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.
|BEFORE YOU GO...||AMOUNT|
|Wardrobe necessities (see packing)|
|Luggage and locks|
|Sundries (suntan lotion, etc.)|
|Personal care (waxing, etc.)|
|Extra pair of glasses/ sunglasses/ contacts|
|Child care/pet care expenses|
|Camera/ film/ processing|
|Airfare for two|
|Transportation to and from airport/long-term airport parking|
|Airport magazines, snacks, etc. (roundtrip)|
|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|
|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)|
How much money will you have to spend on your vacation... and where will the funds come from?
|Gifts of Cash|
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.
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