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How Much Should I Budget?

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Length of trip, number of travelers, fuel, lodging, meals and entertainment are all part of an equation that will help you determine a realistic travel budget.

To help estimate lodging costs or to find a restaurant, be sure to pick up a TourBook® guide or visit AAA TourBook® online for detailed information about approved lodgings, restaurants, maps and points of interest throughout the United States and Canada. Look for "save" icons indicating discounts for members. Member-exclusive vacation packages with prepaid hotel rooms also can help keep costs down.

Purchase attraction tickets through AAA to take advantage of member discounts. Remember to Show Your Card & Save® at more than 65,000 lodging, entertainment, retail and restaurant locations nationwide.

Incidentals also can add up, so make a list of items such as film, snacks, tips and souvenirs with an estimate for each. Don't forget to include an "emergency" fund. For your safety and peace of mind, AAA recommends trip cancellation insurance and prepaid Visa money cards or travelers cheques, available from your local AAA office or online.
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