How much does it really cost to go on the vacation of your dreams? That's the first question most of us have to ask. And preferably before we get our credit card bill with a few too many zeros. The cost of a vacation is much more than just the cost of your hotel room. Hopefully, this will help you decide before you leave how much your trip is really going to cost. Let's look at five important areas to understand how you can properly budget for your next vacation.
Cost of Getting There and Back
Generally speaking, this cost is pretty fixed if you are decisive on your destination, but if you are open to exploring other places, this can make a huge difference in the overall cost of your trip.
Cost of Accommodations
What you will likely spend per night on hotels or other types of accommodations is a big factor in your trip cost, but it’s far from the only one. It’s also important to know what is included in that cost. All inclusive stays are usually a cost-saving benefit, but they limit your ability to be out exploring. When possible, I always like to use properties where I can include breakfast in the cost.
These costs play a big part in the type of vacation experience you are going to have, but are often overlooked. Do you prefer private guides? Are you hoping to take a hot air balloon ride over the valley at sunrise? Will you want to set up a special vacation photo shoot to capture these special memories? Some of these activities might be pre-planned, and others you might decide on the go. Try to include all the experiences you know you want to enjoy and that the destination might require for you to experience it fully.
Cost of Living in the Destination
What is the daily average cost of being in this particular place? What might you spend on food each day, taxis, train fares, private transfers, evening entertainment, etc? These are costs that can vary greatly by destination. A private driver for the day in one city might cost $75, whereas in another, it could be $500.
Other Costs Associated with Travel
This would include visas, travel insurance, vaccinations if necessary, etc. Once you have a good idea of your total costs, you can proceed accordingly. Planning ahead allows you to be prepared, and this type of work saves you from any surprises, and helps in the decision making process.
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Ann Jones, CTC, MCC