Affordability is one of the most common factors that gets in the way of many people taking their dream trip to some far-off destination. Sadly, many will put that trip off for years and even decades because it just never seems within reach. To parents, the cost of bringing the whole family along while ditching work for a week or two runs a pretty hefty tab. To younger adults likely to travel solo or with close friends, funds are easily limited by old student loans and entry-level career salaries. This leads to money-saving travel hacks being a very popular wanderlust Google search.
Try for yourself. Searches like Cheapest Ways to Travel, How Can I Travel on $X a Day?, and Budget Travel Hacks will return an endless list of tips to make travel more affordable. And while these lists are valuable to those who apply their advice, it takes just one word to explain why top suggestions like “stay in a hostel,” “travel offseason,” or “be flexible on your travel dates” won’t work for everybody: compromise.
If your dream vacation is a surf trip somewhere in the Indian Ocean, saving a few bucks by going during Bali’s flat season isn’t going to cut it. If you’ve been dreaming of waking up with your better half in a Mediterranean Villa for years, why settle for a run-down hostel in Greece? And if the kids have been asking for a winter break ski trip in the Sierras, well, your travel dates are going to be confined to their slim holiday window away from school. Suddenly, adding up all these compromises makes a dream trip sound less dreamy, doesn’t it?