Family Vacations on a budget?
Better yet, budgeting for vacations!
In a recent video, Our Story, I talked about vacations always following the Ehrlich’s home. Robin and I LOVE family vacations and went on them even when we could not afford to go because, “We deserved it!” Well, the truth is we did NOT deserve to go on nice vacations because we were not living on a budget, did not save for it and had absolutely no Emergency fund. That was the case for the Ehrlich’s during our 1st 32 years of marriage. We always rationalized saying, “we can’t take it with us” and “the memories will last a lifetime.” Come on – You can make memories at home playing games, interacting, eating together and even going on fun inexpensive excursions close by. Our neighbors across the street have 4 children and go on a full blown camping trip each year in their own backyard – Be creative.
Here today – Gone to Maui
Our family recently planned a trip to Hawaii and we spared very little as we enjoyed our week together with both of our adult children and their sweethearts. We stayed in a Condo in Kaanapali on the water, went on day long excursions including a boating trip around the island of Lanai where we swam with the dolphins and did some whale watching. We even ate at “Mamas Fish House” which was the best dining experience I have ever had in my 59 years and if you visit Maui and eat here make sure it is in the budget. Honestly, Robin and I are fine with the 2 for 1 early bird specials at Texas Roadhouse or even splitting a meal but still enjoy “fine dining” occasionally.
Our Game Plan
2.We paid for the lodging and airfare well in advance with our debit card. (Our daughter used miles to get a great rate.)
3. We saved for one year so we could go on day excursions and eat at some nice restaurants.