It's about that time of the year, summer is coming and everybody is excited, if not even obsessed, with their upcoming trips they have made plans months ago. Over time, I've experienced different practices of managing my plans for my upcoming trips, and I have found some practices that are very useful and most helpful if you are on a tight budget or have a particular amount of days off per year that I need to follow, or if you just want to travel more for less as I like to call it.
This has been my case for over 3 years now. I have 20 paid days off per year, and in terms of money, well they're never enough! So I had to figure out a way to do more with less. Reading different articles regarding this topic and trying some of the things and also adding some I figured out myself and found out they work for me and have helped me very much over the years. Few of the tips I have already shared in articles like Tips to reduce travel costs, A guide to planning your perfect vacay in 7 steps and Accommodation made easy - grab your perfect deal!
What I've missed on these posts is explaining how I book my next vacation, the next place I'll visit. I have several steps for doing that, which now I'll share with you. Most of the time I book my trips in December and manage to fill out my whole year calendar. Making at least 4 trips with 5 nights stays and at least 1 long weekend (2-3 nights) abroad each month. You probably wonder how I manage to do one long weekend each month, wonder no more and read the post I wrote How to plan long weekend vacations.
This post is inspired by a failed Easter vacation. It was supposed to be a trip to Venice, but unfortunately due to several reasons, my plans failed and now I have to figure out another trip in the next 20 days or so.
Easter this year is on 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th of April and 1st May is a national holiday in Bulgaria. Taking the 30th of April off I have 6 free days to travel somewhere.
I have several criteria when choosing my next trip in a situation like this. First, I need to fit in the days I mentioned, e.g. from 26th April to 1st of May.
Now the first thing I always consider in this case is if there are any flights to a place I haven't been before, I don't like to go to the same place twice, though that has alredy happened to me for Rome, Lefkada and Zakynthos. The second thing I consider if I do find a place I haven't been to before is if the tickets are worth it. Remember, it's Easter so tickets might be more expensive than usual. If all of my criteriaare met, then we have a new plan! If they're not, we're back to the drawing board.
Second choice is going somewhere by car. Fuel money will most probably be much less the tickets, though they might not be, and also toll taxes can really high in some places, so we have to have that in mind as well. The main problem when going by car is the distance. I love driving, but when I need to be behind the steering wheel for more than 1000 kilometers is a pain in the ass. We also have to consider the travel time here, I the nights spent for the trip may be less, other than that we're good to go!
If the end option is travelling by car, which in my case now will be, fortunately for me I have many, many destinations to choose from, and my top picks will be Greece, of course. And so I start exploring my options for fair priced accommodation, and free rooms of course for Easter trip.
By the time I'm writing this post I still don't have and end point of my trip, but soon enough we'll see what has come out of the closet for my Easter trip.