Travel Like the Rich and Famous

By: Ronald W. Firquain

First, you need the money to travel. Air travel and cruises can be expensive, so the safest bet is for you to earn as much money as you can. You can start by making money online. Sure, this is a long shot, but it can give you a lot of residual income that you can use as you assemble your travel itinerary and live your dreams. There are many ways to make money online: you can put up a website or blog, and write really useful content, and then apply to be paid to write such content; you can post affiliate links or ads on your site, so that you can get commissions each time your visitors click on these links or ads; or you can simply put up your own business and market products or services.

Supplement this income by keeping your day job and by saving a lot of money. Set aside a couple of hundreds each week as your special traveling fund. Make a habit of setting this money aside, and have no excuse whatsoever to take anything out of that fund. Always keep in mind that traveling is an investment in your mind traveling widens your horizons and makes you more acquainted with other cultures; traveling makes you dream about the things that you do not have yet, but it can also make you more aware of and appreciative of the things that you do have. If you have this mindset about traveling, you will not have a difficult time setting money aside.

Always be on the lookout for budget tours and travel packages that can help you save money. Many famous locations, such as Rome, Venice, Madrid, Cannes, the French Riviera, and Monaco can be expensive to go to, but because they are so popular, it will only be a matter of time before more and more packages are offered for such locations. Ask your local travel agent about travel rates to these places so that you have a benchmark to determine whether a travel package or budget tour will really save you money.

Check out the websites of airlines, as many airlines offer their own package tours, complete with hotel stays. Such tours can save you money on both tours and airfare, so be on the lookout for bargains. See if you can get discounts on tickets, especially if you book months, or even a year in advance. Discounts can help you travel to your dream location in the first place, so that all you have to worry about are accommodations and tours.

Be on the lookout online for new hotels and pension houses at your favored destination. They can offer you discounts, perhaps even day tours or walking tours of your destination city. One school of thought is that you can stay at a budget pension house because all you need to do is sleep there traveling like the rich and famous need not entail sleeping like the rich and famous, as you can still save enough money to eat out at good restaurants or buy luxury items from your traveling location of choice.

Another school of thought involves reaching out to people who can be your friends at the destination of choice. Look for people online who live at the locations you want to go to. Make new friends, widen your digital social circle, and communicate with these people regularly. The natives of a place might not be able to offer you their homes for you to sleep in, but they can recommend good places for you to shop in, rent rooms at, or visit when you finally get your tickets to visit them.

Traveling like the rich and famous can be easy if you have a few tricks up your sleeve. If you know how to save money before and during your trip, and if you know how to use your money wisely, you can have the travel package you have always dreamed about.

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