How Your Kids Can Make Travel Magic Happen!
Remember how Peter Pan had a little helper sprinkling pixie dust to make dreams come true? Well, I've got some enchanting news for you. Your very own fairy helpers are probably running around your house right now. Yes, I'm talking about your kids!
In my previous chat with you, we unlocked one of the best-kept secrets to planning your vacations – opening up a dedicated savings account. If you haven't read it yet, go back and have a look; it's packed with handy tips that'll help you create a budget and kick-start your vacation savings in no time.
Now, let's talk about how to fill up that savings account, despite the whirlwind of family life and with no side hustle in sight. Ready for it? Bring the kids on board!
Your Roadmap to Adventure Planning
Ever caught yourself daydreaming about your next adventure but felt your wallet holding you back? Guess what? You're not alone. Better still, I have the perfect roadmap to navigate these financial crossroads while keeping your travel dreams alive.
Any financial guru worth their salt will tell you - it all begins with a good budget. Now, before you run a mile, hear me out. Budgeting doesn’t have to be as scary as scaling Everest
Let's break it down:
Step one: Kick off with calculating your income. If you have a steady salary, it's a breeze. For those with a variable income, like yours truly, working with estimates or averages will be your go-to strategy.
Step two: It's time to get up close and personal with your fixed and variable expenses. My preference is a biweekly budget, but if going month-to-month works for you, that’s wonderful.
Start your budget journey by rounding up your fixed expenses, like your mortgage or rent, phone and utility bills, car payments, and minimum debt repayments. Once you've got a handle on this, it's time to subtract these figures from your income. What you’re left with is your pot for variable expenses!
This part’s a bit of guesswork, but you've got this! Estimate your variable expenses, such as groceries, fuel, recreational costs, kids' activities, and of course, pet pampering. Review this at the end of each month or pay period to understand your spending patterns.
Step three: Achieve a zero balance on your budget. This is where the magic happens. If you’ve got loose change left after all your expenses are covered, it's time to pile it into your savings or further reduce your debt. In the world of finance, we call this the zero-based budgeting method.
If you already have a smooth-running budget mechanism, that's fabulous! Just tie in your savings goal to your current budget and designate an amount every month (or biweekly) towards your 'Shine under the Disney fireworks fund.'
Remember, savings and debt pay-offs should be at the top of your plan.
But, wait, there's more! Let's supercharge that vacation fund with these savvy tips:
Tip #1: If you’ve just cleared a payment obligation, like a car loan or credit card, reign in the urge to breathe easy. Instead, redirect that same payment toward your vacation savings account. It's like you're paying yourself for all the fun awaiting!
Tip #2: To keep the vacation savings untapped, set up a dedicated account and schedule automatic transfers. I highly recommend opening a high-yield savings account where your money does some additional heavy lifting. Look at banks like Ally, Capital One 360, or Dollar Savings Direct for easy set-up.
Tip #3: Declare all "surprise" money as dedicated vacation fund boosters. Think tax refunds, work bonuses, mystery checks, and even that $10 bill you found inside your winter coat! Make all these unexpected treasures part of your vacation fund.
Now here's the ultimate hack to saving big on your trip: Commit to it NOW! It's no secret that as time passes, prices skyrocket. So why stall when we can start planning your dream vacation right away.
Start by scheduling a call with yours truly. Let's embark on the journey to making your travel dreams come true, one budget plan at a time!
Dreaming alongside you!
Here we are, waltzing into February, and I've got something really close to my heart that I want to chat with you about. Yes, it's time to blend dreams with plans, and who doesn't get a little thrill from that thought as we step further into the New Year?
There's something almost magical about a brand-new year unfolding before us, don't you think? It's like being handed a fresh, unwritten book filled with possibilities and adventures waiting to be discovered. So, what story are we going to write on those pages for 2024?
Traveling to Walt Disney World can be a dream come true for many families. From character meet-and-greets to thrilling rides and fireworks shows, it’s no surprise that millions of people worldwide visit this magical destination each year. With so much to see and do, planning a Walt Disney World vacation can be overwhelming. There is a lot to consider, from choosing the right accommodations and restaurants to navigating the theme parks. This is why paying for the services of a travel professional to plan a Disney vacation is the best option for families who want to make the most of their trip.
If you are comparing Disney Cruise Line prices to other cruise lines, you may be a little shocked by the price. But you are not comparing apples to apples because with Disney Cruise Line, you get SO MUCH MORE!
Other cruise lines will nickel and dime you, but being on a Disney Cruise is like being at an All-Inclusive Resort. . .but at sea.
Disney means quality, so you have a much better value for your money as well.
Disney will be releasing their Early 2024 Itineraries SOON!
I know you are so busy thinking about back to school and the upcoming holidays that this is the furthest thing from your mind.
But I also know you want the best value for your hard-earned vacation dollars.
I just realized that in eight short weeks we will be in Universal! I have not started packing, barely started planning, and am so busy I don't have time to worry about it!
While it is great to be having enough business that I can say that (after the past two years the travel industry as had!) I feel bad!
I'm not completely unprepared, I mean my Universal box and luggage is where I can get it. The lanyards with our annual passes are where they are supposed to be (although until they are marked off my list I will still panic about it!) All our dining reservations are made, and a semi touring plan has been made. I've checked the hours for the week we will be there and the whole week has early hours for both parks.
And I am sending myself the complete set of emails for both first timers and old timers to Universal, so my travel agent (ahem ... me!) is keeping me on top of changes that are rapidly happening in Universal, but I just feel like I should be doing more.
With all the crazy 'stuff' happening in the world today, I thought we should revisit this topic!
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Another year has come and gone. Every year people make tons of resolutions.
Exercise more. Eat better. Be a better (fill in the blank). Spend more time with my family. And on and on.
Everyone gets busy and things you meant to do get lost in the endless ‘work’, and suddenly you forget that trip you had meant to plan with your family until it was too late to get what you really wanted or you end up spending way more money than your budget liked. I can relate!
This year, how about you make some resolutions that are more fun. Ones that you can easily keep for a longer period of time. And, maybe include some of those other resolutions that often get pushed to the background.
That’s right. It is as simple as TRAVEL. Want to spend more time with your family? Travel with them. Want to Exercise more? Travel to a beautiful location that will scream “get out and enjoy!” Want to save money? Book your travel EARLY! Want to be pampered? Cruise! Want to catch up on some reading? Travel to a nice beach resort.
Yes, it really IS that easy, and I’m here to help. I plan amazingly stress free family vacations for busy families who want a magical getaway before the kids are too old to enjoy it!
Yes, I do Disney and Universal, but I do so much more! Are you looking to cruise? How about a Caribbean All Inclusive? Yes, I can do that and so much more!
Ready to get started?
Give me a call at 770-207-0135 or email at Jeanne@JMorrisTravel.com.
Vacationers from all around the world flock to this beautiful Caribbean island for the warm beautiful weather. The beaches in Cuba are simply magnificent! The warm climate and turquoise waters invite tourists throughout the year. Cuba has plenty of fantastic beach resorts where you can kick back and relax while enjoying a delicious mojito. Here are five great Cuban beaches to consider visiting on your next trip to Cuba.
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