Everybody wants to travel, but a lot of people mistakenly believe that you need to have a lot of money in the bank if you are going to get out and see the world. It’s more than possible to see the world on a budget, more possible than at any point in history. However, if you’re trying to stick to a rigid budget for your travels, then it’s important to remember that hidden costs can crop up everywhere. Below, we take a look at some of the common, often overlooked expenditures that can eat into your budget.
When you’re looking to visit a new destination, the first thing you’ll probably do is visit Skyscanner and compare all the airlines. You see an airline offering a dirt cheap flight, and you book with them. On paper, it’s all good, but you need to remember that budget airlines are cheap for a reason: they make their money in other ways. You’ll need to factor in that you will almost certainly need to pay for checking in a bag, and if you don’t print your boarding pass before you arrive at the airport you might be hit by a horribly overpriced charge just to board the plane.
Spending Money Abroad
Even if you’re travelling on a budget, you’re going to need to have money when you’re overseas. Alas, currency exchange costs can vary significantly, so it’s important that you’re not being stung by excess charges. If you’re exchanging large amounts of cash, then the difference in what you would get from different companies could be as much as an entire day’s budget. Make sure you know what the exchange rate is when you’re offered prices; you won’t get exactly that of course, but you should be in the same ballpark, at least.
Where’s the Hotel?
Like with your flights, it’s worth paying any extra attention to the hotels you’re booking. Don’t just be lured in by a price that feels too good to turn down. For one thing, check where it is. Most cheap hotels are miles away from any notable destinations, which means you’ll need to spend a lot of money (plus time) just getting around. Also, some hotels will charge you for every added comfort, which can very quickly add up. Before booking anywhere, check to see what the price you’ve been quoted includes, and read reviews.
Staying in Touch
If you’re from the UK, then you will have recently heard that you can use your data, texts, and minutes abroad. But remember: that only includes Europe. If you go beyond the European borders, you’ll want to make sure you’re connected to wifi before talking with people back home.
“Let’s do It”
Finally, remember this: you’ll be excited when you’re on your trip and will be more inclined to throw caution to the wind and spend money that you really ought to save. It’s important that you show some self-control and don’t be lured in by temptation. You’ll regret it!