Think about cruising, for example. Everyone can find great deals for cruises anywhere on the globe. However, once you add all those "harmeless"cocktails every day, shore excursions or - even worse - the roaming charges, the final vacation bill will be much different than what you thought it would be.
Our reader Maureen Stanford sent us very useful and detailed information about this topic that most travelers overlook. If you don't want to have an unpleasant surprise once you get home, check her advice and the detailed Travel Budget Checklist.
If you want a stress-free vacation, plan ahead, keep your budget under control and listen to what Maureen has to say!
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Budget Travel Checklist: a Money-Saving Guide
Holidays are great fun. But they can also be expensive. The average Briton spends £1,393 [TCH note: equivalent to 1750 USD] every holiday, and many people are surprised by hidden costs you don’t immediately think of, including things like:
• Pet care;
• Currency exchange;
• Data roaming.
As a result, most of us don’t get to go away as often as we’d like. Fortunately, there are easy ways of saving money – enabling you to potentially go on holiday more. Vouchercloud identifies great money-saving tips in their budget travel guide checklist. We’ve picked out some of our favourite recommendations:
• Use pre-paid currency cards. Currency cards offer exchange rates better than those you’ll find at the bureau de changes. Although you might have you watch out as some charge ATM fees, using such cards is a great way of cutting the price of your currency exchange. What’s more, it’s not linked to your bank account – so its’s easy to replace if lost or stolen.
• Turn off data roaming and 3G. Make use of the Wi-Fi in your hotel and don’t forget to switch your voicemail off, as receiving a voicemail message is still regarded as receiving a phone call and could cost you a fortune. If you need to make calls, Vouchercloud suggests the following deals:
a) Vodafone Passport: free for pay-as-you-go customers only. Calls cost 75p [TCH note: equivalent to 93 cents] for connection and then standard home rate charges. 75p connection charge for receiving calls, and then free for 60 minutes, after which it becomes 20p per minute.
b)T-Mobile World Class: free for all contract customers. Calls cost 55p [TCH note: equivalent to 68 cents] per minute.
Check out this infographic to see how you could save even more money on your next holiday.
Any other ideas to keep your budget under control while on vacation?! Share your thoughts!