USD to INR - penny pinching

Sat 10 May 2014

I love details but when excited brain readily overlooks it. What was I excited about? Conferences, events, hackfests! While it is super awesome to be sponsored to travel to countries and talk about the work you have been doing, when you do it frequently enough, you start wondering, where is all my money going? This is particularly true for people who don't have a steady income, are in countries where currency conversion makes a big difference.

Here's a short list of where you will lose money and your FOSS organization most likely won't cover it:

  • Visa Rejection
  • Visa Application Fees (+ travel to Embassy)
  • Internal/Domestic travel (i.e., to-fro airport, to-fro venue)
  • Food
  • Stay (sometimes)
  • Bank Fees when receiving reimbursement

The aim of this post is to highlight what one ought to be careful about in their finances when wanting to attend a sponsored event and I am not suggesting that a FOSS organization cover these. I am calling your attention to them because when you start attending more and more conferences abroad, these little expenses add up and the charm of sponsored events' starts wearing off, money starts becoming the focus issue. Don't allow 20% expenses of the trip to occupy your mind and obstruct your work next time, plan ahead and see how you can work out the details with minimal expense!

Protip: Hotel cook and avoid expensive eatouts :) Still touchy to talk about it though.

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