Spain has to be one of the most beautiful, exciting, romantic, entertaining countries in the world. It has amazing food, the culture is fascinating, and the weather is blissful. Whether you are looking for a break for two or you are going away with a big group or a family, it’s the ideal vacation destination.
Budgeting is important for any vacation. If you don’t plan your budget before you go, you could easily run out of money too soon or find you have forgotten important aspects of paying for things abroad. Read on to find out exactly how to budget for a Spanish vacation so you can enjoy yourself and not have to worry about your money.
When Do You Travel?
Your budget may have to change depending on when you are traveling. If there is a big event happening in the area you are heading to, or if schools are out for the summer, for example, it might cost you more to get there.
Before you book, check to see if it would be cheaper to go another time. Unless you are restricted to a specific week or two when you can go away, then you can choose a time when it will cost you less and save you money – money which you can then add to your spending pot when you’re away.
Set A Daily Budget
If you know exactly how much money you have to take with you on your Spanish vacation, then it’s wise to divide that amount up, so you know how much you have to spend each day. If there is a day when you don’t spend much, you can add the ‘left over’ funds to the next day and spend a little more.
Having a figure in your mind that you can’t – or shouldn’t – exceed will help you stick to your budget and keep you from spending more than you comfortably can. To make it even easier, only take a set amount of cash out with you each day, leaving the rest in a safe in your hotel room. That way, you really can’t spend more than you are meant to, which is good for your peace of mind according to Money and Mental Health.
Be Careful With Your Smartphone
You might have a great budget set for each day, and you might pride yourself on only spending what you have decided to spend and no more. Yet when you get home, and you open up your next cell phone bill, you could be in for a nasty surprise – you might accidentally have spent a fortune on data and calls.
Make sure that you speak to your cell provider to let them know you are going away and ensure that you set your phone to the right setting. Even better, use Wi-Fi wherever possible to save your data. This way, you can still upload images or play Unibet games to relax and not pay a high price for it when you get home.
Food and Drink
Most of what you spend is going to be on food and drink when you are on vacation in Spain. However, there are ways to save money in this area. Firstly, you could try a self catering vacation, and eat out half the time that you normally would, cooking at ‘home’ the rest of the time. This won’t appeal to everyone, but it could be ideal for a smaller budget.
Another idea is to search out restaurants that are away from the tourist areas, the ones that the locals use. Not only will you be able to enjoy authentic Spanish food like the paella featured on Spain On A Fork, but you will pay less for it too.