How Do I Create a Travel Budget in Google Sheets?

By Michael Ferguson

Creating a travel budget in Google Sheets is a great way to stay organized and keep track of your finances while traveling. With Google Sheets, you can create a spreadsheet that’s tailored to your specific needs and easily shared with others so everyone can be on the same page. Here’s how to get started:

1. Start a new spreadsheet
Begin by opening Google Sheets and creating a new document. Select File > New > Spreadsheet and give it an appropriate title (e.g., Travel Budget).

2. Add columns
Once you have your new spreadsheet open, it’s time to add columns that will help you track your expenses. Some common categories include airfare, lodging, food and drink, transportation, entertainment, and miscellaneous items.

3. Set up formulas
Once you have your columns in place, you can use formulas to help calculate totals for each category as well as overall totals. This is a great way to stay on top of how much money you’re spending on each item or activity during the course of the trip.

4. Insert budget goals
If desired, you can also insert budget goals next to each column so that you know how much money you should be aiming for with each expense category throughout the duration of the trip. Be sure to also include a column for “remaining” so that you can keep track of your overall balance at all times.

5. Share with others
You can easily share your travel budget with friends or family members who are traveling with you by selecting File > Share > Get shareable link or entering their email address in the “Share with others” section in the top right corner of the page. This will allow everyone involved to see changes in real-time and make sure everyone is staying within their allocated budget throughout the trip.


Creating a travel budget in Google Sheets allows travelers to keep track of expenses while away from home in an organized manner that is easy to share with friends and family involved in the trip as well as set goals for each expense category throughout the duration of their travels.