Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Just for Fun > Community Board
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 05-01-2013, 07:22 PM   #61
Jennasis
It's a miracle! I stayed awake during the El Rio Del Tiempo ride!
Let's not even TOUCH the whole Dog vs. dawg vs. Dowg thing!
PLINKO baby!
 
Jennasis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: The Triad, NC
Posts: 24,444

We take an actual vacation ONCE EVERY OTHER YEAR. Cost for us is about $1500.
__________________
Jennasis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2013, 08:25 PM   #62
elaine amj
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,617

A few years ago, I stayed home with my kids. We could only afford so much. So lots of daytripping and nearby overnights. Every other year, we would spend about $3-5k to fly across the world to visit my family for 2-3 weeks.

Then I started working and we discovered the freedom of being a 2 income family. Every year I keep expanding the vacation budget because I cannot resist. We are very frugal and like to save a lot...but getting rather indulgent and spoiled with so much great travel.

I get 3 weeks a year and DH gets 4 weeks. I desperately want at least 1 more week off.

Last year we spent about $6k on big trips and prob about 1k on numerous weekend trips. Dh and I also did cheap weekend trips to Quebec City and Vegas through various points and rewards. Our friends joke that its a shock when we are home on a weekend.

March - 5 day Royal Caribbean cruise plus a couple of days in Fort Lauderdale, 2500

July - long weekend in Algonquin camping, 400

August - 12 days WDW, 3300

December - 2.5 weeks Malaysia, fully subsidized by my father (crazy expensive because it was a last min trip)

This year I am expecting to spend about $8500 (OUCH!!!!!)

March - 3 day Disney Dream plus a few nights in Orlando, 3000

April - weekend trip to Vegas for DH and I, 300

July - 4 night weekend to Washington? 300

July - 3 night camping in Tobermory, 300

August - 4 night weekend to the Smokies? 300

August - 3 night weekend to Holiday World, 500

October - 4 night weekend to Vegas for DH and I, 300

December - 9 nights in Dominican Republic for nephew's wedding, 3300

We like travelling way too much. We're at the point where we're stretching our budget a bit to do it...which my frugal soul gets nervous about. Just can't cut anything though!!!

We are credit card churners, earning tons of points and miles, which helps fund these trips. Otherwise, we'd probably spend double this for a family of 4. We rarely pay for flights and only pay for hotels in Disney.
__________________
August 2012 Dining Review: A lesson in sharing or how to turn 12 TS credits into 14 meals
I've been BOO'ED!!!
elaine amj is online now   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 05-01-2013, 11:31 PM   #63
mommasita
I am like HELLO IT IS TEN OCLOCK...Anderson is on

Has a sweetie who is Furbilicious
 
mommasita's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Montreal, Canada
Posts: 18,998
DISboards Moderator

DH and I both work for the airlines, different ones.
This helps A LOT!

We owned our own business for 13 years, and never went anywhere. Now we take full advantage.

We cruise once a year (interline rates)
We do short vacations, like Cancun for 3 days, or something like it. Possibly 4x per year.

This year is a little different. My son is graduating from HS, and he has just returned from 19 days in Europe.. That was a lot, as we are not used to paying full flights or hotels..

We are hoping to do a Med cruise this summer..

If I had to total it up, it wouldn't be easy.. Perhaps 5k or less. We are cheapsters.. The interline rates on hotels and/or cruises really help out..

LIberty Belle, have you thought or looked at any airlines/airports?
__________________
It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.
mommasita is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2013, 04:08 AM   #64
ohiomom28
DIS Veteran
 
ohiomom28's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Xenia, OH
Posts: 1,292

One a year usually at a cost of $2000-2500 including hotel or beach house. We just got back from Myrtle Beach last month and spent right at $2K.
We will also take one or two night trips every so often too. We are going to a ballgame next weekend and will stay close to the park just to get away. We are also within 6 hrs of Gatlinburg, so long weekends can be taken as well.

