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Ms. Shuttergirl
04-13-2010, 05:44 PM
So many of you lucky people go to DL and WDW regularly and I'm wondering how on earth you afford to go so often?

I know our trip last September was extravagant in some areas and we could definitely do the next trip alot more "financially responsibly" :rotfl2: but still, we couldn't afford to go every year.

Do you have some incredible way of saving for these trips? A money tree in the backyard :lmao:? Or are you just full of amazing money saving tips that you could share with us more "saving challenged" Disney fanatics.

I would love to hear some tips that will help me get back to the land of Mickey regularly...

Luisa
04-13-2010, 06:05 PM
When I buy something I always pay with a note and at the end of every day put all my coins in my money box - its amazing how fast it adds up! Ebay is a great way to not only get a bit of extra cash but to get rid of a lot of clutter, I'm currently getting ready to sell up some more of my stuff and clear some room under the bed.

I also keep reminders everywhere, not just of my Disney holidays but all of my trips. Disney magnets on the fridge, a few US dollars in my purse, Stitch bobble head on the dashboard - little things that make you think twice about spending money on something you don't really need.

You should always make sure you pay yourself first on payday too. Work out how much you can afford to save from each pay and have it disbursed to a savings account so you don't even see it - opening an account with a different bank also means you are less likely to be tempted to dip in to it when doing your regular banking.

Good luck with the saving!

Ms. Shuttergirl
04-13-2010, 06:44 PM
Luisa, I love the idea of keeping little reminders around the house, and also some US money in your wallet.

As of 6 weeks ago I have started paying money into a bank account specifically for holidays and hope to be able to make that system work quite well for me. Good to hear it works for you.

Thanks for the tips.

aussiegirls
04-13-2010, 06:48 PM
I agree with you Ms Shuttergirl, I would really like to know how people do it. Although we went last year and are planning on going again this year that will probably be it. Two trips in 2 years will possibly wipe me out for the rest of my life :lmao:

For me I think the fact that airfares have been so low, coupled with the great AUD has kind of pushed me. I often think that if I don't go again now (and we really, more than anything want to see Disneyland at Christmas) I may not be in a position to go further down the track. I still remind myself of when a return flight would have cost about $4000.

Also personally, I find it actually better for myself financially if I have something to save towards. If I am not putting money away every month towards something, I know that I will end up spending it on other things. Usually frivolous things (Disney is not frivolous at all :rotfl: ).

So yes, we will be going 2 years in a row but not after that. If I could learn how the others afford to go every year I would be incredibly grateful :hug:

xxx

Willow25
04-13-2010, 08:08 PM
We go every other year but I have family there which obviously keeps the costs down. We also have a travel fund and put about $150.00 a week into it. We also put our tax return money into that same account. We also use our Qantas frequent flyer credit card to pay for everything to earn the points. So far every two years we only have to pay for two out of four flights. And of course the current strength of the AUD and the lower airfares makes it much easier. In fact we will pay cash for our airfares this time that way in two years we will have four free flights when prices might be higher.

queenie82
04-13-2010, 09:30 PM
For me I think the fact that airfares have been so low, coupled with the great AUD has kind of pushed me. I often think that if I don't go again now (and we really, more than anything want to see Disneyland at Christmas) I may not be in a position to go further down the track. I still remind myself of when a return flight would have cost about $4000.I think you have hit the nail on the head.
The current specials on flights are just irresistible. And when we see an irresistible special that starts the ball rolling.
I mean when have you EVER seen a round the world fare for $1700 that included 5 stops. Well we did while looking for Hawaii airfares and suddenly we were planning a trip to Tokyo and Paris Disney resorts!
I must say while I can splurge on some things I really value and will last I am also rather stingy in other areas.
Do you really need to replace a TV that works perfectly well just because it isn't widescreen?
Do you really need a Wii?
The best Christmas present I could ever get as a child was a holiday! Traveling is a VERY rewarding and educational experience for children (let alone adults) as well as fun.

And in terms of he trip itself -
Do you really need to go on a tour? Especially private tours and limo transfers etc. If you are willing to drive yourself around you can see WHAT you want, WHEN you want it and it really saves money. Especially when renting for a week or more there are great savings to be had on the rental.

