When you travel, or do anything for that matter, you’ve got to have a budget. Why are budgets important? What consist of a proper budget? All these questions will be answered below.
If you don’t budget your money, you’ll be spending way more than you have before your trip is even done with. You just might end up having to go home early. That’s something we want to avoid. Rather than blow half your money at a Casino, why not actually go out and see something?
There are many reasons why budgets are important. The above example is just one of them. Knowing how much money you’ll actually need is another reason to budget. You can’t exactly go to Europe on $500. That might get you there, and that’s a big might, but what about the rest of the trip?
When it comes to budget planning, there are a lot of things we need to include. The list can be simple or larger, depending on what you’ll need. Here is a list of what I’ll need to budget when I take my trip.
Equipment – What will I need to record the journey? Camera(s), Laptop, Editing Software, etc.
Food – How much will it cost me to survive over there? Counting cheap and the occasional not so cheap meal.
Stays – What will staying in a Motel cost me vs say a rental house, or a friend?
Flight and Transportation - Flight and Airport cost? What about Bus or Train cost?
Clothing Cost – When you want Immerse yourself into a culture. Gotta buy their clothes.
Entertainment Cost – What about Museums? Art Galleries? Music? Theater?
This is just what I’ll be including in my budget. Many people won’t need the Equipment or the Clothing budgets, but the rest are generalized budget categories. Trips can be costly, but not as costly as most think. You can cut corners here and there.
Transportation passes can be purchased to make getting around easier and cheaper. Especially if you’re going to be in one area a lot, like I am. If you’re looking to cut the cost, make sure it’s in Transportation and Food. Many European Countries have Open Air markets where you can buy good quality food for reasonable prices.
Next time that you do something. Make sure that you budget well. If you don’t budget, it can spell disaster. Something that is wise to avoid if you want to have a great time.