When Ed and I travelled to Nova Scotia, we brought along a journal that we used to track our activities and how much everything cost. The little journal kept us on track for our road trip, and in the end we ended up being well under budget.
For Japan, we know the budget is already gone before we even touch down in the country because we kept saying “hey, it’s our honeymoon!”
And as much as we’re going to let loose and have fun, we need to make sure we don’t let “hey, it’s our honeymoon!” go to far.
What we’ve done this time around is bought a little moleskin book and made some stickers to stick on at the beginning and end of the day.
The one at the beginning goes at the top of the page each morning that shows where we are that day, lists any reservations and travel, and also a not so gentle reminder of what our daily budget should be.
During the day, we’ll jot down where we go, what we do, what we see, what we eat, what we bought – and most importantly, what we spend.
I will probably also use the journal to track what I’m taking pictures of on my camera.
Then, at the end of the day, we stick on the second, full page sticker. Here we will jot down highlights of the day, total steps taken (so we can see just how much we moved in Japan!) and all of our spending totals – to see how much we stayed on budget, or see if we went a little too crazy that day. Our plan currently is that once we’re done calculating our totals at the end of the day, we stick on the sticker for the next morning and get a reminder of what’s coming up.
We expect to have a lot of fun in Japan, we just want to make sure we can pay the bills when we get back 😉
So we’ll see how this works and we’ll update you after!