Welcome to Money Diaries, the regular R29 series where we tackle what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. The format is simple; we ask all different kinds of women to map out their seven days in money for us.
This week, however, we're doing something a little different. In partnership with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) we’re going to find out exactly what people spend on their holidays.
FSCS is a free service which automatically protects your money, from £1 up to £85,000, in UK banks and building societies and credit unions. They also have loads of helpful money tips and guides, including a future savings calculator, to help you find out how much money you could save (now and for your future!). Whatever you’re saving for, your money is safe with FSCS.
For this first holiday money diary of the year, we're with a 31-year-old woman who went on a last-minute trip to Valencia before Christmas. Money hasn't been hugely forthcoming recently due to some mental health issues, which have proved horrendously expensive, and realistically she probably shouldn't be going anywhere at all. But after her boyfriend surprised her with the flights and accommodation as a present for such a rubbish year, off she went anyway. That's what credit cards are for, right?
How did her spending fare? Ummmm...
*FYI – prices have been converted into pounds using the correct conversion rate at the time.