Vilgan wrote: HomerJ wrote:
Vilgan wrote:average vacation spending in this thread seems really high
We (family of 2) just got back from 10 days in Hawaii. While the lodging was cheap since we stayed with others, total cost was about $1k with $700 of that being for the flights and $100 in souvenirs. For food, we hit up costco and generally cooked our own meals so $100 higher than usual there as well with a bit more eating out.
Well lodging for a nice place on the beach would probably cost you $300 a night, so you saved $3000. Also, if I was in Hawaii, I'd want to go on a couple of snorkel trips, and probably rent a car to drive up the volcano and explore a bit. Maybe deep-sea fishing or at least go out on the water. Did your friends also have a free boat for you to use?
since the remaining flights will be paid for with miles.
Many of us do not have miles.
So does the spending make more sense for those of us without a free place to stay and free airline tickets?
Free airline tickets take 2-3 hours of effort per year, why not take advantage of the free miles everyone is handing out?
Snorkel gear is cheap to buy and then costs 0 going forward.
I forgot about the car rental since that was paid with miles, so another $200 for a car.
I can absolutely get spending 3-4k on a vacation and I might do that someday in the future. So someone saying they spent 3k for their Hawaii vacation seems reasonable. But these numbers like 18k etc sound insanely high unless you are spending months in hong kong living high on the hog.
Most of the times, the people saying $18k are going on numerous trips OR one or two 'high end' trips. DH and I spent around that much last year but it included the following:
Weeklong ski trip in Lake Tahoe - Lift tickets are expensive and we stayed at a very nice Marriott at the base of the gondola.
Long weekend in St. Pete - We drove down since DH was doing a triathlon but we stayed a beachfront property.
Weekend in NYC for me alone - I piggybacked off a business trip so I didn't pay for a the flight but I ate out all weekend, took several Uber/Lyft rides since it was rainy and went to a show.
Eight days in Colombia - We used FF miles for the international flight. While nothing was particularly expensive in and of itself, we stayed at nice properties, purchased intra-country flights and took a couple of tours and did sightseeing.
Long weekend in Toronto - Once again, stayed at a nice property, took Uber a few times, etc.
Weekend in Minneapolis for a wedding - This was one of the cheapest trips. We paid for the flights but used points for the hotel. We only paid for a few meals and a couple of Ubers.
Ten days in Argentina and Chile for DH alone - Guys trip which included lift tickets and dining out every meal every day. I don't know what level the accommodations were but this also included a flight between Argentina and Chile in addition to the RT trip to/from home.
Weekend trip to MI for me alone - This was another one of the cheaper trips. I paid for the flight but used hotel points. I also rented a car but I was visiting family so I think I only purchased one meal.
Weekend trip to VA for me alone - I paid for the flight and rental car and one night of hotel. I stayed with family the other night and bought a few meals.
Ten days in Thailand - We paid for the RT international tickets as well as two intra-country flights. First hotel was paid for with points. The other two properties were paid for with cash; one was nice but the other was a pretty swanky beachfront property. We paid for several tours/attractions over the course of the trip and ate every meal out.
Christmas with the in-laws - We paid for the flights and one night hotel. The other nights were booked with points. We also got a rental car and paid for several meals out.
So tallying it up, that's eleven trips for the year. It's not hard to hit a high number for total spending even when not being particularly lavish.