International trips should be full of fun and adventure, but nothing puts a damper on a journey abroad quite like a sticky financial situation.Your trip will run much more smoothly if you determine a trip budget for yourself (and stick to it!).
So you know where you’re going and how long you’ll be there, but to really nail down how much money you need, your next task is to research the costs in your destination at the style of travel you want. Do you want to backpack, or would you rather stay in luxury hotels? How much are hostels, hotels, restaurants, and attractions? Knowing will allow you to estimate how much money you’ll need for your trip.
The following steps should be kept in mind while planing for the trip cost –
1. Flight Tickets and VISA
Likely to be your biggest costs, book early to get the best deal – try flight comparison and travel booking sites for specials. If you’ve got some flexibility with your dates, consider travelling off-peak.Most visas, for most countries, come with an associated application fee. The cost will depend on the type of visa you’re applying for.
2. Travel insurance
Travel insurance is really important, without it you’ll be counting the cost if the unexpected happens.There’s no point in cutting corners – this is an essential. Your credit card may include travel insurance that you’ll need to activate before travelling, but if you don’t have an eligible card, you can purchase a policy and tailor travel insurance to your specific needs.
3. Transport – Rental car or Taxi
Whether you rent a car or not is really up to you. You need to look at how much freedom of movement you want and whether you can afford the costs and responsibilities that go along with renting a car.
If you are not on a tight budget, I would definitely recommend renting a car because it can make your trip so much more enjoyable.
4. Accommodation- Hotel or Motel
Selecting the right hotel is one of the most important decisions to make when planning a vacation. Book wrong and you could wind up overspending, staying in a sketchy part of town, or feeling overtired and just plain blah throughout your hard-earned vacay. If you choose the best hotel for your family vacation, however, you’ll ensure a relaxing trip for all.
Do some research to understand how much you should budget for. Look for hotel specials with breakfast included or accommodation with a kitchenette to save on food costs. And go where the locals go – it may be cheaper and tastier too.
6. Entertainment and shopping
Find out what tours and activities are available – you may get a discount for booking in advance.Tourist shops offer a great range of souvenirs, gifts and products. At a duty free store you can purchase cheap products tax free. You could spend hours shopping at the local shopping centre or mall, and browse through a range of fascinating artwork at an arts and crafts store. Or you can just stay at home and shop online!
7. Phone and Internet
It’s common for hotels to add an internet charge to your bill or limit the number of devices you can sync to the WiFi network for free. If you’re taking your phone, ask your mobile provider about global roaming fees and charges. It may be cheaper to get a local SIM once you arrive (if your phone’s unlocked) or a cheap handset that includes one instead.
But no matter your trip length, these steps will help you stay organized as you prepare to step onto that plane and out into the world.Go on your trip and have fun!