Avoid These Common Mistakes When Planning A Dream Vacation

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Common Mistakes Couples Make When Planning Their Dream Vacation

Planning a dream vacation can be both exciting and stressful! You want everything to be perfect and you also don’t want to bust the budget with your trip. Make sure to read up on these common mistakes couples make when planning their dream vacations before you plan your next vacation! You’ll save yourself some trouble and keep some hard earned cash in your pocketbook too!

Common Mistakes Couples Make When Planning Their Dream Vacation

A recent Chase Ultimate Rewards survey found that while 8 out of 10 couples plan to take a vacation together this summer, interesting ‘he said, she said’ contradictions suggest men and women lack an understanding of what their significant other looks for in a vacation. If you are planning your vacation with your significant other you best be sure you are both on the same page! I found these survey results both fascinating and hilarious! Ask yourself these 7 questions before planning your next vacation:

  1. Are you expecting a romantic trip? Men seem to overestimate their significant other’s romantic needs. Nearly half of men (46 percent) think “romantic” describes their significant other’s perfect vacation, but only 36 percent of women and 39 percent of men describe their dream vacation as “romantic.” That means that if you are a man you are off the hook for those floating rose petals in the hot tub! Most women just want to relax and enjoy your company!
  2. Who spends more money? Both men and women are quick to label their partner as “the person who tends to spend money easily.” Even though a quarter (25 percent) of those in relationships label their significant other “The Spender,” only 7 percent self-identify as such. So who is really the spender in the relationship? Maybe you need to evaluate your own spending habits!
  3. Who gets the most bang for their buck? Women are more likely to say they get the best value for their money when it comes to travel. While 58 percent of women think they make decisions to get the best value for their money when traveling, only 8 percent of men and 6 percent of women think this to be true about their significant other.
  4. Who plans the activities for the trip? The majority of women (47 percent) believe they are the ones who develop a trip’s itinerary. However, 57 percent of men say it is a joint effort. Perhaps we both need to pitch in and plan together?
  5. Should screen time be limited? We limit screen time for our kids but should screen time be off limits on vacation? Couples claim disagreement stems from their significant other spending more time than desired on a cellphone or other technology for work or personal reasons (37 percent).
  6. Should you set a budget before you leave on a trip? 41% of couples say they have disagreement on how much money is being spent during a trip.
  7. Are you saving as much as you can with the least amount of effort? Data suggests two-thirds of couples often pay for trips with their travel-related points or rewards (68 percent always or often), actively seeking opportunities to use rewards to save money.

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  1. Jenna Wood says:

    I like the idea of discussing screen time limitations for vacations. I know when I’ve spent so much time planning and saving for something I want to enjoy it, not my social media!

  2. Kristin says:

    We never set a budget for when we’re on vacation. We spend way too much while we’re on vacation! As for screen time, I find that I cut down to almost nothing on my own anyway. I don’t want to miss the vacation!

  3. My fiance never wants to plan ahead while I like to! We’ve done it his way and had to sleep in the car. So now I win and we book our hotel rooms ahead of time LOL!

  4. One thing my husband and I do agree on is how much to spend while we are on vacation. We set a budget, but don’t want to limit us to being stingy.

  5. These are great tips. My husband usually leaves all the planning for me. That’s fine, because I have him do all the heavy lifting! 😉

  6. I don’t travel much, but looks like I could use some of these tips for when I do go to my dream vacation.

  7. Other than visiting family, we rarely ever get vacations. The husband just hates the cost associated with an actual vacation. And then it stresses him out. So unless I can squirrel away money and then surprise him with the vacation without him knowing how much it costs then he juts can’t enjoy it. So I guess you can say I’m the spender in this one.

  8. Great tips! We want to go to Australia and I am starting to plan it. I will take a lot of tips from this with me as I plan.

  9. We are currently saving for our dream (kid free) vacation and these tips are all great to keep in mind. I know we have a few years until we make our trip a reality but planning is part of the fun for me!

  10. great tips! I have to use them to help save money for a trip and big move!

  11. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    My husband likes to think that he is the mastermind behind every vacation that we take. The truth is, I am! Just kidding, it is actually a joint effort on our parts.

  12. I normally plan and budget for the trip, then Hubby spends way too much ON the trip. HA! That is why we make a great couple 🙂 LOL… Thanks for these tips

  13. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I always set a budget for vacations. I am trying to plan a trip for this winter for my family.

  14. When we go on vacation we leave our cell phones in the room. It is easier to leave them behind then to keep telling the kids to put them away.

  15. Elizabeth Lampman says:

    These are great tips for planning a family vacation. I am hoping to get away next year.

  16. I like to budget everything out before-hand but there can be disagreements. On the trip we can really lose track of how much we spend.

  17. These are all great things to consider before taking a trip. We definitely have to set a budget before we go – although sometimes we both agree to break it!

  18. These are great tips!!I I never would have thought to discuss screen time before going on a vacation! Trying to stay on a budget is hard when you travel so many good things come up.

  19. Amy Desrosiers says:

    My husband pretty much leaves all the planning up to me. He just comes along for the trip!

  20. Very interesting statistics! I love #4 – who plans the activities. I definitely think that I plan the majority of activities, but I’ve never asked my husband if he agrees with this statement. I’ll have to find out!

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