Regardless of what you choose to do with your life, it’s expensive. There is very little that comes free, and some even argue that there is nothing in life that comes free. From the day you are conceived, your parents have to pay for your right of passage into the world. They might take care of a lot of the expenses until you hit adulthood and have to start making your own way in the world, but once you do, you realize pretty quickly that life is a money game and the ones with heavy pockets win.
If you’re walking out your adult life with a passion to do things, like any normal person, finances are always one of the top things on your mind. Most people would love to travel, but travel is another one of those things that takes a wad of cash. If you can secure the money you need to fund your travel related dreams, here are the expenses associated with travel you should be aware of:
Flight is probably going to be one of the bank breaker items associated with travel for you. There are ways to do it cheaply, for instance, if you have airline miles associated with a credit card account, somebody else buys the ticket for you, you work for an airline and can fly standby for free, or you’re invisible and are able to stowaway on a flight like Harry Potter, you’re fine, but for the most part, flight will cut into a large part of your budget.
It’s always a good idea to have somebody drop you off and pick you up at the airport. If you decided to drive yourself, you’re going to have to pay a daily fee to leave your car at the airport and nobody wants to do that if they don’t have to. In addition to getting to and from the airport, you’ll have to think about transportation once you get to your destination.
Will you need to rent a car? Will city transportation be available? If that’s the case, is it free, does it cost per ride, or can you get a metro pass for the week and budget it in? In any case, skip the cabs as much as possible if you’re looking to save a bit of money on things. Call an Uber or a Lyft driver instead…or just walk.
These are perhaps the three biggest expenses associated with travel. Flight, transportation, and food. If you’re a normal human being you eat at least 3 meals a day. When you’re not at home, those meals are being eaten out. That’s a lot of money in disposable items. To save yourself, consider buying stuff that’s easy to transport around. A granola bar in the pocket is always a life saver.