From the Desk of the How-To Junkie for the "Traveling Junkie":
Howdy friend, who wants "to travel for vacation on a budget,"
Let me guess, you are looking for a getaway. By getaway, I mean vacation. Ah yes, the vacation that you've been dreaming about all year. Well you certainly deserved to! After all, what's the point of living and not enjoying?
Traveling offers that much needed relaxation to get away from everything with yourself or with friends and families. It allows you to clear your head and remember why life is so freaking awesome, and revitalize yourself to refocus your perspective on things.
But what's the biggest setback stopping our fellow travelers from doing it more often? Work? Time? How about the biggest hurdle of them all - money?
Let's face it, vacations don't come cheap. They cost money, but that doesn't mean you have to spend a ton of dough or lose a leg to afford it. You just may not know how to best go about it, know what to do, or are simply overwhelmed. Fret not!
On the other hand, perhaps you're one of those lucky folks who get to go on permanent vacation whenever you want and money is not an issue, but still, wouldn't you rather enjoy more savings and travel the smart way?
That's why we're focusing on the fastest way to get going on a vacation, regardless of whatever limited-vacation time you may have, and travel on a budget.
By being a "Traveling Junkie," you will know:
* How to plan a vacation fast even if you don't know where to go.
* How to find the cheapest flight deals the smart way step-by-step.
* How to book your accommodations to save tons of money.
* How to calculate your budget and not go over expenses.
* The secret insider tips only experienced savvy trailers know and do.
...and full-satisfied junkie more.
So what are you waiting for? Instead of dreaming about sipping coconut under a palm tree, be actually doing it! And send me a postcard while you're at it (even if you don't like coconut staying at some big city instead). Plan your vacation now!
Signing off. Your friend,
- The How-To Junkie
About the Author
Howdy lad or lady! Meet Howie Junkie aka the "How-To Junkie." As a best-selling author, writer, blogger, and peripatetic rolling stone, he lives for a life of knowledge, skills, and thrills. Above all, he is a never-ending seeker of truth and the "how-tos" of all things, and sharing that passion with the world. To learn more and get a hold of the How-To Junkie, go to howjunkie.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This mini-book points out that vacations can be a great time to get away and see new things but there is also a lot of stress involved in organizing everything. This guide reminds you of everything you need to know to have your vacation go over without a hitch. It reviews key elements such as: time, type of experience, booking a flight, accommodations, transportation options, activities, and especially budget. The chapters are extremely short and get right to the point. It reads like a 5-minute powerpoint presentation but it presents key questions that you need to ask yourself so you can create a realistic travel plan. The most useful parts are the websites it mentions to use to book flights. I have used several of those mentioned but there are a few I will look at next time I decide to fly international. It also mentions clearing cookies in between searches. So many people don’t do this and miss out when flights suddenly are all the same prices on every website. Chapter 3 includes very helpful information about turning a layover into a “stayover” where you get out and see the city you are staying in. Best of all there are specific prices that specific airlines charge for a tourist package. Chapter 5 is also great for remembering all the different ways to travel and save money depending on what you want to do. Overall a strong guide for planning your vacation. I would say these are things everyone should know about before they purchase their tickets or make accommodations.
Howie highlights the "to-do-task" that people should go through while planning a vacation. These 7 steps are focusing on limiting the stress even I've gone through! Planning the activities, booking a perfect flight, setting the budget, etc. When we are on vacation, WE ARE ON VACATION! Worst thing is to want relax time, and end up having to be stressed out during the planning stage. The foundation of planning is first knowing how much time do you have to escape to a place where you can enjoy some quality time off away from your normal busy schedule. The author highlights the thought of understanding what kind of vacation experience you want. This is a great tip, because you can settle for a "ok" experience or you can be creative and not have an "meh" experience. To do this, Howie suggests you take note on the desires and interests that trigger your happy emotions. Is it fun times in Vegas or lying on a beach? Once you finalize the ideal place the next steps are finding a place to sleep, how to get around once arriving, and deciding fun activities to experience. What's the next step? Budget, budget, budget!! Have you ever experience going on vacation and something great there just didn't fit your budget? It happens, a concert, show, new upscale restaurant you never been to, etc. The author explains in detail tips on taking trips to shorter distances, taking direct flights, and finding hotels that cater to families or party-type people. If you want to sleep well, the worst hotel to be is at one where the spring break party crowd goes. This leads into the “what kind of experience do you have to have?” phase. Understanding the kind of person you are will help in how you will go on vacation. Are you chill and reserved? Are you adventurous? Well again the author points out some clues to what kind of places you like according to a multiple question quiz. This survey is similar to the evaluation surveys you’d see in self-improvement or customer service reviews. That tool is great because sometimes you need to discover yourself more by evaluating what you enjoy doing on vacation. Straight to the point, this helps identify what you should pursue and not during planning the experience you want to have. The planning phase in this author’s book is started with a list of sites to go through that will help you find cheap flights. Then tips on paying attention to extra fees that pop-up! So GMBB (getting the most band for your buck) is the first step in covering yourself and making sure you are not spending too much on flight tickets. While searching for these awesome ticket deals that make you smile when you found the perfect airline, can take some time. The next tip is to clear cookies and refresh, because like you SOMEBODY else is planning to go on vacation as well and some websites will increase prices after identical searches are made. No not the mom’s homemade cookies, the cookies in your internet browser. Victor will explain, just read his book! I recommend you read Howie's book, and take down some notes!