Join Early Retirement Today
View Poll Results: What is your annual vacation/travel budget?
Less than $1,000 16 9.09%
$1,000-$3,999 35 19.89%
$4,000-$9,999 75 42.61%
$10,000-$19,999 34 19.32%
$20,000-$49,999 12 6.82%
$50,000-$99,999 2 1.14%
Greater than $100,000 2 1.14%
Voters: 176. You may not vote on this poll

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-18-2010, 12:07 PM   #101
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,636
Originally Posted by Htown Harry View Post
One thing I am curious about from those who are posting relatively high numbers. Do you find that your LBYM instincts are suppressed when planning travel? I.e. you will do research and shop around for days to save $100 on an appliance purchase, but for whatever reason you do not choose to work as hard to find low fares or less expensive hotels?
Some of it is the nature of the event. You're traveling during a school break or to a major gathering (like Rice's Families Weekend). The airlines & hotels know that you're part of a tightly-scheduled crowd so they're not interested in negotiating.

Some of it is a minimum standard of living-- it's hard enough to share an entire house with a teen, let alone a hotel room. She thinks she's getting a great deal with her own suite bedroom or an adjoining room, but we're getting an even better deal for parental privacy!

Some of it is time pressure. When you're researching reservations, you err on the side of paying for quality to minimize the risk of having to spend your first day finding a better place. Or even worse, your first night.

Some of it is a tolerance for pain. I know it's cheaper to connect through three hubs than to fly direct, but each hub just raises the chance of missed connections, lost luggage, or other bad things. I know the midnight Vegas charter is cheaper, but I've had horrid experiences with noisy crew & passengers only to arrive at 8 AM (seven hours before the hotel room is ready) exhausted, standing in long lines with a crowd of other cheapskates, and not exactly in the right frame of mind for the $25 blackjack table. Much better to fly after a good night's sleep in my own bed, to arrive after the hotel room is ready, and to enjoy a leisurely dinner or a show instead of fighting the casino crowds. The blackjack tables have the same odds at 5 AM as any other time of day.

As soon as our pet bunny goes to his great reward I'm really looking forward to picking a last-minute cruise (we're only 30 minutes away from Pier 10), snapping up an unannounced fare sale, staying at a destination for 2-3 months instead of 2-3 days, and renting cheap monthly apartments instead of hotels or condos.

Originally Posted by FUEGO View Post
Thanks! I'm most excited about the poll's near perfect bell curve I have created from carefully selecting bin ranges.
And I thought I was the only one who noticed...


The book written on, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-18-2010, 01:08 PM   #102
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
freebird5825's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: East Nowhere, 43N Latitude, NY
Posts: 9,017
Single and FIREd.
My annual budget is approx $6K for my FL trips to avoid severe cabin fever. I took 3 FL trips this year because of an unexpected tax refund . I would normally take only 2.
I always get a place with a kitchen to save on eating out expenses. I hate eating alone in public.
I am now doing small local overnights within NYS during good weather, less than $200 per excursion.

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
freebird5825 is offline   Reply With Quote

budget, travel, vacation

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Annual Expense Poll Rich_by_the_Bay FIRE and Money 51 11-05-2008 03:50 PM
Travel questions and vacation ideas wildcat Travel Information 28 08-30-2007 09:06 PM
Travel Budget Dawg52 Life after FIRE 76 10-08-2005 12:40 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:22 AM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.