Surprising Travel Costs You Might Overlook

Surprising Travel Costs You Might Overlook

August 31, 2023

With summer in full swing, the call for a well-deserved trip strengthens. While planning for a vacation is exciting, unforeseen circumstances can result in unexpected expenses. To ensure a smoother and more cost-effective journey, consider these factors before your next big adventure.

Pet Care

Have you thought about your pet during your trip? You might have to hire a pet sitter, transport your pet on a plane, or pay an extra fee for hotels. Whether you're traveling with your pet or not, understanding your pet's situation during your trip is important. These fees can become expensive and even difficult logistically. Understanding these costs and or availability for care might influence your trip.

Traveling with heavy or large Items

Many airlines charge expensive fees for large or heavy luggage or items. Look into these fees so you’re not surprised at the airline because at that point it might be too late to find other options. Also don’t forget that you can mail your items using USPS or UPS if the item is not convenient to travel with or cost-effective. 

Notify Your Bank

Will your credit cards work in this new location? Inform your bank about your travel plans to avoid any issues with your cards and to ensure they don't block transactions due to suspicious activity. These instances can become a real hassle, this might happen at inconvenient times where contacting your bank might be difficult. Be proactive and ensure you can access your money.

Travel Delays and Rebooking

Travel delays are an unfortunate reality, and they can derail your schedule and budget. Set aside a portion of your budget to cover potential expenses due to travel delays, like flight rebooking fees, car repairs, or hotel stays.

Travel insurance may be worth considering but always read your policy carefully to see what's covered. Another great tip is to set aside one-third of your travel budget for unexpected expenses. That way should the unforeseeable happen, you're prepared and can return to your vacation with minimal stress.

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