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Old 05-01-2013, 08:03 AM   #1
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Average Vacations In A Year and Average Cost?

I know we are probably WAY over the average, BUT it is just what we "do". They are all pretty affordable, though, so while it is A Lot, we don't spend a lot on other things like movies, dinner out, concerts, shows, etc. throughout the year.

This year will be about 6 six weeeks and the total is about $7,000 for all which is about $2,000 higher than usual.

This year is Hilton Head (week in Feb.), Cape Cod (week in April, two weeks in July), DC in June, Bermuda cruise for DH and I in October.

An average year is 4 weeks with two of those at the beach with a usual price of $5000.

I actually don't think the price is that bad considering how much we go away. Also know we could easily spend that on one week somewhere, but would rather spend it this way.

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Old 05-01-2013, 08:26 AM   #2
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We have one yearly vacation in August that is set in stone and in cost (about $3,000). But other vacations vary in length, destination and cost. In 2010 we spent a week in WDW ($5,000). In 2012 DH and I went to Mexico for a week and the kids spent that week in Philadelphia ($3,000). We do a lot of short weekend trips, and spent last winter traveling every weekend for hockey. This April we did a road trip to PA and NC, and spent around $1,000.

I only have 3 weeks of vacation / personal time, so there is no way I could vacation away from home for six weeks a year.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:30 AM   #3
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Average for us is 1 1-week vacation with a price tag of $1,500-2,000.

The $3,100 we spent on Disney last year was by far our most expensive. DW would like to keep this year's trip around $1,000-1,500. I'm shooting for something in the $1,800-2,500 range. Have several options, just need to decide.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:41 AM   #4
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Well my DH only gets 3 weeks vacation time but he can extend some of those weeks by taking a couple "banked" days on either side of the week off.

We usually take one big family trip in the spring (this year our trip is 12 days to Myrtle beach/Charleston). That trip usually cost somewhere in the $3000-$5000 range. Then we spend a week or so at his parents cottage in the summer (free). Once ever couple years we will take a cheaper adult only trip, sometimes a weekend or a whole week (usually $500-$1500). We love to vacation but the frugal side of us can't do it any more then we do.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:46 AM   #5
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Our average is/will be two 10-day vacations, one in the spring and one in the fall, both about $2500. This year it is Mexico in March and Univeral Orlando/New Orleans in October. Last year it was Mexico in March and WDW in September. I'm really hoping to get a cruise in there soon

Vacationing is a priority for me. I purposely go without things my friends buy all year (lots of clothes, shoes, go to movies, household items like new sheets/towels/pans) so that I can afford to get away. I also spend mega time making sure we get the best bang for our buck when we vacation! I can't afford both and to me its a no-brainer.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:22 PM   #6
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We take an actual vacation ONCE EVERY OTHER YEAR. Cost for us is about $1500.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:46 AM   #7
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Our "schedule" just changed last year, and this year is atypical as our vacation in June is a super duper cheap one (free air, free lodging).

But, our new schedule is a 10 - 12 day trip to WDW in August of each year, and then going forward, we will be doing somewhere over the kids spring break. Looking at San Antonio next year. Our goal is to have WDW remain the constant end of summer celebration and spring break bring new destinations each year - great way to break up the never ending MN winter!

We also do a few closer vacations each year - local attractions/hotel, a quick weekend in Chicago, etc.

We budget about $10K a year for vacations. From Minnesota, airfare is a huge chunk of that budget. Which is why we will be seeing where the cheapest flights are before we solidify our spring break getaway!

I have 6 weeks vacation each year, plus any I carry over from previous year. DH gets 3 or 4 weeks, I can't remember. So, we are blessed that way - we have the option to be gone exploring a lot
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:46 AM   #8
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I know we are probably WAY over the average, BUT it is just what we "do". They are all pretty affordable, though, so while it is A Lot, we don't spend a lot on other things like movies, dinner out, concerts, shows, etc. throughout the year.

This year will be about 6 six weeeks and the total is about $7,000 for all which is about $2,000 higher than usual.

This year is Hilton Head (week in Feb.), Cape Cod (week in April, two weeks in July), DC in June, Bermuda cruise for DH and I in October.

An average year is 4 weeks with two of those at the beach with a usual price of $5000.

I actually don't think the price is that bad considering how much we go away. Also know we could easily spend that on one week somewhere, but would rather spend it this way.

Curious to hear what is average on the Dis?
First, we don't eat out or go to concerts or anything like that, either. I'm currently unemployed, so that makes a big difference, but in typical years our vacations ranged from 0 to three, but I'm including long weekend getaways as vacations.

Last year, we did a 3 day weekend trip to a state park. We had a lot of fun. This past summer we also did a 3 day weekend trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn. Spent around $600, I'd guess, maybe a little less.

I don't think we'll be doing anything this year. I wanted to drive to Michigan and camp, but even that is too big of an expense.

We just don't have the funds to vacation much. We do little weekend camping trips and hotel stays here and there most years and then once every...oh...3 to 4 years we do a bigger trip (Disney or the beach, etc).

I wish it wasn't this way and sometimes I get envious when I see all the trips people are taking on here, but that's the way it goes.

