The value of vacation

As you read this, my husband and I are just days away from a romantic, kid-free vacation in the Caribbean. Since we weren't able to take a honeymoon, we spent the last few years saving like maniacs in order to have enough money for this special trip. We reached our savings goal in June and decided to take advantage of an early booking discount on Expedia.com. Since then, we have been eagerly counting down the months, weeks, and days. It's cold where I live, and I am more than ready for our adventure to begin!

Vacationing on a Budget

My love for vacation is deeply rooted in my past. My parents always made it a priority to take our family on a vacation at least once each year. Since my mom was a stay-at-home parent, our single-income budget was often tight. This meant that my parents had to think creatively in order to be able to afford to take us on trips. Luckily, my mom has always had a knack for stretching each dollar into something amazing. Therefore, getting the most out of her vacation budget was no different.

Aside from one vacation to Disney World, our bigger trips were mostly to the beach. Since cost was always an issue, we would often rent an oceanfront house with my aunt, uncle and their three boys. This made for tight quarters, but we didn't care. We were too busy exploring our ocean paradise without a care in the world.

Flying was too expensive, so we always drove from Indiana to southern Florida. Like many other families, my two siblings and I were crammed in the back of our station wagon. I can recall so many details from our travels. I vividly remember the frustration I felt when my parents made us eat sandwiches out of a cooler instead of stopping at McDonald's. I also remember the astonishment and wonder I experienced upon seeing the ocean for the first time. Growing up in Indiana meant that I had never seen anything as big or as beautiful.

The Downside of Being an Adult

Now that I am an adult, I have a slightly different take on vacation in general. The main difference is that I have to pay for it. This unfortunate fact tends to take some of the carefree wonder out of the equation. Traveling, especially with kids, can get quite expensive.

However, being in charge has its perks. Now that the bill is mine, at least I get to decide where we go and what we do. I also get to decide whether or not we bring a cooler and eat those dreaded homemade sandwiches. It's funny how something that made no sense to me as a child makes perfect sense as an adult. Since the tables have turned, I find myself turning into the parents that I once resented. These days, I am the one with the bag full of cheap snacks in the car.

But, like my parents, I want to travel with my children. Despite the costs, I want my kids to experience some amazing vacation memories of their own. I love watching them experience new things and see new places. It is important to me that we take a vacation together as a family each year, regardless of the cost.

We all have something that is important to us. Unfortunately, having a hobby you are passionate about can cost some serious money. Since my expensive passion happens to be travel, I have made saving for it into an annual goal. Planning ahead and saving appropriately is the key to reaching any financial goal. Saving for vacation doesn't have to be any different.

With Spring Break just around the corner, many families have already started planning spring or summer trips. Here are some of the money-saving tips I have learned along the way.

  • Open a special savings account just for travel. Having a targeted savings account for travel can be a fun way to save for vacation. It might also help you stay on budget and keep you from taking money out of your regular savings goals.
  • Start saving early. Saving small amounts of cash regularly can help you reach your goals over time. It's important to only book and plan a vacation if you have the cash in hand. There is nothing relaxing about vacationing on credit, only to return home to a giant bill waiting for you. Save weekly or monthly until you have enough money to pay for the vacation of your dreams. It will be worth the wait.
  • Make sure that your vacation budget is comprehensive. There are many travel expenses to consider in addition to lodging. Make sure to consider other expenses like transportation, entertainment and food. Plan ahead and keep your spending within your vacation budget.
  • Be flexible. Sometimes, just being flexible can save money. Our current vacation was initially going to be from Sunday until Saturday. After fiddling with the search tool, I found that we would save 30 percent by vacationing Monday through Sunday.
  • Eat at home. When possible, renting a vacation condo or hotel with a kitchenette is a great way to save money. Go to the grocery store upon your arrival and make the majority of your meals at “home.” Going out to eat is fun, but it's also expensive. Eating some of your meals at home can help you keep your expenses down.
  • Check out online sites. There are many online vacation sites that have great deals. Check out Expedia.com, Travelocity.com, or Priceline.com for specials and deals. If you are looking to rent a condo or house, you can browse options at vrbo.com.
  • Share accommodations if possible. If you have family or friends with whom you would consider vacationing, it's a great opportunity to save money and bond with those you love. Split the cost of a condo or beach house with friends, and you will all reap the benefits.

