When was the last time you took a much-deserved vacation? Over-worked and under-relaxed, we are a society in need of some time off, stat. But who can afford it? If you plan right, YOU can! Here is a step-by-step guide to taking a $1000 vacation.
Go to skyscanner.com. Enter your home airport in the From field, and “Everywhere” in the To field. Smile at your spontaneity.
If you’re feeling really daring, choose “Whole Month” rather than “Specific Date” for your departure/return, and click on “Cheapest Month”. A scroll down menu will allow you to see the lowest price in each month to help determine how long you’re willing to wait for your break.
Marvel at your shockingly affordable and exciting options. Some roundtrip examples include:
LA to Mexico City, Mexico in January – $178
LA to Vancouver, Canada in June – $216
LA to Reykjavik, Iceland in May – $308
NY to San Juan, Puerto Rico in Dec – $193
NY to Havana, Cuba in March – $212
NY to Cartagena, Colombia in May – $327
Choose the top 3 destinations in the $300 or under range that interest you, and scour Airbnb your home away from home. Throw your hostel aversion out the window and google search “boutique hostel (city)”. You may be surprised at your chic and affordable options.
Like this panoramic view studio in Mexico City for $33/night:
Or a room in this dreamy casa particular in Havana for $53/night:
Or this poolside getaway in Cartagena for $43/night:
Determine a daily budget by multiplying the number of days you plan to stay by the nightly accommodation price. Add the flight price. Make sure to check the airline website for baggage fees! Subtract the total from $1000.
7 nights in Mexico City x $33/night = $231
$231 AirB&B + $178 flight from LA = $409
$1000 total vacation – $409 = $591 spending money
$591 / 7 = $84. This is your daily budget!
If you are traveling with a partner and can divide that accommodation cost in half, your spending money goes up to over $100 a day!
Consult your favorite review sites, such as Yelp and TripAdvisor, for local restaurants and their typical prices. Seek out activities you want to do most to get an idea of what they cost. Find out local bus and/or Uber prices for trips within the area.
An average day might look like this:
Breakfast – $10
Lunch – $15
Dinner – $20
Transportation – $10
Entertainment – $40
Gratuity – $5
TOTAL = $100
And voila! Grab a friend, book some flights, and take that much needed vacation for a cool grand. Next month, or whenever it’s cheapest. Bon voyage!
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