I REALLY want to go to either Scotland or Nova Scotia one of these years, sooner rather than later.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:57 AM   #9
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I typically go to Disney every other year. That runs me close to $5,000 for a week.

In between, we just don't do anything. While my DH and I both have great jobs, I also have one child in college and one on the way in. I don't believe in student loans and things like that when I can skip a vacation and actually pay for college, so that's why we don't spend a lot on vacation. I'm sure I'll be on my deathbed regretting it, but I just can't reconciling putting out at least $5K a year and then saying I can't afford other things because that's how it would be for me.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:01 PM   #10
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It varies wildly from year to year. When DH was self-employed we usually took one weeklong trip and one or two long weekends because his slow season was smack in the middle of the school year so time was very limited. Now it is all up in the air; DH closed his business to take a "too good to pass up" job offer last year, only to have that end with a "temporary" layoff that turned permanent, and now he's in a full-time seasonal position while also juggling a part-time position with another company while going through the evaluation process for a management position there. What happens with vacation will depend on if he moves into that full-time management job with the second company - if he does, he'll have paid vacation after 6 months and a great deal of flexibility in when he's able to take it. If he doesn't, we'll be back to traveling in the winter slow/layoff season which will seriously cramp our vacation style because our oldest will be in high school next year and can't easily make up missed days.

I do travel without DH (with his blessing) too. So between our family travels and my trips with the kids, we probably spend 15-20 nights a year away from home. This year will be more for me because the plans just sort of worked out that way - one-on-one trips with each of my kids, a solo trip to meet some friends at WDW, plus two weekend whole-family trips over the summer, and hopefully a kid-free anniversary trip in the fall if DH can get the time. It might actually add up to a whole month this year!

As far as budget that's pretty much "everything that's left over once the bills are paid". We're "experience" people - we don't spend much on material possessions but we're suckers for travel, special events, and otherwise making memories. We probably spend about 10K in an average year, more in years where we're taking bigger trips and less in years when we do more driving/weekend trips.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:18 AM   #11
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I typically go to Disney every other year. That runs me close to $5,000 for a week.

In between, we just don't do anything. While my DH and I both have great jobs, I also have one child in college and one on the way in. I don't believe in student loans and things like that when I can skip a vacation and actually pay for college, so that's why we don't spend a lot on vacation. I'm sure I'll be on my deathbed regretting it, but I just can't reconciling putting out at least $5K a year and then saying I can't afford other things because that's how it would be for me.

I had to tell you, when I read your post I read 'One child in college and one on the way!' I was going to congratulate you on your pregnancy!!
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:06 AM   #12
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We used to do spring break every year for a week at the beach, but we would split that with DD's friends, but now that she is out of high school, we just do a few days at the beach. DS doesn't like the beach as much as DD does. So this past spring break, we spent about $500 for 2nights/3days. (we live near the beach, so we drove)

Usually we go somewhere for a week in June, past trips have been around $3000. We have been going to Orlando the past 6 years and we drive, so no airfare. This year, it will be just myself, DH and DS, going to SW and BG, including everything, I am estimating around $1500.

Sometimes we will take little short trips (2nights) they average around $800. (we did one last Nov. We may do one this Oct. On these, I usually take my parents, so we can spend time together. These are places close by (under a 5hr drive)

So, this year is around $3000. I would definitely spend more, if we had it. I want to go to Alaska, I know that trip isn't going to be cheap.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:36 AM   #13
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If I post the numbers I will make myself throw up, but ...
  • 7-10 days in Europe
  • 1 week Lake Tahoe or Disney (flying from East coast)
  • 3 weeks Jersey Shore - house is family owned but we spend a lot on activities -- parasailing, chartered fishing boat, eating out daily, etc. My husband doesn't vacation this whole time; he'll take off one or two weeks and commute the rest.
  • A few weekends a year - Hershey Park, GWL, something for our anniversary (typically a relais-chateau or boutique hotel), Okemo, etc.

But it is all money well spent to us. My husband works hard and deserves to enjoy his time off.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:40 AM   #14
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If I post the numbers I will make myself throw up, but ...
  • 7-10 days in Europe
  • 1 week Lake Tahoe or Disney (flying from East coast)
  • 3 weeks Jersey Shore - house is family owned but we spend a lot on activities -- parasailing, chartered fishing boat, eating out daily, etc. My husband doesn't vacation this whole time; he'll take off one or two weeks and commute the rest.
  • A few weekends a year - Hershey Park, GWL, something for our anniversary (typically a relais-chateau or boutique hotel), Okemo, etc.

But it is all money well spent to us. My husband works hard and deserves to enjoy his time off.
Wow, see here's where I get envious. That sounds like heaven to me.

Not that you asked me, but I don't like the "I work hard and deserve it" argument (for lack of a better word). I'm sure we all work hard and deserve to enjoy our time off - so be thankful you're able to do it. And, I'm sure you are.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:42 AM   #15
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Wow, see here's where I get envious. That sounds like heaven to me.

Not that you asked me, but I don't like the "I work hard and deserve it" argument (for lack of a better word). I'm sure we all work hard and deserve to enjoy our time off - so be thankful you're able to do it. And, I'm sure you are.
Haha, true. Even my husband says, " 'deserve' has got nothing to do with it." We are grateful and it does make the hard work worthwhile -- at least for a short time.
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