The Art of Traveling for Less

I recently had to write an article on how to have the “best trip ever.” I believe the article turned out pretty fair, but the one issue I always find in writing articles is not being able to use myself as a source. Not that I’m saying I am a perfect source for everything, but if there’s one thing I know, it’s travel. And if I’m not an expert with a certain aspects, both my parents are avid travelers and together we make a travel book of knowledge. So, in this case, I am a great source.

After planning for my trip to Utah back in March (so many gas calculations, too little days in SLC) I learned that planning travel is a career that if this journalism thing doesn’t work I could definitely fall back on. And now, as I prepare to go to California in September for my upcoming nuptials to a band member, I realize that traveling for less is my superpower. Move over Cal Pal, Morgan is in the building.

They especially love yellow and green when they are Oregon Ducks.

Today I’ve decided to share with you my price spreadsheet tips. Because there are plenty of articles about how to find the best hotels and flights, but I think knowing what to put on your budget list so you know what to expect is much more important. And less spoken about. So I’m going to provide you the information on how to make a detailed price sheet for budgeting. But if you’re waiting for the article I wrote to inspire this, keep a close watch on my Her Campus profile.

I find that my price sheet really helps me see my prices and know where I can cut back or not. As you’ll see from my chart I have $85 for miscellaneous prices, which means that’s $85 I don’t have to spend.

For my trip, I am traveling with four of my best friends to California for a concert. While we are there, we are traveling to Hollywood to star search and trek the Hollywood sign. Some things (cab fare and hotel) will be split between several of us. Others will be individual prices. My big thing in making this price sheet is to have all the prices on there and how much the trip will cost me individually. It’s too easy to get caught up in the numbers, so these sheets break it all down. As you will see, the sheet speaks for itself, but if you have any more specific questions, you can always ask in the comments! (I respond to all comments.)

So, let’s look at an expert price sheet, yeah?

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And that’s what it looks like! List out your individual prices (most of mine are cab fare) and if they will be divided between people. Then you’re basically done.

P.S. I use Uber cabs. If you are also a Uber cab user, use my code (uberenthusiasm) next time you taxi somewhere! All of the prices for my cab fare are from Uber.

I hope this has given you all some insight into what I do when planning a trip budget. If you want more of my traveling tips, let me know in the comments. I’d love to share more of my tips!

Stay classy, Internet,

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P.S. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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