Now that we are out of consumer debt, our vacation plans have become more of a priority in our life. Sure, we are still obsessed with getting rich slowly, but living a frugal lifestyle has opened an entire world of possibilities for the money we used to waste. Now that we are living within our means, we can afford to enjoy the fruits of our labor on occasion. And for that, I'm thankful. After all, if we don't take the time to enjoy life, what are we really working for anyway?

What are your favorite money-saving vacation tips? Do you have any upcoming vacation plans?

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My Financial Independence Journey
My Financial Independence Journey
7 years ago

I’m a big fan of vacation. I think that they’re necessary in order to preserve mental sanity. When I was a grad student and making considerably less money, I would go on camping trips. Relatively cheap by vacation standards. Currently, I still try to budget in a cheap vacation. I also add in a number of weekend day trips in the summer to explore the area. This is the first year that I will get a bonus. I have already allocated 50% of my bonus to me. The other 50% gets invested. Depending on how big a bonus I get,… Read more »

Hannah
Hannah
7 years ago

I do find it a little confusing that this article is about the virtues of making lifelong memories on family vacations, but the first thing mentioned is that this will be a romantic kid free vacation. The poor kids are stuck at home!

Holly@ClubThrifty
7 years ago
Reply to  Hannah

Since it’s my belated honeymoon, I didn’t think it would be romantic to take my 3 and 1 year olds =)

And don’t feel sorry for my kids. They just went on a beach vacation in September and are going again in May. This time, they will be happy and content at grandma’s!

Shari
Shari
7 years ago

Well, at that age, they wouldn’t benefit much from it anyway! My kids can’t remember anything from any vacation we took before they were 5 years old.

Jon @ MoneySmartGuides
Jon @ MoneySmartGuides
7 years ago

I use many of the same tactics as you. I have a separate savings account where I redirect money to when I am paid.

As for vacations themselves, I try to stay at places that have a kitchen so I can buy groceries and eat out less often.

I also compare the costs of all-inclusive vacations as well. Sometimes it is cheaper to pay the higher price for the all-inclusive if the area you are going to is expensive (meaning eating out costs a lot of money).

Sam
Sam
7 years ago

We have an ING (now Capital One 360 – boo) vacation/travel account. I have an auto transfer to it twice a month in the amount of $75 which means that normally there is enough in it to book a flight or two. But if we have an upcoming trip, I ramp up the savings so that by the time we go our flight (or other transport) is paid for, the hotel (and I only go 5 star at this point in my life) are all paid for in advance and then I set up a spending plan to cover eating… Read more »

Ann
Ann
7 years ago
Reply to  Sam

I <3 2.5 and 3* hotels. I do NOT want to be nickeled and dimed on breakfast, internet, fitness center, parking, etc. My big recommendation is to use HotWire if you're staying in a hotel. I like knowing the amenities (before I had kids and cared less about having a pool and breakfast, we used Priceline). You can also use http://www.betterbidding.com to find out what the possible hotels for that zone are and people's feedback on them.

Carole
Carole
7 years ago

When we used to travel with children, I remember ordering water for the drink. Sometimes waitresses would just put a pitcher of water on the table for us. One child lost her appetite in public places and we would sometimes just order mashed potatoes (her favorite) and a hot vegetable she liked. A cafeteria would have been ideal, but not always available on the road. We would start out with sandwiches in the cooler and bring our own soda pop, then get ice from the motel supply. I don’t think that kids need to expect a steady supply of drinks… Read more »

Michelle
Michelle
7 years ago

As you know Holly, I’m all for vacations. Life isn’t all about money, it’s about living also! That’s of course why I made my post “I’ll never be a Frugal Blogger” (http://www.makingsenseofcents.com/2013/01/ill-never-be-a-frugal-blogger.html).

They key is to know how to budget for it and truly afford it!

Tina in NJ
Tina in NJ
7 years ago

When I was a kid, we had 3 kids, 2 cats, and a dog. We went on vacation to Grandparents or we went camping. The best trip of my childhood was 4 weeks traveling the lower 48, visiting relatives we never got to see and camping in national parks like Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Yosemite. There are very few 5-star hotels in the wilderness.

TB at BlueCollarWorkman
TB at BlueCollarWorkman
7 years ago

Also, make use of would-be “scams” to get free vacations. My wife and I sit through an entire weekend seminar thing on buying a timeshare, because they give everyone a free cruise when it’s over. Most people end up buying timeshares (which makes it worthwhile for the company), but my wife and me adamantly read or take naps and pay zero attention. We lose a weekend to these dumb seminars every year, but we also get a 5-day cruise for free every year. Worth it!

