N is on vacation this week, and I took a few days off from the restaurant to spend some time with him. Originally, we wanted to spend a night at a beach town one state over from us. Oh, it would have been so romantic: just the two of us, the beautiful sand, the great restaurants… all with a pretty big price tag for one night away! So instead, we planned a day-cation that fit into our budget.
We are lucky in where we live. I can drive anywhere from 1-5 hours and end up in cities, mountains, beaches or historic towns. Since my PhD search may take us out west where these things are less accessable, N and I are taking advantage of our location now. We decided to go to a beach 1.5 hours away from us yesterday.
In all, we spent:
- Roughly $25 on gas
- $20 for parking (ouch — but it’s prime beach season, so that was expected!)
- $16 for beach admission
- $48 for dinner at a seafood place
- $10 for ice cream
In all, we spent roughly $120 yesterday. While this seems like an expensive day, we managed to save money by:
- Bringing our own water bottles
- Timing our trip so we only ate one meal out
- Not staying in a hotel, with prices that started at $150/night without tax
- Not needing to hire someone to stay with our dogs during our stay
While there are beaches in our area that do not require paying admission, this beach offered lockers, real bathrooms and changing rooms. I cannot stress the importance of having a real bathroom available when I go places — porta-potties do not cut it for this girl.
While this day-cation was not as elaborate as the trip we’d love to take when we celebrate paying off my student loans, it was a great time. N and I don’t get to just relax between our ridiculous work schedules, and it was nice to simply sit back and enjoy some time together.
Do you have any day- or vacation plans coming up?