No tour could have taken me to Ben and Jerrys in Vermont and the Corning museum and all sorts of other places we have been while doing driving tours. And you can get GREAT cheaper suite accommodation at the countless chain hotels which often include breakfast on driving holidays rather than tour hotels. Tripadvisor is a wonderful resource for finding accommodation in America.

Another saving tip for if you want to go to Disney regularly and stay on site is to buy into DVC.

Also...I regularly see people willing to pay the extra couple hundred dollars to go with a particular airline...because it has in seat entertainment. Well to me that couple hundred dollars per person will pay for other more worthwhile things and SAVE MONEY!

The key to saving money is research....and knowing your priorities in life

ehsmum
04-13-2010, 09:36 PM
We can't afford it but we're going anyway! This is going to be a trip of a lifetime for us, we'll be paying it off for the rest of our lives but it will be worth it :lol:.

Feej
04-13-2010, 11:26 PM
In the past I've mostly funded our trips through bonuses. But since being made redundant from MS last year, I've started work elsewhere that pays well, but no bonuses. :(

Our next trip is in 2012 to celebrate my 50th birthday and we'll most likely pay for that one with a combination of saving, some minimal debt and income from the new band I'm working with. (free plug) www.facebook.com/wow1969

Totally agree with car hire. We will never travel to the US without it again. Our last couple of trips have been made so much more enjoyable with a car. Did LA - Vegas in a Mustang convertable in 2007, and last year drove LA - San Diego - SF.

OzCath
04-14-2010, 12:00 AM
At the end of each month we put away a few hundred dollars into a separate bank account which we don't touch. Also anything we get back tax time goes straight into there. We also have frequent flyer points which we will use for our next trip otherwise I don't think we could afford to go.
With the strength of the Aussie dollar and the great fares I think we would be silly not to try and take advantage at the moment. We have two little kids, one who starts school soon so I think holidays are going to be harder to manage for us as the kids grow up.
Our house has missed out on renovations as at the moment I am so keen to take the kids again I have put a few things off so I can put a little extra money away!

christenajenifer
04-14-2010, 02:03 AM
HI OzCath,
I am also following your idea. I everyday save 10 dollar and at the end of month it becomes 300 dollar then next monday i depositted to the Bank. this the way I am saving my money for the next trip and for Air tickets I always search for the discounts on the flight.and I used to go DL in the off season like winter when the people does not want to move from their houses.

lovintheland
04-14-2010, 03:33 AM
We are in the process of planning our 3rd once in a lifetime trip LOL!

The first in 2007 dear wealthy aunty shouted, the second last year we funded by selling a second car we know longer needed due to DH having a company car and this one which I'm sure will be the last, is coming out of our home. I totally agree though that when you're saving for Disney the saving and going without is all the more sweeter. :love:

Ms. Shuttergirl
04-14-2010, 03:36 AM
Its great hearing how you all go about getting to "the happiest place on earth".

I agree that the cheap airfares are such a huge bonus and the dollar, again a wonderful upshot.

I am a terrible saver unless I have a goal and I amazed myself at how quickly I came up with the money for our last trip. We are building a new house next year so my DH says that is our "financial focus" :lmao:.

Silly boy :rotfl2:

PrincessInOz
04-14-2010, 03:50 AM
We're really lucky because hubby's job is based out of San Francisco. He gets about 3 - 4 trips a year to SF. When he goes, accommodation in Silicon Valley is paid for - great suite/hotel with a good hot buffet breakfast, car hire for the time that he's there is paid for and he gets a daily food allowance. And we're 5 minutes away from the CalTrain station and it only takes 30 - 40 minutes using the CalTrain to get into the downtown King Street Station.

The frequent flyers really racks up as well. When the timing works out with my work and school schedule, me and my son will go as well. We've generally gotten 1 frequent flyer ticket out of every 4 trips he makes; so effectively, it's only 1 child ticket we have to pay for. But it does lock us into using Qantas.