Jane Savers @ The Money Puzzle
Jane Savers @ The Money Puzzle
7 years ago

I have 2 friends who only went to the time share seminar for the free weekend and both ended up buying. One has been trying to sell or cancel for two years and it is impossible.

Chantel
Chantel
7 years ago

Vacations are a thing, that I’d like to have weekly, you know… “the good life” However, my small family of 3, we live paycheck to paycheck, so that’s just not going to cut it! When I do go on vacations, I like to $ave as much money as possible, while splurging on a big beautiful home, strategically placed in the sand…ahh…OK now back to reality.. We all know that the cost of groceries/meals on vacation isn’t cheap. I like to have most of my meals prepared, before we even head out the door on the long journey. I will take… Read more »

Ris
Ris
7 years ago

Also consider visiting less popular destinations, which can sometimes be much cheaper! My husband and I went to Nicaragua last year for 9 days and it was half the cost that going to Costa Rica would have been!

Jane Savers @ The Money Puzzle
Jane Savers @ The Money Puzzle
7 years ago

I have not been on a vacation in over twelve years and I would love to go anywhere but I am focused on paying down debt.

I take staycations with my two weeks of holidays every year and I try and precook meals so I don’t have to cook or clean too much.

I would love any kind of vacation but I would love my HELOC to disappear more.

William @ Drop Dead Money
William @ Drop Dead Money
7 years ago

Yay for vacations! Because of our work situations, we’ve always found it hard to get away for more than a few days at a time, so we’ve come to do micro-vacations: 4 day weekends and such. Fortunately, we’ve lived in places (SoCal and Colorado) short distances away from lovely micro-vacation destination.

A nice benefit of the microvac: low cost. A short drive and a variety of low cost accommodations. Not the “nice” vacation, sure, but the next best thing (and frugal to boot).

Bon voyage! 🙂

Anne @ ImpulseSave
Anne @ ImpulseSave
7 years ago

Great post! I would second the advice of doing your own cooking. And if you’ve got good company, the actual location really isn’t that important. My siblings are scattered across the country, so every two years we all get together (with spouses and kids, that’s 16 people in total!) and rent a house. The destination doesn’t really matter, as long as there’s a yard and nearby outdoor activities that we can all enjoy. Also, if you’re looking for cheap entertainment you can have a talent show. This is our latest family tradition and the part of vacation that we all… Read more »

Lea
Lea
7 years ago

I save monthly for a vacation and the last couple I was able to cut out hotel costs because my dad had points. The hardest part about paying for vacations is that I’m single and paying for the entire cost of a room is expensive. On the plus side, it’s easy to be cheap about meals out, as you can pack a granola bar or have breakfast at the hotel (if included!) and then maybe just eat one meal in the afternoon or at dinner. Having a room with a kitchenette I agree is very helpful! When I went to… Read more »

Phoebe @ www.allyouneedisenough.com
Phoebe @ www.allyouneedisenough.com
7 years ago

We also value vacations and take a yearly trip to Las Vegas to celebrate our anniversary (we had our honeymoon there). We also use many of the tips listed to save money: -we use miles that I rack up at my job to get free tickets -we are on email lists for our hotel and only book when we get at least 20% off -as soon as we get there we buy a cooler, ice, and food for cheap and easy breakfasts and lunches -we walk everywhere we can (lots to see and good exercise!) -this may not be the… Read more »

Johanna
Johanna
7 years ago

Vacation spending is pretty much the ultimate non-necessity. The whole point of a vacation is to have fun – if you’re scrimping to the point where it’s not fun anymore, you might as well just stay home. It’s all about the value of a particular experience FOR YOU, so spend on things you value, and scrimp on things you don’t. For some people, a big part of the enjoyment of travel is sampling the local restaurants – others are happy to eat fruit and crackers and home-cooked meals. Some people value being pampered at a full-service hotel. Others are happy… Read more »

Nick @ CreditRanker
Nick @ CreditRanker
7 years ago

Being an adult and having kids of your own sure makes you appreciate what kind of stress our parents might have gone through while on vacation. Making sure the kids don’t get overexcited and run off somewhere and get lost, paying for everything, etc. Thank you parents!

