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Old 05-02-2013, 10:48 PM   #76
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We usually do:

1 week at Christmas (cruise or something)
1 week at Spring Break (Disney)
1 week in June (cruise/driving tour, etc)
1 week in August (DVC resort- HHI or Vero or a beach/pool somewhere)

I usually take the kids to the mountains/lake for 3-4 weeks in the summer--but that's family owned, so we just pitch in for groceries and that's about it.

We usually squeeze in a few week-end things here or there---and then conferences where we take the spouse-- a getaway--but still work.
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:01 AM   #77
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We're not very good at saving money for vacations, and when we do go on them, we splurge. And I mean SPLURGE. When we went to Jordan in 2008, the vacation ended up costing us a solid $25,000. Not kidding. This time around we're trying to save up more to not go into debt just to take a trip and also trying to limit how much darn money we spend while there.

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Old 05-04-2013, 12:25 PM   #78
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Wow, I am impressed how inexpensively you do your weekends away!
We work very hard to accumulate hotel and airfare points and miles. So usually we only pay for entertainment and food. Sometimes we are frugal and sometimes we splurge.

Eg our last trip to Vegas last weekend. Free flights on Southwest. Then free hotel,2 cirque shows,2 extravagant meals through playing MyVegas, a FB game. Extra food and transportation from hotel to airport was only supposed to be $130(for 3 days). We ended up renting a car instead of cabbing it and travelling to hike. Then we shelled out for an extra show. So ended up costing us $300 including everything.

For a Washington trip, we would do at least 3 nights. Free hotel and museums are free. So $70-100 a day for 4 for food and gas. Should be an inexpensive trip.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:36 PM   #79
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A typical year:

5-days Disney = $2000
2 trips to visit my family = $800 (drive + stay in hotel)
2 trips to visit DH's family = $800 (fly + stay with family)
1 Mother/Daughter weekend at a local hotel = $200

We used to take an additional summer trip to Wisconsin Dells where we would stay in a nice cabin, but we just can't seem to find the money for it any more.
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:14 PM   #80
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It depends on the year but I would guesstimate we spend $3000-$5000 per year.

Last year was:

Jan: 3 day weekend to Disneyland less than $500
March: 3 day spring break to Disneyland plus a 2 night Oceanside beach stay in inlaws timeshare $500
June: 2 night stay in Phoenix over summer $200 just cuz we had no summer vaca planned.
Oct: 3 nights at DL and 3 nights San Diego beach stay $1600
Total for 2012= $2800

This year:
May- 7 nights Orlando (2 day WDW, 3 day DC/Sea World) $2350
Oct- Beach San Diego $1225
if we do DL added on then another $1000

Total for 2013= $3575-($4575 if we do DL in Oct)

Those $500 trips to DL were when we had our AP's so no ticket cost and stayed in inlaws timeshare for free. Drove our car so only paid for gas and food.

This coming May Orlando trip we paid most of our airfare with saved up capital one rewards (total for 4 was $300), staying in inlaws timeshare for free. Just paying for Discovery cove tickets and 2 day WDW base tickets plus rental car.

We like to get many trips out of our vaca money, even if they are only short weekends. I need to have 1 DL trip and 1 beach trip every year. Just doesn't feel right if I don't.
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:46 PM   #81
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We take two 2-week vacations each year...2 weeks in the summer, 2 weeks over the holidays. They each run about $5K on average, and it usually includes one trip to either WDW or DL, and one trip somewhere else. And yes, we pay them off immediately...no debt for us except our mortage.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:27 PM   #82
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Tonight is the last night of MINIs On The Dragon here in Fontana NC. We've been here since Sunday It will probably cost about $2500. We travel 7 or 8 weeks a year and don't really keep track of costs.
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:31 PM   #83
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We allocate a significant percentage of my salary as our vacation budget. DH has 4 weeks of vacation/year, and I'm a teacher. The last two years have contained bigger than normal vacations. Usually we plan on the Christmas Disney trip and football season travel, but we're adjusting a bit as our budget allows.

