Using the holiday budget calculator is super easy.
Start by entering:
1. Enter in where you’re jetsetting off to
2. Pick your travel style
3. How long are you travelling for?
4. Choose your currency NZD/USD
Is where your budget plan gets into the nitty gritty of your per day plan. Check out how quickly that one coffee a day adds up over 2 weeks! Be honest here, the robots aren’t going to judge you for having 3 fast food meals per day even though your mum might!
The next page is probably the handiest calculation since the one that led to sliced bread. Step 3 is the shopping budget section where you can get an idea of your cost per spending spree and add in any additional funds for souvenir shopping or that 1kg Toblerone from the duty free shop.
Following that, Transport is another one of those pesky costs that can add up super quickly if you don’t keep an eye on it. If you’re on a budget, avoid taxis and rideshare as much as you can, the US has a pretty good public transport system in the major cities. You can tell your mum the subway in New York isn’t like it was in the 80’s too.
Now the robots will have had a chance to do their magic and come to the total budget figure going by everything you added. Keep in mind that these are the most basic expenses. Don’t forget to add in travel insurance, other daily expenses like food and drinks, sightseeing, activities and leave some extra room in the kitty for any shopping sprees and emergencies too!
Some final tips for the road
Budgeting doesn’t have to be a dirty word. It might not be the most fun part of your holiday, but it is one of the most important parts.
- Research your ‘per day’ budget and include the things you really want to do. Once you know the costs, you have a goal to save for and some flexibility to work with
- Most things are cheaper to book in advance (especially if you’re going near peak times) but some things can be cheaper to purchase in the US
- Don’t forget to factor in your pre-travel costs (e.g. travel insurance, immunisations and visas).
- Budget for cheap eats some days so you can treat yourself on others.
- Don’t forget other cheeky costs like airport transfers, tours and tipping
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