Hi, I'm Barbara!

I'm passionate about travel. Here I document my adventures, provide helpful tips for how to plan your dream vacation, and offer insights from my 30+ years as a professional travel agent.

How To Budget for a Vacation

How To Budget for a Vacation

One of the first things to consider when budgeting for your trip is how much you have or want to spend. Many people plan trips and then look at the cost – but it should be the other way around.

If you're traveling out of the country, the exchange rate should be the first item to cross off your list. There are many places around the globe where the Dollar goes a long way, and some where it does not.

China, Israel, Japan, and Australia are all places where you can make your pennies count. However, somewhere like the United Kingdom, the rate of exchange is significantly higher – meaning you'll have to spend a lot more money to visit. Rates are constantly changing so check to be sure your calculations are accurate.

I'm sharing a planning worksheet to help you get started. Create your own, modify mine, or use this one to be sure your expenses are accurate. I'm sure there are more items to add to this list, but it's a good start.

Don't forget to include incidentals such a drinks, snacks, gifts, souvenirs, etc. 

What to Consider Before Leaving
Currency Exchange Fees: ______
House Sitter Fees: ______
Pet Boarding: ______

Travel and Transportation
Airfare: ______
Travel Insurance: ______
Destination Transportation (taxis, buses, etc): ______
Car Rental (and gas for vehicle): ______

Lodging, Phone, and Internet
Hotel Accommodations: ______
Hotel Costs: ______
Tipping for Baggage Handling: ______
Phone Fees, Cellphone Charges, Rental or Billing: ______
Internet Fees: ______

Tours, Sightseeing, and Entertainment
Tour Company (Extra Costs): ______
Sightseeing: ______
Museum and Entry Fees: ______
Optional Tours (if on an escorted trip): ______
Guidebooks and Literature: ______

What You'll Need While You're There
Shopping for Necessities: ______
Food: ______
Snacks and Drinks: ______
Shopping (souvenirs, gifts, personal items): ______

Total: ______

Your Travel Agent Knows What You Need

Having a travel agent look over your expenses with you before you begin spending money can definitely make your hard-earned dollars go a long way, and also provide you with peace of mind, knowing everything is taken care of ahead of time. Professional travel agents know the ins and outs of the travel world, and they know how to help you get the best deals on your trip.

I have 30+ years of experience in this business, and I'm passionate about helping others experience our beautiful world. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have. Call me at 770-740-9099 or email to begin planning your trip today!

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