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20 Feb 2017

How to Travel while sticking to your budget

by RAKBANK

Everyone deserves a getaway once in a while. Its gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our routine life, relax our body & mind and even helps in increasing our knowledge. Plus, it gives us an opportunity to spend quality time with our loved ones and create some beautiful memories. However, many of us struggle with one question when planning a vacation - how do you go on a vacation without spending a fortune on it? In fact, when it comes to travelling, expenditure is one of the most common concerns.

 
So how do you travel on a budget? We have compiled a list of 5 useful tips to help you plan your next trip. Here they are:


1) Compare airfares: A good place to start budgeting is your airfare. The cost of Airline tickets takes up almost 20-30% of your travel budget. Check out all the major aggregator sites available including expedia.com, makemytrip.com, etc. to compare airfares and get the best one possible. As a RAKBANK customer, you can also enjoy discounts and deals offered by our partners such as Al Rostamani Travel, Musafir.com, Cleartrip.com, SNTTA, Asfar Travels and more. 

 

2) Opt for an AirBnb apartment or staying with locals:  Holiday Accommodation is another expense that constitutes a significant part of your budget. The good news is that there are numerous ways to find good accommodation while sticking to your budget. Organisations such as AirBnb, Booking.com, etc offer apartments worldwide with various options such as house-sitting, sharing, etc. These apartments are sometimes available at a lower cost as compared to a hotel accommodation. Especially, when you're travelling in a large group, renting apartments and condos ends up being way cheaper. There are various other ways by which you can access low cost accommodation - In Europe you can stay in hostels/dorms; can house-sit; can stay with locals for free using sites such as Couchsurfing and more.

 

3) Travel off-season: One of the best ways to save on your travels is to take a holiday during the off-peak season. Most of the travelling related expenses such as airline tickets, accommodation, etc. are slightly higher (20-40%) during peak season and hence travelling during off-peak season can reduce your total holiday expenses considerably.

 

4) Opt for city & transport day passes: We rarely plan a holiday just to go and stay inside a hotel or apartment - Sightseeing is one of the top most activities on our to-do list. Most city landmarks, museums and must-see places around the world have a certain entry charge. However, you can save a lot on these transportation and entry expenses with just a bit of research. Most cities in Europe offer museum passes and transportation day passes wherein you pay a fixed amount and can roam around as much as you want. Most of the famous tourist destinations offer free walking tours too - it's a great way to see the city and decide what you'd like to explore further while sticking to a budget.

 

5) Carry your RAKBANK HighFlyer Platinum Credit Card: A Credit Card can save on your travel losses by providing fraud protection and secure transactions. Additionally, major credit cards offer added services such as Complimentary Airport Lounge Access, Chauffeur rides, Complimentary vouchers and more. The RAKBANK High Flyer Platinum Credit Card gives you all these benefits and lets you spend and travel for FREE. Unlike Airline co-brand Credit Cards, HighFlyer Platinum Credit Card is not restricted to any particular airline; rather you will have the choice of selecting any airline from the list of 300+ airlines for travel at the time of redemption. Additionally, you can also choose from a wide range of 300,000+ hotels and other travel experiences. Moreover, there are no 'black-out' periods while redeeming RAKrewards for travel tickets. In addition, you will earn the specific airline loyalty miles at the time of redemption for air tickets through RAKrewards.ae. Click here to view some of the other services provided by the card.


Armed with these tips, you should be able to travel to your preferred destination without burning a hole in your pocket. A vacation can be for one month, two-weeks or just a few days, but with a little bit of research, a bit of planning and your RAKBANK HighFlyer Platinum Credit Card, you will be able to sail through the expenses without any worries.
Bon Voyage!  


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How to Travel while sticking to your budget

20 Feb 2017

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Everyone deserves a getaway once in a while. Its gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our routine life, relax our body & mind and even helps in increasing our knowledge. Plus, it gives us an opportunity to spend quality time with our loved ones and create some beautiful memories. However, many of us struggle with one question when planning a vacation - how do you go on a vacation without spending a fortune on it? In fact, when it comes to travelling, expenditure is one of the most common concerns.

 
So how do you travel on a budget? We have compiled a list of 5 useful tips to help you plan your next trip. Here they are:


1) Compare airfares: A good place to start budgeting is your airfare. The cost of Airline tickets takes up almost 20-30% of your travel budget. Check out all the major aggregator sites available including expedia.com, makemytrip.com, etc. to compare airfares and get the best one possible. As a RAKBANK customer, you can also enjoy discounts and deals offered by our partners such as Al Rostamani Travel, Musafir.com, Cleartrip.com, SNTTA, Asfar Travels and more. 

 

2) Opt for an AirBnb apartment or staying with locals:  Holiday Accommodation is another expense that constitutes a significant part of your budget. The good news is that there are numerous ways to find good accommodation while sticking to your budget. Organisations such as AirBnb, Booking.com, etc offer apartments worldwide with various options such as house-sitting, sharing, etc. These apartments are sometimes available at a lower cost as compared to a hotel accommodation. Especially, when you're travelling in a large group, renting apartments and condos ends up being way cheaper. There are various other ways by which you can access low cost accommodation - In Europe you can stay in hostels/dorms; can house-sit; can stay with locals for free using sites such as Couchsurfing and more.

 

3) Travel off-season: One of the best ways to save on your travels is to take a holiday during the off-peak season. Most of the travelling related expenses such as airline tickets, accommodation, etc. are slightly higher (20-40%) during peak season and hence travelling during off-peak season can reduce your total holiday expenses considerably.

 

4) Opt for city & transport day passes: We rarely plan a holiday just to go and stay inside a hotel or apartment - Sightseeing is one of the top most activities on our to-do list. Most city landmarks, museums and must-see places around the world have a certain entry charge. However, you can save a lot on these transportation and entry expenses with just a bit of research. Most cities in Europe offer museum passes and transportation day passes wherein you pay a fixed amount and can roam around as much as you want. Most of the famous tourist destinations offer free walking tours too - it's a great way to see the city and decide what you'd like to explore further while sticking to a budget.

 

5) Carry your RAKBANK HighFlyer Platinum Credit Card: A Credit Card can save on your travel losses by providing fraud protection and secure transactions. Additionally, major credit cards offer added services such as Complimentary Airport Lounge Access, Chauffeur rides, Complimentary vouchers and more. The RAKBANK High Flyer Platinum Credit Card gives you all these benefits and lets you spend and travel for FREE. Unlike Airline co-brand Credit Cards, HighFlyer Platinum Credit Card is not restricted to any particular airline; rather you will have the choice of selecting any airline from the list of 300+ airlines for travel at the time of redemption. Additionally, you can also choose from a wide range of 300,000+ hotels and other travel experiences. Moreover, there are no 'black-out' periods while redeeming RAKrewards for travel tickets. In addition, you will earn the specific airline loyalty miles at the time of redemption for air tickets through RAKrewards.ae. Click here to view some of the other services provided by the card.


Armed with these tips, you should be able to travel to your preferred destination without burning a hole in your pocket. A vacation can be for one month, two-weeks or just a few days, but with a little bit of research, a bit of planning and your RAKBANK HighFlyer Platinum Credit Card, you will be able to sail through the expenses without any worries.
Bon Voyage!