Summer vacations are the talk of the town, and you can’t wait to go. You and your significant other made plans a long time ago. Finally, it’s time to pack up your bags, let your hair down, and just make new memories. You have high hopes, but financial problems could ruin them if you’re not careful.
It’s easy to stick to a travel budget if you’re by yourself. However, when you’re with another person, both of you should be on the same page. Here’s why:
You May Want to Eat at Different Places
You’ve checked Seattle Center hotels over and over again, and you’ve probably settled on one that offers good food choices for those times you just want to stay in or go out late. Room service is one of the marvels of staying at a hotel. It would be such a shame not to enjoy at least one good meal in your room. When you want to splurge on another meal, you can eat just in your pajamas and realize that your significant other has spent more than the allotted budget in other expenses. You may feel like you’ve run out of options. Although it’s not enough to ruin the whole trip, think about that restaurant you’ve been dying to try but you can’t because you’ll be short on your souvenir budget.
Your Cards Might Get Tied Up
Credit cards are a lifesaver when you’re traveling. You want to save all your cash for necessary cash-only purchases and use credit cards whenever necessary. However, there are establishments that accept cash only, and if you don’t have the bills, you have limited options.
Now, how about your debit cards? They solve the cash problem with a simple withdrawal, but remember that some banks have a rule that they require you to inform them of a trip, especially if you’re going overseas. Failure to call them might mean that your debit cards will not authorize the withdrawal and you cannot access your money.
You May Come Home to Expenses
Part of the allure of summer vacations is the lack of responsibility. Your house and your job are put on hold. You can worry about them once you return. For now, you want to just have fun. However, splurging too much on the trip without thinking of your financial situation when you come back might mean debt of great proportions. If you’ve used your credit cards on your trip, remember that that’s not free money. You will need to repay them on top of your utilities and rent or mortgage.
Although you may want to say yes to your significant other wanting to buy something expensive on the trip, explain to them that you still have responsibilities to come back to and that additional tour might sound fun but could put you in a tight spot financially once the vacation is over. It’s fun to just go to a new place and pretend that you have all the money in the world. Still, you’ll appreciate the vacation even more if you don’t suffer from the financial dent on your savings when you come back to reality.
Brooke has been a connoisseur of back roads and obscure places since she was a girl. Growing up in a small working farm, she knew at a young age that there was so much to see and understand about the world. Since she left home at 17, she’s been gallivanting around the world. She’s a go-to resource for fearless Euro travel and extreme budget adventures. Her colorful experiences moving from one country to another with only time to spare will surely inspire you to leave the rat race and chase your backpacking dreams.