followed, a perfect stress free vacation is not a distant dream.

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