Budgeting is not fun but I am learning it is 100% necessary to live a well funded adult life. I unfortunately had to come to this realization after an extremely humbling experience of my account going into the red after a shopping-while-hungry grocery store trip. While a vacation is a break from your normal life, you still have your normal bills and paycheck.
I truly can't say that enough about sticking to a budget while on vacation. Returning from a trip to low accounts and higher bills is the opposite of returning refreshed and renewed. Ready for the number one tip?
MAKE PLANS! We had a few plan-less moments that could have been prevented and would have saved us $$ if we had only planned out our days a little more thoroughly. There is something to be said about an easy going, go-where-the-day-takes-you vacation BUT you can have money set aside for moments like that and still have plans.
Plans Should Include:
meals out to eat vs. meals cooked or made
restaurant prices nearby
additional activities -- state parks, snorkeling etc.
travel plans while you are there
and time to do a b s o l u t e l y nothing