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Upcoming Travel Plans

May 15, 2010

These are projected costs for both of us.  I figure since we are married, I should start thinking that way in my budgeting for vacations!  We haven’t combined finances (yet – we plan to) so the part at the end is still divided.

Memorial Day Weekend Backpacking Trip, $100:
Most of the places we are dying to go are still covered in snow or are too far away.  I think we found somewhere that will work.   The only costs are gas and food.

Midwest Wedding Reception: $850
We just bought our tickets this weekend — I couldn’t find them any cheaper than $400 each.  I don’t expect it to spend much more — just a Super Shuttle since our flight comes in pretty late.

California Backpacking Trip, $300:
With some creative (but legitimate) flexing of my time, I am going to create a four day weekend in late July.  This will require me to work extra hours every day for a whole month, but I think this is going to be a busy time at work anyway.  We have two candidate destinations, both beautiful, around 25 mile treks each.

Weekend trip, $500:
This is so preliminary I haven’t even mentioned it to T yet.  I’m considering training for and doing a half marathon!  We were there a few years ago, but probably could find new stuff to do!  But I have to start training next week.  Eeek!

Honeymoon Geneva/Mont Blanc, $4500:
We decided to shorten it and cut out the preliminary 3/4 days in Venice at the end.  I really wanted to go, but I just don’t have the vacation hours, and it will lower the cost.  We’ll put a full on Italy trip on the travel list for a different year!  Most of our time will be in Switzerland, but we also will be going through a bit of France and Italy.  This is the least accurate price so far, as nothing is booked.  So far plane tickets are about $1000 each — now that I’ve nailed down the dates, I can start watching them!

Midwest wedding, $1000:
We have another wedding to go to this fall, but I found a great deal on the tickets.  Lodging will depend on if we get our own room or bunk up with others.  Either way, it should be less than $1000.

This gets us through September.   There is a potential we’ll end up traveling for Thanksgiving.  I want to do a little canoe trip, but maybe we’ll go to one of our hometowns instead.  And it is almost definite we’ll be going to one of our homes for Christmas, which is never cheap.  But I think I’ll worry about those later!

Grand total:  $7250
Already paid for:  $1125
Total needed (for me*): $3312
In my  travel fund:  $1586
Need to save:  $1,726

*T doesn’t do funds the way I do, but he has plenty in savings to cover planned travel. For the honeymoon, he’ll be paying $2000 and I’ll pay the rest, assuming projected costs are reasonably accurate.  For the other trips, I just divided by 2.  This may or may not be what actually happens — the wedding and SD trip are more for my benefit.

With the exception of the international vacation, this is a fairly typical travel year I think — mostly small trips around here, trips back home, and one more expensive domestic trip (this year for a wedding).  But adding that in makes a huge difference!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2010 9:18 pm

    I am pretty much swooning over your lists of trips. I have no idea what makes me think I deserve a big vacation this year considering all the travel I’ve had during unemployment but the itch has returned. I’m wondering if I should share this post with a certain someone who might share interest in taking a trip with me. 🙂

    • May 16, 2010 6:47 pm

      🙂 You know, though, with one notable exception, these aren’t big vacations at all. Backpacking is an amazingly cheap way to see stunning stunning things (camping too, probably — and i think you are closer to what I consider the most GORGEOUS parts of California than I am).

      So take a trip — it won’t have to be huge. Or uh, maybe you do deserve it because you found a great job after all? (Are you looking for some enabling here? I’ll provide, just let me know!)

      But Switzerland, yeah. To be honest, I’m salivating already. I can’t wait to get started on this stuff!

  2. May 16, 2010 7:29 am

    Indonesia managed to carve a niche for himself, even in the world of tourism. The official slogan of the Indonesian Department of Tourism Bali, an island known among those who love the sun and white sand beaches, Bali is Glorious. But those who have never visited Indonesia know little about this beautiful and magical place.

  3. May 17, 2010 10:00 am

    This sounds like a great summer! You have some great trips planned!

    I’m about to do my first 1/2 marathon in June. I was thinking of trainging for a race in August . . . but maybe I’m just thinking crazy thoughts. 🙂


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