8 Hidden Travel Expenses

Jan 28, 2019

8 Hidden Travel expenses

If you want an accurate picture of how your next trip is going to impact your budget, it's important to consider the little fees that can quickly add up. This list of travel expenses will give you a quick visual guide to some of the hidden costs that many travellers forget and will help with your vacation budget planning.

Care for Pets

In the early planning stages, it's easy to forget that your furry friends will require accommodations, too. If you're bringing a fur baby along, your hotel will likely have a cleaning charge. And if your pet(s) stay behind, you may need to pay a pet-sitter to board, feed and walk your pet, or even just to check in on them regularly.

Travel Documents

Going out of the country? You'll need a current Canadian passport, which comes with various options, including a five-year or ten-year passport, as well as regular or expedited service, when you need your passport in a rush. Some countries also require that you purchase a travel visa in advance, especially in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.


If you're heading across the border for the weekend, vaccinations shouldn’t be on your list of to-dos. But if your flight takes you overseas, make sure you're up to date on any recommended vaccinations. Most of these typically come at an additional cost and are not covered by provincial or territorial health insurance plans. 

Checked Luggage

Depending on your airline and destination booking, you may be required to pay for all checked bags, any bags beyond your first free bag, and/or overweight luggage. Since this fee is usually quite high, and can add up quickly, it's a good idea to keep it on your radar when creating your list of travel expenses. Being mindful of what you are packing will help prevent you from going over the luggage weight  limit. 

Airport Transportation

It's easy to remember to budget for flights, car rentals and train tickets, but you'll also want to keep in mind the cost of transportation to and from the airport—especially if you have a lot of baggage. You can always take the bus, but a cab or airport shuttle may be more convenient on a busy travel day.


Be realistic when including tips in your vacation budget planning because they can really add up. You'll likely want to give a gratuity to your food and beverage servers, cab drivers, tour guides and hotel cleaning staff, so plan to add these to your travel budget as well. 

Mobile Phone and Wi-Fi charges

Let's face it: Easy access to a phone and data while travelling, even if just for checking maps or searching for nearby shops and restaurants, is a huge bonus. Add your vacation phone plan or daily roaming fees to your list of travel expenses, as well as any Wi-Fi charges that you might incur on the plane or at your hotel.

Departure Tax

Many countries charge a departure tax to leave their country by air, but it's often included in the cost of the airline ticket. When it's not, note that the tax typically must be paid in cash at the airport.

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