Went way overboard on vacation
Find a Conversation
|Fri, 08-31-2012 - 3:00pm|
We had a great vacation in California this past month. The only problem was that we went significantly over budget on a vacation for the first time ever.
One thing I did not plan for correctly was the tax rate. San Francisco & Santa Monica, for example, both levy a 14% tax rate on hotel rooms! We had either two hotel rooms (family of 5, two are young aduilts) or a large suite the equivalent of two rooms. Either way, the rooms ended up being 10% over budget.
On our previous trips to Europe, we've stayed at B&Bs, where breakfast is included in the rate. This time we stayed in hotels where breakfast was included only half the days we were there. For a family of 5, that adds up fast - especially with higher taxes and higher tips (in the UK, it's only 5-10% and in some places you're not expected to tip at all).
The rental car, with its associated taxes, also cost more than our prior rentals in Europe.
Airplane upgrades added another $375.
We got a new dog before going on vacation, and boarding her for 12 days added another $300 to the cost.
Overall, I'm just really annoyed with myself that I didn't anticipate the costs correctly. We've done 3 trips to the UK & Ireland and one to Virginia in the last few years, and each one came in at or under a generous budget that had us staying at very comfortable though not 5-star digs. If I'd planned better and sooner, I would have done things differently, but I kept thinking, "Oh I'm so busy, and it's just California, no exchange rate, no big deal." Argh!
We're not in debt because of this, but it was poor decision-making on my part. Frivolously spending money is not how you stay out of debt! Grrrr.