The holiday travel season is upon us, and many people, both young and old, want to get away. Millennials, in particular, are known for their love of travel. But how do they afford it when the average millennial budget does not contain a whole lot of wiggle room?
If you need ideas for getting away on the cheap, read on to learn about strategies and popular tools the millennial generation is using to prioritize travel without breaking the bank.
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Dying to dive deep into exploring a new city, but do not have the budget for a month-long getaway? Get a job! No, not a higher-paying one — just one in the locale you wish to explore.
In the new gig economy, employers eagerly seek workers willing to take on temporary and contract work. Some will even assist you in finding temporary lodging. If not, apps like Airbnb and VRBO are great places to find temporary wallet-friendly digs.
Use Reward Points
Do not overlook the beauty of reward points! Tons of credit cards offer travel rewards, even if your credit is less than perfect. Always jetting off somewhere new? Seek out cards with flight rewards. Many top airlines offer credit cards that help you build points quickly.
Have a favorite hotel chain? Join their rewards program! It is usually free, and you earn points with every stay. And a person’s gotta eat! Do not overlook loyalty programs many chains such as Starbucks offer to save toward free drinks and eats.
Free travel apps can be a boon for budget travelers! Apps such as TripAdvisor help travelers find local points of interest, read reviews by other travelers and find budget accommodations in seconds.
Other apps such as Trail Wallet help you set a travel budget and gently remind you when you are going overboard. Apps like Detour help you set up walking tours with audio guides in major cities worldwide, and for the truly cash-strapped, apps such as CouchSurfing allow you to find locals willing to open their doors — and couches — so you can crash after your explorations.
Many believe travel is well out of their budget, but that’s just not true. If the generation plagued with student loan debt and some of the highest costs of living we have seen yet can monetarily prioritize seeing this beautiful world, many others probably can too! By using a bit of ingenuity along with the latest technology, people young and old alike can afford to get away and enjoy a break from the norm this holiday season or any time of year!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by PSECU, a Pennsylvania-based credit union.