Some things to keep in mind when planning your next holiday26 April, 2013 by Amanda Green
As with all travelling there are two major concerns when planning a trip to Japan: the first concern is what to do while you’re vacationing in the “Land of the Rising Sun”. The second, equally pressing concern, is affording the trip.
As young travellers, many people are stuck between when to pay off debt and when to save. Japan has so many attractions, like the amazing Nagoya Aquarium, and cultural experiences, like the Asakusa Temple, and anybody who can make the trip, should. If you’re lucky enough to be in a comfortable position financially, affording a trip to Japan is definitely a possibility. Below are four tips for planning a culture-filled trip to Japan while on a budget.
Plan ahead of time. One of the best ways to save on any kind of travelling is to plan well in advance. Starting to plan early affords the advantages of getting early-bird specials and having time to compare rates on the various expenses you will have like airfare and hotels. A good rule of thumb is to plan at least 11 months in advance. With nearly a year to plan, you will be able to find all of the best deals available to you in Japan.
Cash in rewards and club discounts. Savvy travellers know that there are all kinds of advantages from credit card rewards and discounts from club memberships to be taken advantage of when travelling. Most credit card companies offer perks such as frequent flyer miles and points, both of which can be cashed in for discounts on travel and expenses when you’re planning your trip to Japan. Club memberships, like AAA and AAPR, also offer members discounts on travel. As a cardholder or member you are entitled to and have earned these benefits, so don’t be afraid to take advantage. That’s what they’re there for!
Set priorities. Every time you travel to a new place, there will always be more things that you want to than you can do. Restrictive factors like time and money see to this. To make the most of your vacation without breaking the bank, make a list of all of the things you want to do while in Japan. When you prioritize like this, you can give yourself a better sense of what attractions fit into your time and monetary budgets best. Another benefit of creating a priority list is that it can help you see the different attractions in spacial relation to one another, which can help you to better plan your transportation while in Japan.
Visit during the off season. Because of Japan’s long north-to-south formation, the country is home to a range of seasonal attractions. Travel to each region of Japan is more costly in each respective region’s travel season. For example, the Sapporo area of Japan celebrates its Snow Festival in February, so travelling to Kyoto or Hiroshima is cheaper during that time. What regions of Japan you plan to travel to should determine what time of year you travel, if you want to save money. Once you know what you’d like to see and do while in Japan, you’ll have a better idea of when is the best, and cheapest, time to travel.
The above a just a few of the many, many travel tips that can help you save on your trip to Japan. You can save even more if you’re travelling as a couple on a budget. The world is a fascinating and enriching place, and you should take every opportunity you can to visit all of its extravagant locales, Japan and beyond, without having to worry about money.Planning your holiday? We recommend visiting Agoda for a full list of hotels with early bird specials.