Knowing your budget is an essential component of any trip planning process. Whether the sky's the limit or you have specific parameters, Zicasso is here to help you set your priorities in planning to maximize your investment.
Your interests and preferences on a couples trip will differ from a family-friendly vacation, while a highlights tour will result in wildly different experiences than one designed to take you off the beaten path.
There are three steps in considering the costs of your trip, as a customized vacation that has been designed for you allows maximum flexibility with your spending.
Most travelers have a particular experience or highlight in mind, and considering how one’s dream vacation impacts the travel cost is the best place to start planning your budget.
What do you want the most out of your trip? Are you planning on spending summer relaxing on breathtaking beaches? Would you like to tick off bucket list experiences in multiple destinations? Would you prefer to enjoy a bit of both? Do you want to spend a short but impactful vacation in a specific destination? Do you have more time to spend days freely exploring towns and villages? Are you visiting during the peak travel season or traveling in the off-season? Are you traveling for your honeymoon or adventuring with your family?
As you begin to build a clear idea of the type of vacation you would like to have, your Zicasso travel specialist can ensure that the goals for your vacation are met within an appropriate travel budget. They can provide greater insight into how your type of trip, length of stay, chosen experiences, the season of travel, and other factors influence your budget.
Goals That Affect Travel Budget:
Your Preferred Accommodations
“There are two levers that you can adjust to control your overall trip cost: accommodations and experiences. Your accommodation choice, including room category, will likely have the most significant impact on your trip cost. After that, it's whether you prefer a fully-private experience or if you are happy with some shared excursions, transfers, and the like," says Stacey Sullivan, Zicasso’s Director of Partnerships.
Do you prefer 3-star hotels, or are you traveling to a destination where you might choose a 4- or 5-star hotel? Accommodations influence your trip cost, but your travel destination may depend on how much time you spend in your room. You are much more likely to spend time in your accommodations when it is an overwater bungalow in Tahiti than a hotel in Barcelona, Spain.
Throughout your trip, you might take advantage of a particularly relaxing area with an upgraded room and then choose a different type of accommodation for destinations that might keep you out exploring.
What You Want to See and Do
How do you want to visit and explore? Do you prefer the flexibility of having a private guide take you through a site focusing on your specific interests and curiosities, or would you rather enjoy a small group to view the highlights of a cultural heritage site? You are far more likely to want a private, personalized tour of Angkor Wat in Cambodia than wish for one while enjoying an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora.
Your travel specialist will be an expert planner for your region and guide you with the best choices for every experience. It does not have to be all one way or another, as a customized trip allows you to choose.
Learn more: How to Plan Your Zicasso Trip in 3 Easy Steps
When you Request a Quote for your trip, let us know if you are focused more on getting the trip you want without concern of cost, or if you have a set amount that you are aiming for.
“By connecting with you, we can learn more about your most important preferences in order to help your travel specialist plan your perfect trip,” says Tom Skalka, Zicasso’s Director of Client Relations. “Our specialists will look at your goals and your budget to create an itinerary that hits your desired marks. A customized trip allows you to get the most value for your investment as your expert travel planner makes recommendations, and you make the decisions.”
As you explore your options for a custom-tailored trip to your chosen destination, remember to keep in mind your preferences that may affect overall cost, such as:
Length of your trip • Season (month) of travel • Class of hotel • Number of locations/cities you visit • Number of guided day tours and activities • How much you spend on tips, meals, shopping, etc.
You will experience, understand, and be included in what you get for your money, and you have endless options. Your custom trip is based on your dream and how we can help make that dream come true while fitting within your financial preferences. You can find more inspiration for your next custom trip.