Nicole Jenet of the Healthy Travel Blog notes that vacations can positively impact health and increase productivity. But how can travelers incorporate wellness into a getaway while keeping finances in check?
1. Take a walking tour
Walking tours are a great two-in-one. They are a way to affordably see a new area, and incorporate physical activity into the day. Mary Kalymnou of Maryhop, Jia Singh of Wandering for Wellness and Rebecca Shern of Minimal Wellness all write that walking tours help maintain fitness while traveling, in addition to the potential cost savings of skipping taxis or subway fares. Travel to Wellness highlights running tours, too, for a more vigorous workout.
2. Keep your travel budget separate
Stressing about money on your trip isn’t relaxing. Alexandria Drake says it’s a good idea to open a separate savings account for travel and to set up an automatic transfer with each paycheck. Keeping your finances separate can help maintain your peace of mind as you save for travel. A great way to cut back on expenses is to redeem travel rewards credit cards points when booking. Keeping your travel budget separate also allows you to really unplug when you travel, and Sam Wormser from The Salty Twig reminds us there’s nothing worse than ruining a trip because you’re overwhelmed with other things.
3. Get a side hustle
Wondering how to fund that separate savings account? Amie Tollefsrud for MindBodyGreen suggests starting a location-independent business, otherwise known as a #sidehustle. One fun idea is housesitting or pet-sitting in the location you are visiting.
Olivia Christine Perez, who blogs about her travels on O. Christine, frequently housesits for weeks at a time. Even for short getaways, pet- or housesitting can give homeowners peace of mind and allows the sitter to save on accommodation costs.
4. Work abroad
If you wish to go beyond a side hustle, you could work full time abroad as well. Alex Jaskolowska from Travel and Keep Fit has traveled to 75 countries and counting while working as a psychologist and doing research. Mairead Denton of the Healthy Travel Blog talks about becoming a yoga instructor and taking those classes abroad, too.
But above all, it’s important to remember that time is as important as money while traveling. While that doesn’t mean go wild with spending, it does mean to relax and enjoy what comes your way while traveling. Ed Harrold for Pravassa recommends if times do get chaotic, try breathing exercises or meditation. This will allow you to reset and get your mind back into why you are traveling in the first place.
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- Airline miles and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card (Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®).
- Flat-rate travel rewards: Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card (Earn unlimited 2 miles per dollar on every purchase).
- Premium travel rewards: Chase Sapphire Reserve® (Get 3 points per dollar on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases).
- No annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card (Earn unlimited 1.5 points per dollar spent on all purchases, with no annual fee).
- Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express (Get 5 points per dollar on flights booked directly with airlines or through American Express Travel, plus get access to the Global Lounge Collection). Terms Apply.
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