Estimate the total cost of your vacation. Be sure to include restaurants (food & drink per person each day), transportation gas for the vehicle to get there, back, and to places nearby where you’ll be staying, hotel rooms per night, and any other activities that you plan on doing. (Amusement parks, swimming, the zoo, etc.) Make sure to ad a Per Diem for spending money. Use a spreadsheet to organize things.
- If the trip seems a bit pricey, you may want to consider looking harder for discounts. You can normally find accommodation and travel discounts online. A vacation like the All America Vacation – Reunion planned for this summer can not be done without the internet. While you’re at the site, they can also help plan your trip.
- Work around the price. Normally if you’re visiting family in another state, you can stay at one of their houses overnight (if there’s enough room for everyone). (Free showers, food, television, and bed!) And if you offer to pay for the gas, you can normally borrow a neighbor’s “extra” vehicle for free and they’ll take care of any animals while you’re gone. And if you buy a gas card, you can save money on the gas! You just gotta think ahead!
- Work some overtime at your job before you ask for a week/weekend off for vacation. They’ll be more likely to give it to you when you want it.
- Research, Research and more Research will allow you to make all the pieces fit more smoothly together. to not use the internet to the max will cost you time, money and inconvience or make your trip a horror story.