When you go on vacation, you want to be able to enjoy yourself without worrying about anything. You want to sun to shine and no ominous clouds to appear. You want to be able to eat your dinner without thinking ‘will this give me food poisoning?”. Plus, of course, you want to be able to enjoy yourself without thinking about spending too much money.
So how you can ensure you don’t spend a fortune while you are on your vacation. These tips will help…
Set A Budget
As with anything where you feel like spending could occur, it is always wise to set a budget. If you go away regarding your funds as unlimited, you could spend more than you really should. Setting a budget gives you a guideline as to how much you have to play with. Split it up into different categories, like food, drink, souvenirs and accommodation. Also, set up a miscellaneous category, for spending that doesn’t really fit into any category. If you’re doing an activity holiday, like skiing in a snowy destination, factor this in too. Take food, for example. If you have a budget, you can decide from day to day how much you want to spend. So one day you might want to grab a cheap sandwich from a local bakery. This will leave more in the pot for a delicious three-course meal the next night! Same goes for accommodation. If you are traveling for a few weeks, staying in a hostel for the first week will let you stay in a luxury hotel the week after. Don’t see budgets as restrictive; see them as giving you more control.
Do A Cruise
Doing a cruise has to be one of the wisest ways to cap potential holiday spending sprees. Look for discount cruise deals that offer all-inclusive dining and drinking. This means that when you’re onboard, you won’t have to spend a penny on food or drink. If you can keep yourself away from the casinos and gift shops, you won’t spend a penny elsewhere either.
Buy The Basics Elsewhere
We’ve all had that experience where we’ve gone to buy a bottle of water, and it’s cost more than a glass of wine! Hotel bars are sometimes utterly extortionate in how much they charge, even for the simplest items. Buy big bottles of water from the local supermarket or store outside of the hotel grounds. As long as you take a backpack or other covered bag with you, you shouldn’t have a problem. As for alcohol, consider buying a few minis from the airport on your way out there. That way you can enjoy a few beverages in your hotel room before dinner.
Go All Inclusive
Even away from cruise ships, all-inclusive is still a great option for resorts on dry-land. Often, when you look at the price, it can seem expensive. You might be tempted to plug for the cheaper half-board option or even B&B. But remember that once you start needing to buy your food and drink yourself, the cost rises. Sometimes all-inclusive can actually be cheaper in the long run. Plus it means you don’t have to spend money on these things while you’re on vacation.