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Traveling can be an adventure. Learning how to travel well on a budget takes patience, thought and the willingness to skimp on certain things. If you sit down and draw up what you want to see and do today and plan out exactly what you want to spend on your next vacation you can create a list, a budget of how much it cost and then once you do that you can create a slush fund. This will allow you to pay for the items on the list and also have a little extra money over allowing you to do unplanned activities with your family such as going to that fancy restaurant you wanted to go to that you didn’t think you could. But with budgeting, you may have enough left over to do just that.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
- Create the list 🙂
- Add in the cost of the flight for each member of the family going
- Add in the cost of lodgings for your pet, if you have some, while you are gone
- The cost of transportation to and from the airport
- Think about and research how much local taxis are in the destination that you’re heading to. Sometimes using Uber can save you a lot of money
- Calculate the cost of a hotel room in your local destination and find out how many people can stay in each room , which will allow you to save more money for your trip.
Win at the preflight plan
- Remember that a lot of hotels allow you to get a daybed for children allowing you to have them stay cheaply or free
- Try to convert your money locally heading overseas. And don’t do it at the airport because of most of the time, these companies use predatory tactics, meaning that they overcharge you on top of the conversion rate.
- Remember to think about tipping when you’re overseas, some countries don’t allow this and it’s nice to read up on what is ok where you are headed.
- Buy your flight ticket several months in advance, hotel rates tend to fluctuate so that’s up to you.
- Remember depending on the destination that you planning on going to, you may need to buy new clothes to fit the environment. Such as if you’re going to a cold environment, you will need to buy heavy jackets or snowshoes or long pants. And the same thing goes for warm weather environments.
- Remember when you get to your destination, save even more money by talking with friendly locals in cafes, this can be the easiest thing to do and find out where they like to go.They tend to pay less and go to less crowded locations, allow you to save money and enjoy the same level of comfort as the locals.
- Buy your medications in advance, so you don’t have to buy pricey over-the-counter or go to a local doctor to get your medications while on vacation. And on that same token don’t carry other people’s medication on you while overseas, that can get you in trouble.
Have your plan set but be flexible
- Remember to have a budget for your daily spending planned out for your complete trip for each day you plan on being there. For example: If you plan on going to Cancun for instance, and your hotel room has a breakfast included but not lunch or dinner and maybe no excursions included, then thinking for every one or two people in your group. Say you have four people, two adults, and two children, figure into your budget that you spend about $200 for four people per day for activities and food.
- On the same token for a seven-day stay for four people, excluding flights and hotel room, plan on spending $2000 to be on the safe side. Keep in mind this is for two adults and two children. This allows you to have a cushion of expenses.
- And one thing that you should plan for no matter what kind of trip you planning on taking, make sure your health insurance is up-to-date and covers overseas trips. Another thing to remember is a lot of insurances do not cover certain types of activity ,so say you go to Africa for a safari and for whatever reason you get a bug bite or something slight and it causes you to get sick and have to go to the hospital, it’s much easier to be able to bill your major health insurance, then have to pay out-of-pocket.
- This is more generalized then to then saving well, but remember to get all of your vaccinations for each country that you plan on going to before you leave to save your health. And don’t drink the water depending on the country. And ice cubes can be made from the water as well so keep that in mind.
- With the new regulations coming into effect for the size of suitcases on planes on major US carriers, think about how much you want to pack.Think about the fact that you want to bring things onto the flight. Get a nice smaller bag and learn how to pack your belongings neatly in the smaller space. This will save you the hundred dollars surcharge that these airlines love to charge people for no reason
- Remember that most airlines the United States have Android and Apple apps that allow you to check in 24 hours in advance, which will save you the time and trouble of having to go to the counter and also allows you to arrive at the airport on time. On the same token remember that for international flights you should probably be the airport at least three hours in advance because depending on the time that you go, security lines could be an hour-long
- Remember that lots of credit card companies in the United States offer travel rewards and with the right credit card, you can also get ones that will allow you earn points for buying things overseas and also allow you to take out money.With certain companies and certain cards no transaction fees for overseas.
Your best defense to travel well on a budget is to plan ahead and plan well. Here at Grizzled Nomad, we plan months or even up to a year in advance before we go on a trip to a new location, in a new country. If you buy your hotel room, train ticket, plane ticket, or whatever else well in advance, you will be rewarded versus just showing up and expecting not to pay a huge sum.
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Be safe and have fun guys.
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