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How to Prepare a Travel Budget 1 of 5 Part Series

Congratulations, you finally decided to take the vacation of your dreams. You’ve read travel magazines, online reviews and asked your loved ones where you should go. You want your vacation to be magical, filled with adventure, relaxation, and fun… lots of fun. Now comes the hard part….

Creating a travel budget (Yikes)!

How much will this trip of a lifetime cost?

Travel expenses can vary greatly depending on travel preferences, so it’s important to make a travel budget early on.

Most experts will tell you to start with the biggest expense first, but that’s not what I suggest and here’s why…

Flight and lodging are usually the biggest expenses, but if those things aren’t important  to you, then they don’t have to be the biggest part of your budget.
Some travelers value recreational activities and entertainment more so then lodging. I suggest you prioritize what’s most important and budget accordingly.

Yes, I know, this may sound counter intuitive for some of you and that’s ok.

I’ve found when travelers start with the biggest expense (transportation and lodging), they leave little room in their budget for activities and entertainment which is a big NO, NO.
Why?

A great travel experience is created when you do.

Don’t get me wrong, staying at a luxury hotel is exciting and it enhances the travel experience. The same can be true for transportation. Remember, creating a travel budget is the foundation for your epic vacation. It’s the cornerstone of your travel experience.

When I think about the vacations I had, the best travel memories are of the different activities I experienced. Like the one time we went ziplining, or when we went on a Segway tour. The hotels we stayed in were nice, but that’s not what made the trip fun. What made it fun was what we did and who we befriended.

Now what I’m suggesting doesn’t mean you can’t have your cake and eat it too (luxury lodging, exciting activities, the best transportation). It simply implies that you should create a budget that reflect what’s most important to you.

Running out of money, or worrying about cash flow during your trip is stressful and can quickly ruin your trip.

Which brings me to the next golden nugget…Including miscellaneous expenses into your budget!!!!

This is a must because unexpected things happen while you’re travelling. The unexpected can be anything from illness to a spontaneous outing. No matter the reason, you can’t go wrong with having miscellaneous cash.
If nothing else, returning home with extra cash in your pocket is a lovely feeling.

Of course meals, travel insurance, and travel gear should be included in your budget as well, especially if you’re traveling abroad.

Websites like www.budgetyourtrip.com and www.tripcipe.com are great resources when planning your travel budget. A travel agent is also a great resource for suggestions and booking your travel.

I hope my tips serve you well as you begin to plan your next excursion!

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How To Plan Stress Free Travel 5 Part Series

Stress Free Travel
Stress Free Travel

Summer travel has officially started and while savvy travelers planned out their summer excursions months ago, others are just now planning getaways.

Although I’m a huge fan of planning travel months in advance, unexpected “stuff” can happen and a few short weeks can be all you have.  However much time you have to plan your summer adventures, avoiding travel stress will ensure memorable experiences and resources well spent.

Did you know that poorly planned and stressful vacations eliminate the positive benefits of time away?*

Wow, that’s mind blowing!!!!

In the online Business Harvard Review, an article by Shawn Anchor states that most of the happiness obtained from vacation is dependent upon the stress level of the vacation. Which means the more stressful the travel experience, the less it benefits your well-being.

This explains why I’ve had lack luster trips and needed a “vacation” from my vacation. All the time spent figuring out where to buy this and that, how to find blah, blah, blah, is exhausting and can suck the fun out of getting away!

Isn’t the purpose of  leisure travel to decompress, have fun, and come back rejuvenated?

If you’re nodding your head and thinking, heck yea, then you can appreciate a well planned adventure my friend.  I’ll share with you 5 tips to stress free travel.

When suggestions below are applied, travelers create an inclusive trip that eliminates stress, enhances experiences, and increases happiness.

Ok, I know you want to overlook this. However, after research and personal experience, I assure you the more thorough you are in planning your trip, the less stress you will have.

5 Tips To Stress Free Travel

1. Allocation of travel funds
How to prioritize your budget.

2. Itinerary & Activities
How to create a daily schedule of activities based on your budget.

3. Choosing Lodging & transportation
How to choose the best lodging for your excursion.

4. All-Inclusive Vacations
What to know about exclusions before you book your vacation.

5. Travel Agent or Online Booking
The pros and cons of having a travel agent versus self-booking travel.

Isn’t it interesting how each point seem like a no brainer? I think so! These 5 tips appear to be common sense, yet so many travelers disregard the importance of each idea.

In this 5 part series, we’ll explore steps you can take during travel planning so that you reap the benefits of being away.

Let’s help you plan a fabulous trip!

 

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Tamara Burkett at TamaraBurkett.com Welcomes You!

 

Tamara Burkett welcomes you to our new web home!

Hello, I’m Tamara Burkett, your Independent Travel Agent, and I want to change the way you think about travel.

I had many travel experiences, some amazing and others

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Tamara Burkett, your independent travel agent.

not so great but through them all, I developed a better awareness of self and acceptance of others. I believe that travel is more than time to relax and have fun or a sign of social status. An epic travel experience includes connection to self, family and community. Combine these elements with advance planning, and research and an amazing travel adventure is created. Helping others to design meaningful, fantastic vacations is the focus of my website.

I developed TamaraBurkett.com to simplify travel and provide you with what the insider’s know of the products and services available to you for travel.  My site includes a weekly blog, information on travel certificates, destination reviews, travel deals, and more.

If you are looking for a better way to travel or how to travel more, you are in the right place!  I have a

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