The blissful days of summer are here; a time for vacation, relaxation, rejuvenation, and reflection.


During vacations, many people tend to go a tad overboard while having fun or shopping, leading to overspending.

Overspending during a vacation can leave a negative aftermath and ruin what could’ve been a fun-filled trip.

To ensure your vacation remains a source of delight without any financial regrets, there are practical tips to note.

  • Set a budget

Setting a personal budget and sticking to it is the first step to avoid overspending.

So, first set a realistic and clear budget for your entire vacation.

By setting a budget, you will be restricted from making unnecessary purchases.


You will also be conscious of what you spend on and how you do it.

Before embarking on your vacation, determine the total amount you can afford to spend.

This should include expenses for transportation, activities, and souvenirs.

It’s advisable to list the expenses and set your priorities.


Having a clear budget in mind will even help you make informed spending decisions.

  • Research and plan ahead

You can avoid overspending and straying from your budget by doing some research before your trip.

Do thorough research on your destination to have an idea of the costs involved.

These could range from transportation to accommodation and restaurants.


A thorough research will also help you discover more affordable services.

Planning ahead allows you to find the best deals and make reservations in advance, potentially saving money.

  • Set spending limit

With a budget, it is still very possible to go off track and overspend.

But a spending limit allows you to avoid this pitfall.


So it is advisable to set a limit on how much of your budget you want to spend on something or someone.

For example, you can set a spending limit per day, per person, per item, or per activity.

Having a daily spending limit is more practical in this instance for vacations.

  • Track your expenses

After setting your limit, it is also important to always track your spending.

Keep a record of your expenses during your trip, including when, where, and how much you spend.

You can use a budgeting app, a notebook, or a simple spreadsheet to track your spending.

Regularly reviewing your expenses will help you stay accountable to your budget.

It could also help identify areas where you may be overspending, so you can make adjustments.

  • Avoid impulse buying

The vacation period is arguably the most common time people engage in impulse purchases.

According to Google, impulse purchase account for one in three purchases during the vacation season.

Meanwhile, impulse buying can affect your budget.

Before engaging in that impulse purchase, take a moment to consider whether the item is needed.

Ask yourself if it aligns with your budget.

Also, before heading to the mall to shop, try to have an idea or list of what you want to buy.

Refraining from impulse buying can help you avoid unnecessary expenses and stay within your budget.

  • Shop early

Shopping early during a vacation can be a smart move; shopping for souvenirs or personal items.

This will help you take your time to explore local markets and stores, compare prices, and find unique items.

It can also help you take advantage of early discounts.

Doing your holiday shopping ahead of the rush will save you a lot and help you spend within your budget.

You will also have enough time to focus on enjoying your vacation.

  • Cut down on return gifts/souvenirs

It’s relatable that you want to bring a souvenir for loved ones from a trip.

However, if it’s going to affect your budget and financial life after the vacation, compromise.

Instead of an expensive gift, you can get handmade local products.

It could be incense sticks, small mementos, or DIY gifts. After all, it’s the thought that matters.

DIY and craft gifts are great ways to save money and let your loved ones know how special they are.

They will appreciate the time and effort you put into creating them.

Limiting your spending doesn’t limit the fun or the experiences you have.

Budgeting will only enhance your vacation and also help you protect your long-term financial goals.


Editor’s note: The featured image, from the rapper Eldee‘s 2022 trip to Spain, is for illustrative purposes only.

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