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Hiding vacation travel from coworkers, anyone done it?

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I am surrounded by coworkers and managers who are bad with money so never have any, the Suze Orman crowd. Running a credit card balance, eating out lunch every day, rotating through car leases so never owning and never enjoying years of no payments, and thinking that there are only are 3 possible family vacations: the $8000 one week Disneyworld trip, the $8000 one week cruise, and of course the $8000 one week Disney cruise. And yes, they really think that because I was once challenged by a coworker on being a moneybags for taking a camping trip to Colorado that she thought must have cost $5000 when it was actually closer to $1000.

Anyway, last summer we did a 23 day UK/France family trip which, with aggressive cost planning and staying mostly in rentals with kitchens, kept the cost to $4000/week including airfares, reasonable for 5 people. So we decided to go again this summer, this time DK/Italy with a bit of Germany.

The Europe trip last summer was not well received by coworkers. Europe is not safe (?), France is anti-American (?), why did you go (?), but mostly, where did you get the money? With an $8000/week vacation mentality they think it must have cost a fortune, when the real cost was pretty close to the annual cost of 2 car payments.

So thinking of just lying and saying-- what? Working on finishing the basement? Camping in Colorado? Visiting the in-laws? Or should I not hide it, and take the sideways looks and perhaps diminished career options? The lie might slip out at some point and be impossible to explain.

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