Taking along and relaxing international vacation is an ideal way to explore this amazing planet. While on vacation, you get an opportunity to unwind, have exciting experiences, meet new people, eat different cuisines, and spend quality time with family and friends.
Antarctica is one of those remote destinations that many of us dream about, but only a few can actually take it. Given that such a vacation starts from about $10000, sound money management goes a long way in helping to achieve this dream. Here are a few guidelines to follow if you are itching to take a vacation to Antarctica or to any other destination far-off from India.
Engage in Pre-Trip Money Management
A well-planned and well-funded vacation is more likely to be memorable. Short weekend excursions require little planning or funding, but most overseas vacations require both. To make sure that you are not left wanting during a long vacation, it’s necessary to start a dedicated travel fund. Periodic contribution should be made to the travel fund and money shouldn’t be removed from the account until that cherished trip is booked!
Money for a long trip can also be saved by not going on smaller vacations for 2 to 3 years. So resist the temptation to visit Goa this year and save up for the lavish trip!
It’s also a good idea to tell friends and family that you’re eagerly preparing for an extravagant trip to Antarctica. So when everyone close to you is told you’re going on a big vacation, they’ll keep asking about it, keeping you motivated for the trip. This motivation will help in saving funds.
Money Management Tips Specific to Antarctica
Antarctica is almost the end of the world where you only go by the rules of Mother Nature – her unpredictable character making each trip exceptional, thrilling and special. An expedition to Antarctica will tell you what you are truly made of and others will want to hear about it. Some crucial money management tips for taking a trip to Antarctica are mentioned below.
# Book in Advance
Antarctica is generally visited as part of a cruise expedition. You will sail among snow covered peaks and glaciers, witness chinstrap penguins at play, listen to the singing of the great whales of the deep and experience adrenaline rushing adventures like sea kayaking and camping. Trips to Antarctica are becoming increasingly popular. To get the best deal and a preferred cabin, it is highly recommended to make bookings as much as 6 months in advance.
# Book Through a Reputed Travel Company
To ensure you get the real value for money, it’s essential to make bookings through a reputed travel planner. If making a booking directly, the price quoted will be higher as compared to when a booking is made through a travel company. This is because travel companies have exclusive deals with cruises which they pass on to the customers.
# Choose an Expedition Cruise over uber-Luxury Cruise
While cruise ships are known to flaunt their luxurious amenities, a trip to Antarctica is about spending time outside and onshore and not inside a cruise ship, no matter how luxurious it is. Thus, it’s ideal to select an experiential expedition and not an uber-luxury cruise. A vacation to Antarctica should be adventurous and not the one spent in an opulent interior of a ship!
# Know your Inclusions
An Antarctica expedition offers tremendous opportunity for adventure. You can participate in camping, scuba diving, mountaineering, helicopter rides and many other activities. Some such experiences will be included in a package. However, you should understand the inclusions beforehand if you don’t want to partake in all of them. Paying only for activities you want to participate in could save hundreds of dollars.
(By Gunjan Indrayan, Director & Co-Founder, Tripoetic Travel Planners)