7 Ways to Save on Summer Travel
It’s time to start thinking about those epic summer vacation plans, people. Sure, it’s high season and hotels plus flight costs are sky high, but trust us when we say there are ways to save a pretty penny on travel this year. Need some guidance on how to keep those dollars from flying out of your wallet? We’ve got 7 tips on how to save you dough while you’re seeing the sights and taking in the R&R.
1. Follow the exchange rate: Be strategic and book a vacation to a country where the dollar is strong, like the EU. Our currency is currently stronger than it has been in a long, long time. In fact, it’s enjoying its fastest rise in 40 years. The Euro, for one, is 18% cheaper than it was in the first quarter of 2014, making most European countries an actual reality for US travelers for the first time in years. If you want the complete list of uber-exchange-rate-friendly spots, check out these 5 Vacations Spots That Offer the Biggest Bang for Your Buck.
2. Workation: If you’re flexible with plans, try working while on vacation for cheap to nearly free accommodations. It’s a great way to meet people and save a pretty penny. Work on organic farms and get free lodging via Worldwide Organization for Organic Farms or volunteer with non-profit organizations like Quetzaltrekkers or GoEco. If you live the freelance life, you can use a service like Caravanserai to help you find lodging for longer-term stays abroad.
3. Pick the cheapest times to travel: Cheap flight prices are available the first week of June and after mid-August. When it comes to scheduling, try mid-week flights. You can save almost $40 on average by flying Tuesday or Wednesday. Get the full details here.
4. Stay up to date on the latest deals: Keep your pulse on the latest deals. Use apps like Google Flights, Skiplagged or Hopper to save up to as much as 40% on flights. There is a lot you can do to score those cheap-y flights. In fact, we’ve sniffed out 15 Ways to Land Cheap Plane Tickets, and we’ll happily share the inside scoop with you.
5. Stay in a private room of a hostel: You can get all the same amenities of a hotel in a hostel. If you’re traveling with a group, you can opt for a private room. And many hostels even have private bathrooms attached.
6. Try package deals: While it requires a bit of research, looking for package deals may help you save on rental cars, flights and accommodations. Costco Travel, for one, has great deals.
7. Go minimal: Bring one carry-on bag to save on fees (learn how with these 7 Essential Packing Tips for Traveling With Just a Carry-On), do hikes and nature walks instead of art galleries and museums. Cook at your hostel to save money on food, or grab a sandwich from a local grocery store. The little things add up.
Have any other tips on how to save on travel? Let us know in the comments below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.