When you’re looking for a break, but you don’t want to break the bank, you might start to think that some warm sunny beaches are beyond you. And of course, traveling from the world’s busiest city is going to cost even more, right? Well, it is possible to travel from New York to the sunny coral sands of Bermuda on a budget. No, it’s not free, but it’s not going to hurt if you take advantage of these key travel tips:
Set Up At Home To Get Away
Planning kind of goes against that last-minute getaway most of us try to take advantage of. After all, last-minute fares are supposed to be cheaper, right? You might be more likely to end up with a travel disaster if you book late. Some airlines overbook to make sure every seat is taken. Chances are it’s you that gets bumped to another flight that won’t be nearly as convenient.
Book a little ahead to take advantage of good prices and better availability. It also gives you the chance to make sure your home is taken care of in your absence. Pets can go into boarding, and your boss won’t go mad that you’ve gone away with no notice. Flights with a week to go might cost under 450 dollars round trip, and a non-stop flight will have you touching down in under 2 ½ hours.
When you get there, your biggest bill is likely to be for accommodations. Fortunately, there are plenty of choices. Options like Airbnb can save you a fortune. Of course, a hotel also saves you cleaning and cooking too. For a quick break on a budget, be prepared to accept cheaper accommodations. You’re there for the sun, the beach, and the surf, right? The bedroom shouldn’t matter too much.
Eating out might save you a small fortune on food costs if you choose local spots. Like most tourist hotspots, though, you can always find street vendors and popular fast food restaurants nearby. If you’re willing to eat this way, then you might save some money on your meals. But if you’re enjoying the sun then you will probably want lighter meals and more drinks. Consider how far your budget needs to stretch.
If New York is cold when you leave, then dig out your summer fashions and bikinis for your trip to Bermuda – there is plenty to do there besides the beach! The weather is (usually) warm and dry for the most part. You’ll want a sun hat and sunscreen too. If you’re not using a hotel, pack a spare beach towel. Sunglasses are a good idea, but do make a point of checking out the true color of those sands! You don’t get to see beaches like that every day.
Of course, you don’t have to do all the tourist things or go out partying every night. A break away can be a quiet time with a good book, that is my personal favorite idea. If your idea is to have a lot of fun, budget wisely to avoid coming home with a scary credit card bill. Are you ready for a break away?
Have you ever dropped everything for a quick trip away? Do you have more tips to add to my list? Tell me more in the comments below! I’m waiting to hear from you.
Until our next rendezvous…
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