Sent from my Galaxy S3 using DISBoards
__________________
ohiomom28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2013, 07:50 AM   #65
Colleen27
DIS Veteran
 
Colleen27's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Michigan
Posts: 16,647

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ember View Post
We travel a fair bit. We just got back from 8 days in Bali (it was an anniversary trip so we did it in luxury and spent a fair bit), we have a diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef planned in July, a week in New Zealand in October, DH has a conference in Portugal in August and will tack on some extra travel days and I hope to spend a month in India in the new year volunteering. All told we probably spend around 15k in travel per year. (Now, to afford that we live pretty modestly, probably more so than most people would be comfortable with.)
That's how we do it too, though our destinations aren't nearly as exotic (so jealous - airfare alone to AUS from here would be a year's travel budget!). It is definitely a trade-off that many people wouldn't want to make but we're happy with living simply at home in order to be able to travel more than most families in our income bracket.
__________________
~~**Colleen & Crew**~~
POR 10/05 ~ BC 08/07 ~ WL 01/08 ~ CBR 12/09 ~ POP 03/11 TR/ DR
POP 1/12 TR ~ ASSp 5/12 ~ CSR 3/13 ~ POP 4/13 ~ ASMu 12/13


Colleen27 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2013, 08:35 AM   #66
lurkernj
DIS Veteran
 
lurkernj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: NJ
Posts: 1,457

We normally do one bigger vacation with the kids, and one long weekend in las vegas adults only. We put away $500/month in a vacation fund, so $6000 total per year to cover one big and one or two smaller trips.

Last year we only went to Disney as a family, and used airmiles and disney points, so it was about $2500, plus the las vegas trip, also with airmiles, so about $1500. The extra stayed there and is being used for Costa Rica this year. DH and I will also be going to key west for our 20th, and probably las vegas with some other couples, so this is going to be an expensive year. I always look for a deal, and we have lots of airmiles so we hardly ever pay for airfare. Next year will probably be Hawaii again, but also with airmiles, so we can do 12 days in condos for under $4000.
__________________
Me(45) DH(45)DS(19)DS(16)


All the makings of a Disaster, Sept 2012

Split stay: Yacht Club/Pop Oct 1-Oct 8 DH/me
Art of Animation - April 2013 BFF trip
Port Orleans Resort - Sept 23-30, 2012 (Group trip)
Port Orleans Resort - Dec 10-15, 2010 (BFF trip)
POP Century - Sept 12-18, 2009 (Me and DS11)
Port Orleans Resort - Sept 2-12, 2008 (Group trip)
lurkernj is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2013, 09:58 AM   #67
eeyoresmom
DIS Veteran
 
eeyoresmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 2,924

Quote:
Originally Posted by elaine amj View Post
A few years ago, I stayed home with my kids. We could only afford so much. So lots of daytripping and nearby overnights. Every other year, we would spend about $3-5k to fly across the world to visit my family for 2-3 weeks.

Then I started working and we discovered the freedom of being a 2 income family. Every year I keep expanding the vacation budget because I cannot resist. We are very frugal and like to save a lot...but getting rather indulgent and spoiled with so much great travel.

I get 3 weeks a year and DH gets 4 weeks. I desperately want at least 1 more week off.

Last year we spent about $6k on big trips and prob about 1k on numerous weekend trips. Dh and I also did cheap weekend trips to Quebec City and Vegas through various points and rewards. Our friends joke that its a shock when we are home on a weekend.

March - 5 day Royal Caribbean cruise plus a couple of days in Fort Lauderdale, 2500

July - long weekend in Algonquin camping, 400

August - 12 days WDW, 3300

December - 2.5 weeks Malaysia, fully subsidized by my father (crazy expensive because it was a last min trip)

This year I am expecting to spend about $8500 (OUCH!!!!!)

