One of the most important things to consider when planning a trip is your budget. I found a nice website that provides some spreadsheets for tracking your travel expenses, Vacation Travel Worksheet. As I have done the math over and over on my trips, I can say for sure that I spend much less than the average person traveling to the same locations. Even when I just wanted a low key, low cost vacation, I found places within driving distance. Just fill up the gas tank, buy some groceries (or wait if cheaper in the place visiting) and pack some fun car activities for kids (more on that in another blog to come) and you’re off! We have driven to NC, NY, NJ and they were all fantastic getaways and VERY INEXPENSIVE. Virginia beach is our destination for next weekend!
In yesterday’s Capital Gazette, there is an article on B4 entitled “Budgeting for a Family Vacation“. It’s a great reminder to do your homework in advance. My recent guests from Iceland said they got roundtrip airfare from Iceland to Washington State for $300 (because bought year in advance), CRAZY! As the article also states, be creative about activities and eating out. In Croatia, we bought groceries, ate breakfast at the house, packed our lunch and ate most dinners at the house. We spent the day on the local public beach and found a very reasonable “local bus” to tour the (beautiful) little towns of Slovenia. We spent less on vacation in daily activities than we do at home.
You can travel to many places within a reasonable budget, you just have to think outside the box. Let me know if you need some help with that….