Just a quick tip today because I have a visitor coming to stay in a couple of hours and the house is covered in puppy preparations. There is work to be done!
Phil and I don’t own a car, so we regularly hire cars when we want to do weekends away. I love a good train trip, but a car gives you the freedom to see some of the countryside close up.
Travel can be expensive, particularly with a family. And while travelling, we all want a little splurge money, right? You know, for when you spot that delectable butter yellow Italian leather handbag in the piazza. Or to see your little Hermoine’s eyes light at her first sip of butter beer on your Harry Potter studio tour. Or for that impromptu thrill ride zipping down the side of a mountain screaming your lungs out on your rickety toboggan.
How can we save money on the necessities, so there’s money available for the adventures?
Do you return from holidays flush with happy memories, then real life kicks in and suddenly all those tiny special moments are lost?
I have a simple, three minute solution for you: The Speedy Summary.
Warning: This post contains some slightly saucy language!
It’s been a hectic week. You’ve organised all your work projects so Freddie can manage them in your absence. You’ve settled in the house sitters ensuring they’ll get along well with Wolfie. You’ve thrown all your holiday clothes into your suitcase and after an hour of searching (and maybe some shouting), you’ve found your passport. The taxi was late, so you had to run through the airport under the frowning gaze of security.
When you finally relax into your seat on the plane, you discover that in your seat doesn’t recline because of the toilets and your video is on the blink. Sigh…
Frazzled after hours of very upright, very uncomfortable boredom, all you want to do is get to your hotel and collapse into a recliner by the pool in the glorious sunshine. Standing in the queue for taxis, you suddenly realise you have no foreign currency. You hustle back inside where the ATM promptly eats your bank card and flashes you an error in a language you don’t understand.
At this point, it’s tempting just to get back on the plane for home, right?
Today I’d like to share some tips that I’ve discovered for handling holiday money.
Do you ever get that nagging feeling that you’ve forgotten something when you go on holidays?
I used to also!
To help, I’ve created an electronic packing list. As I pack, it reminds me of that camera cable in the electronics drawer or the foreign currency I’ve left on my bedside table. When I use the list, I can head out the door with the confidence that I’ve got everything I need.