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4 Hidden Travel Costs to Watch Out For

4 Hidden Travel Costs to Watch Out ForThere’s nothing quite as fun as planning and getting ready for vacation. After all your hard work on a daily basis, it’s a true treat to jet off to somewhere exciting.

If you’re like many smart vacationers, you likely have your trip all planned out. You’ve saved up and budgeted for everything you can think of.

However, have you ever come home from vacation (or gotten halfway through) only to realize that you’ve spent more than you originally planned? If you’ve found yourself going over your travel budget, be sure to look out for these four hidden travel costs.

1. Transportation

Getting to and from the airport is a large expense that many travelers forget. For starters, driving yourself to the airport might seem like the most convenient or cost-effective solution. However, if you plan on parking your car there for several days, the prices tend to be astronomical.

Plus, once you’ve reached your destination, be sure you have a plan for how you’ll get to the hotel. The airport is full of different options, but some can cost you a small fortune, while others, are much more budget friendly.

2. Baggage Fees

Different airlines have different policies and prices regarding your baggage. Some give you one checked bag for free and then charge you after, while others charge for each bag you check.

Plus, should your bag be overweight, you should expect to get hit with an additional fee. Be sure to examine your airlines policies and do your best to avoid too much extra baggage.

Furthermore, it might be a good idea to invest in a baggage scale. That way you can ensure that your bag is within the weight limit.

3. Currency & ATM Fees

Whether you’re traveling to a destination that will require you to exchange currency, or will need to use the ATM on a regular basis, both actions will add to your bill. Depending on the exchange rate and where exactly you transfer currency, you’ll find that you’ll acquire some sort of charge or lose money in the exchange.

In addition, the cost to use ATMs not associated with your bank or to use your credit cards abroad could mean you pay a fee of $3-$10 each time you do so. While that might not seem hefty at first, the cost can add up quickly.

4. Forgotten Extras

In most cases, you probably have all your meals and a few snacks considered within your budget. However, once you arrive, the desire to try out local cuisine and drink or the temptation to opt for convenience foods, can have you spending more than you planned out.

Consider your destination and be aware of any miscellaneous extras you might be tempted to splurge on. And when it comes to snacks, be prepared and pack some pre-made ones from home.

Vacation is supposed to be your time to relax and get away from the chaos of the day to day. That being said, it’ll only stand to cause you stress if you get home and find that you’ve far exceeded your budget. Be aware of these extra hidden costs, so that you can plan ahead for the future and better stick to your travel plan.


Can you think of any other hidden travel costs? What are some ways you’ve been able to combat these hidden travel costs?


Photo courtesy of: Olichel

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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

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  1. A few years back we did an ‘in country’ trip to another province. We booked a cheap bus back and discovered there are weight limits for bus’! I had never heard of that before. Granted, this is unlikely to be an issue for most, or even us again, but we did bring back a lot of locally made edibles.

    So that’s another one, if you travel by bus, check for weight limits.

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