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June: 7 day Fantasy Eastern Caribbean cruise
July: unexpected family week in Europe with DH's work
June: 7 days in Texas for DD's dance convention
July: 4 days at Great Wolf Lodge
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:04 PM   #84
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4 weeks vacation

We get 5 weeks vacation and usually take 3 to 4 week long vacation. This year we went to Disney in February, will be traveling to the beach in June and August, and then back to Disney in November.

Total cost about $5000. The beach vacations are cheap because we rent a house with 8 other people.

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Old 05-05-2013, 01:21 PM   #85
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I tend to take long weekends (5 days or so) to see races for vacations...this year I'm doing two. One is a trip to Detroit for an IndyCar race at the end of the month and the other is a trip to Virginia International Raceway for ALMS. We're looking at a max of $1,500 for BOTH.

An all-out trip to the Indy 500 two years ago only cost us about $500. We are very good at traveling cheaply. We drive everywhere and find great deals on hotels. We share meals and take advantage of free things to do in whatever city we're in. I never feel like I need to spend a ton of money to enjoy myself...usually I'm just thrilled to get away from home and work for a few days!

One thing I like to do is accumulate some gift cards to restaurants, stores, ect in the months before we leave, so if there is a last minute money crunch we can still go and not have to worry so much about food or incidentals. Not doing that for Detroit, but absolutely doing that for Virginia. Our hotel is usually booked at least a couple of months in advance, so by the time we leave, it's already paid off.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:08 PM   #86
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The last few years, we've been incredibly blessed and had mini trips to Spain,and visited wdw every year-sometimes twice.
Trips have ranged from 3 nights (Spain) to 15 nights (wdw).

This year and next, we will be having main vacations in august 17 nights this year,21 nights in 2014.

Spanish trips around $750, wdw trips vary, but around $11,000 (probably more,but I don't want to work it out!)
Our flights for next year alone are over $7000
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:39 PM   #87
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Disney January 9 days
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Disney June/July 5-6 days

Some years we've also done a trip to visit fmaily in MO. We've also skipped one Disney trip some years and gone to Europe.

We try to squeeze a long weekend in in the Fall...we've gone to Freeport ME, Newport RI, Conway NH, Salem MA, Boston MA...something usually within a 4-ish hour drive form home.

With my parents getting older, we have been tending to stay in the States within a 3 hour flight/4 hour drive.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:16 PM   #88
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:44 AM   #89
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Well, looks like our current schedule is:

August 2013: Camping in Kalaloch, WA. $250.

May 2014: Flying to Indiana for brother's wedding. $350-400. The flights are covered by SW points. We are doing a turn and burn, staying the day of the wedding only because a few weeks later we are going on a cruise!

June 2014: 7 day RC cruise to Alaska with sister, BIL, family friend. $4.5k. We hope to buy a 18-21ft sailboat when we return to use for daysailing/camping around the Puget Sound. $3k-$6k.

Spring or Fall 2015: Visiting the ILs in Germany. Probably about $5k when all is said and done.

Fall 2016: Either visiting friends in Clearwater, FL or going on another cruise to Hawai'i. Between $2k and $6k, depending on what we decide to do.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:56 PM   #90
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I will tell you our vacations for the last 18 months.

October 2011 all 5 of us at Disney for 11 days $7,000

January 2012 just the 2 of us at Disney $2,000

April 2012 just the 2 of us at Disney $2,000

October 2012 all 5 of us at Disney for 9 days $6,000

April 2013 just the 2 of us at Disney $2,000

So if you just count from October to October (1 year of that) it would be $17,000

But we aren't planning any more trip until April 2014 going to St Thomas for 9 days and that will be around $6,000 for the 2 of us.

We don't normally spend $17,000 a year on vacation. It just turned out that way last year. Usually we take one good one every year.
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