Traveling can be expensive, especially when you forget about some key expenses. But costs can easily hide themselves. It’s easier to miss something when you’re excited and looking forward to the best bits of your trip, not how much it’s going to cost you. To make sure you stay within budget, we’ve got five hidden costs you ought to plan for. Check them out:
Let’s face it, you’re obviously going to take your smartphone traveling with you. And why wouldn’t you? It can act as your map, camera, entertainment and much more, in addition to the traditional communication purposes.
For when you want to contact your friends and family, it’s best to find a Wi-Fi connection where you’ll be able to avoid the high costs of data roaming and 3/4G. Oh, and don’t forget to switch your voicemail off – as Vouchercloud says, receiving a voicemail message is still regarded as receiving a phone call. They put your options simply:
- If you’re travelling for an extended period of time, consider purchasing a local, pay-as-you-go sim card
- If you’re travelling for a short period of time consider adding temporary add-ons to your contract
Some vaccinations are mandatory, some are advised. Some vaccinations will cost you money, others are free. Use the following as a guide and find out what vaccinations you’ll need to travel to your destinations.
|Free vaccinations||Vaccinations you pay for|
|Diphtheria, polio and tetanus (combined booster)
|Hepatitis B (when not combined with hepatitis A)
Japanese encephalitis and tick-borne encephalitis
|Source: NHS Choices|
Depending on where you’re getting your vaccinations done, you might have to pay for all – so it’s important to research how much it’s going to cost you.
Would your pets forgive you if you didn’t treat them to the best whilst you’re away? Probably. But you won’t forgive yourself if you forget to make arrangements for them. Kennels and catteries are expensive. According to Petcare, kennels can cost anywhere from $15 per night to several hundred dollars per night. Catteries are cheaper, but it’s worth considering a house sitter experienced with pets as an alternative.
Tipping is a minefield around the world. In the US, you’ll be expected to tip waiters, hotel staff, bartenders and cab drivers. In fact, you’ll offend them if you don’t leave some extra cash behind – so it’s something you’ve got to factor into your budget.
Elsewhere, tipping isn’t commonplace. In Japan, for example, if you try and tip someone, you’ll end up offending them. So you can save money in some places without having to worry. Confused? With tipping etiquette, it’s not surprising. Check out these top tips from The Guardian.
Do you owe your neighbor for collecting your post? Do you want a silly memory of your trip? Then you’ve got to consider the costs of picking up some cheesy souvenirs from around the world. Just try and pick some lightweight ones, so you don’t go over your luggage weight allowance because that could cost way more than a novelty hat is worth.
Have you ever been surprised by a hidden cost when travelling? Share your experiences with us.
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