We've (son and me) managed to make a trip to the US almost every 12months in the last 6 years, which usually corresponds with the annual June team (2 week) meeting for my husband's work. We'd go back to Europe in a heartbeat - but given the current situation, we're taking the opportunity to really see the US/Canada and visit as many National parks as possible. When one and sometimes two airfares; and about one or two weeks accommodation, food and car hire is taken care of in the US, it makes complete sense to go whenever we can. We then add on 3 or 4 weeks vacation to this and choose a different region to visit each time.

And yes, I do spend a lot of time in San Francisco bay area, especially around Belmont, San Mateo and Redwood Shores - but I love this city and we have a lot of family there as well. I normally end up having the car as hubby can work to the "campus" from where we stay; so my son and I always plan trips and excursions to do different things.

Plus, I'm fanatical about saving for holidays - irrespective of whether we have a trip planned or not. I allocate about a chunk of money per month as holiday money and then don't touch it (and even hubby doesn't know I do this) - and that's by really going without the things that everyone else seems to want rather than buying stuff to keep up with the Jones' e.g., our DVD and TV is old but they aren't broken so I don't need the big widescreen TV and flash TiVo system. I don't buy clothes in Australia and prefer to save the money towards US shopping. I know I'm lucky because hubby does the shopping on his trips and we save money buying clothes in the US (I do a lot of on-line browsing and he goes to the shops and checks out the sizing for me. We spend a fortune on his international MMS when this happens! :rotfl2: He also buys our son's clothes as well).

I also make it a point to set a food budget and then scan the catalogues for specials. I also buy in bulk (Costco has been fantastic for me in Melbourne) and when I make savings, I add it to the savings pot rather than spending it on something else. When the exchange rate is good, I change this money for US currency and I've always got some stashed away - either for our trips or for hubby when he goes.

This way, I've always got holiday money when the unexpected trip crops up without going into debt.

BecBennett
04-14-2010, 06:52 AM
We pay for groceries, and our bills... That's all we spend our money on :lmao:

I never shop any more, I must admit I miss it, but I'd miss DL more.

kazbar
04-14-2010, 05:29 PM
I found, by sitting down and writing a reasonable budget, that we were able to cut costs in a lot of places just by being more organised. We were then able to use that money for Disney spending.

The $500 that I would easily spend at Christmas is now spread over the whole year by buying gifts through the year when they were on special and that $500 goes straight in the bank. Hubby and I also don't buy gifts for each other (birthday, Valentines Day, Anniversary or Christmas) as we can then have a holiday as our special 'gift'.

If you grocery shop weekly, try doing it fortnightly instead. Also, every couple of months go an extra week without grocery shopping and use up all the bits and pieces in your pantry and freezer. It forces you to be really creative with food ideas, clears out some room and you can then bank that saved cash straight to your holiday account.

When there is something you need to buy, shop for it the same way you would for your holiday. Do lots of research and check on-line for the best price possible.:)

Ms. Shuttergirl
04-14-2010, 06:32 PM
Loving all of these wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing everyone.

And is anyone just a little bit jealous of PrincessinOz around about now :lmao:

PrincessInOz
04-14-2010, 10:23 PM
Loving all of these wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing everyone.

And is anyone just a little bit jealous of PrincessinOz around about now :lmao:

:rolleyes1

rossip
04-15-2010, 03:01 AM
We can't afford it but we're going anyway! This is going to be a trip of a lifetime for us, we'll be paying it off for the rest of our lives but it will be worth it :lol:.

Trouble is EHSMUM - as soon as you get home you'll be planning your next trip !:cool1:

glara
04-15-2010, 03:59 AM
We can't afford it but we're going anyway! This is going to be a trip of a lifetime for us, we'll be paying it off for the rest of our lives but it will be worth it :lol:.

Exactly! We're in the early planning stages for August/September NEXT year...saving pennies and then no doubt knocking on the bank managers door!

(Hi everyone - looking forward to chatting to you on here and picking up some more tips - this board has a wealth of information to absorb!)

ehsmum
04-15-2010, 05:30 AM
Trouble is EHSMUM - as soon as you get home you'll be planning your next trip !:cool1:

I don't know...hubby and son are keen to go to London Olympics 2012 and I would love to take the kids to Europe, so if we could somehow afford another holiday in a couple of years, I think we'll head to London :).

