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Want to know how much your next getaway will cost? Use the worksheet below to itemize projected expenses. Leave a blank if you do not require a certain item. If you don't know an exact amount, estimate. (It's a good idea to guess on the high side).

Underneath the pink expense work sheet, there's another one where you can calculate what you can afford to spend. If your vacation-expense total turns out to be less than your income total, great! You're on your way to planning a fiscally responsible holiday.

EXPENSES

BEFORE YOU GO... AMOUNT
Wardrobe necessities (see packing)
Luggage and locks
Passport/passport photos
Inoculations/medications
Sundries (suntan lotion, etc.)
Personal care (waxing, etc.)
Extra pair of glasses/ sunglasses/ contacts
Child care/pet care expenses
Camera/ film/ processing
TRAVEL...
If Flying:
Airfare for two
Transportation to and from airport/long-term airport parking
Airport magazines, snacks, etc. (roundtrip)
If Driving:
Gasoline/oil
Tolls
Meals/snacks x number of days on the road
Other Transportation (cab, bus, subway, train, ferry)
AT THE DESTINATION
Room rate x number of nights
Room taxes x number of days
Breakfast for 2 x number of days
Lunch for 2 x number of days
Dinner for 2 x number of days
Beer/wine/alcoholic beverages for 2
Snacks for 2 x number of days
Tips x number of days
Phone calls/Internet connection
Souvenirs/Gifts/Postcards
Activity fees (golf, horseback riding, spa services)
Equipment rental (snorkel/scuba etc.)
Excursions (sightseeing tours, dinner cruises)
Entertainment (shows, nightclubs, discos, movies, fairs, other admission)
Gambling
Other
EXPENSE TOTAL:
Can you afford it?
INCOME AMOUNT
How much money will you have to spend on your vacation... and where will the funds come from?
Savings
Gifts of Cash
Miscellaneous/
Other Income
TOTAL FUNDS:

If you plan to charge your entire trip on credit cards, know how long it will take you to pay off the bill and finance charges. If you can't afford a major vacation right now, consider delaying until you can.

Instead, treat yourselves to a romantic weekend getaway -- and start putting cash away for an out-of-this-world anniversary trip....

MONEY -SAVING IDEAS:
Inexpensive Getaways
All-Inclusives
Travel Auctions
Win-a-Trip Contests

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