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This weekend I’m travelling to Ireland to visit family. I’ll be taking my own packing advice, and not taking too much. Strictly carry-on only here.

Whilst I might have packing down to a fine art, I’m exceedingly good at spending money whilst travelling. I nearly always *need* a drink at the airport (a bottle of pop or something), plus I often quite fancy something to eat, even if I’m not hungry, and I’m likely to be tempted by a magazine or two. Added to that, I’ll be using Euros, and foreign money is never quite the same - everything seems to end up more expensive.

Normally, if I’m going on holiday, this isn’t a problem as it’s all budgeted for. This trip is pretty impromptu though, and it’s coming out of my regular spending money. Since the elder statesmen of the family always quarrel over who gets to pay the bill in restaurants I’m pretty certain that I won’t need to spend a lot on food. We’ll probably go to the pub, where I’ll need to buy a couple of rounds, and make sure my younger brother has all the soft drinks he needs. Then there’s all the sundries. And the money for the collection at Mass on Sunday.

I must come up with a budget for this. If I have an idea how much it’s likely to cost in Euros, it’ll be so much easier.

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3 comments for “expenses when visiting family”

  1. I am giong to Germany in March and it always seemed like ti was more money, even before it was. I don’t know if it is because using different money is a little like using Monopoly money at times, or what!

    Posted by RacerX | February 5, 2008, 5:33 pm
  2. Ireland! That’s likely next on my long-range vacation schedule (after London this summer) so I might have to hit you up for some advice.

    Horrible time to travel though with the dollar slumping so much… I’ll be looking to spend as little as possible too — so I have some money in my pocket when I’m done!

    Posted by Deamiter | February 5, 2008, 5:58 pm
  3. Enjoy your trip! I’m in an even worse boat trying to crunch numbers for s trip. Your think Pounds to Euros is hard, try Aussie dollars! :-)

    Posted by debtdieter | February 6, 2008, 5:59 am

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