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.
Always read the fine print. Are you planning to visit a resort or take a cruise? While you may expect many amenities to be included, it’s smart to find out ahead of time what will cost extra. Hotels may charge for daily parking, for use of the pool or other facilities, or for renting bicycles, jet skis or other water craft. On a cruise, there may be added charges for alcoholic or other beverages and even for dining in certain on-board restaurants. Trips outside of your resort or on-shore cruise excursions may also cost extra, and you’ll probably have to ante up a little more for massages or other spa services.