Hidden Costs to Consider When Budgeting For You Next Overseas Holiday

The euphoria you feel when purchasing flights and accommodation for your dream adventure can quickly wear off once you realize there’s other costs that require you to dip into your hip pocket. While we all wish that these holiday expenses would stop at these key factors, numerous hidden costs can’t help but get in the way and often catch travellers off-guard. Making sure you are aware of these expenditures and allowing enough money to cover them is crucial to ensuring a stress-free and fun filled holiday. Here are a few factors you should work into your budget when planning your overseas trip.

Household Bills Don’t Disappear

I know, I know, the boring household costs don’t magically get paid by the bill fairy while you’re gallivanting around Paris! Unless you happen to win Lotto overnight, this likely isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Set aside some money to either pay your bills before you go or while you’re on the road. This could be anything from rent/mortgage, phone and internet, electricity, gas, car payment and this list goes on and on – unfortunately.

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The Wrong Kind of Insurance Can Cost You

Insurance companies have an uncanny way of making you pay for benefits that aren’t applicable to you. If you are not happy with one insurance company, don’t be scared to get a second opinion of research into the best plan for you. Travel Money Oz is one of the few companies that can cater an insurance deal that’s suitable for your trip.

Pesky International Roaming Charges

Extortionist international roaming charges are the bane of a traveller’s existence. While it’s only natural to call home and check on the pets and family while you’re overseas, a five minute conversation could end up costing you $50 on top of your regular mobile plan. Lucky for you there are ways to get around these pesky costs. Wi-Fi hotspots will enable you to use Skype Call and travel SIM cards will allow you to call other countries at a discounted rate.

Paying a Visit to a Tourist Spot?

Planning on fitting in as many tourist attractions as possible? Allow some space in your budget as some of these spots don’t come cheap. If you already know which landmarks you’d like to visit, check online to see if there are pre-booking facilities to score a better deal and guarantee your place if there is a daily admittance allowance.

Are You Up To Date With Exchange Rates?

The insecure economy means our exchange rates will vary day to day. It’s crucial to keep track of the exchange market including any future predictions as this will affect the amount of spending money you have overseas. Pick the best time and convert some cash before the rates are no longer in your favour.

Withdrawal Fees Still Exist In Other Countries

Be wary of using ATM’s to withdraw cash in other countries; a single transaction can cost a holidaymaker up to $5 – talk about buzz-kill. There’s no getting around using cash on your break, but try to limit your transactions when possible by using a prepaid travel money card. You can organize one of these nifty devices from your local bank.

What about you? Do you have any overseas money tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.

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Bloggers Unite: A Fundraising Giveaway Event | Over $985 Worth of Prizes!

As if a 7.2 magnitude earthquake last October wasn’t enough, the central region of the Philippines was hit by another disaster, a 295 kph typhoon on November 8, 2013. Supertyphoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan), one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, smashed the central part of the Philippines and left hundreds of millions of destroyed of properties, death toll at around 4000, and over 650,000 displaced survivors desperate for food and shelter among others.

Bloggers Unite: A Fundraising Giveaway Event

Organized and hosted by:

Life’s Cheap Thrills, Diva Fabulosa, My Charmed Mom, Bay Area Mommy, Hot Fun Stuffs

Co-hosted by:

Two Little Cavaliers, Bunny’s Review, Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog, A.k.a. Chymecindy


As bloggers, we thought we could help these people by throwing this huge fundraising giveaway — a way we are all very familiar with. We have already raised $515 from this event and continuing to receive more donations through GoGetFunding.com. There will be a turnover of funds to a legitimate organizations that buys, repacks, and hands out relief goods directly to the victims. You can visit one of the host blogs for updates on the fund transfer in about a week or two.

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BLOGGERS WANTED: Fundraising Giveaway Event for the Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

Some of you may have heard the news that the Philippines was recently struck by Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, leaving the survivors empty-handed. The “apocalyptic” aftermath shows a horrifying scene of scattered debris from broken to completely destroyed houses and dead people.


Being one of the fortunate ones that were spared from this devastating incident Bay Area Mommy, My Charmed Mom, Diva Fabulosa, and Hot Fun Stuff  have decided to organize a giveaway event to raise funds for our fellow Filipinos that were affected. The support coming from different countries and organizations are overwhelming but these people are still far from recovery and they need more help to get through this tough time.

What you can do

We ask you to join us in this fundraising campaign. For a fee, your social media link(s) will be included in the entry form.

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