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AUGUST TRAVEL GUIDE

 

Your August travel guide is packed with great deals and travel ideas to inspire you to savor the remaining weeks of summer’s last hooray before we enter the cooler months of September, October and onwards.

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Hidden Costs That Drive Up The Price Of Your Vacation

Posted in travel, travel guide, travel info, travel savings, travel tips
on July 31, 2017

Vacation’s cost a lot of money, everybody knows that. Once you add up the price of flights, accommodation and spending money, you’re looking at a hefty bill. But what you might not realize is that there are lots of other smaller costs added on top that you might not have considered. These can soon build up and massively increase the price of your vacation. You can search for cheaper flights and hotels to reduce the price a little, but if you want to save as much as possible, you need to get those hidden costs under control.

 

Extra Baggage

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Most plane tickets these days don’t cover the cost of your suitcase and you’ll have to pay extra for it. When the whole family are coming with you, that can add up to quite a significant amount. Most people just suck it up and pay the extra fees because they think they need a suitcase, but that isn’t always true. The size of hand luggage that you’re allowed to take on is actually pretty big so you can probably get most of the stuff you need in there. If you’ve all filled your hand luggage to the brim and you still can’t fit it in, why not consider just getting one shared suitcase to put all of the extra bits in. It will cut the costs by around $20 per person which can add up when there’s a few of you.

 

Parking

Parking lot fees at airports are usually pretty ridiculous, but you can’t avoid it. What you can do, however, is cut the costs. The long-term parking lots are usually a bit further away but they cost a lot less. Most of the time there is a free shuttle bus that will take you to the airport so for the sake of a ten minute bus ride, it’s worth parking further out and saving the cash.

 

Insurance

Travel insurance is a must when you’re going away. If your holiday is cancelled and you don’t have insurance then you’ll lose everything. You’ll also find yourself in trouble if you need to visit a hospital. So, you can’t avoid it, but you can save some money on it if you compare travel insurance. The prices between different companies vary a lot so you can save big money by shopping around.

 

Pick Your Airport

Most people tend to go for the biggest or the nearest airport when they’re booking flights but you won’t always get the best deal there. If you’re willing to travel a bit further to the airport, you could save yourself considerable amounts on the tickets. You might have to compromise a bit on the day and time that you fly but it’s worth it for the savings that you can make.

 

Extra Hotel Charges

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Hotel prices can be deceiving and a price that seems cheap might end up being expensive by the time you check out. Lots of hotels offer a cheap base rate but add extra charges for things that you’ll need while you’re there. There can be charges for things like using the safe in the room and housekeeping charges. You won’t be able to avoid these things so you’ll end up with a massive bill at the end of the vacation. When you’re booking hotels, read through all of their extra charges and factor them in and don’t be fooled by offers that seem cheap.   

 

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How to Save for a Trip

Want to leave the country? If you’re thinking “yes, but my wallet might feel it,” then you need a plan! Any vacation is going to be a drain on your finances, especially if you leave the country. You will usually need at least two weeks to enjoy the sights, and that means time off from work. So, how do you pay for the trip and your expenses, knowing you’re looking at a loss down the road? The solution is saving, and here’s how it’s done.


Interest Accounts

Begin with a good interest bearing savings account where you can place your money. This should be separate from your usual bank accounts, and difficult to move money from. That way, you’re not tempted to spend. Interest is typically calculated based on an annual percentage yield, or APY. Putting even small amounts into this account will grow your money within a year. Within two, you’ll be ready to book something for sure.


Installments

Whenever you can, use installment plans to try and pay for things related to your trip as a form of saving. For example, book a plane ticket on your credit card for 6 months in advance and pay it off bit by bit. You will pay interest on that debt, but you’ll also pay it down slowly and avoid the shock of the upfront fee.
If you set goals for your trip and find some dollar amounts that are real, you can easily do the math and figure out what you need to save in order to achieve your goal of vacationing. Then, you can enjoy your guilt free trip.
This article was written by Samuel Phineas Upham

About the Author:   Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Samuel Phineas Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Samuel Phineas Upham on his Facebook page.
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