Enjoy your family vacation without breaking the bank

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Are you planning to take a family vacation this summer? For those Americans with summer vacation plans, 41 percent expect to pay an average of $3,000 for transportation, lodging, meals, activities, entertainment, and pet care, according to a telephone survey conducted by Harris Poll for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants offers some tips on how you can set a budget to hold down the cost of a family trip while still having an enjoyable break.

Check out prices ahead of time

There are many online options to help you compare prices and minimize hotel and airfare spending, but a budget can be difficult to prepare when you’re not sure how much your everyday needs will cost. To solve that problem, search online for local restaurants that appeal to you and browse the menus to get a sense of meal prices. Visit the sites of museums or other attractions you plan to visit to learn about entrance fees. Don’t forget that you may need to rent a car or take taxis or public transportation to get around. Other expenses to take into account may include hotel Internet charges, fees for using an ATM outside your banking network, and currency exchange costs if you travel abroad. You’ll probably find yourself buying at least a couple of souvenirs, so add those to your budget, as well.

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