Ways to maintain a travel budget
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Travelers may fly to far off destinations with a plan to spend up to a set amount of money, only to find that they have blown the majority of their budget on the first day of their trip abroad. If vacationers and business travelers want to avoid this type of scenario, they need to make smart decisions, starting at the airport.
USA Today suggests travelers avoid making purchases while waiting for their flight, as prices inside an airport are much higher than they are anywhere else. Knowing this, individuals can pack a few snacks and resist the temptation to purchase a high-priced candy bar in the terminal.
Similar budget busters exist at a destination's shopping and tourist districts. Prices are likely to be higher around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, than they are in a spot off the beaten path.
If individuals have a smartphone, they may want to consider downloading a mobile app, such as the free travel organizer TripIt. This program allows them to keep all their travel information organized in one place, which, in turn, could help them stay on schedule and keep their budget in check.
Taking these steps may ensure a positive and productive trip, rather than one where travelers sit in their serviced apartments regretting a few foolish purchases.