Cat
Cat
7 years ago

I think it’s great that your parents took you to the beach! That’s so smart, because you can have fun on the beach all day without spending a ton of money. In the hamptons you can just pay a small parking fee and then bring some sadwhiches in a cooler and you’re good to go!

Enjoy your vacation to the Caribbean, I’m sure it will be a blast!

Brian
Brian
7 years ago

Good ideas, but you failed to include the most important part of any travel strategy: using airline, hotel, and credit card points! If you’re smart about collecting and spending miles and points you won’t have to save (or spend!) nearly as much. Saving is great, but going for free is so much better!!

Andrew
Andrew
7 years ago

Just as children will ignore their expensive presents to play with the boxes they came in, their best vacation memories and moments are made out of little things and incidental experiences. What I remember best: —Watching a vertical curtain of rain sweep towards us as we picnicked alongside the Ere Canal, and leaving my sandwich behind as we raced for the car. —Being thrilled as a 12-year old with 1/2 year of French studies when someone in Quebec mistook me for a native. —Being allowed to operate the Magic Fingers machine in every motel room Kids don’t care about the… Read more »

Matt at Healthy N' Wealthy
Matt at Healthy N' Wealthy
7 years ago

Great article, Holly. Enjoy your vacation! Vacations are one area where I’m willing to spend a bit more. That being said, I do everything I can to find the best deals. I use Kayak’s tracking tool for flights, I use credit cards strategically, I sign up for travel newsletters (like Travelzoo) and Groupon/LivingSocial for the area I’ll be in, I check Hotwire/Priceline, etc. I use Homeaway (which owns VRBO) for my vacations whenever I can. A neat trick is to rent condo units that hotels have sold off. Though it’s still pretty expensive, you can stay at a 4 or… Read more »

Paul in cAshburn
Paul in cAshburn
7 years ago

When I saw the title “The Value of Vacation”, I assumed it was about the value of the unused vacation payout you’ll receive if you are laid off or if you quit (assuming you have paid vacation with your job). When I worked for Lockheed Martin, they allowed us to carry a balance of 400 hours from year to year (losing anything over 400 if we didn’t take the time off). So, I avoided vacations (which also impressed the boss) for the first few years, and after I’d proved myself on the job – then I started taking vacation time.… Read more »

Jane Savers @ The Money Puzzle
Jane Savers @ The Money Puzzle
7 years ago

My employer allows to carry over one week of vacation from the previous year in to the new year but you must use it because it will disappear the next year.

There is no payout for vacation days. If you let some go unused they vanish.

Paul in cAshburn
Paul in cAshburn
7 years ago

I think it’s illegal for them not to pay you for unused vacation hours – if you leave the company. Obviously, they can take away unused vacation hours at the end of the year if that’s their policy. Only allowing one week of carryover sounds like a bean counter winning an argument regarding overhanging liabilities… but I’d say at the expense of employee satisfaction. But, that’s the beauty of capitalism. Each company is free to craft policies that attract – or repel – talent. It’s their choice. 🙂

Mike @ The #hustle Blog
Mike @ The #hustle Blog
7 years ago

Acquire miles and points as much as you can! I’m sure anyone that reads this blog can responsibly handle a credit card so we might as well get great value out of them!

Danielle
Danielle
7 years ago

Recently I’ve begun running all expenses through a credit card that pays 2x mileage–and yes, I do pay it off every month. This,combined with a sign up bonus, was enough to take about $500 off a recent vacation. Also, I discovered that there are some cruises that are pretty cheap (as cruises go) if you time it right. Daughter and I just took a $349/person 5 nite Caribbean cruise (plus over night in the port city–didn’t want to miss the ship by being snowed in at O’Hare) and including the tips, a glass of wine with dinner every night,airfare,and 3… Read more »

Sheila
Sheila
7 years ago

Travel is my big “splurge” expenditure too. As a matter of fact, I decided 12 years ago to work for an airline in order to make it more affordable. As of last year I have lifetime flight benefits for my and my husband. I have a friend who has worked a part-time job for a hotel chain for those benefits, as well. We also take advantage of credit cards points for travel. Putting all 3 of our kids’ college tuition on a credit card that we paid off right away from savings, netted us enough points to pay for a… Read more »

Larry Lewis
Larry Lewis
7 years ago

Is it really only 22 weeks since i returned from Lanzarote. The tans fading so quickly. Oh well i’m sure i’ll take a week away to the sun in April. The internet is wonderful finding last minute great prices. Thats the beauty of being a blogger, my question to any hotel is do you have wireless connection, good i can still blog everyday, I’m on my way.

