Well, I am about to attempt the transatlantic trip with a toddler on my own. It's going to be an experience, or as I like to call it, "The Big Crazy". I already know that nap times will be non-existent, and I'm hoping/praying for a lot of grace and kindness from the strangers in our immediate vicinity on the airplane!
In order to make The Big Crazy a little less loco, I actually sat down and discussed a trip budget with my hubby. While I'm on my own with Eli, I knew it would be far too easy to pull out the trusty credit card in moments of desperation, without thinking about the source of that mystical plastic card's magic. (Hint: The source is our bank account. Unfortunately not magical.)
Since I'm headed home on a budget, we decided that cash would be the best option. Obviously, I will still have the magic plastic in case of emergencies. The first step was to work out what my estimated expenditure would be for various items. I know I'm getting my hair done, I know I'll eat out a good bit, and I know I want a little "fun" money for those miscellaneous goodies!
With my new, crisp dollar bills, I used an oldie but a goodie to organize my travel dough: the Envelope System.
I debated whether or not to get cash before I fly, for fear of losing it, etc. In the end, Jim and I agreed that the better exchange rate I would get by getting cash here in the U.K. was worth the risk. If I carefully organize my carry on luggage, I figure I'll be less likely to accidentally misplace any of the cash.
I found a small plastic wallet for less than a pound, which will easily fit in my purse, and will be handy for the cash envelopes. It's also a good way to corral our passports and itineraries while we are travelling, so that they don't
get lost in drown in the abyss of my carry on bag.
How do you organize your travel budget? Can you give me any tips on airplane must haves with a toddler?
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