These following things will burst your travel budget if you’re not careful.
If your luggage is overweight you most likely will have to pay for excess baggage fees. Sometimes these fees can be hundreds of dollars. Also, if you’re on a budget airline, and you don’t meet stringent baggage requirements, or do something as simple as getting an agent to print your boarding pass, you can accrue additional fees.
If your suitcase is overweight you may have brought too much with you. Check out my packing series:
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Booking too late or too early could cost you money. The difference could be a few hundred dollars.
Only eating or shopping in tourist destinations can be pricey. Talk to the locals and find restaurants and places to go that aren’t plastered on Top 10 lists. Sometimes you can find hidden gems for a fraction of the price.
You’re on vacation, I get it. It’s important to relax. But eating out for every meal can be costly and bust your budget. Instead, see if you can replace one of your meals by cooking if your lodging has a kitchen. Or if you don’t have access to a kitchen, make sure your hotel offers free breakfast before you book it. Also, make sure your lodging is near a place where you can get food such as snacks or fruits to supplement your meals.
Drinks can be a cost that can creep up on you. $5 for a latte here, or $10 for a drink there. These can add up quickly.
Before you go on your international trip, it’s wise to compare international plans and choose the one that meets your needs. If you go on vacation, you probably don’t want to come home and check your phone bill to see that you owe $600. Roaming charges are nothing to mess with.
Contact your phone company to see what is the best plan for you. If you are in a country for an extended period of time (months or years), you may want to look into unlocking your phone and buying a local sim card. Or, consider buying a cheap phone when you get to your destination.
Sometimes life happens and you have to be prepared. While budgeting for your trip, make room for emergency situations so you won’t be caught off guard.
Souvenirs are great. You can help the local economy and talk to the locals. You can also potentially practice your language skills. But overspending on souvenirs can put a dent in your budget. They can also weigh your luggage down and make it overweight. Then you may have to pay for extra baggage fees at the airport.