Did you know that 62% of Americans are planning on spending more on travel in 2023 than in years prior?1 It’s no wonder that more Americans have the travel bug this year considering The-Pandemic-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named that made travel to dream or favorite destinations difficult if not impossible. Many of our Verde Capital team members love to explore everything from national parks to tropical beaches to far flung getaways to iconic destinations. Here are some of our favorite tips on traveling in style and on a budget.
Save for Your Trip
Whether you like to travel spontaneously or after careful planning and deliberation, it’s a good idea to set aside funds for your adventures. Consider opening a Verde Flourish Savings Account, which as of the writing of this blog, is earning 4.4% interest and is FDIC insured.2 You can dip into this account to pay for travel expenses and accommodations as needed. Talk to your Verde Advisor for more information on opening an account or planning for extensive travel.
Credit Card Points & Frequent Flyer Perks
Traveling in luxury can seem out of reach for many people, but savvy shoppers have been leveraging credit card points to score amazing deals on first class suites on long distance flights. If you’re on Instagram or follow travel bloggers, you may be familiar with The Points Guy. If not, check out his website for some cool ideas and insights on how to leverage those credit card points for travel perks, including converting them to frequent flyer miles or hotel points with your favorite providers.
You may also be able to leverage unused frequent flyer miles with your preferred airline to upgrade your seat to a different service/comfort level. You’ll probably have to read the fine print, and may have to pay a small service fee, but traveling in style and comfort may be worth it to you depending on the length of your flight. Short flights under two to three hours may not be worth leveraging your miles, points, or the extra cost to fly in more comfortable seats. Many of our team members will chose to spend their money on accommodations or memorable experiences at their destination rather than spring for more expensive seats.
If you’re contemplating traveling to a far off locale (I can hear the beaches of Bali calling my name!), take a look at your budget and consider flying first class. Some international airlines have amazing and luxurious first class accommodations (heck, some look so comfy you may just want to fly around on the plane for a couple of extra hours just to soak up all the amenities!). You can expect gourmet meals, free beverages, a sitting area and bed in your “suite”, complimentary pajamas and toiletries, and some even offer private showers!
Accommodations and Hotel Loyalty Programs
The world is your oyster, and so are the hotels, short term rentals, and all-inclusive resorts you may stay at during your travels. If you’re looking for budget friendly options, consider hotels with free amenities like: a pool, fitness center, business center, and complimentary breakfast. If you plan on spending most of your time away from the hotel and exploring the local area, it may be a good idea to go with a mid-scale hotel, rather than one with amenities you may not use that could increase the cost/night of your stay.
When searching for short term rentals (or “Airbnbs” or “VRBOs”), make sure to follow this short but helpful guide before you book.
If you’re researching all-inclusive resorts, there are some different tips recommended for selecting and booking your stay.
You may travel quite a bit with work, or for fun, and may have a hotel brand you prefer to stay in. If you’ve accumulated hotel points through past stays, you may be able to use those to upgrade your room or get discounted services during your stay. Check out your loyalty programs terms and offers, and see if you can convert any credit card points over to your program to earn more deals and discounts!
Excursions and Experiences
Regardless of your budget, make sure to research some dining and entertainment options in your destination of choice. Many of our team members leverage Google Maps for restaurant recommendations around their hotel or short term rental. Being the foodies we are, we tend to look for local, highly rated, unique dining experiences. Now, this doesn’t always mean fine dining, sometimes it means a great burger joint or brewery with a tasty menu. If you’re not a fan of Google Maps, check out local news organizations for lists of their top rated restaurants.
If you’re using a short term rental website to book your accommodations, check to see if they have an Excursions option (like Airbnb), where you can book local adventures and tours, sometimes at a discount. You can also research great local deals on GroupOn too (just read the fine print!).
Last but not least, check out the local municipality or chamber of commerce’s website – many times these are gold mines of information about the local area that can help you plan a phenomenal stay.
Regardless of where you may be traveling too, whether it’s a road trip or a flight away, we hope you have a wonderful adventure that inspires you to explore more areas of the world that interest you!
