I don’t know why anyone would want to win the lottery. Those people squander their money and are left worst off than before!
That’s my story and I’ll shout it from the rooftops until I win, at which time, my story changes. Until then, let’s have amazing trips without striking it rich! Here’s how:
Join Group Trips
Japan is one of those destinations that everyone wants to experience, but no one wants to pay for. Until I met other travelers online, I didn’t know anyone besides Veterans who’d been to Japan. And so I was stoked when Evita, leader of my travel tribe, announced a tribe trip to Japan.
Tickets for tribe trips sell out like MJ concerts. Luckily for me, I got a coveted spot and off to Japan I go.
Group trips are amazing because you’re able to go to exotic locals for less than you normally would. If you want to stay in an amazing penthouse apartment overlooking a waterfall (I bet you could find one on Airbnb) you can split the costs with the group and make it wayyyy more affordable. Plus, sharing the experience with others is sure to increase the value of the trip.
How about a vacation on a yacht? Split the cost among friends and the experience goes from being exclusive to inclusive.
Don’t have friends who travel? No problemo! There are tons of folks with similar interests. Search for travel groups on MeetUp.com or Facebook.
Take Advantage Of Last Minute Deals
If you’re spontaneous and like a bit of adventure, use sites like Priceline to bid for last minute deals. I was actually at the rental facility when I used Priceline for a truly last minute deal.
I waited in line for 20 minutes and when it was my turn, it took another five minutes to realize that I’d reserved my car for the WRONG day. As luck would have it, they had no rentals available that weekend.
So, I did what anyone living in this decade would do. I took out my tablet (smartphone, computer) and went to Priceline.com. I threw out a wacky, all-or-nothing bid. It was accepted and I paid less than my original reservation!
Plan Long Trips To Inexpensive Destinations
I hear that once upon a time U.S. citizens could travel with the assurance that our currency rate would pummel that of other countries.
What a joy it would have been to travel then.
Luckily, there are still places where your country’s currency is stronger.
Taking advantage of a stronger currency lets you to do more with less. And experience some of those things that only wealthy people get to enjoy like house keeping, personal chefs and private lessons.
If you’re willing to use a non-traditional lodging options, you can have long stays at any destination. Hostels and home-sharing options provide a huge cost savings. With these services, you can have millionaire length trips for a fraction of the cost.
Get Some Travel Industry Friends
I’m not saying make friends because someone mentions they work for such and such airlines (while you try to contain the rainbows bouncing within your skin), but I would suggest giving them a speed dial spot.
I was discussing travel with my boyfriend when his phone rang. On the other end of the phone was a friend who worked in the airline industry. Long story short, I was the only person he knew who was serious about travel and he offered me his companion pass!
Have you ever felt like the luckiest person in the world?
I’ve started feeling like that quite often and I attribute it to my new way of thinking. Lately, I’ve been asking for what I want, meditating on it and then making small steps to achieve it. Doors have been flying open.
Expose Someone Else To Travel
So, you get a double reward with this tip.
First, you make someone’s day. You can seriously put sunshine in someone’s life by exposing them to travel.
When my sister graduated from high school, I took her on a cruise to the Bahamas. It put a dent in my bank account, but it sparked the travel bug in her. She studied abroad in Seville and later took a trip over to London. Now, after dozens of other mini trips, she’s on her way to college in California.
Second, there is nothing that’ll compare to the feeling of joy you’ll get from giving to another. Some philosophers see charity as a selfish act because it makes the giver happy.
Who said selfish was a bad thing?
If it makes you happy, do it. If it makes you AND someone else happy, that’s even better! I also believe in karma. Keep enriching the lives of others and you’ll get richer than you could have ever imagined!
Winner or not, you can travel like you won the lottery. Travel enough, and you’ll be richer than any lottery jackpot could make you.