DH bought a US GPS today and was trying to justify it to me. I said I agreed, it would work out cheaper then hiring one and then we have it for next time and he was like "next time??? what do you mean next time???" :rotfl:

PrincessInOz
04-15-2010, 05:33 AM
....DH bought a US GPS today and was trying to justify it to me. I said I agreed, it would work out cheaper then hiring one and then we have it for next time and he was like "next time??? what do you mean next time???" :rotfl:

It's a sickness....but it's a normal thing to have on this Board :rotfl2:

Sugarglider
04-15-2010, 05:36 AM
I am heading off in June again - although I think this trip will finish me off and I will be back to the grindstone redeeming my financial position again!
OK - what drives my decisions to go are when Disney announces discounts. Orlando discounts can be as deep as 45% off the accommodation. May 2009 I went to Orlando for 10 days at 45 % discount - and Qantas had the $900 LAX or New York airfare:cool1: Disney also offered me the LAX - MCO rtn flight for only $200. This is such a difference from our 2006 trip where the airfare to LAX was $1800!
Some of the hotels around Anaheim are a fraction of the price of the Disney Hotels - and can be better!
Our trip to tokyo Disneyland in 2008 was done when the dollar was at parity with the yen and then Jetstar offered a half price fare!
So basically watch out for the specials!
and remember - some Disney specials are not that special e.g. free dining - cause you have pay full price for the accommodation.
My budgeting guide: live on 60% of salary - for everything (housing, food, utilities - everything) save 10% as your emergency fund, Then split the remaining 30% as required between discretionary expenses (like Disney) or making sure you pay down any debt.
I also have started doing training courses in US related to my work. Then I can pro-rata a tax claim. You only get back your nominal tax rate (say 25-30%) on a portion of your airfare but I get some personal development and a small discount.:thumbsup2
just get into good money discipline and you'll be surprised how fast you can save up! Get yourself educated, work hard and get a promotion - good career management helps too!! make sure you save the extra money - not just start buying more expensive stuff

youcansmellit
04-15-2010, 06:09 AM
We sell things on ebay. I have the kids involved too.

My girls will have a bag to put all of old toys, DS games, dvds and doll cloths etc.. They are getting good at knowing what toys are worth more then others.

My wife will find deals at stores. If she gets somthing that doesn't sell for more then what she got it for, we return it.

I am a yard sale/Craigslist person. I will sell anything. I also started selling things on ebay for other people. For 25% of the final price.

The first weekend of every month we try to get everything on. Everyone gets exited to see who gets the biggest profit. When Paypal gets to $2000 and Disney has a great deal, we book. The more we make the better our trip.

Oz-kateer
04-15-2010, 08:24 AM
At the moment, it's just a combination of the strong Aussie $$ and the ridiculously low airfares which are allowing us to go, plus the Disney discounts. Today the dollar is almost 94c.

When I was cleaning up my father's paperwork a few months ago (he died in 2004 but I couldn't bring myself to do it until now!) I found old airline tickets from 1988 for a SYD - LAX flights and it was $1600 per person, flying in June. There was also a ticket SYD - LAX for December 10, 1991 which cost $1800 return and then another SYD - LAX from November 1997 for $2200!!!

And I know my dad was thrifty to the core so he would have shopped around for the best deals on these fares.

aussiemickeys
04-15-2010, 08:51 AM
We can afford it because our house looks like a bad 70's nightmare (picture wood pannelling, lino & orange formica). Every time we consider spending the big bucks on renos, we snap ourselves out of it quick smart by thinking about a Disney trip instead!

GrazingGoat1966
04-15-2010, 09:14 PM
A few thoughts from a long time traveller to the states....

