I love to travel with my family however, things can become a bit costly as we now calculate our son full flight ticket. All airlines charge a full flight ticket for persons 2 years and older. This can add on an additional $200 to $300 expense so, I decided to create and stick to a travel budget. That way we can explore our beautiful country and still have some coins left over for toilet paper when we return home, 🙂 just kidding! Get all the details, below:
How To Create A Family Travel Budget
What’s In Your Pocket
Determine what you can afford by assessing what you put to the side for a family vacation. Count your coins and start your preparations.
Use Online Resources
There are a few budgeting tools you can use to help calculate your expenses. Take a look at: BudgetYourTrip.com, SavingForTravel.com and IndependentTraveler.com. All you need to do is setup an account and enter in your travel expenses.
How Will You Get There
Determine the best route to arrive to your destination. There’s a few travel options such as train, bus, car, cruise boat or flight. You can compare plane ticket costs with sources like Google Flights, Sky Scanner, Expedia or Kayak.com. Researching and utilizing price comparisons apps will save you the most time and money.
Calculate how you prepare to get around once you make it to your destination. Will you rent a car, call for taxi or take local transit? If you decide to rent a car, be sure to find out the closest rental car agency to your airport. Call and ask if the rental car facility is walking distance from the airport or will you have to pay for a taxi to get there.
Where To Stay
Pick a hotel that’s closer to the attractions. Keep in mind that you want lodging that’s similar to your current sleeping conditions at home. Try not to skimp on sleeping accommodations. Unkempt hotels may ruin your entire trip. Check customer reviews on Google and Yelp. I often use Priceline, Name Your Own Price to guarantee a 3.5 to 4.5 star hotel.
Dine Out Or Eat In
When traveling on a budget, it would be great to stop off at a nearby grocery store and gather meal options and snacks. Having a kitchenette, refrigerator and microwave may cut down on food costs drastically.
You may not want to sit inside the hotel room, eating your store brought food all the time, right? Be sure to budget for excursions, sight-seeing and monuments. The best way to save is to search for package sight tours at a reasonable discount.
Budget Trip Planning
Set aside a certain amount of money every pay period to prepare for travel. If you have a credit card that provides traveler points or frequent traveler benefits, plan out your trips accordingly.
I absolutely love to travel. It’s a great way to clear your mind and create new memories while experiencing new adventures and cultures. Take the time to consider how travel will effect you financially and start early to plan ahead.
Where was your last trip?
Chat soon, Ro’Shunda