Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Going home is expensive!

Peanut and I started making plans to save up for a "real" vacation, meaning not a trip where we go to visit family for a holiday. Somewhere with a beach, possibly (the mood we're both in now) or Europe or something. We'll start putting away $100 per month each when he moves in, and we'll have a pile of cash to take a relaxing, wonderful trip.

It turns out, however, that we might wind up taking a more expensive trip sooner than that, however--we're going to see my family in May (time to introduce him!) and it's getting more and more expensive the more I look at it. It's a little disheartening. Here's what it looks like so far:

We plan to go Memorial Day weekend or the weekend before, while I'm off school.

* two roundtrip tickets to Major Southern City (my parents live in a Not-Major Southern City two hours away from any given Major Southern City, which does have an airport but that means the tickets are more expensive and there are no direct flights)
* rental car for 4-5 days (since we'll be coming in so far away, and also to maintain some independence and not inconvenience my parents)
* gas for said car, driving to three cities in the South all of which are two hours away from each other
* hotel room for 3-4 nights (might stay with a friend on night, but we don't want to stay at my parents' house. They're traditional and religious, and would not be comfortable with us sharing a bed under their roof, which I respect but we'd rather maintain our status quo).
* Renn Faire tickets and/or white water rafting tickets (something to do)
* food (eating out and/or buying food to eat at my parents' house or in our hotel room)

Right now it's looking like $800-$1,000 for that, which is a bit more than we expected. We're going to have a chat tonight to talk about budget stuff for the trip, possible iPhones and/or iPod Touches, vacation stuff, and I don't know what all. We're one of the few couples I can think of who would cheerfully agree to a budget discussion and that makes me very happy.

It's time for my mom and stepdad to meet him, and they haven't been to visit me here in NYC in nearly four years and are not planning on coming anytime soon (I'd be surprised if they ever came again, honestly--my mom really doesn't like it here). It's been almost a year since I saw my grandparents, which I feel awful about--I used to visit them at least once a week, and I miss them. I want to be driving down a Southern highway with the windows down and a little country music on the radio. HA!


  1. The hubs and I are craving a vacation. We too are not in the position to spend a lot of money.

    Have fun in the south!

  2. Going home IS expensive.

    Every time I do, it's $150 a train ticket, $200 for car rental (with insurance).. ugh..


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