-Qantas Frequent Flyer card as well as doing most of our shopping at Woolies with the Everyday reward card linked to the FF card.(Specials aside of course!)
-Pre-purchasing tickets etc via the net from Australia sometimes MONTHS before we go. Last time we went, we purchased our Dis Resort 3 day Disney hopper passes 6 months before we left. We paid it off as we would any normal everyday purchase and when it came time to budget spending money we didn't have to fork out $350 odd dollars for park tickets out of our travel money.
-If going to WDW, and planning on returning, buy a 10 day no expiration ticket. Initially about a $500-$600USD purchase but it allows you 10 days at the major parks over as many trips as you like AND 10 entrances to the minor parks (Blizzard, Typhoon, Quest, Golf etc). We have found that if you concentrate on one park or outing per day, you could get 20 days of entrances for less than $30USD per day....value in anyone's eyes.
-And buy as many US dollars or travellers cheques as you can lay your hands on when the dollar gets over 85+ cents if financially possible.
-We only use our credit card in the states in case of an emergency because you get hammered by the banks with exchange rates and fees.
-And we bought in to DVC as well (10kUSD only) with a long term view to staying in 5 star accommodation that we would NEVER be able to afford if we were buying it at the rack price.
-And when we go to the states, general hotel accommodation, eating, car hire and shopping are so much cheaper than Australia, that it makes it a no-brainer for us. As an example last time the family went down to Margaret River (South West WA) for a weekend away, we paid $240 per night (on Special) for an average motel room....no kitchen, just a room with 2 queens, couch and the bathroom...bog standard. For our upcoming trip in August to the states, along with my Luxor e-mail discount, we are staying at the Luxor in Vegas for a week (including the higher priced Friday and Saturday nights) for $460 USD inc taxes. No comparison.

We make a choice as a family to focus all of our holiday attention on the US. We make it our business to afford to go every 2 years at least by going without certain luxuries and sensible budgeting. Not everyones cup of tea, but nonetheless ours. And the e-bay idea is a winner. It's amazing what crap people are prepared to pay good money for. It adds up before you know it!!!

queenie82
04-15-2010, 10:20 PM
We can afford it because our house looks like a bad 70's nightmare (picture wood pannelling, lino & orange formica). Every time we consider spending the big bucks on renos, we snap ourselves out of it quick smart by thinking about a Disney trip instead!:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

And I agree with GrazingGoat1966
Australian accommodation is a RIPOFF!!! :mad: Especially Canberra.
The biggest joke is that you can still only get 2 people in a one bedroom apartment in Australia! :confused3
About the only places offering good specials are in QLD because they have too much and are desperate

queenie82
05-19-2010, 11:54 PM
Just found this very interesting article in the SMH...
Seemed appropriate to this thread. It is very much the way I look at travel...
http://blogs.smh.com.au/travel/archives/2010/04/the_secret_of_travel.html
______________________
It's not rocket surgery, as they say. Or brain science. In fact, it's something you can rip straight off a footwear brand commercial.

Just do it.

That, right there - just three simple words - is the secret to a lifetime of happy travels.
As someone who spends a fair portion of their life travelling, I get told I'm "lucky" a lot. But it's not true.

Granted, I have the dumb luck of having been born into a middle class family in a safe, stable country with a decent education system. But so do most of the people who are envious of my position.

When it comes to travel, it's not a case of luck, but priorities. You just have to make it happen.

After all, there are so many reasons you can give yourself to ditch your holiday plans and just stay at home.

You've got bills to worry about. That Commodore won't pay itself off, interest rates are going up (I assume), you need to get working on a nest egg.

You've got a career to consider. You can't just up and leave and expect it to still be there. What if Barry from level six gets that promotion while you're swanning around Turkey?

Something might happen to your family while you're away. Someone might get sick, someone might get married, someone might get born. Do you really want to miss all that?

Nah. So you put it off, swear you'll do it next year, or maybe the year after that, and get back to living your life, content with the notion that, "I'll get round to it sooner or later". Except, you won't. The longer you leave it, the older you get, the harder it'll be to drop everything and leave.

I understand the procrastination, in a way, because it's sometimes almost impossible to justify the amount of money you'll have to shell out to go on that big trip - whether it's a year-long round-the-world sabbatical, or just a fortnight in Bali.

Travel's expensive, no doubt about it. And completely intangible. Your Commodore might be depreciating in value, but at least it's worth something. Get back from an overseas holiday and what do have left? A massive credit card bill and the nagging feeling that you'd rather be somewhere else right now.

