|05-02-2013, 09:48 PM||#76|
P.S. Who would serve turnips at a wedding?
Join Date: Jan 2006
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.
|05-02-2013, 11:01 PM||#77|
Join Date: Dec 2011
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.
Me DM DF DSis DB
|05-04-2013, 11:25 AM||#78|
Join Date: Jan 2012
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.
August 2012 Dining Review: A lesson in sharing or how to turn 12 TS credits into 14 meals
|05-04-2013, 11:36 AM||#79|
Wanna potty with Spongebob Squarepants?
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: 8 Winchfield Rd.
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.
|05-04-2013, 12:14 PM||#80|
Official Mouse Fan
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Tucson, Az
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
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.
(me) (dh) (dd 16) (ds 13)
Disneyland 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
DCL 4 night Nov. 2006 + WDW Nov. 2006
We got DL AP's!! Trips: 6/08, 10/08, 1/09, 3/09
DL + Trick or Treat Party 10/09
DCL 3 night + WDW Free Dining Dec 16-25 2009
Disneyland 6/2010 Using our GAD Vouchers!
DCL LA 2 day cruise to no where 1/2011
DCL 7 Night Mexican Riviera KSF 3/20/2011
DL AP's Trips:10/2011, 1/2012, 3/2012, 10/2012
|05-04-2013, 04:46 PM||#81|
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: The Happiest Place on Earth
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.
|05-04-2013, 08:27 PM||#82|
Join Date: Oct 2000
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.
|05-05-2013, 11:31 AM||#83|
Flip flops creep me out!
Drank cowboy kool-aid & now I'm married
Drinks Rattlesnakes and does the 2 Step until 2am!
Join Date: Aug 2000
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.
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
Labor Day weekend football travel to Texas
Friday-Sunday stays at alma mater during football season home games
overnight stays at alma mater during basketball season home games
2 weeks at Disney over Christmas/New Years
March, May, August, September: 6 concerts (2 involving out-of-state travel or overnight stays)
|05-05-2013, 12:04 PM||#84|
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Annapolis, Maryland
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.
POR - 2007, BCV - 2010, SSR- 2011, BWV - 2012, BCV, SSR, BWV - 2013
|05-05-2013, 12:21 PM||#85|
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seneca, IL
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.
October 1996 Christmas/New Year's 2004 Spring Break 2006 Christmas/New Year's 2006 Christmas/New Year's 2007 Christmas/New Year's 2008 Christmas/New Year's 2010
College Program at Cosmic Ray's January 2011-May 2011
|05-05-2013, 04:08 PM||#86|
Join Date: May 2011
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
|05-05-2013, 07:39 PM||#87|
DIS Security Matron
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Too far from WDW!! :(
Disney January 9 days
Ogunquit ME April 4-5 days
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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It's time to put on your big girl panties and deal with it!
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There's no pill that cures stupid.
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.
You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
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|05-05-2013, 08:16 PM||#88|
Loves to snorkel
Swam with the dolphins
Got soaked on BTMRR
Join Date: Nov 2002
Be kinder than necessary-everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle!
..................If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
There's a great big, beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day!
|05-06-2013, 09:44 AM||#89|
Earning My Ears
Join Date: May 2013
Location: In a world without swag
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.
|05-06-2013, 04:56 PM||#90|
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Way down South near the banks of the mighty Mississippi River.
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.
10/27-11/6/11 All Star Music Family Suite (QSDP) --Family trip
1/26-2/1/12 Quality Suites Lake Buena Vista --Adults Only trip
4/16-4/21/12 Rosen Inn --Adults Only Trip
10/27-11/4/12 All Star Music Family Suite (DDP) --Family Trip
4/14-4/19/13 Quality Suites Lake Buena Vista -- Adults Only Trip
11/10-11/16/13 Wyndham Bonnet Creek -- Adults Only Trip
10/31-11/10/15 Wyndham Bonnet Creek -- Family Trip
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