Monday, 14 August 2017
We got back home late Friday afternoon after two weeks on the road. The trip is a memorable one because we traveled with family and saw places of historical value in family history, seeing where grandparents from the 1870s lived in the middle of Wyoming. LIfe was not easy back then, although it was certainly cheaper! Our travels took us to the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Fort Laramie, Teton National Park, and Yellowstone. We took two days for a leisurely drive home.
Expenses came to considerably less than anticipated and budgeted for because my in-laws paid for 3 nights at the most expensive resort. This was a wonderful gift, and it was also their way of saying “thank you” for planning and driving. Their generosity is low-key and without fanfare, just like they are, and this is something so easy to overlook in daily relationships with people. Loud, noisy people get your attention, but not necessarily your love.
Before leaving on the trip, I paid all the bills due in the first half of August. Yesterday, I spent about 4 hours going through the bank and credit card statements online, to get figures and write them down, along with paying bills due after the 15th and planning the September budget. I still need to compare receipts to charges, but it does not appear that there will be differences based on the few I checked – I was too tired to continue with fiddly details, and so will do it next weekend.
Expenses for our half of the vacation are below:
- Lodging: $1521.95
- Food: $1289.73
- Fuel: $200.76 (traveled 3600 miles)
- Miscellaneous: $136.71
Total expenses came to $3149.15, or an average $224.94 for two people, or $112.47 per person. We also paid $420.00 to our dog / house sitter in advance. Altogether, our vacation cost $3569.16, which is half of what I had in the budget for it.
Vacations refresh the soul and create memories that last forever. How much you spend is unimportant, as long as you can afford it financially. Family ties and good memories are priceless.