But if you're trying to justify going travelling, all you have to do is apply the "grandkids rule". As in: what would you tell your grandkids about?

Would you tell them about the promotion you once got? Or the car you once bought? Or the fancy suit you owned? Or the time you almost got attacked by a hippo in Zimbabwe and had to paddle to safety with an Esky lid?

In my experience, it takes a lot of sacrifices to travel, a lot of putting up with things you won't have, but it's absolutely worth it in the end.

No house or car or promotion or outdoor setting or silk tie or new pair of shoes will ever compare to the people you'll meet, the food you'll taste, the crazy things you'll see, the knowledge you'll gain and the experiences you'll have if you pour your money into a life of travel.

So for those tossing up whether or not to take the plunge and book that big trip, I'd go back to those three magic words: just do it.

You'll never regret it.

lovintheland
05-20-2010, 12:12 AM
Well said Queenie82! I totally agree. Right now I have the choice of a trip to Disney or a new kitchen. Nothing wrong with the kitchen I have. As much as I loooove cooking, a kitchen doesn't make me happy at the end of the day but a holiday with my family creating memories we will never forget does.

Ms. Shuttergirl
05-20-2010, 12:36 AM
Amen sista!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I may have to print that out and show the husband who is saying "new house" instead of "WDW trip" :rotfl2:.

In all seriousness though, I totally agree. I don't have plans or really a desire to drop everything for a year and travel at this stage of my life, however I do have a burning desire to take little trips every couple of years. I'd like to go to the US one more time at least next December, then a few years on from that I'd like to venture to the UK and some of Europe. I'd also like to do a little Fiji holiday and maybe a little relaxing in Hawaii and the list goes on. My husband keeps saying we are building a house next year, we must concentrate and save for that. But I don't think there is anything wrong with the house we have. Granted a new big house (with a new big mortgage:lmao:) will be lovely, but not if it means no more holidays.

I've only had one overseas adventure and as I knew it would, it's left me wanting more and more. So I'm just going to have to persuade him to see things the way we do. I can see a night of romance and too much champagne coming on, it worked for the last trip :rotfl2:.

queenie82
05-20-2010, 12:59 AM
Well said Queenie82! I totally agree. Right now I have the choice of a trip to Disney or a new kitchen. Nothing wrong with the kitchen I have. As much as I loooove cooking, a kitchen doesn't make me happy at the end of the day but a holiday with my family creating memories we will never forget does.
Well said
I grew up with parents infected with the travel bug. Every year we were off somewhere. A month traveling bottom to top in WA, QLD trips, A trip to the NT, traveling to the snow...etc. All from a VERY young age. I've seen more of this country we call Australia than most of my friends combined. This is in part why I have always traveled pretty well and can cope without the in seat entertainment etc. All I want is leg room! Just that is luxury compared to the back seat of a car for a whole day.

There are a loads and loads of things I WANT. But most of all what I want it to see the world.
The sentence that most resonated with me was this one
Travel's expensive, no doubt about it. And completely intangible. Your Commodore might be depreciating in value, but at least it's worth something. Get back from an overseas holiday and what do have left? A massive credit card bill and the nagging feeling that you'd rather be somewhere else right now.

Sitting here a work I'm pining to be in Big White. :cloud9:
I'd rather be in SOO many other places. And I've only been back in the Oz for 4 months since the last trip :rolleyes1

PrincessInOz
05-20-2010, 02:48 AM
I'd rather be in SOO many other places. And I've only been back in the Oz for 4 months since the last trip :rolleyes1

I've been back for 36 hours....and am scheming about the next trip. Hubby just got offered by his work to attend a 3 day conference at WDW in October, staying at Coronado Springs. I'm trying to persuade him to go....he needs to work out if the topics are worth going for....and then I have to work out when school holidays are. :rotfl2:

aussietravellers
05-20-2010, 02:56 AM
I've been back for 36 hours....and am scheming about the next trip. Hubby just got offered by his work to attend a 3 day conference at WDW in October, staying at Coronado Springs. I'm trying to persuade him to go....he needs to work out if the topics are worth going for....and then I have to work out when school holidays are. :rotfl2:

Oh I think your DH really needs to go to that conference :lmao:

