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Post # 3
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767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Prince Edward Island! We took DH’s daughter with us for ten days, camped in one of the provincial parks right on the ocean and spent less than $2,000 that includes food and gas. It was great and lots to do.

Post # 4
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686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Just show up to the airport unannounced with your fiance and buy the first, low cost, tickets you can find. My hairdresser did this and they ended up going to LA on a whim. Super fun!

Post # 7
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686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@mrsquigley8-17-13:  I always find the trips that you plan-as-you-go end up being so much fun!! You experience things you may have never experienced, and make cool travel friends along the way 😛

Post # 8
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767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@mrsquigley8-17-13:  Another idea since you are from Montana, what about Glacier or Yellowstone. I’ve been to both and they were very cool to explore.

Post # 10
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9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@mrsquigley8-17-13:  If you’re flexible then I recommend trying one of the Groupon or Living Social Escapes. Right now they have deal for China, Fiji, and South Africa.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Well I’m going to put in a plug for Michigan.  The shores along the west coast on Lake Michigan are stunning!  You can find lots of little bed and breakfasts, cabins, hotels, and camping up and down the coast.  Ludington and Sleeping Bear Dunes are wonderful.  I personally think the beaches in Michigan are better than the ones on the east or west costs.  The days are hot, the nights are cool, the sand is great, AND you don’t have to deal with annoying salt water that burns and tastes funny.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@mrsquigley8-17-13:  My dad and stepmom went a few years ago.  They loved it and call it a trip of a lifetime.  They brought back tons of pictures from their safaris.  Elephants, giraffe, zebra, and a baby hippo!

Post # 15
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2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

DH and I recently took a 7 day vacation to the Bahamas for a little over $1k.  Granted, it took A TON of planning to get the price that low and 3 years to save the points, but it happened!  Here’s an estimated breakdown of the trip.

Lodging:  5 nights @ Sheraton free (paid by points), 2 nights @ Atlantis $300

Airfare from Denver:  $160 (paid via points.  $160 was the international taxes/fees)

 

Food:  Roughtly $600’ish.  I used a grocery service to buy food for breakfast/lunch.  Dinner was usually at the Fish Fry where the portions are huge and you can easily share.

That was just the bare bones budget.  We did take a little bit more for incidentals.  Transportation while down there was super cheap.  We mostly used the #10 bus which was $1.25/pp.  We really didn’t spend a ton of money on souveniers/excursions.  Infact, I think we spent $20 on artwork from a street painter. 

Anyhoo, there’s my value vacation for you 🙂  And a little picture for planning inspiration!

 

 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t have any specific lodging recommendations since I usually just camp and unfortunately I can’t remember exactly what campgrounds I’ve stayed out.  I’d shoot for Sleeping Bear Dunes though.  It’s actually a national park and really cool.  The link I sent has recommendations for inns and B&Bs. Traverse City is about 25-30 minutes away and easy enough to get to.  It’s not a huge city, but there are plenty of little shops and restaurants.  Couldn’t tell you much about the night-life, I’m not even sure there is much of one.  I have stayed at the Grand Traverse Resort and it’s very nice should you want to do something a bit more fancy. 

http://www.sleepingbeardunes.com/lodging/lodging.php

http://www.grandtraverseresort.com/

 

Ludington is the other place I’d look into.  I haven’t been there in years, but the state park is really nice and the town seems like your typical small beach town.

http://www.visitludington.com/

 If you went, you’d proably want to fly into Detroit, Flint, Lansing, or Grand Rapids and drive to wherever you want to go.  Fortunately/unfortunately the norther parts of Michigan are less populated.

 

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