EXPECTATIONS: Priorities, Patience & Perspective
We all have different expectations when it comes to picturing a fantasy vacation. Days spent lounging on sun-drenched beaches, exploring landscapes steeped in history, thrill-seeking amusement parks or adventure sports—with so many exciting options, how do you effectively budget for your vacation?
PRIORITIES: Begin by deciding what type of travel will be most fulfilling for you. If you’re traveling with others, this will be a process requiring more consideration and compromise. Don’t decide on what you think you should do, make your decision based on what you want to do.
PERSPECTIVE: Travel planning is one-part finances, one-part planning, and one-part perspective. YES, perspective! Foster an attitude of successful positivity that can overcome hurdles when things aren’t going according to plan. Keep your eyes on the prize and relax!
SETTING GOALS: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
There are mixed feelings as to whether you should establish your finances first, and set travel goals after, or vice versa. I am firmly in the second camp. While your finances absolutely come into play when determining your travel destiny, you shouldn’t be planning what may very well be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation based solely on economy! As with anything worth having, your dream vacation is worth waiting for. Don’t get hung up on how long it may take to reach your goal, focus on the fact that you CAN get there!
DOING YOUR RESEARCH: Comparing Your Options
For the most part your travel expenses are the same expenses that you incur on a daily basis at home, just accrued on a greater scale in a narrower time frame.
Transportation and accommodations will have one of the largest immediate financial impacts on your budget. Purchasing plane tickets, arranging a car rental, or securing lodging are areas where you can save money if your book sooner rather than later.
What prospective travelers often don’t realize is that shopping around for the best price is more than looking for the best rate with a specific company; your departure and arrival locations and times also dictate how much you’ll pay, so compare and contrast these as well.
Once you’ve established where you want to go, and what you’d like to do there, reassess where your money’s being funneled and how to make changes to your spending habits.
REASSESSING YOUR EXPENDITURES: Paring Down
We are a society of consumers, or as I prefer to refer to it, “economy stimulators.” I mapped out my own finances again recently, while planning an upcoming trip, I was shocked at how far I’d fallen off the budget wagon. While I don’t buy much in the way of tangible goods, the restaurant industry receives a generous share of my paycheck every week. Here’s a quick example of how I revamped some my expenditures without sacrificing my social lifestyle.
$25/$50 per week versus $25 every three weeks
Instead of visiting the coffee shop five days a week, I go once a week, and also purchased a 12-cup coffee pot for my department. Co-workers chip in on grounds to keep a steady flow of caffeine through our veins.
$90/$125 per week versus $50 per week.
Living Social, Groupon, & Restaurant.com are a few of my favorite options available that make dining out less expensive, and also introduced me to establishments I might never have tried otherwise!
Enjoying a round (or two) of libations out with friends, or going to a movie are common social activities. As an alternative, opt for a night in and ask everyone to bring a beverage to share. Make it a game night or watch a movie from Netflix. I’ve found that you can enjoy all the camaraderie, while saving everyone a little extra dinero.
Take at least two weeks and chronicle all your expenses, from a snack out of the vending machine, to your car payment. There are numerous financial apps for smart-phones in addition to those for your PC. I’ve been successful utilizing the simple Expense Tracker by AppCheer Inc., while a co-worker advocates for Mint, which are both free apps. A friend tried YNAB (You Need a Budget), which offers a free 34-day free trial. More than enough time to make an assessment of your finances—he liked it enough to buy it! Next, take this information and apply it to reorganizing your spending and savings.
CREATING A BUDGET: That You Can Live With
Now that you know where your money’s going, buckle down. Creating a budget is the least spontaneous part of the travel planning process, but as with any important financial investment “(and planning a trip IS an important financial investment)”, you need a realistic idea of what you have to work with. This is the foundation on which your travel planning is built.
I recommend allotting your cumulative funds into five categories: Non-negotiable, entertainment pre-travel, travel, and emergency.
◙Non-negotiable: Rent/mortgage, insurance, groceries etc. that are essentially inescapable necessities.
◙Entertainment: Simplify and find alternative entertainment. Enjoy a full life, while contributing to your travel funds. Too much sacrifice isn’t good either!
◙Pre-travel: Book any advance purchase items like plane tickets, car rental, lodging and travel insurance. Try to borrow suitcases, backpacks, electronics adaptors, activity or weather relevant clothing from friends and family members. Look for second-hand items next, and buy new only when the other avenues have been exhausted.
◙Travel: These funds are for your entertainment, sustenance, souvenir, exchange rate, and emergency travel budget categories.
◙Emergency: This is your “just in case” fund to accompany your non-negotiable spending, because this will help ensure you don’t dip into your travel funds when unexpected things happen.
Any additional monies that come your way, say from bonuses or gifts, try and spread the wealth out between your budget groups evenly.
