Pop goes the budget!

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Sep 8th, 2005, 09:26 AM
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Pop goes the budget!

Hello,

As if my Botswana 2006 trip wasn't expensive enough, I've booked a private vehicle for 2 days at Mombo. My bank account is lucky that all five days weren't available...though I am on the waitlist!

I don't know about anyone else, but I sometimes find it hard to stick to a budget for my safaris -- when you're travelling so far and putting so much money in, a bit more seems rather inconsequential...but those little bits do add up!

I suspect Leely can identify with this as well, given what I have read about her coming trip to East Africa...

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Julian
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Sep 8th, 2005, 09:28 AM
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Definitely identify - we blew our budget just on the 3 week trip in Bots/ Namibia - we shouldn't really have included Mombo at all let alone for 4 nights but we really wanted to return and we're glad we did.

We couldn't stretch to private vehicle but I would love to do so.

We then blew it further by bolting 5 weeks in South Africa on the front of the trip - self drive, budget accommodation and DIY safari but STILL a few thousand that we hadn't originally intended to spend!

Again, worth it though!
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Sep 8th, 2005, 09:40 AM
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Apparently I'm more self-disciplined...
 
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Sep 8th, 2005, 09:43 AM
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Okay, one exception, when my 3-week Botswana 2003 tour stretched to 5 weeks... But to quote WS that 'was beyond my control'.
 
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Sep 8th, 2005, 09:47 AM
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Sep 8th, 2005, 09:49 AM
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ROFL, Mitch, he will need a LOT more space than that but it will give him a start!

What exactly was outside your control? What happened?
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Sep 8th, 2005, 09:52 AM
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Availability of two places where I wanted to stay. So I had to fill in some unplanned other locations...
 
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Sep 8th, 2005, 10:02 AM
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Really, you guys have budgets? ;-)
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Sep 8th, 2005, 10:15 AM
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Two weeks were for $140/night excluding beer - one client (me) in about 1000 square kms...
 
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Sep 8th, 2005, 01:46 PM
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I want Bwana's budget. I don't even need the beer.

I have realized, however, getting all angst-y about a poster's visa problem, that I am saving money on my next trip: only one country=only one visa=less money spent on visas.

Whew, what a relief.

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Sep 8th, 2005, 04:01 PM
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Leely that observation is just...brilliant! ;-)

As I look into my airfare for next year, and add on JSB to Lusaka, I realize that this trip is going to be pricey no matter what, and like Julian said, after you get to a certain point it's like why not just go for it? So, I'm asking myself, why not just go for Botswana? I want to cry now....;-) (OK - I'm not really going to cry. And I'm not changing my plans. I'm really quite excited about Zambia.)
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Sep 8th, 2005, 04:08 PM
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I know its amazing! I have a budget of $12,000 for me and my husband for 6 or 7 nights, and I am having a really hard time finding places that are acceptable.
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Sep 8th, 2005, 04:35 PM
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Isn't that why God invented credit cards?
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Sep 8th, 2005, 04:37 PM
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Sometimes I think credit cards are the work of the Devil...the one who sits on your shoulder, tempting you to do things you shouldn't, like spend a fortune on a trip to Botswana

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Julian
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Sep 8th, 2005, 04:39 PM
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Dr_Andrea, what are acceptable places, in your definition?

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Sep 8th, 2005, 04:44 PM
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I have stayed at the Oberoi, Four Seasons, and Ritz-Carleton. I am looking for that level of hotel. Great food, accommodations, and service!
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Sep 8th, 2005, 04:45 PM
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Mitch,

Take a look at the new 'Planning safari in South Africa' thread.

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Julian
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Sep 8th, 2005, 05:04 PM
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Thank you, Julian.

Sometimes I wonder whether credit cards gives one more freedom, or whether the adaption to them actually limits one's options.

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Sep 8th, 2005, 05:42 PM
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Julian, you're off to a good start with "it's only two days, not five," but let the Queen of Rationalization help you out here:

"It will only be more expensive next year."

"I've come all this way, and spent all this money already, so I may as well do this right."

"I worked hard all year; I deserve it."

"It's just this once."

"It's really pretty selfless of me not to impose my wishes on the other guests."

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Sep 8th, 2005, 05:49 PM
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and don't forget:

"you can't take it with you"
and
"i'm spending my childrens inheritance"
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