March - 3 day Disney Dream plus a few nights in Orlando, 3000

April - weekend trip to Vegas for DH and I, 300

July - 4 night weekend to Washington? 300

July - 3 night camping in Tobermory, 300

August - 4 night weekend to the Smokies? 300

August - 3 night weekend to Holiday World, 500

October - 4 night weekend to Vegas for DH and I, 300

December - 9 nights in Dominican Republic for nephew's wedding, 3300

We like travelling way too much. We're at the point where we're stretching our budget a bit to do it...which my frugal soul gets nervous about. Just can't cut anything though!!!

We are credit card churners, earning tons of points and miles, which helps fund these trips. Otherwise, we'd probably spend double this for a family of 4. We rarely pay for flights and only pay for hotels in Disney.
Wow, I am impressed how inexpensively you do your weekends away!
eeyoresmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2013, 10:18 AM   #68
gracie1
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 3,089

Quote:
Originally Posted by Christine View Post
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!!
gracie1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2013, 10:20 AM   #69
gracie1
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 3,089

Quote:
Originally Posted by elaine amj View Post
A few years ago, I stayed home with my kids. We could only afford so much. So lots of daytripping and nearby overnights. Every other year, we would spend about $3-5k to fly across the world to visit my family for 2-3 weeks.

Then I started working and we discovered the freedom of being a 2 income family. Every year I keep expanding the vacation budget because I cannot resist. We are very frugal and like to save a lot...but getting rather indulgent and spoiled with so much great travel.

I get 3 weeks a year and DH gets 4 weeks. I desperately want at least 1 more week off.

Last year we spent about $6k on big trips and prob about 1k on numerous weekend trips. Dh and I also did cheap weekend trips to Quebec City and Vegas through various points and rewards. Our friends joke that its a shock when we are home on a weekend.

March - 5 day Royal Caribbean cruise plus a couple of days in Fort Lauderdale, 2500

July - long weekend in Algonquin camping, 400

August - 12 days WDW, 3300

December - 2.5 weeks Malaysia, fully subsidized by my father (crazy expensive because it was a last min trip)

This year I am expecting to spend about $8500 (OUCH!!!!!)

March - 3 day Disney Dream plus a few nights in Orlando, 3000

April - weekend trip to Vegas for DH and I, 300

July - 4 night weekend to Washington? 300

July - 3 night camping in Tobermory, 300

August - 4 night weekend to the Smokies? 300

August - 3 night weekend to Holiday World, 500

October - 4 night weekend to Vegas for DH and I, 300

December - 9 nights in Dominican Republic for nephew's wedding, 3300

We like travelling way too much. We're at the point where we're stretching our budget a bit to do it...which my frugal soul gets nervous about. Just can't cut anything though!!!

We are credit card churners, earning tons of points and miles, which helps fund these trips. Otherwise, we'd probably spend double this for a family of 4. We rarely pay for flights and only pay for hotels in Disney.
Do you camp?? How do you stay for 4 nights in DC for $300??
gracie1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2013, 10:31 AM   #70
HeatherC
Alas...these people I live with take up too much room
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 3,949

Could possibly do DC..or any city really with hotel points or even Priceline.

If you stay in a hotel where you get free breakfast, that saves money and then bring some snacks and eat at inexpensive restaurants or use restaurant gift cards earned via credit card.

DC is awesome because most of the stuff is free.
HeatherC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2013, 02:54 PM   #71
Granny square
Always planning a trip!
 
Granny square's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 2,732

Quote:
Originally Posted by HeatherC View Post
Could possibly do DC..or any city really with hotel points or even Priceline.

If you stay in a hotel where you get free breakfast, that saves money and then bring some snacks and eat at inexpensive restaurants or use restaurant gift cards earned via credit card.

DC is awesome because most of the stuff is free.
We stayed at the embassy suites by the airport for $60 a night where they had good breakfasts. Parking was about $20 a day, and we only ate one fancy meal. Other meals were in the museums, or our front, and small diner types.