AVOIDING TEMPTATION: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul
It is said that it takes a month to create a new habit. So, in your first month be sagacious when following your new budget, it gets easier with time, I promise! Your emergency fund should be a sufficient contingency for most things that crop up, and you still left yourself some wiggle room to live it up, so you can leave your travel resources alone to grow.
MOTIVATION: Maintaining Excitement and Enthusiasm
Find ways to keep yourself motivated during the saving and planning process.
A picture is worth 1,000 words . Take a photography class to help capture those perfect shots that will be a chronicle of your travels.
If you’ve never kept a diary or journal, start! Take a few moments each evening to write down anything and everything, including all the hard work you’re investing leading up to your vacation. Once you’re on your trip keep up the momentum of documenting your adventures. It doesn’t matter if it’s only for yourself or you choose to share your writing with friends and family, it will be a nostalgic reference and source of further inspiration for you later! Watch a foreign film from your expected travel destination, or join a pen pal program. The possibilities are endless!
Stay engaged, stay positive, and you’ll get there!
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A favorite music quote of mine from Portland, Maine born Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” What I take this to mean is that although we may be separated by language, through the emotions evoked by the music itself, we can find a common ground that transcends the spoken word.
As you’re finessing the details of your next trip to Germany, try adding a destination or two to your itinerary that you’re less likely to find on the mainstream “best of” lists that include popular cityscapes like Berlin or Frankfurt. Take an intimate look into these compelling cities where music never plays second fiddle.
Take a look behind the music at the intricacies and
art of creating a violin.
We have all felt the emotional pull as beautiful strands of pure, clear sound have been coaxed by a violinist from their device. This versatile instrument can easily be the star of a musical composition, or be gracious and step out of the limelight, enhancing the performance of another. Not only the genre of classical music, but folk, metal, rock n’ roll, and many other styles incorporate the sounds of violins. The beauty of a violin, however, is more than the sweet and poignant sounds that burst forth as the horsehair of the bow is drawn across the strings, there is a delicacy and precision in its craftsmanship that is a marvel in and of itself. Mittenwald is widely recognized for being a manufacturer of the violin, viola, and cello, and this market town offers numerous attractions that cater to this music oriented interests.
“Where words fail, music speaks.” ~ Hans Christian Anderson
♫The Geigenbau Museum in Mittenwald displays an impressive collection of stringed instruments, offers demonstrations, workshops and shows films relevant to the history of this classic instrument.
♫The International Violin Making Competition takes place in Mittenwald every four years, and this year is the seventh installment of this event. Aside from the competition that lures over 200 violin craftsmen, there is a special flea market dedicated to the musical arts, stimulating lectures and a series of concerts, all oriented towards those with a penchant for music.
Mittenwald is a 100 kilometer drive south of Munich, and a short ride north of Innsbruck, Austria in your car rental. With that kind of convenient proximity, why wouldn’t you visit?
Ruedesheim am Rhein ~
Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet displays a miscellany of antiquties that explore the history of recorded music.
“Music is…A higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” ~ Ludwig van Beethoven
♫Don’t be misled into taking the name Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet too literally. This enchanting miscellany explores the history and means by which music has been recorded up through the creation of the gramophone. Music boxes, player pianos, and musical clocks can all be found amidst the hundreds of self-playing, instrumental treasures. The building that these antiquities are housed in is also a historical gem. Dust off your old LP’s, and brush up on some vintage tunes, as sing-a-longs are a regular occurrence during tours for those familiar with the musical stylings of a less modern lilt.
♫The Rheingau Music Festival is an annual summer music festival with a strong focus on classical compositions, but diversifies its program with a selection of other genres as well. Each year, the concert series chooses a different theme, and for 2014 it is Liebespaare, which translates to Lovers. Another aspect of the festival is that every new series is dedicated to remembering and celebrating the births of brilliant composers of the past. William Shakespeare, Richard Strauss, and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (son of Johann Sebastian Bach) have significant anniversary dates in 2014, and will be commemorated at the Rheingau Music Festival in 2014.
Ruedesheim am Rhein is a quick 29 kilometer drive west of Wiesbaden, or approximately 67 kilometers southeast of Koblenz. Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet is the perfect point of interest to visit at any age.
St. Thomas Church, where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a choir master, and where his remains still lie today.Photo Credit: az1172 / Creativecommons.org
Leipzig is a city that has a long standing relationship with music, from such respected and influential composers like Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn, to the famous St. Thomas Boys Choir in modern day. Throughout Leipzig, there are opportunities to discover the abundant musical culture that has outlasted generations. Here are just a few of the attractions for music and history lovers can pursue while in Leipzig.
“If a composer could say what he had to say in words, he would not bother trying to say it in music.” Gustav Mahler
♫The Bach Museum is more than a collection of artifacts and papers preserved to give you a glimpse into the family life and work of the musical master. One of the aspects that I appreciated the most was the listening stations that include the complete catalog of his work. The Bach Festival is an annual event that occurs in June where musicians from all over the world take the stage to perform Bach’s music, in historical venues throughout Leipzig.
