Travelling: expect the unexpected

That's me standing on a rock jutting out over a cliff, hundreds of metres in the air on the inca trail in Peru.

That’s me standing on a rock jutting out over a cliff, hundreds of metres in the air on the Inca Trail in Peru.

Let me just say now that the title says everything you need to know about travelling. This goes for everything, not just unexpected amazing adventures, but unexpected fast new friendships, random acts of kindness from strangers, free gifts and of course something we often forget… unexpected expenses!!

While it is highly important to sit down and plan your holiday, to list all of the costs involved like flights, accommodation, insurance, food and activities, something that’s so important and should be at the TOP of your list is… “unexpected events”.

The last thing we all want to think when heading on a new adventure is the possibility of a tragedy while on holiday, but they are more common than you think… for example there was one holiday I took when I was younger that saw someone in my family unexpectedly pass away less than a couple weeks after I left for a 4 month trip.

So remember to start your holiday savings with an extra account or stash of cash as your ‘fallback’ and first savings goal. I recommend having enough money for an emergency last minute flight to your home country and then doubling it. If you’re travelling somewhere and suddenly find an extra activity you did not know about or a last minute event that’s happening while you are there and want to go but haven’t budget for an ‘extras’ fund you might miss out.

Who wants to spend the rest of their trip regretting what they didn’t do. Not me, that’s for sure!!

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. – Sydney J. Harris

Until next time

xoxo Siobhan.


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