Ever wondered why your ticket fare is higher than the next person sited beside you on a flight? It’s pretty simple: the person with a cheaper ticket in the same cabin has learnt over time the tricks of travelling on a budget.
For those of you who love your yearly vacation, be it a solo traveler, or with family or friends (group travels), you absolutely didn’t see the recession coming, did you? Even if you did, you definitely didn’t think the dollar to Naira exchange rate was going to ever sky-rocket so much that it would eventually disrupt your travel plans in the year 2016.
N500 to $1 was no means a small deal; it was indeed a very big deal, that saw a couple of international airlines pulling out of Nigeria and even the local ones struggled to survive. Travel in the last year took a nosedive by more than 50 percent, based on various statistics you find online. But hey, it’s 2017 and we are gradually getting our Naira back. Can I get an Amen?
To go on a vacation this year, there are things you need to know;
1. Plan Ahead: Whether you are going to London, America, Ghana, and Seychelles or anywhere else in the world, you need to plan at least 3 to 4 months ahead to make your travel less costly. This simply means destination doesn’t matter, what matters most is how your budget can accommodate your travel plans.
2. Create a Daily Travel Plan/Budget: For family travels, which usually cost more, ensure you plan every day of your trip based on your budget for the trip. Do it before you make that trip. Not having a travel plan can lead to over spending, and you don’t want that to happen – considering the fact that the school fees will be waiting to be paid by the time you return.
3. Travel with Friends: Travelling with friends is the best way to travel on a budget(in my opinion). This way you and your group of friends can pool resources, and share equal costs for every activity budgeted for during, or ahead of your trip.