Have you ever been on a group trip where everyone’s budget wasn’t aligned? For example, when one friend is suggesting a luxury villa experience when the group’s median budget for this trip is a 4-star hotel? Or when no one can agree on activities so you end up doing everything just to keep the peace? What’s that sound? Oh…it’s your credit card being swiped for something you probably can’t afford to pay for in cash and something you probably didn’t want to experience in the first place. Unlike any other type a trip you take, a couple’s trip can be one of the best ones for your budget. This is true if you and your partner are pulling your money together, have shared money goals, and agree on a budget even before planning your vacation.
Selecting Your Travel Destination
It’s time for a romantic getaway but you have no idea where to go. First, you and bae should figure out what type of experience you want. Are you looking to be adventurous? Do you want to relax and decompress under palm trees and listen to the ocean? Are you even planning to leave the room? You have to consider the experience and then pick a location accordingly. If you never plan on leaving the room, then you should consider splurging on your accommodations and try to save on getting there. Think about where your money will go the furthest to giving you the travel vibes you are seeking.
Another thing to consider is the season. Sure, that Groupon vacation deal to the Caribbean looks great in October. You think to yourself how great it would be to have one last beach vacay before the end of the year. Well, the Caribbean is super cheap in the fall because it’s hurricane season and their bookings are sparse. You may be getting a great deal, but if you are planning to lounge on the beach and soak up some sun, you will be there in the wrong season. Moral of the story- do your research before settling on a location. It will save you money, time, and frustrations. Another thing to consider when traveling the world is to consider the regional and religious seasons of your destination. Channeling your inner Carrie Bradshaw and tripping to the UAE for a luxury vacay will not give you the same experience if you travel during the religious season of Ramadan. Learn your seasons and travel accordingly.
Finally, while you are doing your research, take a moment to learn about the culture. Want to frolic around in a sexy bikini on the beaches of Dubai? Well, good luck with that. While women aren’t expected to wear a hijab, you are expected to respect their culture and cover up. Your sexy bikini just turned into a one-piece swimsuit…and not those high French cut ones that the Kardashians have been rocking lately.
Getting There. Drive or Fly
Driving: I like a good road trip, especially when the Mr. and I let the top down, have a great playlist going, and only are traveling to a destination that we can get to in 4 hours or less. Apparently, for road trips, 4 hours is the magic number. According to personal finance site Mint, car drives that are four hours or under in length are usually more cost-effective than flying. If you are ever trying to figure out which option is best for your budget, try googling “Fly or Drive Calculators”. There you will find a few options that will help you determine how you will get there for the least amount of money. Related Post: Lyft Riders Earn Free Skymiles
Flying: A few years back we researched the best day to buy plane tickets and that information still rings true. Every time we buy plane tickets, I stalk Delta and watch the rates for about 2 weeks. The Mr. and I rarely will fly other airlines, because our goal is to bank as many Skymiles as possible so that when the time is right, we can use Skymiles to pay for our tickets. A few years ago when we were dating, I flew roundtrip FREE because my ticket was paid for entirely out of his Skymiles. Last month, I was able to fly to from Atlanta to St. Lucia by combining both of our Skymiles to get one FREE roundtrip ticket to our international destination.