How to Fund Your Next Holiday

Booking a holiday can be one of the most exciting events of the year – and it doesn’t have to break the bank.

Whether you’re heading off to exotic climes on a long-haul trip, or you’re taking a package holiday to a destination closer to home, you’ll need to know your finances are in order, so you can have a worry-free time and just enjoy yourself.

Make Money Online

One great option is to make some extra money by either setting up your own online business or working for others online.

You could either create your own blog site to make money from advertising, or you could write articles for blog sites in exchange for cash.

Another great idea is to create an online shop to sell goods that you or others have produced, or you could make items to sell in other people’s shops for a profit.

Sell Unwanted Things

There are lots of websites like musicmagpie, where you can sell your unwanted stuff in exchange for cash. For more info click here.

Just have a look at what you don’t need, login for an online quote and box your things up to mail free in exchange for cash. Just make sure you don’t sell anything you might need for your dream holiday.

Put Money Aside

Now you’ve got extra money coming in, you’ll need to make sure you don’t just spend it straight away. One way to do this is to get a new bank account to put your money in, but make sure you get a decent interest rate.

Historically, interest rates are at an all-time low, which means that the cash you make from putting your money in a bank account could be close to zero or even reduce in real-terms, if the interest rate is below the rate prices increase each year.

Another option is a tax-free savings account, or you could consider fixed rate bonds. Shop around to make sure you find the best deal available.

Pay by Instalments

If you want to book your holiday well in advance to get the best deals, but don’t have the money up-front, you could apply to pay in easy monthly instalments.

This means booking the holiday and laying down an initial deposit to secure the trip. After the deposit, there will be an amount to pay, usually monthly over a fixed period, with the final amount payable just before you go on the trip.

This way can be better than credit card payments, as you won’t be paying off your holiday for months, or possibly even years afterwards – you can enjoy your holiday, knowing you won’t have debt to come back to when you get home.

Tips for travelling in comfort

Had enough of neck cricks and bad backs from long journeys? Wish you could just use your travel time to rest and refresh? Well here are some top tips to help you travel in comfort.

Luggage
If you want to travel in comfort, the first thing you should do is to pack sensibly. This is the best way to avoid breaking your back or wrenching your arm out of socket under the weight of a huge suitcase. Pack lots, but pack light. By packing plenty of lighter items like vest tops and short and long sleeved t-shirts, you can add and remove layers according to the temperature. This’ll keep you comfortably warm as well as comfortable carrying your bags.

Blanket
It’s worth including a compact fleece travel blanket to keep you warm on any long train or bus rides, especially overnight journeys. These lightweight blankets roll away into almost nothing, so you shouldn’t have any problems fitting one into your bag.

Pillows
Pillows are the simplest way of avoiding a stiff neck after a long journey, but unfortunately they tend to be bulky, so how do you find room for them? Luckily, there are some space saving alternatives to the plump duck down pillow sitting on your bed at home. The most effective are the inflatable neck pillows. They inflate to fit snugly around your neck, preventing your head from lolling into an uncomfortable position while you sleep. Once you’ve finished with it, simply deflate, roll it away and slide it into one of your bag’s side pockets until you need it again.

Shoes
Comfortable shoes are a must if you plan to do any exploring. While it might be tempting to pile in your best heels, these are hardly practical for site seeing. Converse sneakers or similar are perfect. They are snug, lightweight and pack away easily. For the evenings, some comfortable strappy shoes or good quality sandals are perfect and, again, won’t take up too much room in your bag.

Jackets
Depending on where you go, it might be worth taking a jacket. If you’re expecting spells of chilly weather, you’ll appreciate something that’s warm but lightweight like a quilted jacket. Don’t be put off by thinking they won’t be easy to pack, they won’t be too heavy to carry around.

Food and drink
Nothing is more uncomfortable than a rumbling stomach and dry mouth, so it’s a good idea to stock up on plenty of water and some nutritious and filling snacks for the journey. The last thing you want is to be stranded with no clue as to where your next meal is coming from. Long bus rides only make the occasional stop, and train and budget airline food is not cheap.

Sleeping aids
Finally, if you find it hard sleeping on long journeys, you could always use a sleeping aid. You don’t want to lose a whole day to a sleepless night. There are plenty of excellent, over the counter sleeping aids such as Night Nurse and the herbal remedy Kalms. Nothing is going to make a journey more comfortable than sleeping soundly for the duration and waking up at your destination feeling refreshed and revitalised.