Creating a Travel Budget

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Creating a Travel Budget

There are a few things that you might want to take into account when it comes to answering the question how to create a travel budget. It’s important to understand that this is not a hard undertaking but it’s one which is particularly critical when it comes to it and you must absolutely take it under serious consideration if you want your trip to go well.

So, with this in mind, let’s take a look at the major factors that will affect the amount of money you spend.

How Will You Get There?

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The first and foremost thing which is going to decisively determine how much money you spend is the type of transportation. A lot of people tend to believe that air travel is the most expensive form of transportation but that’s a common misconception.

If you manage to get your tickets early you will be able to take advantage of significant discounts and this could potentially save you a significant amount of money. Take a look at how much your traveling expenses will be as this is one of the major budget-formation factors that you’d have to account for.

Where Are You Going to Stay?

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This is something that you can easily calculate in advance, much sooner than your actual trip. There are a lot of different options when it comes to accommodation and you can choose the one which is mostly suited to your own preferences, needs and requirements.

They are also going to determine the actual cost. However, in all of the occasions, you can easily have the end number in advance so that you can properly formulate your overall vacation budget. Possible places that you can compare prices between include motels, hotels, Airbnb's, couchsurfing, Bed & Breakfast's, or even just crashing on a friend's couch.

Where Are You Going?

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The destination that you are visiting is also one of the most integral components when it comes to how much you’d spend. If you are going to some place which is a well-known tourist destination, you can expect the prices to be higher than if you're going to a less known town in a secluded area.

However, if you are visiting some famous cities, you can also get by with a smaller amount of money when you account for the overall standard of living there. Cities with lower living costs include cities in Southeast Asia or South America. In cities like Mumbai or Ho Chi Minh, you can get by for far less than you can in Paris or Milan. This is an important point as making a total count is impossible without knowing exactly what you want to visit.

What Will You Do There?

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Accounting for activities and other expenses during your trip is another key aspect of creating a comprehensive travel budget. Often times, people overlook simple expenses such as eating out, going to museums or attending a festival on vacation. These can all pile up to breach your initially planned travel budget.

Eating out everyday in a foreign city will no doubt increase your expenses, just as taking safari tours, museum trips, or skydiving lessons will. Make sure you're aware of all the major activity and food expenses that you'll have during your vacation. 

Of course, it’s important to note that the budget that you will create is solely dependent on your financial capabilities and the amount that you can afford to spend. This is what you should formulate your trip around. 

But again, don't let money dictate the limits of your trip! After all, you are there to explore and enjoy your vacation, and the best way to do so is by allowing yourself the pleasure of spending money on special and rare experiences.

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