While getting vaccinated for Covid-19 has opened many doors back up again, many of us are still rightfully against the idea of wandering too far away from home. After trying to stay safe for so long, the thought of a long flight abroad from which you might not be able to return home on time (due to last minute flight cancellations), doesn’t set a great vacation mood.
However, you can’t let this summer pass without some well-deserved relaxation. So, if you decide to stay in the UAE this summer, here is how you can budget for it. The best part about it is that you get to enjoy your time without purging your savings; your wallet will thank you for it!
Calculate what you are willing to spare
The first step to budgeting for any treat starts with calculating your monthly expenses and figuring out what you can safely spare. Even though you are staying in the UAE, it is a holiday, and you will be spending more money than you would regularly, but that doesn’t mean that you have to set aside an extravagant amount. The idea is to calculate a budget and stick to it, so you don’t go over-board.
This step will also help you make your following decisions, such as whether you want to book a room at a hotel or an Airbnb. It’ll also serve as a guide for when you’re planning the activities.
Researching and finding the best deals
Researching is the next important bit that will help you enjoy your holiday. Start researching as early as you can to find the best offers. While accommodation costs the most and should be the primary focus of your deal-hunting, do not forget the budget and whether it will be enough to cover the entertainment/ activities, food, and hotel stay. You might want to consider either increasing the budget or letting go of some expensive activities. You can also stay at home instead of the hotel experience but it all depends on the budget that you set and the experience that you would like to have this summer.
If you don’t know where to start looking for deals, your credit card likely has a bunch of offers for you to make use of whether it’s hotel, entertainment/ activities, or food offers. The key point is that you should do a thorough research before setting the plan. In addition, be sure to read the terms and conditions of the offers as some offers exclude weekends, public holidays etc. So, make sure you read the T&Cs to avoid last minute surprises.
Planning and final decisions
Once you’ve researched and found the available options, you can pick what fits your budget the best. Whether that’s heading to a hotel or simply coming home each night while you explore the UAE; the previous steps will help you figure out what’s perfect for you.