Wonderful trip! Not quite $300 but inexpensive
__________________
wishing I was at the beach!
Granny square is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2013, 05:27 PM   #72
marcyinPA
I'll never forget the strong, pungent smell of Noxema!
I was such a fashion disaster!!
 
marcyinPA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 7,721

We do one big vacation every 2-3 years. (big meaning $3,000 give or take). We usually do 2-4 days at the beach, staying at my friend's parents place about 10 miles away- for $35 a night. Other than that- we do a day trip here and there- for the cost of gas and food.

I would love to travel more, but we just don't have the income to support that.
__________________
10/93- off site(Holiday Inn Maingate East), 10/94- OKW, 10/97- off site (Doubletree Suites DD), 6/02- FW cabins,
5/04- POR (AB),
9/05-ASMo (Dh's 40th birthday trip!)- Free DDP, 5/07- POP!- DDP,
6/08- We're Cruisin' (NCL
Spirit) for my BIG 4-0!,
6/09- WL (celebrating my birthday with Mickey!)
,2/11- POP
marcyinPA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2013, 05:56 PM   #73
Liberty Belle
I was going to reply, but I see I already did...three years ago!
Hey, I warned you. Now go have a drink. It's the only thing that takes it away
Makes sleestack noises when her throat itches
 
Liberty Belle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 16,257

Quote:
Originally Posted by marcyinPA View Post
We do one big vacation every 2-3 years. (big meaning $3,000 give or take). We usually do 2-4 days at the beach, staying at my friend's parents place about 10 miles away- for $35 a night. Other than that- we do a day trip here and there- for the cost of gas and food.

I would love to travel more, but we just don't have the income to support that.
Sounds like we're in about the same boat (and it's not a cruise ship ). Glad to have a little company in this thread at last.
__________________


DH: Me: DS (20): DS(10):
(Hunter) (Leo) (Anatevka) : (Cookie)
Liberty Belle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2013, 06:04 PM   #74
ReneeA
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: St.ClairShores, MI
Posts: 3,472

We normally spend around $3500 for 10 days in WDW every year. We've always gotten good prices on airfare and go during free dining in August, staying at a moderate resort.

This year we're doing Hilton Head island for a week for $2500, driving, with day trips to Savannah &Charleston.

We also have a girls only trip to WDW planned for DD & I in Feb - 5 days, 4 nights. Our share is $980 for POR...staying with a good friend of mine and her DD's. Hoping for a play &stay kinda deal this year that will include dining. My plan is very little OOP when we get there, my budget is $1600 including airfare.

My DH & DS camp a weekend every months with Scouts. They are budget trips, but after 6 years, it amounts to quite a bit of time & money tied up in it. That's how we got our girl's trip...by guilting my DH. Lol.

Both DH & I have families that don't live near us, so much of our vacation time is sucked up by visiting family.
__________________
1980 offsite, 1988 offsite, Aug 1998 offsite, Apr 1999 offsite, Aug 2005 (free dining) ASMo, Aug 2006 (free dining) CSR, Aug 2007 CSR, Aug 2008 (free dining) CSR, Aug 2010 (free dining) CBR, Aug 2012 WL, Feb 2014 girl's trip AS Sports
ReneeA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2013, 09:09 PM   #75
OhMari
WDW PreTrip and Trip Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: WI USA
Posts: 13,651
DISboards Moderator

I get 4 weeks of vacation and most of mine is just taking off from work, just to be away from work. My dh gets 2 weeks and he has 2 weeks from2 years ago, 2 from last years and 2 more. So we are up to six weeks and he probably won't touch them.

I did get him to go to WDW a weekend this past April before his meetings. He was suppose to be off 3 more days and he ended up working. He was one of those annoying people in the lines at WDW that didn't know to move ahead, I apologize to any one that is annoyed at people on their phones at WDW. I did make him turn his phone off while we ate or were on an attraction. There is no changing my dh. He truly loves working, at least he is willing to go to WDW with me. I always tell him I am putting this quote on his grave stone, "Damn, I wish there were more hours in a day to work."
OhMari is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:46 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: