So, I’m sitting here on a train for the next 4 hours on my vacation and thought I’d write a post about vacation planning. This is more of a rant than anything, so I understand if don’t want to continue reading. But, clearly, I didn’t think this through thoroughly enough. I should have done a better job of planning my vacation. So, this is what I did, and what you probably shouldn’t do when planning your trip.
Well, I paid for most of the costs of the trip up front. My plane tickets, train tickets, and hotels were all booked and paid for a head of time. So, I thought I was good on the financial standing for this trip. Well, it turns out that my vacation is more expensive than I thought. And part of the reason why has to do with the fact that I didn’t want to share a hotel room at the last minute and I failed to capture the full transportation costs of the trip. So, things like taxis, Uber rides, etc. Moreover, I didn’t bring enough money with me. So, I keep having to use my credit card. I’m afraid to do my budget because it’s just going to tell me that I don’t have enough money in my account to spend. Grrrrrr. So now, I am contemplating transferring funds from my Qapital account so I can stop the bleeding of using the credit cards.
The good news is that I should be back to break even in another paycheck or two. Also, I had about $200 in my Qapital account dedicated towards a trip to another location. Well, since I went to that destination already and didn’t use that money, I can freely attribute that $200 to this current vacation.
Finally, for reasons I don’t care to mention, there is a fair chance I may leave this vacation in the black instead of in the red. So, fingers crossed!!!
If you did stick around up to now, thank you for reading this rant. My main point to you is that if you’re going to take a vacation, try your best to plan for all the known expenses. Sure, things will come up that you didn’t expect. But there’s no reason for me to utterly ignore such readily anticipated costs like taxies and Uber rides. Engage in vacation planning carefully and you will avoid the pitfalls I fell into.