Learning to control the spending money for your holiday is essential to your good time away from home. Fun. Because your vacation is for pleasure, you will want to be sure to have enough money to play with.
Be sure you know what you are spending and do not go overboard. For example, if your holiday is in Vegas, you will need money to gamble. This is actually money to burn, as the risk of leaving without it is great. You will have a great time if you have extra money for this fun part of your vacation, but you must be willing to lose it, as that is often what happens at a gambling venue.
If the shopping on your vacation is at the top of your list of fun things to do, be sure you have enough to enjoy this. There are various types of shopping. If you are in New York City before Christmas time, you will want to shop the stores for gifts, and you will undoubtedly end up with plenty of gifts for yourself, as well. If you are in Maui, for example, the shopping in Lahaina will be mostly for sandals and souvenirs. So make sure you have enough for this type of fun.
Organization. Your money should be organized so that you have ample funds for the necessary things while on holiday.
For transportation you will need separate cash, especially if buses take exact change, or you want to tip the taxi driver. And the meals will be extra, including tips, which are always appreciated. Be sure to know what the recommended rate for tipping is for the area. And room service may not have been accounted for, either, also along with the tip. Of course, if you use a credit card for everything, it is easier. But it is also easier to go overboard and lose track of your spending. Perhaps it would be better to have one credit card for shopping and gambling, and another for transportation, meals, and hotel.
Emergency. Although nobody likes to think of certain mishaps, even disasters, that one might encounter on holiday, it is necessary to consider it. Even if just in the back of your mind, it is wise to put aside emergency funds in case of a mishap. Indeed disasters even happen to unfortunate vacationers. Hopefully, nothing serious will happen while you are visiting away from home. But if it did, you would be happy to have excess emergency funds available, just in case. These funds could be in the form of a separate credit card that is only used for this purpose. It could be additional insurance. Or it can simply be cash that is not touched, unless needed in the event of a disaster.