Renee
Renee
7 years ago

Back in 2000, my husband and I had planned to go an a dream ‘2nd honeymoon’ to France. Instead, he left me suddenly after 22 years of marriage. Devastated, I lost my home, my friends etc. (many of you know the drill) but I was determined to go on the trip of my dreams. Having practically no money at all to spare, I started with $25.00 a paycheque deposited into a special account. (I found the $25. by cutting out extra things, such as take-out coffee etc.) Every 6 months, I increased it by $5.00. I also sold stuff, rolled… Read more »

Cat
Cat
7 years ago
Reply to  Renee

Renee- First of all – GOOD FOR YOU! That’s an awesome and motivating story and I am glad you had fun! I was wondering… how are you able to take that much time off from work at once? My employers would have a heart attack. Maybe I’m in the wrong industry. I also support your trip to Barcelona. My most recent post on my blog is about a trip I took to Barcelona- you should check it out! It even has a picture from in the market. Of course I had a ton of photos but I couldn’t put them… Read more »

Renee
Renee
7 years ago
Reply to  Cat

Hi Cat; I count myself very lucky that where I work, they are pretty generous with accumulating vacation – I have been here 20 years and now get 6 weeks a year. They are pretty good in that if you don’t take time off during summers (when everyone wants vacation time) you can book your overseas trips for as much time as you want within your allotment. So I travel in Spring and Fall. I work in Healthcare, in a Canadian Hospital. I am a Records Clerk, nothing special really but have amazing benefits, a pension and vacation allotment –… Read more »

Cat
Cat
7 years ago
Reply to  Renee

Renee – That’s fantastic! My BF works at a hospital but he just started, he still gets pretty good benefits though. Maybe I should start working for a hospital! But that’s awesome that you take your vacation all at once 🙂

stellamarina
stellamarina
7 years ago
Reply to  Renee

Good for you. When you get to Malta you will find lots of local old style buses that will take you everywhere on the island. No tourist needs a car there. Malta is a wonderful place. I could happily join all the English that semi-retire there.

Renee
Renee
7 years ago
Reply to  stellamarina

Thanks for your reply! I am really looking forward to this trip, especially since we are in the midst of a major blizzard today!

I have gone on line and seen some pictures, including the funny old buses, and it all looks so picturesque and perfect! (and the food looks really yum…)

Jamie
Jamie
7 years ago

My grandmother used to regularly tell the members of our family a story about when she was traveling as a young woman. She was at the steps of a pyramid and ready to climb when she started talking to an elderly couple who were sitting at a bench nearby. The couple had saved up for their whole lives to travel and climb this pyramid, but now that they could afford it, they could no longer climb. This story became an allegory to my family. My boyfriend and I are in our thirties, and we are extremely frugal in all areas… Read more »

Jake
Jake
7 years ago

Everything you said is spot on. I also was taken on a family vacation once a year when growing up and those memories will stay with me forever. It’s amazing how much harder going on vacation is when you have to pay for it yourself, but I like your tips you gave. As long as you make it a priority you should come up with enough money for it. Thanks for the tips and enjoy your vacation!

anna
anna
7 years ago

I agree going off-days and off-season is the way to go since it’s less expensive and less crowded… the only downside is sometimes weather doesn’t cooperate. I also look for hotels that serve breakfast, and we bring plenty of snacks that lasts us until dinner (which also helps to maximize sightseeing time). Enjoy your well-deserved vacay! 🙂

Jamie
Jamie
7 years ago

On a different note from my previous comment– Packing food for long car rides (or plane rides) is great! If your kids aren’t stoked on the food you pack, I recommend taking them with you to the store to pick out road-snacks. It’s always been tradition that when I take my nieces or nephews to a movie, we swing by the grocery store first to buy snacks to smuggle into the theater. They usually are most excited about the food bins, and they are allowed to get one savory and one sweet snack. However, you can tighten up the restrictions–… Read more »

Kristen
Kristen
7 years ago

When I was a kid, my parents had a travel trailer and belonged to a trailer club, as well as my aunt/uncle and grandparents. Every summer, we spent many weekends driving around the state and meeting the travel club, where we would participate in huge potluck dinners, costume contests, etc. I still love the sound of the rain falling on the roof – few things are better when tucked into a warm bed while camping! My husband and I don’t have kids, and are small business owners, so it’s hard for us to get away. But last summer, we were… Read more »

