Who takes a trip without making sure they can afford related activities? If you can't afford the camel ride, just skip the camel ride - or postponed the trip until you save up for everything involved?
I consider these, and any other expenses related to any trip I might take as PART of the overall budget. I'm going on a cruise next year, from Baltimore, and live in NJ. My cousin lives in MD but closer to DC. She actually thought I would be willing to drive down to her house, then drive us both to the port, and park. she was willing to pay half the parking but its not just the money, its the time! And I'd rather drive 45 mins to friends, leave my car there, and take a 2 hour train ride, and then a cab to the port. It will cost lest too! she is also under the impression her brother will be willing to drive her up, but he already told me there's an inexpensive shuttle she can take. I think she's in for a bit of a rude awakening.
She does know shore excursions, alcohol, etc. cost extra and therefore she has to budget for those, right? Just checking...
Oh definitely. She's been on 20+ cruises to my two. she's funny about money. if it's something she can get pleasure out of, clothes, expensive purses, fun stuff, vacations, there's no issue. But when its the "necessary" stuff, like car repair, or saving a few pennies on things, she can be quite cheap, hence the thought that she can get her brother to drive her up and pick her up. when for me, stuff like that is PART of the overall cost.
We went on vacation to SC a few years back, and rented a friend's condo, for next to nothing. She's active military, and actually thought about driving quite a way out of the way, simply to get groceries at the PX, so as not to have to pay tax at a "regular" grocery store. Never mind it was like 30 miles each way there, and for a week, we didn't need much food, so any tax savings would have been eaten up by the extra gas. that kind of stuff