Flourish Cash account is a brokerage account offered by Flourish Financial LLC. Flourish Financial LLC is not a bank. The cash balance in a Flourish Cash account will be swept from the brokerage account to deposit account(s) at one or more third-party banks that have agreed to accept deposits from customers of Flourish Financial LLC (Program Banks). The accounts at Program Banks will pay a variable rate of interest. If you were introduced or invited to Flourish Cash by a third-party investment adviser or other third party, whose name or logo may be shown above, please be aware that, unless otherwise disclosed to you, they are not affiliated with Flourish Financial LLC and will not provide any advisory or brokerage services for your Flourish Cash account or have the authority to provide instructions on your account.
Flourish Cash currently has a tiered interest rate structure, as set forth in the rate tier summary. We deposit your cash first with one or more of the Program Banks in the tier with the highest interest rate, up to the maximum amount of deposits for that tier, and then continue depositing cash at Program Bank(s) in each successive tier until all cash has been deposited, subject to any Program Bank opt out elections you have made. Each annual percentage yield (APY) displayed here is effective as of 04/17/2023 and may change at any time. The rates of interest paid by the Program Bank(s) to Flourish Cash customers may be lower than the rate that could be earned by you opening a deposit account directly with such bank(s).
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As of 08/2021. The average of cash held outside of the portfolio is calculated with respect to customers whose external bank account balances are shared through Flourish Cash.
The cash balance in a Flourish Cash account that is swept to one or more Program Banks is eligible for FDIC insurance, subject to FDIC rules, including FDIC aggregate insurance coverage limits. FDIC insurance will not be provided until the funds arrive at the Program Bank. There are currently at least 6 Program Banks available to accept deposits for institutional Flourish Cash accounts (accounts for corporations, partnerships and other legal entities) and at least 6 Program Banks available to accept deposits for personal Flourish Cash accounts (individual, joint and revocable trust accounts), and we are not obligated to allocate customer funds across more than this number of Program Banks if there is a greater number of banks in the program. Customers are generally eligible for FDIC insurance coverage of $250,000 per customer, per Program Bank, for each account ownership category. Thus, institutional customers are eligible for up to $1,500,000 of FDIC insurance and personal customers are eligible for (i) up to $1,500,000 of FDIC insurance for either (A) an individual account or (B) an account for a revocable living trust in which one person is the only grantor, trustee and beneficiary of the trust (“Individual Revocable Trust Account”) and (ii) up to $3,000,000 of FDIC insurance for either (A) a joint account with two owners or (B) an account for a revocable living trust in which the same two persons are each the only grantors, trustees and beneficiaries of the trust (“Joint Revocable Trust Account”). The total FDIC coverage for a two-person household is calculated assuming that each household member has an individual account and that both household members share a joint account. If the number of Program Banks decreases for a customer (either because a Program Bank is no longer participating in Flourish Cash, because a customer’s cash is not eligible to be swept to a Program Bank based on criteria set by the Program Bank (which will be disclosed at account opening), or because a customer opts out of having their cash swept to a particular Program Bank), the amount of FDIC insurance for which the customer would be eligible through Flourish Cash would be lower. Typically, all of a customer’s deposits at a Program Bank in the same ownership category (including deposits held outside Flourish Cash or held through multiple Flourish Cash accounts with the same ownership category) count toward the FDIC insurance limit for deposits at that Program Bank. Customers are responsible for monitoring whether they maintain deposits at a Program Bank outside of Flourish Cash and should consider opting out of having their cash swept to any such Program Bank to avoid exceeding FDIC insurance limits. Although Flourish Cash is offered through a brokerage account and cash held in brokerage accounts often has the benefit of SIPC protection, until such time as we offer securities products, customers likely will not have the benefit of SIPC protection for cash held in their Flourish Cash account. Further, SIPC protection is not available for any cash held at the Program Banks. Our current Program Banks can be found here. For additional information regarding FDIC coverage, visit https://fdic.gov/.
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