If you’re reading this, chances are you have a trip coming up or you’re in the planning stages of your next vacation, so congrats! For my readers who are still in dreaming phase of vacationing, check out my post on travelling broke, for a few tips on how to make your dream a reality!
Let’s jump right into it! Recently I visited Negril, Jamaica for a quick weekend trip. Negril is known for being home to The World’s Largest Caribbean Party Series, Dream Weekend as well many tourist attractions. However the most important element of a good trip isn’t picking a great location, but budgeting how you’ll afford life before, during and after vacation. While on my trip I was always faced with the temptation of overspending, because hey I’m on vacation, so YOLO! From my experience this trip, I’ve developed a 5 point guide to sticking to your vacation budget. Here it goes!
- Set a daily travel budget!
I know, this sounds boring, but your bank account will thank you for it! Set some time aside before your trip to prepare a reasonable daily budget for your time away. Be sure to account all the daily necessities like food and transportation costs. If you plan to visit paid attractions or go on a few tours, make a note of it! Now that you’ve set your budget it’s easier to stick to it because you have it documented on paper or in your budgeting app. As you make your daily purchases, be sure to account for them in your budget so you’ll be able to review at the end of the day and assess how well you’ve done!
2. Travel with persons on a similar budget.
I shared with you all the beauty of travelling with friends, so I’m sure you’ve got your #VacaySquad ready! But what does their vacation budget look like? Is there a significant gap between your budget and theirs? If your answer to the previous question is yes, then hear me out. Travelling with big spenders is a sure way to become a big spender! For example initially you planned to have fastfood for dinner, however your travel buddy, Spendthrift Sally, wants to have dinner at the most expensive restaurant in town. You think it’s just one night out you didn’t budget for, but this evening could burn your entire food budget for the period. With that being said, pick your travel buddy carefully.
3. Don’t waste your money on Souvenirs.
Yes you promised your coworkers souvenirs from your trip, I know. The truth is souvenirs are a big expense with very little value to you or the person you’re gifting. Let’s be honest, how many souvenirs have you bought along the way and still have use for today? And it’s tempting, I know! I’m a proud Jamaican and I found myself tempted to buy Jamaican souvenirs while on vacation 😂, so I can only imagine if I was visiting a foreign country. Now if you must purchase souvenirs, opt for ones unique to the area, so T-Shirts, keychains & mugs are out! Spend wisely!
4. Eat where locals eat!
Guys, yet again I’m not trying to steal from the splendor that is your vacation, but instead trying to help you be able to afford another one shortly. Dining out can possibly burn a hole in your travel budget if you don’t plan properly. Whilst every tourist destination will be filled with many restaurants with great overpriced food, you can enjoy delicious food, where the locals eat for a good cost! While I was in Negril, street food was my best friend, along with the daily stop to Naila’s Beach Bar. Naila’s was a great example of local food, that was delicious and inexpensive. I’ll dive more into the eats of Negril in another post so look out for it!
5. Avoid Expensive Tours
A major aspect of planning the perfect vacation is research. Be sure to find out all you need to know about local tours before you get to your destination. Let’s face it there are tour companies that make a serious profit from tourists who have no idea of the real value of the tour experience they provide. Be sure to shop around and get the best bang for your buck! Airbnb doesn’t only offer affordable options for places to stay, but you can also find great tours & experiences there as well. Experiences to match the style of every traveller.
As usual it was my pleasure sharing a few of my travel tips with you, I hope this post helps! Be sure to follow me on Instagram for travel inspiration & tips @yourtravellingpen!