Monday, April 28, 2014

Want to take a Vacation but don't think you can afford it? Here's the answer!!

Megan's Bay- St.Thomas, USVI- March 2014 named one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world!

A recent study concluded that vacations are not only good for unwinding, they can improve your health!  Not only that, but it also improves your productivity at work and at home. 

I believe everyone has a dream vacation. A place that you've always wanted to go and see. A number of factors come into play when our thoughts turn to wishing we could head off somewhere exotic, things like..lack of funds.  Quite often I hear, "I would love to go on _________ ( fill in the blank, a cruise, vacation, Disney World, etc) but we just don't have the money to go. 

So year after year passes by, and you don't take that vacation, always saying..."Well, maybe next year.". But, one day, that "I want to go ____" (fill in the blank), will turn to "I wish I'd have taken that vacation before I got too old to go. Or while the kids were young enough to enjoy it, or before the kids grew up and moved away...". 

We've found the solution!! Outski is where you can Plan, Socialize, Save and Travel! They combine travel planning, booking tools, social collaboration and a built in Vacation Savings Account!  This time next year, you could be heading out on that vacation you've only, thus far, dreamt of taking! 

At Outski, you will have a  Vacation Savings Account  which you will set up, very easily. You can fund the account with your checking account or have it taken, post tax, out of your paycheck.  You would be surprised how fast even $25 a pay period can add up! You can plan your trip right from your dashboard, and estimate what your expenses will be, and come up with a goal dollar amount.  

Once you sign up for an account, you will get a "Congratulations" screen and it will give you the option to print out your 401Play Direct Deposit slip right then, you can specify how much you would like deposited then hand it in to the HR dept at work. 

As you deposit money, you can transfer the money from your vault, to your vacation you've planned and it will keep track of how much you've saved towards that trip and you'll know exactly how much you need yet. 

You will be issued a bank card with a $0 balance.  Anytime you want, you can transfer funds from your Vault or your vacation, on Outski, to your card and it will happen instantaneously, no waiting for 2-5 days like some places. Here's a screenshot of my Outski Account: 

As you can see, I have 3 trips planned. Within this dashboard, I can search for flights, hotels, even things to do when I get there. 

From this screen shot, you can see, right from my dashboard, I checked out what it would cost to fly from Asheville NC to Colorado Springs, CO.  This is located on the left hand side of the screen, and hit search for flight. I always search flights to Colorado Springs first, but it's usually more expensive to fly into COS than it is to Denver, this screen shows my results and they were about $60 cheaper than what I'd found just yesterday on another site. 
So I went ahead and modified the search to see what a flight to Denver would be.

I would still save about $80 over what I found on another site. And, this service is FREE when you go through your Outski account, so you can get fantastic savings on flights, hotels and more! 

Do you take trips with friends, where you may split the cost of a condo or something like that?  Outski makes that super simple! Just invite your friends from your vacation dashboard, tell them what amount they owe, and they can send funds directly to you for their share. 

You cannot fund your 401Playaccount with a credit card.  Why? Well, anytime you pay for something with your credit card, you end up paying interest. Do you really want to spend three years paying off your vacation, including interest? 

The 401Playcan help you be able to pay cash only for that vacation, and you don't end up paying hundreds of dollars in interest.  When you're paying interest on money, you're basically giving money away, money that you could be putting into a new vacation! And yes, this bank is FDIC insured! 

Sign up is free, the only fee you'll ever be charged is when you order your card from the bank, it's a $9.95 charge. But you can go online and plan you vacations etc, before you even order your card. Head over and sign up now! What do you have to lose, other than a chance to take that vacation you've been dreaming of taking! 

Join us for a Twitter Party!! Details below- & chance to win great prizes!! 

Still have questions?? Then join us on Tuesday, May 13th at 9 pm Eastern Standard Time, for a Twitter party!! We will be giving away 4 prizes of at LEAST $100.00 to start your Vacation Savings Account !! 

The Details - 

The Hashtag to follow to attend this party is #401Play 

Follow our host, Outski on Twitter  (@OutskiTravel) 
and co-hosts :
@SedonaRaye1  @ProTravelReview

@SoCaCouponMommy  @FamilyTandL

The Prizes:

Four winners will get at LEAST $100 to start their Vacation Savings Account!!!!! 

What to do:  

1st-  Tweet the following to your followers: 

Come see how you can take that vacation ur wanting! Win $100 prizes-Party on 5-13- 9pm EST,  RSVP- 

2nd-  RSVP HERE  and attend the party for your chance at one of the prizes! 

Hope to see you then! 

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1 comment:

  1. OMG, why didn't someone think of this sooner? I could have been saving for my Hawaii wedding for months instead of charging it to my Visa!, where have you been all my life?


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