When you only travel a few weeks a year, it doesn’t matter so much if your budget gets blown. For example, I talked to some folks yesterday who had got stuck with a $90 cab ride because they’d accidentally booked the wrong hotel and it was a long way from where they needed to be.
When you travel for an extended period – whether that’s 3 months or a year, the extra fees and costs do start to matter, as people usually have a set daily budget.
Your challenge is to try to minimize these –
Here are some:
- Credit card booking fees e.g., charged by airlines for booking online
- ATM fees
- Currency conversion fees
- Resort fees (mandatory charges that aren’t included in your reservation rate and can turn a $50 a night hotel into a $80 a night hotel)
- Parking fees (These can be up to $35 a night in some cities)
- Rental car insurance that can turn a $10 a day reservation into a $50 a day reservation
- Ticket booking charges for plays and events
- Visa fees, for entering a country
- Airport or after midnight surcharges for cabs
- Baggage and seat selection charges
- Any food or drink consumed on a plane, in an airport or at a museum!
- Wifi charges