As a family, we have never taken a vacation together. This year we have decided to take a short summer trip. It was hard trying to figure it into our budget, but luckily my boyfriend gets a commission bonus each month. This is how we are turning his bonus into a fantastic getaway for us, and only spending $600.
Since our budget is tiny, we need to stay somewhat close to our home in the Chicagoland area. We have decided that Wisconsin would be ideal for our getaway, and have chosen Wisconsin Dells as the specific destination. According to the directions, it is approximately 184 miles one way. A round-trip would be 368 miles. Our truck gets 19 miles per gallon and holds 22 gallons. One complete fill-up would allow us 418 miles, which is just over 60 miles more than the round-trip. At $4 a gallon, it would cost us $88 in fuel. I have set aside $100 to be on the safe side and account for fluctuation in pricing from now until August.
I like to book my reservations well ahead of time. This year, we will be traveling from August 10th through August 12th. We are heading to Wisconsin Dells and plan to stay two nights. I was able to snag a deal online through the Wisconsin Dells website. We will receive a two night stay for up to five people. Also included is five passes to Noah's Ark Waterpark and 5 unlimited passes to Lost Rios Waterparks at the Chula Vista Resort. We will be staying at Ambers Hideaway, and will have access to two separate places of fun! This deal cost us $373 base price and came out to a little under $400 with tax included. If each part of this package was bought separately, we would be looking at almost $500. By bundling it, we were able to save $100.
Food is not included in the package deal, so we will need to bring our own or eat out. I plan to pack lunch meat and cheese for sandwiches, along with fresh fruits and veggies. That will be our lunches and we will pack dry cereal, milk, and yogurt for breakfast. That will cost us about $20 to bring along. For dinner we will eat out, costing us about $40 total for the two nights. We will need to have drinks, so that is another $10 for pop and juice. We will factoring in $70 for our food budget.
After all is said and done, we should be left with $30. Everything is subjective, except for the actual package we booked. If gas continues to fluctuate and we are able to buy food on sale, we will have a little more than the $30 leftover. It will be a nice getaway, especially since it was something my boyfriend earned for us!
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