Kristen
Kristen
7 years ago

When I was a kid, my parents had a travel trailer and belonged to a trailer club, as well as my aunt/uncle and grandparents. Every summer, we spent many weekends driving around the state and meeting the travel club, where we would participate in huge potluck dinners, costume contests, etc. I still love the sound of the rain falling on the roof – few things are better when tucked into a warm bed while camping! My husband and I don’t have kids, and are small business owners, so it’s hard for us to get away. But last summer, we were… Read more »

cathleen
cathleen
7 years ago

We are very fortunate that my in-laws let us use their beach house pretty much whenever we like (and the other “kids” aren’t using it).

It’s just 30 minutes from our house and access to Carmel, Monterey Big Sur etc. so there are always new places to go, hike, eat, etc.
And we don’t pay lodging so we save a fortune.
The going rate for the houses there is $600 per night!

eemusings
eemusings
7 years ago

Oooh, wish we had your petrol prices! Driving in NZ is not nearly as frugal. Have a fantastic belated honeymoon!

hope
hope
7 years ago

My husband and I used to rent in the city and go to our affordable cabin on a nearby island almost every weekend. It was our answer to not being able to afford to buy in our city and the plan was to live there full time eventually. How I enjoyed those weekends! They were my salvation during some very trying times over the years, it was the best decision we ever made. Paying rent and a mortgage on our place was challenging at times and prohibited expensive vacations but at least the money was going to something concrete and… Read more »

Nick @ ayoungpro.com
Nick @ ayoungpro.com
7 years ago

I just finished school and haven’t had a vacation for a very long time. Thanks for the tips on saving money, I see a vacation in my near future. 🙂

partgypsy
partgypsy
7 years ago

Well planning a 2 day vacation to Charleston, SC, because it means combining the chance to see a city I always wanted to visit with spending time with my Dad. But for the rest of the year our family is going to see if we can do it on the cheap (things like visiting nearby places, camping and the family cabin). Really it’s the time off that is the most relaxing thing about vacation : )

Babs
Babs
7 years ago

Great post and comments. Have fun Holly!

Kathleen, Frugal Portland
Kathleen, Frugal Portland
7 years ago

I’m so jealous of your vacation! I could use one of those about now. 🙂

Kristen
Kristen
7 years ago

This article combines perfectly with the article about investing with extra money from Lisa earlier this week for me. While I was saving for a down payment, I felt like the rest of my life was kind of put on hold. So I decided to open a savings account for any money beside my pay check (ie ebates, rebates, eBay sales, some of my income tax return, etc, which is similar to Lisa’s list.). Last year, I bought my condo and this year I am taking a trio to Italy with my savings. Traveling is a financial priority for me!

Ramblin' Ma'am
Ramblin' Ma'am
7 years ago

My family took vacations every year, but it was often just to the Jersey Shore or to visit relatives. Later, we took a lot of road trips. My mother and stepfather used to keep the details of the trips secret until a few weeks beforehand. “Guess what, we’re going to Canada!” (You didn’t need passports in the 1990s.) We usually stayed in mid-range hotels like Holiday Inns or Best Westerns. Occasionally a really nice one would be thrown in. We never flew, but just drove our van everywhere. Consequently, I saw much of the East Coast and Eastern Canada, but… Read more »

Edward
Edward
7 years ago

Travel is why I became frugal in the first place. I wanted to see everything (and still do). I’ve been to a lot of places and when people ask how I can afford it, I tell them it’s because I save so much at home–I rent, don’t own a car, never eat out here, etc. Nope, it’s all about the travel, baby! And luckily, I don’t like 5* places very much. I find they’re all full of rich doctors, lawyers, honeymooners, seniors, and others folks I can’t really relate to. No thanks, I’ll stay at the 3.5* with all the… Read more »

Holly@ClubThrifty
7 years ago
Reply to  Edward

We’re going to the Dominican Republic. I had my heart set on going to Aruba but I couldn’t manage to fit it into my budget. I tracked the prices for months and they just kept going up and up! So we settled for Punta Cana for about half the price. I cannot wait!

Jerry
Jerry
6 years ago

Thanks for the post. My wife and two daughters are taking a two trip to Maui next month and are really looking forward to it. This is our first big reward since starting my home based business, all the hard work has finally paid off.

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