Saving for a Vacation Can Be Easy with These 3 Tips!

BY: - 6 Jan '15 | Travel

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If you’ve made the ‘New Years’ resolution to travel in 2015, you’re not alone.  There are a few things you’ll have to put into action to actually save for a vacation in 2015, but you can do it!  The vacation of your dreams is waiting but there’s one crucial thing that you have to do to successfully save for your vacation and that’s change your mindset.

By changing your mindset, I mean you’re going to have to accept and believe that vacations are necessary to your health and well-being.  We have to stop thinking that vacations are not important and can be quickly eliminated if something more important comes up.

Vacations are more than just great trips out of town.  Vacations and getaways are great stress relievers, help you build closer relationships, improve your mental health (by reducing stress) and they lower your chance of burn out. So the next time someone tells you not to go on vacation remind them a ‘vacation does the body good!’

In addition to changing your mindset we have a few more tips to help you achieve your goal of saving for a vacation this year.

  • Be realistic with your savings amount. You and only you, know the amount you can afford to save for a vacation without negatively impacting your budget.  Being realistic with your vacation destination will help you be realistic with how much you can actually save.
  • Incorporate it into your budget. Add your vacation savings amount into your monthly budget.  Re-work your budget and actually write it in as a line item.  Remember everything is attainable if you budget for it.
  • Don’t trust yourself! Don’t trust yourself with the notion that you won’t spend your vacation savings if you add it to your regular savings account. Avoid temptation by opening a separate account without a debit/ATM card. Consider an online savings account or a ‘vacation fund’ account at your local credit union.

Always create a plan that is most beneficial to you and your family.  Remember if “you fail to plan, plan to fail!”  The vacation of your dreams is waiting!

Happy travels!

BMWK, where is one vacation spot you desire to visit?

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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Will You Take the Travel Gratitude Challenge?

BY: - 13 Jan '15 | Travel

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Everyone is in resolution mode and “this is the year to do things differently and better” mindset.  Are you extending your resolution mode to your travels this year? We want this to be the year of gratitude in travel. We challenge you to add one important thing to your travels this year. It’s not a new gadget, app or piece of luggage. We want to encourage you take the ‘travel gratitude challenge’ in 2015 and for years to come!

What’s the ‘travel gratitude challenge?’  Well, it’s the act of showing your appreciation by leaving a tip or gift for your hotel housekeeping staff while traveling.  We’re not saying you don’t tip hotel staff when you travel, but we want to make you aware that hotel housekeeping staff are often overlooked or receive no recognition for their work. It’s an out of sight, out of mind reality and they are often overworked and underpaid. Yet the housekeeping staff is the highest revenue generating department in a hotel.

Marriott hotels started the “Envelope Please” program, that encourages guests to tip if they are satisfied with the housekeeping service they received.  Let’s take it a little farther.  Yes, you can tip the recommended $1-$5 per night stay, and/or you can really show your gratitude with a special gift.  I am pledging to do both and now travel with a few items to make a gift bag.

When I was in San Antonio, Texas last year, my roommates and I left our housekeeper a monetary gift and a fabulous gift bag of goodies. The gift bag included a mini travel bath set, gift card to a coffee house and a few CDs. Our goal was to really make our housekeeper feel the love because she did a fabulous job for us daily. Here are a few gift suggestions to show your gratitude.

  • Gift cards to a popular eatery/fast food restaurant or coffee house (i.e. Starbucks).
  • Gift cards that can be used at a variety of stores/restaurants.
  • Mini travel bath sets (i.e. minis from Bath & Body Works).
  • Movie passes/gift cards.

It doesn’t have to be extravagant or something from ‘Oprah’s Favorite Things’ list, just a little something to show your gratitude and appreciation for a job well done.  Remember to let the front desk know that you appreciated the housekeeping staff’s work and that you left something for them in the room.  If you want to recognize a specific staff member, leave the gratuity and the gift at the front desk.

BMWK, Will you join us and take our ‘travel gratitude challenge?’

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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