The temptation to splurge on a summer holiday after a long winter is real. But, budgeting best-practice says you should keep your total travel costs for the entire year below 15 per cent of your after-tax income; that’s your net pay or what’s deposited into your bank account after you’ve paid taxes and deductions for things like CPP and EI. Here’s what you should include in the travel category within your budget:
- Car payments
- Vehicle maintenance
- Bus and transit passes
- Car share programs
- Vacations (includes plane tickets, hotels, resort fees, car rentals, travel insurance, etc.)
Let’s say your household take-home income is $60,000 annually. That means your annual travel budget shouldn’t exceed much more than $9,000, which is 15 per cent of $60,000. So, if you’re following budgeting best-practice, your allocations could break down as follows:
|Bus and transit passes||$500||$42|
|Car share programs||$200||$17|
|Vacations (plane tickets, hotels, resort fees, car rentals, travel insurance, etc.)||$1,800||$150|
|% of your after-tax income spent on travel||15%||15%|
Take a moment and calculate your travel budget allocations to determine what you can afford to spend on vacations. If the amount isn’t sufficient to have the kind of vacation you really want, you may need to cut back in other areas of your travel spending, or boost your income.
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Curious about what your total budget breakdown should be for all of your spending? Follow these guardrails.
- Retirement saving 15%
- Emergency saving 5%
- Housing (includes utilities) 35%
- Groceries and supplies 20%
- Travel 15%
- Entertainment / Other 10%
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