Now that you’ve read about my trip to San Francisco, I though it would be good to do a quick budget breakdown to see how I spent my travel funds. I’ve broken my spending up into four categories: Transportation, Lodging, Food and Drink and Activities. For each of these sections of given a breakdown of each expense and given myself a grade for how well I managed my spending. The ultimate goal isn’t to spend nothing – just to get the most value for my dollar. (Spending money on airport food will hurt my grade, but splurging for a fancy meal with friends is still ok)
Note: In some cases things were gifts or provided free of charge. For the purposes of these budget posts I have included the costs in my breakdown and total but included notes to explain.
Total Spent on Transportation: $340
Overall my biggest expense category was transportation. The flight wasn’t too expensive for a cross country ticket, but I could have cut down on my use of cabs. However, I did do a good job with airport transportation using public buses/trains for three out of four trips.
Total Spent on Lodging: $0
During this trip I was lucky enough to stay with my wonderful friend, Andy. Especially considering I ended up being the houseguest from hell he was a very gracious host.
Food and Drink
Total Spent on Food and Drink: $115.82
I did pretty well on Food and Drink but I did have major “help” from my bout of food poisoning…in that I spent no money on food for an entire day and a half. As far as things I did well, I brought my own lunch to the airport to cut down on expensive food. However, we also visited a wine bar and spent $17…so that might have evened things out in the end.
*Day spent sick – no food purchased
**Lunch was a treat from a friend
Total Spent on Activites: $95
***Tour provided free of charge by Extranomical Tours in exchange for my review
What about you? What are your budgeting goals when you travel? What grade would you give me?