These days, travel has got a bit of a reputation for being reasonably affordable. That’s because there are so many budget options available to us now. For starters, there are plenty of budget airlines, including RyanAir and EasyJet, that travel to some countries is now extremely cheap, even if you need to book flights for the entire family. Plus, it is incredibly easy to find really good deals on hotels and guesthouses in the majority of popular travel destinations. Not only that, though, but sites like Airbnb are further bringing down the average cost of staying in a foreign country.
But is going on vacation really as cheap as it may at first appear? Unfortunately, it might actually end up being slightly more expensive than what you had initially anticipated. That’s because there are often lots of hidden costs that you don’t need to realize you will need to pay until it is too late and you are served with a bill. There are also some expenses that few of us even consider will be necessary to go away on holiday.
If you have a trip coming up in the near future, you may want to consider all the things you might need to pay for as you go through the planning process and even during the trip itself. Here are some costs that you might not have expected – make sure they don’t take you by surprise!
Something that lots of people forget is that you could end up losing some money if you don’t think about changing currency carefully. There are a few things you need to consider before you do change money. Firstly, will you change your money before you leave home, or once you are abroad? The exchange rates could differ by quite a bit depending on where you go to change your money, so it really is necessary to figure out where you will get the best rate from. You should also take the associated fees and charges into consideration as well. A few international banks are now part of a global network of financial organizations that no longer charge fees when customers change their currency with them. If your bank is in this network, you might want to go to them for your holiday money.
It is always important to double check everyone’s passports before you leave for a foreign country. If someone’s is out of date, then they will not be allowed to travel. In some cases, you might even not be allowed to travel if there are six months or less on your passport. That all depends on the country you are traveling to – each country has their own policies regarding the validity of passports. So, if you need a new passport before you travel, it’s important to renew it well in advance of your trip. The application process can take quite a while, and any delays could potentially hold up your travel plans. But, you should also consider the price of renewing your passport. It can be quite expensive, and the cost of it needs to be taken into consideration and included in your vacation budget.
As well as renewing your passport, you will need to consider the cost of any visas that you might need for travel. There’s no getting away from the fact that travel documents can be extremely costly to regular travelers, unfortunately! There are certain countries which will require all travelers to have a visa so that they can pass through border control in the airport. Just like with renewing a passport, applying for visas can also be quite dear. The price of a visa will differ depending on which country you are applying for.
Don’t forget that you will need to get some shots and immunizations before you travel to certain countries. Generally speaking, you will need vaccinations for the majority of countries in Africa, South America, and South East Asia. But it is always necessary to check with your family doctor as they will be able to tell you the exact immunizations you might need. Unfortunately, these are not free, and you will have to pay for them in full. Some health insurances cover travel vaccinations, but most policies do not. Again, it’s a good idea to check this so you are clear on exactly what you need to pay for.
New Power Converters
If you are traveling to a new country that you’ve never been to, you might have to buy some power converters. Unfortunately, the whole world does not use the same voltage, so some countries have different styles of wall plugs. If you are traveling to a country that has a different plug style to your home country, you will need a converter. Otherwise, any electrical devices that you take won’t work as you won’t be able to plug them in!
Ideally, it’s a good idea to not use your phone when you are away traveling, as you will be charged data roaming charges. You will also find that using your phone’s internet is a lot more expensive than calling and texting abroad as well. So, generally speaking, it is always best to wait to use your phone until you can connect to WiFi. If you want to still use your phone as you would at home, then you might be better off buying a global SIM card. When you use these types of SIMs, you will get a local phone number and will be charged at the local rates.
Even though most hotels in this country now offer WiFi included in the price of the room, this still isn’t the case in many foreign nations. In fact, you might find that the extra charge for WiFi can be extortionate! There are ways around this, though. If you have a credit card which offers you travel deals and discounts, you might be able to find some hotel deals that include WiFi in the final price. You can find cards that have pre-qualified offers from most banks and financial organizations. As well as benefiting from WiFi included with your hotel room, you will find a wide range of other great travel deals with these cards.
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These days, very few hotels offer an inclusive breakfast with their hotel rooms. This is largely down to budget cuts that are occurring throughout most of the hospitality industry. To try and make a bit of extra money, hotels still offer breakfast, but it comes at an additional charge. And sometimes it ain’t cheap! But this shouldn’t worry you too much – there will be lots of cheap local bakeries where you will be able to pick up some breakfast pastries to start your day. You could just eat these on the go or take them back to your hotel room.
Another cost that will depend on the destination to which you are heading is tourist tax. Some countries collect this tax from all tourists that come from different countries. Your hotel, guest house, or Airbnb host will collect this from you when you pay for your accommodation. It is mainly European countries that charge this form of tax, and it is never too expensive. But it’s still useful to bear it in mind when you are booking your accommodation. Most forms of accommodation in the country will list the cost of tax with the prices of their rooms. The Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland are just three of the European countries that charge visitors this form of tax.
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You should also be very careful when you are preparing for your holiday and packing your luggage. Be sure to check the exact baggage dimensions that you are allowed to check into the hold and take onboard with you. It is really important that you stick to the size and weight stated on the website and that you do not go over them. Otherwise, you might find that you are charged extra for taking them on the plane with you. You could of course refuse to pay the extra charges, but then you will have to leave the heavy and bulky bags behind!
Don’t forget that ATMs usually charge for using a foreign card in them. So, you might want to reconsider your plans to use your cards while you are abroad. Of course, there are some cards that can be used abroad for free or very little charges. If you travel quite a bit, it could be worth looking into one of these. Alternatively, you could just plan on getting all of your money converted into the local currency before you leave for your destination. This does mean that you might be traveling with large sums of money on you, though.
There are lots of other hidden charges, these are just a few suggestions. However, if you plan your trip carefully, there should be little left to surprise you while you are away traveling!