Honest Opinion? Affordability!!

Jun 28th, 2002, 02:08 AM
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I was given a great tip on this forum last year, to help keep out of travel credit card debt. They suggested that I keep a checkbook register for my credit card: I enter my vacation budget (or the amount I've saved thus far plus what I know I can pay back in 2-3 mos.) as the beginning balance, and then enter all charges against that balance as we charge on the card. Seeing a balance, like a checking account, really does help keep me within budget.

Like others responding here, we have a dedicated "travel" savings account, which I make myself put $ into every paycheck, even if it's only $25.00 or so. It may grow slowly, but it does eventually grow. We're only able to take a "big" trip (one costing $2000. to $4000.00) every other year. But that gives me more time for planning and dreaming.....
Jun 28th, 2002, 03:35 AM
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We are spending $5000 for a family of four this year. This will be our last big vacation for a while since college is getting closer and we will probably choose to put the money away for that. We put everything on credit but always pay the bill every month. I think if there is only two of you it's easier, because you probably have a better chance of being able to go last minute. When you are locked into the school calendar and activities that complicates thing.
The other thing we did when we were young and penniless was camp. My husband and I camped all along the east coast including a trip from Connecticut to Orlando in a Honda civic. We stopped when we had kids. The idea of changing a diaper in a tent just didn't appeal.
Jun 28th, 2002, 04:03 AM
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We use FF miles for long US plane trips. During the year we hoard away in cash small amounts of money - rebates from computer stuff, end-of-week leftover money in our wallets, etc. This is our food money while away. Hotels we save a little each month to cover cost. We try to stay someplace that offers breakfast - since that can be a big expense. Little stuff adds up on a car trip - stopping for sodas or snacks for kids, so we try to stop at grocery stores and carry a small cooler.

However, we stay in nice places and eat out most meals - it would not seem like a decent vacation to me if I was eating bolagno sandwiches on the side of the road.

Also, we do not have a lot of other "toys" - drive old cars, do not own things like DVD, big stereo. Each person/family decides priorities that hopefully work for them. We would rather save up and go to London than ski 6 times in the winter.
Jun 28th, 2002, 12:18 PM
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I don't travel too often, except to inexpensive places like Las Vegas. Otherwise I use lots of cost saving techniques: hoarding frequent flyer miles, being selective with destinations, traveling during the offseason, and using discounters like Priceline. You'd be surprised how cheap you can travel by utilizing these techniques.
Jun 28th, 2002, 12:31 PM
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I take a lot of trips during the year for work and always try to add days to them. Also, my husband and I take one big trip a year (involving passports and airline tickets)one medium trip (involving airline tickets) and 4-10 weekend road trips a year. We book our big trip with a travel agent about 6 months before we go so it will be paid for by the time we leave. The other trips we pay for as we go. No charging.
Jun 29th, 2002, 03:07 AM
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We try to take 2 trips per year. Just use the christmas club money we save yearly. It's tough saving for that nice vacation, but worth it.
Jun 30th, 2002, 05:14 AM
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Jun 30th, 2002, 07:27 AM
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After taking our last vacation of the year, my family starts making vacation for the NEXT year. We bat around ideas of where we want to to and check out the prices for each one. When have decided on a spot, the price of vacation is added when we make our yearly budget. Everything is put on credit card but this is done for our convienence. The money is in the bank and when the statement arrives, it is paid off. The amount of money we spend for each vacation varies. Personally I don't think finding out how much OTHERS spend on vacation is even necessary; it doesn't matter if Person X spends $59.00 on their room and Person Y spends $590.00. What IS important - IMHO - is that whatever YOU spend is within YOUR budget. Everybody on this board knows how much money they have at their disposable and that's what you should base your vacation spending decisions on.
Jun 30th, 2002, 09:55 AM
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Believe it or not I go to a lot of Estate Sales and Garage Sales. I try to find nice objects at a good price so that I can resell on Ebay. So far I am bringing in a nice little income to supplement my travel budget.

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