Deb, with Just Short of Crazy, issued a travel challenge for us on MomDot. Here’s how the challenge goes:
$100 w/in 100 miles of your home, can be a day trip or overnight trip, but has to stay within $100
I’m all about traveling on a budget. I love to do day trips, and overnight trips, that cost under $100. The less it costs, the better I like it. When planning a trip with my family, I have to take into account everyone’s likes, dislikes, abilities, and disabilities. There is one trip that my family always loves, and that is a camping trip.
A family camping trip can cost a small amount of money, or a lot of money. It depends on how far you go, what campgrounds you are staying at, and what meals you plan to cook. For a really successful camping trip, it helps if you do your research ahead of time. I find out how much it costs each night to stay, whether or not they provide firewood onsite, or you can bring your own. I’ve noticed lately that a lot of campgrounds will not let you bring your firewood, and provide it for you at a cost. I am lucky enough to have favorite camping park that provides firewood at no cost to the campers.
For my #Statecation, $100 within 100 miles of my home trip, I took the family on an overnight camping trip to San-Lee Park. I paid $10 a night, for 2 nights. I only stayed one night, but I paid for 2 nights. This allowed us stay the whole day on the second day, and we left that evening. San-Lee Park is close to me, so I was well within the 100 miles required for this challenge.
I planned out the meals for the trip. I took stock of what I had in the pantry, and the freezer. I made up a meal plan that allowed for me to buy a small amount of groceries at the store, and make use of what I had at home. My husband also had to purchase a few things for the trip. The total cost of what we both needed to buy, $65. I spent $3 at the park for a paddle boat ride with the kids. This brought the total cost of my trip to $88. I also brought back home some of the food and drinks that I bought for the trip.
I’m already planning out my next trip for the family. I went on a day trip to Jordan Lake this past weekend. Now I’m planning a camping trip there.
For another great #Statecation story, visit Just Short of Crazy.