Yes, You Can Go On Vacation Even If You're Not Independently Wealthy

Chris and I have been talking about going on vacation for a while. Now that we’ve both been working for a while and are real adults (or something) we’re ready to head out on our own trip. The only trouble is, it’s kind of a challenge to go on vacation when you don’t make much money.

However, it is not impossible. Here’s how:

We’ve been looking at a site called Cheap Caribbean. The site offers great all-inclusive packages, we’ve even found some for as low as $850. They also let you split up your payments, which is a huge perk. Chris’s mom has used the site before and has had good luck with it. Pricing for trips really depends on the time of year that you’re hoping to vacation. I’m sure school breaks play a role (more people want to travel during certain weeks of December when the kiddos are off from school, for example) but the weather in the region during that time also impacts pricing. For example, during the rainy season, prices drop. Before you book, do a little Googling to find out what the weather is like in the area during that time. For instance, I assumed that September would be the perfect time to travel to the Dominican Republic, not realizing that it’s actually  tropical storm season. Obviously the entire month of September isn’t full of tropical storms all the time, but it’s something to consider as you’re making your arrangements. Travel insurance is probably worthwhile.

Jet Blue Getaways also offers some travel packages that are affordable. They feature all-inclusives too, which I think are a good deal if you’re vacationing on a budget. I’ve never done an all-inclusive package before, but when you think about all of the money you spend on food and drinks when you’re on a trip, it makes sense that this would be the most affordable way to travel.

Lastly, I’ve spotted some good deals on Groupon Getaways too. Though they’re not as cheap as the ones you’ll find on Cheap Caribbean, they still make taking a vacation more affordable. Though, like with any Groupon, you’ll need to jump on those deals in order to get the offer. I’ve also read that Kayak offers good hotel and airfare packages, but they don’t feature all-inclusives so it can become a little bit too expensive if you’re looking to keep it within a certain limit. SniqueAway is another site to keep your eye on if you’re looking for trips. They offer discounted hotel stays at some really nice spots, so it’s worth signing up for the e-mails.

The one thing that makes me nervous is spending all this money on a vacation and not knowing what the hotel will look like when we arrive. Cheap Caribbean provides pretty detailed reviews of the hotel, but you can also use sites like Trip Advisor to find out what other people are saying. If you see tons of negative reviews, you may want to look elsewhere. If you just see a few, remember that it’s usually disgruntled people who are writing these. The happiest customers usually don’t bother to rave about their experience.

Are you planning a trip in the future? Any budget-friendly tips I should know about?

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  1. Great resources! I usually find the flights on Vayama are cheaper compared to most other booking engines. And if you’re willing to slum it a little, Couchsurfing can save you tons of money on accommodation – plus it’s a great way to find out about cool places directly from locals.

    • ljmlevine says:

      Thanks, Jessica! I hadn’t heard about Vayama, so that’s good to know. I’ve heard about Couchsurfing, but you bring up a good point about getting insight from the locals when you visit a new place. Seeing a new place is great, but it can be hard to know exactly what you should see and what you can skip. Thanks for the advice!

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