Getting ready for a new adventure? Traveling is one of the most fulfilling things one can do in life, and if you live in Dubai, visiting other countries is a breeze. Here’s how to best plan your holiday trips.

Save for for your trips
A tax-free income is great, but it often leads to overspending and a lack of budgeting. Traveling isn’t cheap, even with discounts and offers. It is often best to plan your finances ahead and set aside money for trips well in advance.
Create a savings plan. Compare your trip plan to the reality of your financial situation. Is it feasible, or are you dreaming too big? Make hard decisions to keep yourself in check. Make goals and list them in specific numbers and don’t be shy to shoot high. This savings plan should also detail how you’ll accomplish your goals. This could done by removing unnecessary expenses, setting a strict spending budget, or adding additional income to meet your goals. Cut down on those weekend binges. Yes, we know it’s a hard thing to do but trust us when we say it, a vacation will surely make up for it.

After that, it’s only a matter of implementing your plan and monitoring it.

Go bargain-hunting
Dubai is a haven for travelers. It’s centrally located, so a lot of destinations are within easy reach. A flight to London, for example, is 8 hours, which is the same amount of time as a flight to Singapore. Since it’s such an important travel hub, there are naturally several offers and bargains available. Take your pick!

The UAE also has deals with countries such as Georgia to mutually promote tourism, so residents can enjoy benefits like visas on arrival. Some of the cheapest countries to travel to from Dubai are Nepal, Georgia, Morocco, Egypt, India, Sri Lanka and Laos.

Be on the lookout for deals on sites like Holiday Factory, Yalla Banana and Groupon.

Live like a local
One of the best ways to truly experience a foreign country is to live the life of a resident. Consider Airbnb seriously rather than going for an expensive hotel stay. Not only will you save a considerable amount of money, you will also be able to immerse yourself in day-to-day life in that country.
Airbnb are in 180 countries and you can book entire apartments and houses, or just spare bedrooms allowing you the choice between having the place all to yourself or staying with and getting to know the owner.

Some other ways to truly enjoy your surroundings are to use public transportation whenever possible, and to try the local street food.

Cheat sheets
Traveling can be exciting, and in all that excitement, a lot of carefully planned things can be forgotten. To counteract this, be meticulous with your list-making.

  • Write down
  • Free things to do
  • Parks and playgrounds
  • Best walks
  • City tours
  • Day trips

There are also a lot of other resources that can make planning a trip much easier, such as-

  • Blogs / Google
  • Pinterest
  • Tourism board websites
  • Family & friends
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Guide books
  • Instagram (hashtags)
  • Sites like Trip Advisor
  • Hotel receptionist/bellboy/concierge service

We hope this guide helps you. Happy wandering!

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