How Much Should I Budget for Travel Expenses?

By Robert Palmer

Traveling is a great way to explore the world, but it can also be expensive. Knowing how much to budget for travel expenses can help ensure your trip is enjoyable and stress-free.

Before planning your trip, it’s important to research the cost of living in the destination you’re visiting. Costs will vary greatly depending on where you’re going and how long you’ll be staying, so it’s important to factor those costs into your budget. Airfare is typically the largest expense, so look for deals and compare prices. If you’re traveling with others, consider splitting the cost of airfare if possible.

Once you know how much you’ll be spending on airfare, take into consideration other travel costs like rental cars or trains, hotels or hostels, and food and drink.

When traveling internationally, it’s also a good idea to factor in the cost of any visas or vaccinations that may be required for entry into certain countries. Additionally, many countries now require travelers to purchase medical insurance when entering their borders. In some cases, this requirement can add a significant amount to your overall travel expenses.

Once you have an idea of what your total costs will be for airfare and other travel expenses, it’s time to decide how much money you need to save for your trip. A good rule of thumb is to save at least 20% of the total estimated cost of your trip in order to cover any unexpected expenses that may come up while traveling. Additionally, make sure you have enough money available for incidentals like souvenirs or activities that may not have been included in your original budget estimates.


Budgeting for travel can seem daunting but by doing research on costs associated with travel and setting aside funds in advance for unexpected expenses you can ensure that your travels are both enjoyable and affordable.