I love to travel and a huge chunk of our budget is spent on traveling. I will forgo lots of material things and stretch our grocery budget to the max, just to afford our trips. I really work hard to maximize our travel budget as best as I can.
Unfortunately, I always seem to spend more on our trips – once I am in the travel mode – than I had planned for. Visiting new restaurants, ordering the local specialty, buying artwork (that is a vice of mine!), and visiting the local museums. If it is something local or unique the the area that I am visiting, I simply find myself experiencing it all. My grandmother, a world traveler herself, once told me, “The only thing you regret when traveling are the items that you did not buy.” Not the best advice when you are working with a budget! And I admit, my collection of artwork brings me joy. Every time I look at a piece I am reminded of the location and often the person that sold us the piece. There is history to the art.
Any words of wisdom for me? Where I am so good with budgeting in all other areas of my life – I simply do not do well with sticking to a travel budget when I am on the road!