Before you pack your suitcase for that Florida coast vacation you’re planning, you’ll need to budget for your trip. An important thing to keep in mind is that once you total up your estimated vacation expenditures, it’s a good idea to start saving for your trip as soon as possible. It’s much more palatable to tuck a little away every so often than to have to suck up an entire paycheck or two like a Hoover just before you leave. Also don’t forget to estimate on the high side, adding a little extra for any “what ifs”.
Okay, so let’s figure out what this baby is going to cost. First you want to identify your big ticket items like airfare or gas and tolls. You also need to determine your cost of accommodations. Just an aside – if you are looking to save some money on your vacation accommodations, you may want to consider a condo like The Sandpiper in New Smyrna Beach. A weekly stay in The Sandpiper, which is located right on the beach and provides beautiful ocean views from every luxurious condominium unit, will typically run you less than the higher nightly booking rates for nearby hotels.
You can also save money on the meal column in your vacation budget when you stay at The Sandpiper. With a fully equipped, state-of-the-art kitchen, you can opt to pick up a few things at the grocery store and eat inexpensively. You can also save when you choose to eat some of your meals at The Sandpiper and some of your meals when you are out and about. For instance, you could grab a bagel or some cereal in the morning before you head out to the pool or the beach (which is only steps from your door at The Sandpiper) and then maybe make a sandwich or salad before you head out shopping and enjoy dinner out on the town.
If you fly to Florida, you will need to budget for a rental car or rideshare if you want to get around. Plus, say you want to rent a kayak to paddle down the scenic St. Lawrence River or spend a day hitting the links. Don’t forget your cash stash for entertainment, or save money by taking advantage of all of the free activities here in New Smyrna Beach. You can wander through art galleries, attend museums and attractions with free admission and The Sandpiper even provides a putting green.
Finally, give a little thought to all those ancillary items you might add, like travel insurance and a t-shirt for your pain in the neck brother if you decide he deserves it.