Is it overwhelming to decide what your budget should be for a vacation? In this blog I list for you the major components of an itinerary. Some are often overlooked when budgeting for a trip. It is not just flights and accommodations, there are other costs to complete your vacation experience that add up quickly. I hope you find this article helpful when thinking about the cost of your next vacation.
Getting There - This is the cost of your international flights. It's always beneficial if you have some flexibility with your dates as flying out one day earlier or later could result in significant savings. Also take a look at nearby airports as often times there are major differences in price.
Transportation During Your Trip - Airport Transfers, Rail for a multi-destination trip, Car Rental, or Local Flights. Depending on the type of trip, you may need to take short flights or trains to get from one city to another. Scheduling your airport transfers are so important because after flying all night you'll be whisked by your driver to your hotel, without roaming around the airport looking for a taxi service. In some destinations the cost of these private transfers add up quickly (for example, a water transfer to your hotel in Venice is quite pricey).
Accommodations - This is a huge factor in your overall budget. The cost can vary significantly depending on where you're traveling. Always ensure you know what is included in the rate. I always try to work with properties that include breakfast in the cost. Renting a villa or apartment is also a great way to have more space and save with meals as you have a full kitchen for meal preparation. I work with reputable management companies when renting apartments or villas.
Activities - This is by far what you will remember most from your vacations. The excursions and experiences during a trip is what allows you to soak in the culture, history, and vibe at your destination. Whether it's a segway tour along the beach or in a city, a private winery tour and tasting, a cooking class or a truffle hunting experience. Private or small group excursions offer so much more than what you get with a large group. After all, do you want to spend your vacation with a group of 40 travelers following the guide with the red umbrella? Make sure you factor in the cost of activities and experiences that will make your vacation so much more memorable.
Other Costs - Lastly, these are the costs of a trip that we don't ever think about... Travel Insurance, Renewing Passports, Visas, Vaccinations. They are just as important but just not as fun to think about as the other components.
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