Post # 1
I graduate from grad school May of 2014 and will start my big job right after we marry this summer. I am excitedly anticipating having extra money to travel as I’ve never had regular vacations though had them here and there.
FI and I LOVE to travel. I think we will plan to have two formal vacations per year though I’m curious how other couples plan these. Do you designate a certain number of vacations or a certain amount of $ for travel? Clearly, a road trip to somewhere close to you is different than a big trip to Europe. I’m trying to figure out the best way to plan and finance our travel for the future 🙂
How often do you and your partner travel? Is it more or less than you’d like? How do you budget for it? Any tips as we start a travel fund and planning?
Post # 3
i go to england once a year and DH tries to join me if he can (my family live there and i live in mexico).
then we’ll go to the beach once a year/ once every 2 years. or maybe a weekend trip every so often
Post # 4
DH and I usually take at least one international trip per year and smaller day trips/weekend getaways here and there. (In 2014 we are taking two international trips though, so I voted “two” on the poll.)
Our vacation is generally dictated by the amount of vacation time we have (though we’ll go over our “allowed amount” in 2014, we want to avoid regularly taking unpaid time off as it doesn’t seem professional.) So our amount of vacation is generally influenced by the 10 paid days off we have per year. (Combined with weekends and holidays and the occasional comp day we can stretch it out to over 2 weeks.)
For example, two years ago (2012) we did Dubai in May and then a shorter trip to Universal Studios in Florida in November, combined with road trips within 4-5 hours to see friends in different cities over weekends.
This year we only did Mexico for our honeymoon because we were saving time and money for the wedding. In 2014 we’ll do Mexico again in March and Turkey in September. In 2015 I think we want to do Japan, which we will probably only make 1 big trip because of the amount of time required to get there and see enough to make it worth it.
Post # 5
Depends on your definition of travel. If you mean long trips that involve flights, then we’ve only done that once in three years, when we travelled to Florida for a week.
If you mean any chance to get away from home, then we do that 4-6 times a year with overnights/weekend trips to Niagara Falls.
Post # 6
We take a longer trip (1-2 weeks) at least twice a year, and shorter mini-breaks to nearby cities few times a year. We go skiing in March and to some beach vacation in summer. I would love to travel more, but unfortunately we don’t currently have enough money or vacation time. Also my husband doesn’t want to spend all his vacations travelling.
Post # 7
i’m a huge traveller and used to go on big trips a couple of times a year, if i could… three weeks in asia, a month in europe, that type of thing. my fiance HATES travelling. and it’s our biggest issue. i desperately want us to travel together, he wants us to save and reno our house… so it looks like trips are not really in my future : (
Post # 8
I consider “traveling” to be taking a flight somewhere – far enough away that we can’t drive. We go on at least one vacation per year, during the winter. I would love to have the money and vacation time to travel a whole lot more!
Post # 9
We take long weekends to places we can drive to once or twice a year we went on our honeymoon 2 years ago and we’re going on a 2 year anniversary trip to the dominican republic next month~! 🙂
Post # 10
@Skittles131: I voted for 3x a year. We normally do one ” big” vacation– where we take off for 7-10 days and go out of the country or go somewhere we have never been before. Then we usually do two smaller trips over a long weekend ( like Labor Day and Memorial Day or something). This year our big trip is going to be to go to New England ( Boston, NYC), because neither of us has ever been, and two smaller trips to New Orleans and Charleston, SC. We also do * a lot* of driving around seeing family, so I didn’t count those, and we also like to squeeze in one cabin weekend trip!
My biggest piece of advice is to pay in stages– first I look for deals on airfare and pay, then wait a little bit and find deals on hotels and pay, then right before the trip, we just get together and decide what are ” must haves” in terms of what we want to do on the vacation and book those last.
For budgeting– I try to stick to locations that SW Airlines has deals to, which is why we do a lot of New Orleans travel ( and I’m from LA, so I can visit fam as well), and I hate to fly so double points if it is a nonstop flight!
Post # 11
In 2013 alone, we’ve taken 4 trips to,Scotland and we leave for Hong Kong in a few weeks. DH’s parents live in Scotland and we got married there, and DH’s brother lives in Hong Kong. So this year we are traveling a lot. We also do a couple of weekends away each year as well.
But we are also both in our late 30’s. We have more money for travel than many people just out of school.
Post # 12
Not often. We go places locally on a fairly regular basis though. Like, within a hour or so. We live in the bay area in California, so an hour can get us to somewhere drastically different!
Other than that, we travel during Christmas time. But that may change in the next few years to be less frequent.
Post # 13
@Mrs_Amanda: Thanks for the advice! I too like Southwest airlines! And though I’m a planner, I always like to look at the last minute deals and dream of a day where I can take one last minute because I have the money and it’s a good deal. Though the excitement up to the trip is half the fun 😉
I’ve been weary of Groupon deals, but hear you can get good deals there too…
Nonstop flights for me if possible too!! Less hassle for sure.
Post # 14
@Skittles131: We travel a lot, travelled more before we had DS. We plan the big trips a couple months in advance, like when we go to Europe. The trips that are closer to home we usually plan a month or a couple weeks in advance. We don’t allocate a certain amount of $ for travelling- I just find the best deals and we go from there!
Post # 15
It depends on work. We try to go on at least one big trip a year, last year we did one big trip, a trip to an all inclusive for a friends wedding, and a few smaller trips (a couple of days here and there).
We both love to travel, so we try to leave our city as much as we can and see different countries or just eat and drink in other cities (Montreal, New York, Boston, etc).
We don’t budget for them nor make plans too far in advance.. We’ll pick up on a whim and go to New York for a few nights if there’s a seat sale. For our bigger trips theres more thought and planning, but its mostly a matter of when we can both get the time off/ how much vacation time we have.
Post # 16
@Skittles131: So far it has been spontaneous! This weekend we took a road trip to the ocean because a bunch of seagulls have been flocking through our town 🙂
It was wonderful and lovely! We tend to take weekend trips randomly and there is no pattern but we would only take one large trip (plan travel) about once a year (sometimes twice).