Are you planning to take a family vacation this summer? If so, it could become a pricey proposition. For those Americans with summer vacation plans, 41 percent expect to pay an average of $3,000 for transportation, lodging, meals, activities, entertainment and pet care, according to a new telephone survey conducted for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) by Harris Poll. The Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants offers some tips on how you can set a budget for and hold down the cost of a family trip while still having an enjoyable break.
Check out prices ahead of time. There are many online options to help you compare and minimize hotel and airfare spending, but it can be hard to budget when you’re not sure how much your everyday needs will cost. To solve that problem, search online for local restaurants that appeal to you and check out the menus to get a sense of meal prices. Visit the sites of museums or any other type of attraction you plan to visit to learn about entrance fees. Don’t forget, too, that you may need to rent a car or take taxis or public transportation to get around. Other expenses may include hotel Internet charges, fees for using an ATM outside your own banking network and currency exchange costs if you travel abroad. You’ll probably find yourself buying at least a couple of souvenirs to remember your trip, so add those to your budget, as well.