Reality Check #2: Penny Wise, Pound Foolish?

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

– Anonymous

You researched online for that hotel or accommodation, then you found the right one but booked the less expensive one to save a few $$. Turns out it’s so far from all of the places you want to go that you spend precious time and money going to and fro…

You researched for airfare and picked the least expensive to get you where you want to go, then realize that you have to change plans three times and, with layovers, it will take you more hours to get where you want to go and you’re arriving in the middle of the night…

You spent all this time and money to get there, but you didn’t budget for extras such as admissions, that nice dinner, that one great excursion, a few souvenirs…

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Penny Wi$e, Pound Foolish?

Penny wise, pound foolish…when you’re planning your vacation and working on that travel budget, take into consideration your time, convenience and those little extras.

Is it worth saving a few dollars to not enjoy the experience? If you’re on a budget (like most of us!), be creative in finding other ways to make it work…maybe just stay one less day, look for package deals, family plans, specials, “free days”, student or senior discount tickets for museums and historical sites, book air or plan  your arrivals/departures to maximize your time there. And have a little “slush fund” for those unexpected expenditures.

And, remember, if it sounds too good to be true….it’s worth another look! Read the fine print and make sure you understand all of the details. (Check out Be a Savvy Traveler and Travel $en$e for more great travel budget tips!)

Find ways to make it work and make it wonderful!

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