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Do your new year's resolutions or intentions include the desire to travel more? If so, we can help you to do just that! Read on to discover our tips on how to travel more in 2020. Let's go!
1. Tick Up Loyalty Points
What's better than travel? Free travel! Airlines like Qantas and Virgin Australia have fantastic loyalty programs that will help you to fly for free, or at least subsidise a lot of the cost. Accumulating points is easier than you might think, especially if you have kids at home (grocery bills and petrol purchases can add to your points) or if you're a big shopper.
Choose your preferred airline and join their loyalty program - you'll earn free flights much faster if you're focussing on one loyalty program.
Once you've chosen your preferred airline loyalty program, find out which products and services will help you to earn points. For example, some credit cards and home loans can offer significant loyalty points bonuses upon signing up. Many grocery stores, chain stores, and petrol stations will also award points when you shop with them.
Airlines like Qantas and Virgin also have e-stores where you can buy from a list of popular affiliated brands and earn points on all purchases.
2. Get (or start using) Your Online Savings Account
Create an online savings account and use it! It's effortless to create an online savings account, and most people probably already have one, but the vital part to this point is that you need to use it!
Choose an allocated amount go into your online savings account every time you get paid. Make sure the amount is reasonable; if you choose an amount that's more than you can afford, it won't be sustainable. You can do it!
Set up the transfer to be automatic, if you DIY there are too many things that can go wrong (like forgetting to transfer!) and hinder your savings progress.
Remove your online savings account from your internet banking so that you can't give in and transfer the money out without going into a bank. Out of sight, out of mind - a great way to forget about this money and not to spend it on something that's not as awesome as travel!
Create a scrap book, vision board or folder on your smartphone with the images that inspire you to travel. Look at these when you're tempted to spend your travel fund!
3. Book Special Deals
Once you have enough hard-saved cash, it's time to book your holiday. Booking hot holiday deals are key to being able to travel more in 2020. You can save thousands of dollars and even up to 50% on your travel if you keep a close eye on travel specials and hot deals.
Sign up to your loyalty program emails to make sure you don't miss a cheap airfare special!
Sign up to our newsletter at https://www.traveltherapy.com.au/ to see hot travel deals each week. We often have travel deals that include no or low deposits to help you to secure your deal sooner, as well as massively discounted offers.
Travel outside of the school holidays to find the cheapest deals.
4. Book Your Annual Leave & Start Planning!
If you have the luxury of being able to drop everything and travel at short notice, then you'll be in the best position to secure cheap holidays - a lot of deals have short notice travel periods. However, if you're not someone that can pack up and go, then pre-booking your annual leave is going to be an essential factor in helping you to travel more in 2020.
If you have a destination in mind, find out when their "shoulder period" is and book your leave to be during this time. Travelling during the "shoulder period" is a great way to travel because you'll miss the high prices that come in peak season and dodge the crowds, but you'll still be going when it's a good time of year to be in that destination.
By pre-booking your annual leave you're committing yourself, you've got a definitive goal in mind which means you'll be more likely to achieve it.
Once your leave is booked, your trip will start to feel more real, bust out the maps, jump on Google or chat to a travel consultant to start planning where you want to go.
5. Think Outside the Box
Travelling more in 2020 doesn't mean that you have to go overseas or anywhere too far away. There are plenty of more affordable options and ways to travel that don't involve extended leave. Booking long weekends away, short cruises, camping trips as well as jetting off overseas are all ways that will see you travelling more in 2020.
If coming up with the cash to travel is a barrier to getting away more in 2020, consider getting on board the minimalist bandwagon, you'll find heaps of ways to save money and opportunities to sell your unused possessions!
Get a second income to help you to save - choose something flexible and will help with pocket-money. There are heaps of online websites that will allow you to work as a contractor from home, as well as services like Uber and Airtasker.
Get your calendar out and start mapping out where and when you want to get away, put it on paper, follow the tips above and get excited.