Planning a family getaway over the summer? Then you’re also probably reviewing your vacation budget, however, have you considered all of the fees?
For flights: Unless you’re traveling with Southwest Airlines chances are you’ll have baggage fees, snack fees and seating fees if you’d like comfort. Bag fees could be from $20-50 per bag each way and snacks could range from $3-$10 per person. (Bring your own snacks to save and to ensure a healthier option.)
For hotels: Your rate may not include the resort fee and that can range from $25 per night or more and is typically payable at the resort. Parking and internet fees may apply so it’s a good idea to check to see if your nightly resort fee includes these extras.
Drinks/Alcohol: If you’re on an all-inclusive plan in the Caribbean or Mexico your drinks are included (top shelf
may not be), however, if you’re staying in the U.S. and have a meal plan your drinks are most likely not included.
Family pets: If you’re staying at a pet friendly hotel/resort you’ll want to check on those fees, however, if you’re
looking at boarding your pet the costs can begin at $25 and go up from there.
Security: If you’re considering TSA PreCheck you’ll need some time to apply and $85. It could be a great time
saver though and worth looking into.
Tipping, Parking, Tolls, International travel and currency exchange – all of these can drive up costs, too.
Helpful tips when reviewing your costs:
– Plan early
– Review all details and fees carefully
– International travel? Exchange currency at banks before you leave
– Purchase your travel needs while home i.e. sunscreen, hats, etc.
– Go green! Bring your own water bottles, healthy snacks for your flight, etc.
Planning in advance and noting the details before you go will allow everyone to have a more relaxed trip.
Continue Reading at: USA Today - "What your summer vacation will really cost"