The Frugal Vacation
My family and I got back from our first real vacation last week since returning from our assignment in China in 2008. In 2009 we we were busy settling into our new home, welcoming our first child, and doing our best to minimize our expenses so we opted to not take a vacation last year. At the time other things seemed much more pressing to us.
Fresh off our vacation I can say that I think we really made a mistake not investing in a vacation sooner. I have been suffering from a bad case of burnout all around and not motivated to do much more than the bare minimum for many months. This vacation gave me a much needed chance to relax, not think about work, recharge my batteries, and refocus on my priorities.
Trying To Keep Our Vacation Costs Low
We opted to look for an off-peak season beach rental for our vacation. We were able to significantly reduce our potential rental cost on VRBO.com by just emailing owners to find someone who was willing to negotiate a lower rent to get their beach rental filled. We were able to secure a 1 bedroom oceanfront condo at a Wyndham Resort on Myrtle Beach for $400/week which we were very happy with.
We were able to further managed our vacation costs by eating out only once during our trip and opted for easy to prepare (and clean up) frozen meals for the week.
Overall the vacation costs were kept down as we avoided malls and commercial areas and spent all week on the beach or at the complex pools. For our dinner out we did a little research and found a local seafood dive that was fantastic.
|Condo Rental||$ 400.00|
|Dog Boarding||$ 118.00|
|Seafood Dinner||$ 47.33|
|Gas (rough estimate)||$ 45.00|
The one expense that was unexpected and unfortunate was our dog's boarding - we had someone lined up to watch our dog but that fell through at the last minute and we decided to board our dog to avoid a scramble. The boarding costs ended up being a significant part of our vacation expenses and next time we will need to put together a better backup plan for dog care.
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