I’m back from my vacation to South America and I had a great time! I am documenting the vacation expenses this time around, which is something I regret not doing last year. The one thing I love about South America is that it’s very affordable. During this trip the most I paid for a meal was $15. This was at an upscale formal-attire restaurant. In the US $15, may not even cover an appetizer at a similar restaurant.
Now to summarize my spending:
|Day 1: Travel||Cost||Description|
|Food||$37||No lounge access, a delayed flight and stomach problems resulted in sizable food purchases.|
|Uber||$15||I Ubered to the airport due to Metro construction|
|Day 2-10: Fun||Cost||Description|
|Credit Card Transactions||$127||These were mostly food purchases but I did buy some souvenirs.|
|Cash Withdrawal||$195||I withdrew local currency from my checking account|
|Currency Exchange||($135)||But I didn’t use all of the currency I withdrew. I ended up having free lodging for my entire trip!|
|Day 11: Return||Cost||Description|
|Food||$7||I ate breakfast in the lounge ($0) and for lunch I was only charged for my drink due to an error with my entree.|
|Souvenirs||$12||I bought some last minute souvenirs at the airport.|
|Day 12: Delay||Cost||Description|
|Lodging||$157||About 4 hours into my 5 hour layover on Day 11, I learned my second flight was cancelled. I ended up with an extra day of “vacation”. Since I insured my trip, I got a hotel.|
|Food||$33||Eating is a thing that I tend to do.|
|Ubers||$15||Prior to my departure I made a pharmacy run.|
|Pharmacy Run||$36||I had an ear infection. I bought extra toiletries since I knew these were reimbursable.|
- If I don’t include the extra day of travel, I spent $258 on my vacation. Or $122 below my stretch goal.
- My extra day bumped up my vacation costs to $499. Which was $119 above my stretch goal but $118 below my realistic goal.
- I anticipate spending no more than $110 the rest of this month, meaning I’ll easily stay within a typical month’s budget (if I don’t include the costs of the extra day).
- I need to start the claims process with my travel insurer to be reimbursed. I’ll never second guess purchasing travel insurance again!