10 Ways to Manage Your Spending During Vacations

Summer vacation activities mean an increase in expenses, so you must know how to manage your spending. Keep reading to learn some of the best tips and tricks!
10 Ways to Manage Your Spending During Vacations

Last update: 02 September, 2021

Summer vacations are fun, but you must know how to manage your spending. It’s hard as you probably just want to think about that trip to the beach, mountains, city or country. However, you mustn’t ignore the fact that you’ll eventually have to return to your old routine. As you can see, you must be sensible about what you spend while you’re there.

Indeed, ’tis the season to relax and enjoy yourself but be aware of the state of your finances to not get in trouble once it’s over. Today, we’d like to share some tips on how to control expenses during your vacation. Read on!

Manage your spending during summer vacation

First, be aware that many prices increase during the high season in most vacation spots. Fintonic, an app that organizes information according to spending categories, made a study on it.

Anything related to travel or entertainment usually consumes most of the budget during the summer season:

  • Airplane transfers
  • Transport such as car rental
  • Fuel for your rental
  • Lodging
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Parking and highway tolls

Given this panorama, concerning what we spend the most, we already know what we can save on. Here are our tips for this summer.

1. Where to go on summer vacation

Most people want to go to the best vacation spot regardless of the length of theirs. However, it’s best to select it based on your budget.

It’s a bit unrealistic to consider the place first and then see if you can afford it. In this regard, take into account that summer vacations take place during the high season. Thus, the places with the highest demand are also the most expensive.

This is why you should consider less crowded or sought-after places; most places are interesting. This is also a way to stay longer.

2. What to do during summer vacations

There are other decisions to make besides choosing the destination such as:

  • Local attractions
  • Their proximity to your lodging site
  • Which ones require additional transportation
  • Their costs and any extra expenses they may require

Determine which of these attractions are close to each other and visit them on the same day to save some cash. Also, find out if there are any discounts and promotions.

3. The budget: Annoying but necessary

This isn’t a question of how much you’re willing to spend, but about how much you can actually spend.

The most important principle to apply here is not spending what you’ll need for something else. In fact, you must plan for any unforeseen expenses such as a car breakdown, an unexpected increase in rates, etc.

Likewise, once you know how much you can spend, then go ahead and deduct a 10% reserve beforehand. The remaining 90% is your real budget. The idea here is not to spend too much or too little.

Things people need for traveling.
Having a set budget for summer vacations is crucial to avoid overspending. You must estimate all your expenses, including any unforeseen events.

4. Comparisons and other applications

You’ll need to handle a certain amount of information to come up with a budget. Fortunately, there are several applications nowadays with which to compare costs of transportation, rooms, meals, among others. This way, you’ll have a better estimate of what you’ll need.

According to research, these comparators have changed the way people approach their travel planning. In fact, they can even help them decide where to go, depending on their budget.

However, you have to pay attention to certain conditions regarding special seasonal rates and such details when making these comparisons, whether you use an app or not. Keep in mind that the fine print usually hides important information.

5. The advantages of home exchange

The biggest expenses in a travel budget are transport, accommodation, and food. All of these you can sort of control both during your vacation.

There are some home exchange platforms in which people rent spaces in their homes to travelers.

Estimates indicate that home exchange can save up to 40% of the travel budget. In addition to this, studies on the subject highlight several advantages of this modality, such as the possibility of a better experience at a given destination.

6. Meal preparation

You can also control your expenses when it comes to meals. Try to eat only one meal at a restaurant but make the other two at your lodging site.

You can also bring homemade food, such as sandwiches, to the trip. Especially on the outward journey if you travel by car or bus. Of course, you’ll probably want to try the local food of the place you’re visiting. Do so by all means, but just try to stay away from overly expensive places.

7. Luggage for summer vacations

Be mindful of your packing and keep it light. This is because an excess of luggage will only hinder your movement, especially if you don’t travel in your own car.

Not only that, but a heavy suitcase also entails expenses. For instance, there’s now a maximum on airplanes and, although it varies from one airline to another, you must often pay extra for anything above their limit.

8. Stick to the plan in order to manage your spending

While the idea of a tightly planned fun routine seems tedious, too much improvisation could be detrimental, at least from an expense perspective.

There are times in which you’ll be forced to change plans. For example, you wanted to go to a garden but it’s closed, so perhaps you can visit a museum instead. Mainly, trade it for something that suits your set budget.

What you must avoid is a drastic change such as taking a luxury suite when you only have enough for a single room. These actions can severely limit your budget and reduce the length of your vacation.

A couple walking down the street.
There is no reason to spend more than planned for your vacation. An extra expense can mean a financial problem at the end of the summer.

9. Beware of compulsive shopping

Apart from the aforementioned expenses, keep in mind the souvenirs. You must include them in the budget because you’ll probably want to bring back something to a special someone.

Usually, you go into one of those handicraft markets and you just want to buy everything in it. Be careful though, you must control these types of expenses so as not to affect the rest of your budget. You don’t want to get stranded due to a silly paperweight.

10. Other tips to manage our spending during summer vacations

Be informed about the exchange rate when you travel to another country with a different currency. Choose a place where the exchange rate is favorable and if you’re trying to manage your spending. Also, try to use public transportation or other means such as bicycling.

Things to keep in mind in order to manage your spending

You work, you study, you make a conscientious effort and so you have the right to enjoy a vacation and enjoy the benefits of traveling. It’s good for your health.

On the one hand, you don’t have an unlimited budget to get away for an indefinite period of time; on the other, most people can only travel during the high season and it requires a greater budget. In this respect, you must make do with what you have.

Even so, the most important thing is your state of mind. Enjoying it depends entirely on you, on your attitude, more than on the place you visit. Those who aren’t happy with what they have won’t be happy with what they lack. No matter what, enjoy the trip!

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