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How to Create a Vacation Budget for Your Dream Trip

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Your vacation should be a time to kick back, relax, and enjoy life.

But what happens when your dream vacation is just out of reach? How do you plan and create a budget for your dream vacation (without breaking the bank)?

Planning for your dream vacation doesn’t have to be complicated.

To create a vacation plan, spend some time talking with your family to decide on possible locations. Depending on the season and the weather, think about where you’d like to go, how you’ll get there, and what activities you want to do once you’re on vacation. You’ll need to base your vacation budget around those categories.

Once you have the basics down, you’ll need to start thinking about your budget. There are two ways to create a vacation budget: a fixed budget and a category budget. To read more about how to create a vacation budget, read my post over at Little Bits of Granola, where I’m guest posting today!

Once you’ve brainstormed your options for where you’ll stay, your transportation options, and your activities, set your vacation plans in motion! As you’re planning, keep notes so that you can refer to them in case you want to go back to that location in the future.

As a bonus, download a free vacation planner (current email subscribers can find it in the Resource Library)! It includes some packing tips, a budget worksheet (refer to the full budget explanation as you’re creating your budget), and a packing checklist.

Happy travels!

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Wednesday 15th of June 2016

Thanks for sharing this! I've never been very good at budgeting. We're planning a vacation next year, so will have to keep this in mind!

Alison Lange

Thursday 16th of June 2016

You're welcome, Karen. Hope it helps!

Mother of 3

Monday 6th of June 2016

Pinned! We always try to set a vacation budget.. and stick to it.

Alison Lange

Thursday 9th of June 2016

Thank you for pinning! Sticking to the budget is the hard part. ;)

Laura Bailey

Thursday 26th of May 2016

So glad to have you on the blog again! :)

Alison Lange

Thursday 26th of May 2016

It was my pleasure, Laura! Thanks for hosting me!