As travel season gets into full swing and people start planning the first real vacation that they’ve had in more than a year, lockdown weary folks everywhere wonder how to cover the associated costs after a year of less-than-maximum income. Should you cancel your plans and sit this one out, or search every nook and cranny for a way to make it happen?
For the purpose of long-term mental well-being, sitting it out is not really an option. Vacations, even short ones, are a necessary part of the lifelong quest to maintain a sound mind and positive attitude. So, consider going somewhere, anywhere just to get away. Four-day weekends at a nearby resort, a family jaunt to the closest theme park, or just a week in a remote mountain cabin doing absolutely nothing are worthwhile options. Where will the money come from if you’re already a little short this year? Here are a few ideas that work for many prospective vacationers on a budget.
Sell Your Stuff Online
Hold a virtual garage sale by leveraging every major and minor online sales outlet. Aim to unload anything you haven’t used in a year or more, as well as unneeded clothing, appliances, sporting goods (used sports gear is a fast seller), collections, jewelry, art, and gadgets. Leave no stone unturned when searching attics, garages, basements, and storage sheds.
Trade Forex Part Time
Even if you know nothing about foreign exchange trading (usually known as forex trading), you can get up and running with an account and all the tutorials you need to get started earning money. The learning curve is short, and an excellent way to begin is to read through this guide by Easymarkets, which explains the key points. After a week or two of practice, you can sock away extra income working as many or as few hours per week as you want.
Use Home Equity
For major trips, many homeowners leverage the equity they’ve built up in their houses over the years. Often, lenders can do a fast turnaround loan and put cash in your hands within a few business days. Of course, the longer you’ve been paying on the mortgage, the more you’ll be able to borrow to finance a vacation.
Get a Temporary or Part-Time Job
Now that the lockdown restrictions have lessened, there are a lot more part-time and temporary, in-person jobs in most cities. Or, you can opt to work online as a tutor, virtual assistant, or proofreader. Right now, jobs of all kinds are plentiful, which is good news for anyone looking to spend a month or two saving for a trip by taking a part-time position.
Put It on Plastic
The last, and least attractive method is to simply charge it for repayment later. Actually, this method works relatively well if you have a card with a higher-than-average limit and a low interest rate. The trick of using plastic to finance your excursion is to be disciplined about paying off the excess balance as quickly as possible, like within six months from incurring the charges.