The first thing to do when planning a realistic budget is to work out how much money you can actually afford to use. Work out how much money you can put aside after your earnings have paid the bills and finalize an amount that you can realistically save for travelling. If you already have money saved up, then use this as your budget. Now you have decided on a budget, you can now decide on where you want to go and what you can afford based on your budget.
Everyone knows that traveling can be expensive. You have to pay for travel, accommodations, dining and activities, and after awhile, it all adds up. When we try and determine our travel budget, we are constantly including the amount of money we intend to spend on gas or airfare, hotels stays, and all the amenities we plan to enjoy. But somehow, no matter how much we calculate our trip and plan out our expenses, we always end up coming home from vacation spending more than what we had budgeted for.
While most of us scratch our head in wonderment trying to determine how we could have been off by so much money, it then hits us—after the fact—that there were things we spent money on that we didn’t plan for. These hidden fees can easily break any budget, and it’s important to start accounting for them before you leave for vacation. The following are five hidden travel fees you should expect.