And at last, we come to the predominant part of this process, the clincher of every travel plan! Once you have an idea of the costs including travel, accommodation, connections, big tours/excursions or adventure activities (through hours of tireless research, obvs), work that into a total. Consider this your down payment or investment, if you will.
A good next step is to try and devise a rough, daily budget based on where you’re travelling. Include things like food, public transport, small activities, souvenirs, entry fees to museums/galleries or whatever else.
After this, focus on your savings target. Once you’ve formulated this total figure, which includes all foreseen expenses for your trip, make it your mantra! Think about it from the second you wake up, to the moment before you doze off into sweet travel dreams. Write a million post-it notes to plaster your walls with. Recite it to yourself once an hour, on the hour.
Keep checking your budget progress regularly. If you’ve got miles to go, you might have to rethink the scope of your trip and what’s achievable.
How much should you spend on the road?
Obviously, you didn’t spend all that time planning for nothing. As dull as it may seem, trying to stick to your budget whilst travelling is vital to avoiding on-the-road money woes. But, being flexible and allowing yourself a buffer budget is also a solid plan that, in the future, you will be eternally grateful for.
There are ample opportunities to save money on your travels too. Befriending locals and gaining insider tips on the cheapest and best places to eat, stay and sightsee is a savvy and smart move y’all.
*Insider Tip – Look online for “Free Walking Tours” in the city you’re visiting. Most often you’ll find something and speaking from experience, it’s the best way to navigate and get to know little anecdotes about the city from the local guides. These are stories you would’ve never known if you were sitting on a ‘Hop On Hop Off’ bus. The guides on these tours are extremely happy to take visitors around the city; you can really see how passionate they are about their jobs. Another thing, these are not entirely “free” per se, at the end of the tour you can (and must) give the guide however much your budget allows; they’re happy to take any amount & currency too!
*Recommendation – Look for the “Sandeman’s New Europe” free walking tours. They are hella good at their job!
Okay, now go live out your dreams of wander, and remember to enjoy every second!
(This is not a sponsored post. All recommendations & suggestions are from personal experience.)