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When budgeting for your next vacation, whether it’s your honeymoon, a family vacation, or a weekend getaway we all have a spending plan that we need to follow. We all start with the big number and then have to break it down. However there are the things that we sometimes don’t think of that we need think about adding in.
If flying to our destination, how will we get to the airport? And will we need to park the car there while we are gone? Will you need a park, stay, fly package because your flight leaves really early in the morning? Can you Uber to and from your home airport? When you arrive at your destination will you need transfers to your resort or cruise port? Or are you staying where you can take either a taxi or rideshare like Uber or LYFT?
A lot of us like to go to all inclusive resorts. However, not all of them include tips in the price of the package. You will need to bring cash to tip the staff at the resorts. And don’t forget when on a cruise, you can either pre-pay your tips or you can bring cash along to tip them.
On a cruise when you are in port you will need to pay for excursions. These are an extra fee. You can easily spend $50 to $150 per person extra per port per activity.
All inclusive stays can add on additional costs for things like green fees if you are a golfer, motorized sports, and spa treatments. You can also take excursions on and off of the resort for additional fees similar to the cruise port excursion fees. A good example of this is swimming with the dolphins. Even though you are not on a cruise, you may want to leave the resort and have this once in a lifetime experience. Your resort may offer this as a day’s excursion with an additional fee for the experience.
Travel Protection. The one thing that isn’t the sexiest thing to talk about, however it is something to think about. What is travel protection? Travel Protection is a way to help protect your travel investments, belongings, health and safety and other losses related to travel. You can get plans that cover anything from trip cancellation and interruption, emergency illness or injury, baggage loss delay or theft, bankruptcy of the travel supplier, unexpected travel delay and more. Prices and coverage of the plans vary from state to state. Your travel agent can you get a quote and you can speak with the travel insurance company if you have questions on the plan and exactly what it covers.
As you can see there are more things to add into the spending plan than just the package itself. However these other items are just as important. They may not be the sexiest part of travel, however it’s all something to think about and discuss when putting together the spending plan.
And until next time….. Happy travels!