9 Travel Expenses You Forgot to Budget For

travelingHere are some common costs that could trip you up:

1. Departure Taxes: Some countries impose departure taxes when you leave. You can’t avoid this, so do some research on your destination before the trip.

2. Resort Fees: You may be hit by mandatory resort fees when you check in at certain hotels. These fees range between $10 and $30 per night, and they supposedly cover things like Internet, phone calls, and newspapers. Ask before you book.

3. Snacks: You’ve probably included meals in your budget, but light snacks and drinks can add up too. For example, if you choose a cheaper flight with a stopover along the way, you might be tempted to buy a sandwich and a cup of coffee while you wait at the airport. This may wipe out any savings you get from booking the cheaper flight in the first place!

4. Flight Fees: Budget airlines are the biggest culprits when it comes to hidden fees, but there’s always a chance that you’ll be charged extra fees by any airline. The excess baggage fee is one of the most common ones you’ll encounter.  Depending on your airline, you may also be charged extra fees for failing to check in online, not printing out your boarding pass, misspelling your name, and calling the airline phone line.

5. Parking: Parking fees in big cities can be outrageously expensive. Your hotel may not provide a parking spot for you, so read the fine print before you book.

6. Cell Phone Roaming Charges: Even if you domestically, you may have to pay long-distance charges for phone calls. When you internationally, you could potentially incur a fortune in roaming charges.

7. Wi-Fi: Of course it might be wise to disconnect when a person travel, but sometimes you should know that everything at operate is going smoothly so that you can fully relax. Or you may need to access your reservation details within your email inbox. Whatever the reason, it’s likely you’ll need Connection to the internet during your trip. Many hotels and airports provide free Wi-Fi, but you can find others that charge a considerable fee for every device you have. Check airport websites plus the fine print on your hotel reservation to ready yourself for these service fees.

8. Weather-Related Expenses: It’s difficult to guess what the weather will be like during a trip. Weather-related costs can be anything from the retail price of an umbrella to flight change fees because you can’t get to the airport on time. You could pack waterproof clothes that can be layered to anticipate cool days, but it may not be possible to fully prepare yourself for freak weather.

9. Currency Exchange: If you’re not careful, you could easily pay hundreds of dollars in currency exchange fees. When you withdraw cash from an ATM that belongs to any bank other than your own, you could be charged fees by both your bank and the bank that owns the ATM. It’s cheaper to withdraw as much money as you can safely carry every time you visit an ATM. If you travel a lot, consider getting a fee-free ATM card like the one from Charles Schwab. Your credit card may also charge you a 3% currency conversion fee on every payment. Some cards don’t charge this fee, so check with your bank before your departure. It may be worth your while to get a new card that doesn’t charge any currency conversion fee.

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