Well it can be tough for many people to come up with the extra cash to go on vacation, but a little budgeting ahead of time can go a long way.
Although it’s nearly impossible to anticipate every vacation expense, you can create a rough estimate while still leaving enough flexibility for some spur of the moment fun!
This first one may seem obvious but do your research. Nowadays consumers are pretty savvy when it comes to looking for the best price mainly because of all the online resources. Here are some other things to consider while looking:
Price out booking a package and compare it with the cost of booking everything separately. I also recommend that you consult a travel agent. Many times they have exclusive rates that you simply won’t find anywhere else.
With accommodation, the key is finding the type of that best suits your needs without breaking the bank. If you’re traveling with a group, renting a condo can be a better value, and will have more cost-effective amenities, like kitchens and refrigerators.
That being said, you should keep meal costs in mind when looking at lodging. All-inclusives are great options because you won’t pay for food or drinks…at the very least; you should try to stay at property where breakfast is included.
Another way to budget and save is to book some activities in advance. Not all of your trip activities can or necessarily ‘should” be pre-booked, but things like tours, amusement parks and shore excursions if cruising, should definitely be planned ahead of time. This is because you will often receive a bit of a discount by purchasing online
Determine how you will stay connected and communicate. Aside from the charges affiliated with texting and calling overseas, roaming data usage for apps can put a major dent in your budget. Phone your provider to find out what the best options are for your trip.
Set aside a budget for extra spending money. There has to be a little wiggle room for spontaneous fun or else you vacation will feel too restricted.