May 3, 2022
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We know saving for a vacation can be difficult, and saving for an expensive vacation is even harder. And just because our culinary tours are, we believe, the best value to be found, that doesn’t make them inexpensive. We have had culinary dreamers follow our social media for years with only the hope of “maybe someday” trying one of our trips.
But there is no reason you can’t make that dream trip a reality.
Here are some tips for how to save for the cooking vacation of your dreams.
No matter what you are saving for, experts agree that the single most important step in starting to save is to set goals. Whether you are looking at our most expensive culinary tour or biggest bargain, knowing how much you have to save is the first step.
Of course, the second part of the goal is figuring out the timeline. Do you want to travel this year? Next year? In 2024? The longer you have to save, the easier it is. If you want to travel this year, you will have to be more aggressive in your approach.
We can run most of our tours for a minimum of 2 people (and sometimes even one). But that doesn’t mean we can’t give you a better price if there are more of you! We believe in giving the best price we can to our travelers, and if you can get a group of friends together to travel with, there is a good chance we can give you a break on the price.
Some destinations costs more than others. That is just the way of the world of travel. But within any of our destinations there will be a lot of price variation. Venice is always expensive. Venice in the off season is less expensive. Tuscany by now really has very little off season due to its popularity. Neighboring Umbria, on the other hand, is less known and can sometimes offer better pricing.
What the first three tips boil down to, of course, is to contact us for advice. We are travel experts. It is our job and our passion. If you tell us you have a $2500 budget per person, or a $5000 budget per person, we can help give you practical choices. That might mean we say, find 5 friends and go Greece in April. It might mean we say find 3 friends and go to Puglia in November. It might mean we say you can do pretty much anything! But we will help you narrow down your choices and set those goals.
The average cost of an international, round trip flight is currently around $1,370. That gives you a number to use when budgeting, but if you consult us about your air, you might be able to shave hundreds of dollars off that number, and it might just mean flying into a different city or flying on a different day of the week. We don’t do airline ticketing ourselves, but we provide our expert advice to our travelers as a courtesy, and can even get airfare quotes through our ticketing partners.
Let’s say you are hoping for a budget of $4000 per person, including air, for a week-long trip, and you want to travel October of 2023. That gives you a good 16 months to save $250 per month, and you just need to figure out where you can find that extra money each month.
Some places people can commonly find ways to cut their monthly budget are:
Remember, the first step is to set your goals. Instead of just perusing our website and dreaming, or liking our posts on social media, reach out to us. Let us help you find the trip of a lifetime!
By Peg Kern
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