Our school holidays are from 17th Sept to 5th Oct and we are going from 14th Sept to 15th Oct. Will be taking DS out of school for a little while :rolleyes1 But travelling is educational isn't it :rolleyes1 Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it :rotfl2:

OzCath
05-20-2010, 04:54 AM
It's always a nice feeling to know you are going on a trip, be it a week away or a year away. Makes the mundane parts of life that much easier. If I ever have a bad day it's always to nice to think that at some point soon I'll be partying with Mickey Mouse!!

kazbar
05-20-2010, 07:12 PM
I will be taking my boys out of school later this year for 3 weeks. I was putting it off, putting it off and putting it off but I thought the time had come to finally broach the subject with their teacher (they are twins in the same class so at least I only had to do it once).

She was fantastic! I am assuming she is a fellow 'travel lover' cause all she said was "Seeing different parts of the world is the best education there is. I could never teach the boys the things they will learn on their trip" :cool1:

ehsmum
05-22-2010, 08:26 PM
I'm taking my kids out of school for 4 weeks but after this trip they'll be far better educated then any of their classmates! Everyone else we know takes their kids out of school for 2 weeks to go to Bali or Phuket so missing 4 weeks of school when we'll be visiting NYC and Washington DC (not to mention Disney :rolleyes1 ) is nothing. I missed 3 months of school when I was in Year 4 (spent the European summer in Ireland) and was still top of my class when I got back :).

Ms. Shuttergirl
05-22-2010, 10:12 PM
I totally have no issues with taking my kids out of school for a family holiday and agree that the education they receive on the trip well outweighs any school work they miss. I'm lucky enough to have fairly bright kids who I know will catch up quickly on our return.

1rocky
05-22-2010, 11:01 PM
I also had no issues taking my kids out of school and they have all completed year 12 and two are second year nursing and a third a registered nurse my other child has autism. But the children learn so much with travelling. Have a great trip

PrincessInOz
05-22-2010, 11:03 PM
I can't remember when we've ever travelled in line with school holidays...we've always taken our son out of school. Problem is that we've already missed 3 weeks of school already this year. If hubby decides to go in October, I'm going to have to do some fancy scheming as it looks unlikely that his trip will coincide with school holidays. Otherwise, we'll stay behind and give hubby our shopping list. :rotfl2:

shaz105
05-23-2010, 12:33 AM
Hi

I am taking my two sons out of school 2.5 weeksd and have no issues we will be getting my older son to write a report each night of all the actvitives and things we did each day so he can tell him friends

aussietravellers
05-23-2010, 03:06 AM
My son will be out of school for a total of 13 school days. Three weeks of school, the last week of term, then the first two weeks back of the next term, but two of those weeks have a student free day, so rather than 15 school days, he will only miss 13 school days.

My plan was that he not miss any other school days this year so it really wouldn't matter taking three weeks off. But then he became sick last term and ended up missing the last two weeks of school in first term recovering from surgery so that threw a spanner in my "well he hasn't had any other time off line that I was planning on using"

I haven't told the school yet. I will let them know a week or two before we go, don't know why I am so nervous about telling them, I guess I just feel a little guilty :rolleyes1 as there is a clear school rule of no missing school due to holidays! I wonder if I don't call this a holiday but call it his mothers 40th Birthday Party!

rosiejo
05-23-2010, 03:54 AM
We invested in DVC which brings the cost of our trips down overall.

Because we have a kitchen area in our room we make sandwiches every day to take to the parks - which cuts the cost of food. We also eat breakfast in our room too.

We try and take two trips within 12 months so that we can buy an annual pass which is good for both trips.

To save up we have an account that money comes out of our wages each month so that we could afford to take a trip every year if we wanted to.

When we can we eat in the chain restaurants in Kissimmee rather than in WDW restaurants. It's cheaper and it works for us because we're from the UK and don't have IHOP and Perkins etc here - so it's not like we're just eating out at home.

We try to be careful with purchases too - we make a note of things we want to buy and then at the end of the trip decide what we actually want to take home and spend out money on. Having a tax allowance helps too as we can't spend too much or we'd get charged to bring it home!