♫The Museum of Musical Instruments began when a Dutchman, Paul de Wit, assembled a collection of historically significant musical pieces in the late 1800’s. After more than 120 years, the once humble collection now exhibits somewhere in the realm of 10,000 music-related objects. You may thank the University of Leipzig, who own the collection, for sharing with the public such an important contribution to the annals of musical antiquity.
♫It is said that like attracts like, so it will be no surprise to you that the Schumann House was more than the home of Robert and Clara Shumann, but also a haven where many notable personages of the time gathered in friendship with the Shumann family, namely, Felix Mendelssohn, Hans Christian Anderson and Franz List.
Leipzig is approximately 115 kilometer drive from Dresden, and 257 kilometers northwest of Prague in your rental car.
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Are you looking for more latitude when renting a car in Europe?Biarritz
Start your journey from Biarritz; more than just another seaside town, it has a personality all its own. Biarritz is most well-known for its strong surf culture offering an entertaining visual spectacle as you relax on the beach, or sit at one of the promenade cafes. If you’re feeling plucky, why not try something new and join a class at the surf school?
Visit in July, and be a part of the exciting change and population swell that the city undergoes during the annual Biarritz Surf Festival. Be careful if you’re looking for some lounge-time at high tide, as the Côte des Basques is swallowed up by the ocean and you’ll be left high and dry on the sidewalk. You can pick up your Peugeot short-term car rental at the Biarritz Airport, approximately two miles from the city center.
Toulouse may be a landlocked city, but it can still be considered one of France’s most beautiful destinations, regardless of its lack of coastline. View stunning historic edifices, explore the cities fascinating alternative arts scene, and dig into some of the gastronomic specialties of the region, like foie gras. If your timing is right, attend one of the high-intensity rugby games.
Toulouse is a prime location from which you can arrange your Peugeot buy back car rental to explore the beauty of southern France. French cities like Carcassonne, Pau, and Bordeaux will easily feed into your wanderlust, providing further points of interest. Toulouse is central to the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and also conveniently located to the Spanish border, only adding to the panoply of your travel options.
Photo Credit : NRMA New Cars / CreativeCommons.org Choose the exact car rental model of your Peugeot long-term lease.Avignon
One of the many French cities that bare greater scrutiny, Avignon has a myriad of sights, sounds and activities throughout the year to capture your attention. Les Luminessences d’Avignon, is an evening event of light, music, and animated pictures, that takes place nightly during the late summer and fall.
Discover hidden gems of art and architecture that lie down narrow cobble-stoned streets and alleyways, off the beaten path. If you happen to be traveling with young children, there is a working carousel at Place de l’Horloge that will add a bit of novelty to your day. Adults can take a break at one of the cafes surrounding the carousel to quaff a glass of vino, while the kiddies enjoy the ride.
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The diversity of Peugeot’s car rental pick-up cities offer a myriad of activities, sights and events to explore.
While Peugeot is based out France, where the vehicles are manufactured, French cities are not the only option you have for renting a car as part of a short/long-term lease with Kemwel.
The benefits of booking your Peugeot in Frankfurt are easily discernable when you realize the sheer magnitude of miscellaneous amusements available, day or night, and that’s without even leaving the city! Your Peugeot rental car allows you to maximize your time within the Frankfurt, and as you traverse the rural and city landscapes throughout Germany. Take an afternoon drive in almost any direction, and in no time you can be across Germany’s border to no less than eight other European countries. How’s that for throwing a wrench in your travel decision making?
Frankfurt’s industrial skyline contrasted with its havens of history
Peugeot short-term leases are also available for pick up in desirable destinations like Lisbon, Portugal. London
London is a constant source of inspiration for travelers, not only the factual but the fictionalized versions of the city. From Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes haunts, to the quintessential postcard photos of double-decker buses and phone booths, and the monuments whose history spans centuries. Give yourself a fair amount of time to invest in traversing London’s exciting cityscape before taking to the road to explore more of the UK, or taking the tunnel into continental Europe.
Both the factual and fictionalized versions of London are a source of inspiration to travelers.Milan
Milanis one of the premier global cities for fashion and design. The streets and sidewalks are your runway, showcasing your style and sophistication from the car you drive, to the clothes you wear. The Peugeot RCZ is the perfect accessory; whether you’re looking to accentuate your curb appeal, or simply prefer your transportation in the form of a sporty, high-performance vehicle. Attend events and festivals, update your look with the latest haute couture, or take in the sights, all with the convenience and reliability of your Peugeot lease. Turn heads wherever you are in Milan, greater Italy, or any one of thirty-seven European countries where your Peugeot lease can go.
The streets and sidewalks of Milan are your runway.
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