Direct or obvious costs

OK, you have decided on a destination for your next holiday.

First question - "How do we get there?" That depends on a few factors such as the destination itself - How far is it? How accessible is it"? Are we self-catering or are meals mostly supplied?  If it is close to home i.e. in your own province, state or county then you will very possibly travel in your own car. If it is in the same country but more than about 500 - 600kms then you will probably fly or go by train and if it is abroad you almost certainly will fly. In some cases, you may take a cruise to the overseas venue. Then we may be affected in our travel choices by our children who are not keen that their 'elderly' parents drive long distances. Each of these is an obvious cost - fuel for the car, air, ship or train tickets. 

Second question - "How will we get around once we are there?" Except for the instances when you have your own car or you are with family who will assist with transport, you will have to hire acar, use local public transport or have some form of Pass. These too are obvious costs. Within each of them though there may be hidden or indirect costs such as car insurance and reserving seats on trains.

Third question - "Where will we stay?" Clearly this is affected by your budget and whether or not you are part of a tour group. There is such a variety of accommodation in different parts of the world from B&Bs to hotels, to yourth hostels, to backpackers facilities. whateve the form of accommodation it is what can be called an obvious cost. Most Senior Citizens have moved beyond camping or 'roughing' it. Hotels or B&Bs are the places of choice for the comfort and the availability of things such as en suite bathrooms. Also, some meals are usually included in the price.



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I was born into the early part of the Baby Boomer generation, the 3rd of what came to be a family of 6 daughters. Although both our parents, who are now deceased, had been raised in rural Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) and the 2 eldest daughters were born in a country town, the other 4 of us were all born at home in Durban. Read More

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