So yesterday, I tallied up my expenses for New Orleans. My flight and 5 of the 7 nights of accommodation were paid for by my company, as well as all meals for the first 5 days of my trip.
Because of this, I had budgeted $600 for my trip. This included $200 for 2 nights of accommodation, and $400 in spending money. What I actually ended up spending was $175.32 on a hotel for 2 nights, and $321.56 in spending money. Meaning I am $103.12 under budget, and that 7-day trip cost me a grand total of $498.88! :)
I definitely could have cut out a bunch of expenses (you’ll see what I mean on Monday when I post my spending recap), but it’s nice to relax and not worry about money when you’re on vacation. Which is the best part about saving up for trips! When you get home, you don’t have to worry about a huge credit card bill, because everything was paid for in cash.
The extra $103.12 I saved will go back into my Travel Fund to help pay for my upcoming trip to Toronto and NYC in May. For that trip, my flight is already paid for. As is my accommodation for 4 nights in Toronto, and a deposit on the apartment in NYC. It’s a relief to have already come up with the money for these things. So all I need to do is save up for spending money, and my share of the apartment cost, less my deposit.