Paradise on a Budget (& Giveaway!)

Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy
Fontana Di Trevi, Rome, Italy
Prague, Czech-Republic
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Try as we might, saving for a holiday is sometimes an impossible feat. You might have a little stash tucked away ready for that special trip or once-in-a-lifetime experience, but then the car breaks or the boiler packs in - bringing your holiday plans crashing down around you. But fear not. Where there's a will there's a way, and if you fancy a trip to paradise - whether it's Barbados on a budget or cheap Dominican Republic holidays - we've got a few tricks up our sleeve to make it happen.

Firstly, get online and scour the internet for cheap deals. It might take awhile as there are quite a few tour operators and travel agencies out there, but it's usually well worth it. Keep your eyes peeled for special offers to your favorite far-off places and be prepared to book quickly to snap up the best offers.

Alternatively, if you're happy to book far in advance this can actually be one of the best and most affordable ways to make your dream trip a reality. Major established tour operators - such as Thomas Cook vacations - will launch new products with great fanfare and of course some tempting special offers to hook your custom. So look out for new seasons, destinations or brochures and get in there quick to take advantage of early bird booking deals. You'll often enjoy price reductions, free kids' places and even special room or hotel upgrades.

But if you just can't wait that long, there is always a great late deal with your name on it. Get your suitcase on standby and be prepared to jet off with just a few days' notice, as this is often where the best deals can be found. You'll need to be sharp on your feet as availability is short and the cheapest deals get snapped up quickly, so be prepared and get ready for that holiday of a liftetime! (Rome, Prague, and Amsterdam are just a few places that Thomas Cook flies to for cheap, they also go to Barcelona, NY, Las Vegas, Dubai, etc.) 

Need a daypack to further prepare for that budget paradise or just a day hike with some friends? 
I've got the perfect giveaway for you then: 

North Face is one of my favorite products to use especially when I want to travel efficiently and without looking too gaudy. Don't you love this simple black daypack?

It's super easy to participate in this contest, too. Leave a comment letting me know what you did:

Each comment is only 1 entry so please be sure to leave a comment for each thing you do! 

{The North Face giveaway will close on Tuesday, June 19th 6pm EST; the winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Cathy Trails Blog, FB, and Twitter}


  1. i have been on that street in prague....i swear i remember that jewelry store. that was the one place i was by myself without my nightmare of a travel buddy. the city i walked around the most. the city i fell in love with....i had an interview with someone at the caledonian school and he told me go to asia for a year and go back and see him for an EU visa/job....oh well. thanks for sharing all the pics. keep em coming. i didn't have time to read about the give-away, but you are prize enough in my life doll. love you!

    1. Isn't the city just lovely?? Maybe it's time to revisit him in Prague! You are a good friend, angel33 - see you later! :)

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    1. By random, perhaps :) Let me know what you did from the rules above and that way, you're participating in the contest. Good luck!

  3. Love those pics Ms. Cathy! and the giveaway!!!
    Big hugs!

  4. I LOVE your sunnies in these pictures! I'm so glad that you're having a fabulous vacay! :)

  5. Thanks everyone! Those sunglasses are long gone :P so time for a new pair, if you have any suggestions let me know. So nice for everyone to stop by :) Have a nice week!

  6. hii]
    i oloved this
    Your pictures soo great


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