Travel budgeting: I need a rule for my thumb
September 4, 2014 2:35 PM Subscribe
Is there an easy way to estimate how much money it will cost to take a trip?
posted by Serene Empress Dork to Travel & Transportation (18 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I love to travel but due to having little money for much of my life, I always tend to think of it as being "too expensive." But as I have recently become aware that several non-wealthy people I am acquainted with somehow manage to take a trip or two (or more) every year, I am beginning to think that "I can't afford it" is now pretty much just a knee-jerk reaction on my part, and I probably could afford to do a few things here and there.
Problem is, I really have no idea how to estimate a budget for a trip in the early stages. Is there some rule of thumb that could help me do this without doing tons of research up front? I would just like to have a general idea what it would cost for a married couple to have a reasonable good time over a 4-day trip to Vegas, a few days in the Bahamas or a week in Rome (for example.)
Also, is there a reliable place to get actual travel deals that really are bargains and not scams? I always thought Expedia was supposed to be cheap for airfare but all the $69 round trip tickets they advertise in my email never seem to apply to anywhere I want to go.