Planning Ahead for Spring and Summer Travel

Planning a warm-weather vacation this year? Don't let the high demand for peak travel season catch you off guard. Origin Bank is here to help with practical saving tips for your future travels.

1. Create a budget. Saving up for a vacation? A realistic budget can help you stay on track and avoid unnecessary financial stress. Start by outlining all potential expenses, including transportation, accommodations, meals, activities, and souvenirs. Determine how much you need to save each week or month to reach your target by the time your vacation rolls around, and start saving.

2. Don’t forget the emergency fund. No matter how detailed your budget is, accidents happen. Whether it's a sudden change in travel plans or an unforeseen medical expense, having a dedicated emergency fund provides a financial safety net. Set aside a portion of your savings for these unexpected events so you’re ready for any emergency.

3. Book flights ahead of time. When it comes to booking airline tickets, timing is everything. Airfare gets pricier during peak season, and booking tickets for the spring and summer during the colder months can save you hundreds of dollars. And it’s not just about affordable rates – popular flights fill up quickly, and early booking ensures you don't miss out on your preferred cities or dates.

4. Reserve hotel rooms as soon as possible. Beat the rush by booking your accommodations well in advance. Many hotels and rental agencies offer early bird discounts – just be prepared for terms and restrictions like no-refund policies or cancellations.

5. Shop around for savings and promotions. If you have your heart set on a specific resort or destination, book it. But if you’re willing to shop around, you can find unbeatable deals on travel packages, especially ones that bundle flights and hotel stays. Additionally, you can sign up for email discounts from nearby restaurants and attractions—they often reward early birds with exclusive codes.

6. Steer clear of fraud scams. As the demand for travel increases, so does the risk of falling prey to travel scams. Stay vigilant and only book through trusted websites or reputable travel agencies when planning your vacation. Be wary of offers that seem too good to be true, and always double-check the legitimacy of the site before entering any personal information.

Need help meeting your savings goal for the vacation of your dreams? Curious about how to access your accounts while abroad? Travel seamlessly with Origin Bank by your side. From budgeting for your trip or streamlining your on-the-go banking experience, Origin’s trusted advisors are here to help.