Money for Traveling - How to Calculate a Budget
By Dani Alonso
Money for traveling, even if it is not the most important part of a trip, failing in planning it properly can leave us with some disgusting surprises, as running out of it or simply spending a lot more than were able to forecast. Let's take a look at how an appropriate budgeting should be done to know how much money for traveling do we need.
The first thing you need to take into account is the main spending such as flights and hotel. And there's something I want to say specially when speaking about hotels. Look, if you are going to a hostel, just don't worry, probably the cost of your stay will be exactly the one shown in the paper. But if you are going to a better hotel, it is almost possible that you are going to use some of the services they offer, or possibly there will exist obligatory extra charges that you didn't expect. Is it fair? Not probably, but here I don't try to complain, but just try to let you know how to organize your money for traveling provided the real facts.
In any case, once you have added all this, there's another thing you should do that many people do in the wrong way. Many people love to include food within the traveling costs. While it is a good idea to include it in the amount of money you need to have prepared for the trip, it is not good to assume that food is costing you extra money to take your holidays. You would be eating at home if not in your holiday, and in case the country were you are going is cheaper, you will be even saving money by easting there. To calculate the money for traveling for food, the best thing is to take a look at immigration websites.
Another cost you should take into account is the one for activities. Museums, nature activities, guided tours, etc. Whatever you will be doing there that has a cost. Write the total amount in your list of money for traveling, but when planning to save money for a trip think about which extra costs you will not be doing by being away. Going to the cinema, the disco, the bowling alley... Whatever you normally do in the period of time given for your holiday.
Finally, there's one last thing you should remember for planning your money for traveling. And this one shall not be included in your trip costs, of course. When you are away you will be consuming no energy at home, doing no telephone calls, spending no water, etc. All this costs can be taken away when you are planning the savings for a holiday.
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