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May 25th, 2013 at 07:11 am

Thanks for the kind wishes of good health yesterday. I do feel better today. I had a huge urge to sleep several times, so that is just what I did. I think I slept 11 hours last night, and I feel pretty good this morning.

It is raining pretty good here today, which lends itself to a lazy day. We might be able to get a few honey do list items done, which will require no outlay of money. Smile

We need to do some vacation planning as well. We are thinking of a road trip along the Mississippi River byways here in Iowa. If anyone has any must see destinations in that area, let me know. We also want to have a stop for a day or two that is just relaxing in some way. Enjoy the scenery and each other. It seems it could be a semi frugal vacation as it will be meals, hotels, and fuel and activity admissions. I'm hoping for a budget of $1000 or less.

Will you be taking a vacation this year? Do you have a budget? Will you fly, drive or stay in town?

7 Responses to “Vacation Thoughts”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Glad you're feeling better today. Smile
    I'll be taking two vacations soon - one where I'm flying (CA) and one where I'm driving (NE.) Don't really have a budget for either one yet.

  2. scottish girl Says:

    Glad you're feeling better Smile Yes we will hopefully be going to England so SG can meet her great-grandpa. Looking into train fares just now.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    No more vacations for us this year. Disney was our big one. We might do a day trip to Seattle to the Science Fiction Museum and the Experience Music Project.

  4. PNW Mom Says:

    Kauai for DH and I...no kids

    Obviously flying Smile
    No real budget, but we are getting a compact car...I don't care how big the car is as long as it has air. We also did a ton of comparing for where we are staying. No big must do's at this point other than a luau...we had fun at the one on Maui. We might do a zip line...not sure though. Mainly plan to explore (hiking, driving and seeing the sights). Relaxing on the beach and by the pool and snorkeling too.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    Going to Florida by plane in July to visit my son's family. Later in the summer or fall I'm going to try to take a road trip to North Carolina. Plane ticket for Florida is bought -- may need a rental car for my time down there but will play it by ear. NC trip is always cheap -- just gas and road food.

  6. scfr Says:

    Have you been to the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville? Is it close enough to your driving route to consider? If you decide to go, make sure the kids have seen the movie first!

    It has been about 8 years since I have been to my husband`s native country. It was hard to travel overseas when we had our dog. Now that the dog has passed, we plan to go in the fall and make a "grand tour" of it, travelling around and visiting relatives in various parts of the country, visiting DH`s birthplace, and hopefully going to the place where I studied as an exchange student decades ago. It will probably be at least 10 days, maybe up to 2 weeks. Haven`t worked up a budget yet, but it won`t be cheap. We will probably use free reward air tickets and stay much of the time with family, but we will have to buy rail passes, some lodging & meals, and of course many gifts. I would also like to treat his immediate family to a little excursion somewhere. If I had to come up with a figure right now I would throw out $3,000 as a rough estimate for the 2 of us (with about $500 going towards the family excursion).

  7. snafu Says:

    We're prepping the RV for summer tour of small town festivals planning to depart at the end of the month. When we travel by car we always take a mini crock pot and picnic box for flexibility to have an evening meal at hotel or park. We've always preferred to make lunch the main meal at special/favorite restaurants or even famous markets while traveling. The double benefit is that entrees are moderately priced at even very expensive restaurants with the same quality as dinner menu plus we walk it off with afternoon activities. Our Picnic box is terrific for leftover restaurant 'doggie bag' which becomes the basis for a light evening meal. We do our best to get back to hotel by rush hour when in unfamiliar locations. Great time to have a nap or private time since that's an important part of holidays. We to our best to participate in whatever evening activity is on offer.

    It's such fun to avoid the freeway, use backroads, visit with locals and hear their stories to learn the history.

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