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Revealed: The True Cost of Holiday Prep

When we think about holidays, the first things that spring to mind are accommodation and flights. However, beneath these costs lie layers of hidden extras that can often be overlooked.

By Rachel GrayPublished 9 months ago 3 min read
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These can range from a new holiday wardrobe to beauty treatments, and even your pet care. Here, we aim to expose these costs, revealing the true cost of holiday preparation - and offering tips on how you can save money during the process.

The wardrobe upgrade

Whether it's a tropical vacation, a winter ski holiday, or a city break, each holiday comes with its own dress code. Many of us feel the urge to update our wardrobes to fit our holiday destination.

This means new swimwear for the beach, chic outfits for city exploration, or thermal gear for winter sports. These costs can quickly add up, particularly if you're traveling with family.

Tip: To save money, consider renting some items, such as ski gear, rather than buying. For clothing, check out second-hand stores or online resale platforms, like Vinted, for used items at a fraction of the cost.

Beauty treatments

Haircuts, manicures, pedicures, tanning sessions, spa treatments - the list can be endless when we consider the beauty preparation that goes into looking our best for the holiday. With the average American woman spending near $1,000 on their appearance a year, it is no wonder that we spend time pampering ourselves before jetting off.

Tip: Consider DIY beauty treatments at home. With the plethora of online tutorials available, and easy to use products like face tanner drops and tanning water, you can achieve a salon-like spray tan without the large price tag.

Health checks and vaccinations

Depending on your destination, your health might be costing you more money than you originally planned. Specific vaccinations or medication, as well as health checks, can be costly – adding another layer of expense onto your travels.

Tip: Check if your health insurance covers such costs or check with local pharmacies as some offer travel vaccines at a lower cost than private clinics.

Pet care

If you're a pet owner, arrangements for your furry friend can be a significant part of your holiday prep cost. Boarding costs and pet-sitter fees can sometimes equal the cost of your own accommodation.

Tip: Consider a pet-swap with a trusted friend or neighbor. You take care of their pet while they're on holiday, and they return the favor when you're away.

Food and fridge clear out

Often overlooked, the food clear out before a holiday can be costly. Many of us end up throwing away food that won't last until we return. While not a direct cost, this can mean that you have wasted your last grocery shop and a new one will need to be done when you return.

Tip: Plan your meals leading up to your holiday to minimize waste. Use up perishable items and freeze leftovers where possible. If you must get rid of your groceries, consider donating to a local homeless shelter or food bank, or even gifting them to friends, family, or neighbors.

Sources:

https://www.gobankingrates.com/saving-money/savings-advice/women-spend-1k-on-appearance-each-year-how-spending-compares-to-men/

Tip: Plan your meals leading up to your holiday to minimize waste. Use up perishable items and freeze leftovers where possible. If you must get rid of your groceries, consider donating to a local homeless shelter or food bank, or even gifting them to friends, family, or neighbors. https://www.gobankingrates.com/saving-money/savings-advice/women-spend-1k-on-appearance-each-year-how-spending-compares-to-men/

Tip: Plan your meals leading up to your holiday to minimize waste. Use up perishable items and freeze leftovers where possible. If you must get rid of your groceries, consider donating to a local homeless shelter or food bank, or even gifting them to friends, family, or neighbors.

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