I love to travel – no secret there. I am sure you love to travel as well.
But do you allow for all those hidden costs of travel?
Hidden costs? you ask, what hidden costs of travel?
6 Hidden Costs of Travel for a Family Holiday
Hidden Costs Preparing to Travel
Once I have made my decisions on where we will be taking our next family holiday I start to research things to do in our travel destination. This can result with me needing some sort of new clothing, whether that be just a good pair of walking sandals, some new dresses for dinner, or perhaps specialist adventure wear. Before I know it, it can easily rack up to several hundred dollars worth of clothes (and just to let you know I am not one of those girls who loves to shop). So what types of new clothes will you need?
Next are you also planning on doing any special sporting, adventure activities or just attending a function? Will you need to purchase special equipment?
Then do you need any other special travel gadgets? I have a great list of handy items to pack HERE. Obviously you probably won’t need them all. You may just need to purchase something like the pegless clothes line so that you can save money when washing clothes when you travel or perhaps something a little more elaborate like a new travel bag.
After that I start to think about packing family travel essentials: new sunscreen, insect repellent, toothpaste and shampoo. OK you probably want to buy these at some point but it’s just that I like to have a full packet to ensure I don’t run out whilst away.
Finally in the last few days before you travel there are those little extras:
- putting your mail on hold,
- getting a hair cut and
- visiting the day spa to finish off your grooming.
It all adds up.
Hidden Costs of Travel with Kids
Now as I travel with a child there are a number of extras for my child that I buy in the lead up to our family holidays. You may want to pack these for your kids as well:
- travel activities like colouring and puzzle books,
- new holiday toys/games,
- new reading books and
- favourite snacks.
Hidden Costs for Travel Abroad
If you have decided to travel overseas then you will need a passport, OK you thought of that cost but did you allow for the passport photos?
And do you need visas to enter the country you are visiting, whether that be purchase on arrival or pre-departure?
Another thing to consider when you travel overseas is your health. On top of packing a medical travel first aid kit, but do you need any vaccinations? Then did you factor in the travel insurance – don’t forget to disclose any health issues which you may be able to cover with an additional fee – yep more money.
Hidden Costs of Air Travel
If you are going to travel overseas then one of the most popular ways to get there is by flying. Once you have bought your air ticket check your inclusions:
- if your luggage is included check your luggage allowance – excess luggage is very expensive.
If they are not included then you will be paying extra at the airport or during the flight – see if you can save some costs by pre-purchasing these items.
But before you get on the flight you have to get to the airport, how are you getting there?
- airport parking for duration of your holiday,
- friend/family parking in short-term car park,
- or limousine?
Whichever one you opt for it will cost you money.
Hidden Costs of Cruising
Are you sitting there smugly thinking I’m not flying, I’m cruising 🙂 I’ve bought my ticket that includes all meals and activities – but does it.
Watch out for hidden extra costs in travel on a cruise ship they include:
- additional dining options,
- extra cruise ship activities: salon/spa, adventure parks, rock walls etc.
Look you don’t have to do these things on your cruise but just be aware that these items cost more.
Hidden Costs of Road Trips
Even if you are not planning a family holiday overseas, in a plane or on a cruise, a simple road trip getaway can have some hidden cost in its travel plans.
When planning a road trip I suggest in my road trip tips to make sure the car is serviced. Once you are on the road and out of the city you will notice that petrol prices will fluctuate – often going up not down, and that’s not even allowing for a flat tire 😉
Now don’t be put off by these hidden costs of travel in your family holiday planning just remember to include then in your budgeting so that when you come home from your family travels you have happy memories not huge credit card bills.
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