Our couple’s vacation – Part 2

by Kristina on July 15, 2013 · 4 comments

Good morning Dinks.  Last week I told you about my recent trip to Niagara Falls with my boyfriend Nick and I asked Dinks – how you plan your time during your couple’s vacations?  Nick and I stayed in Niagara Falls for a week and we had a really great time, but that’s not to say that everything went exactly as planned.

The road trip music situation

Do you and your spouse have the same taste in music? Nick and I have very similar tastes in music but his music collection extends far beyond the playlist in my iPod.  Niagara Falls is a 6.5 hour drive from Montreal and because Nick drove we listened to his iPod.  Although some of his songs are also on my iPod the selection would have been very different if my play list was plugged in.  How do you and your spouse decide who chooses the music on your vacation or in your home?

How do you decide where to spend your couple’s vacation?

Niagara Falls is full of fun things to do and Nick and I haven’t been in almost five years so when I suggested the trip he was immediately on board.  I like travelling and I really love planning so I volunteered to take care of our travel arrangements.  I searched Priceline.com and Hotwire.com for the best car rental and hotel deals and was excited to find some great prices considering we travelled on the 4th of July weekend.

However all that glitters isn’t gold.  When we arrived at our hotel in Niagara Falls we were shocked to find out that it also had a motel counterpart and my great online deal was booked in a motel.  Needless to say that wasn’t happening so we immediately upgraded to a better room.  But my life just isn’t that easy and the only rooms they had available (remember 4th of July weekend) were junior suites, so $150 later we checked in to our hotel room. I am thankful that the hotel did have a spare room because I if they didn’t we would have had to find a new hotel and that drama could have ruined our entire vacation and it would have been all my fault.

And then there’s the money

I tried to plan our activities as much as possible before we left on vacation so that we could purchase package deals and save some money on activities and excursions.  When I say as much as possible I actually mean as much as Nick would let me.  He is not much of a planner so talking to him about anything in advance is like pulling teeth out of your mouth.  Not planning makes me hyperventilate and it also makes me really nervous.  On top of saving money planning in advance also makes sure that we get to see and do everything on our list – that is if you have a list.

For the one week vacation including everything from our spending money, travel accommodations and food we spent a total of $1500.  I know this seems like  a lot of money for a one week vacation but we only bought items that we needed (and at outlet prices) we stayed at a hotel right in the middle of all the action, we ate a few great meals (mostly we ate on a budget) and we had a really fun time.  Nick and I don’t often travel together so this trip was definitely overdue.  Of course we could have saved money on food and shopping and we probably could have gone to a way better destination than Niagara Falls for the same money – but this is where we wanted to go.  I absolutely feel that the trip was worth the cost.

Where did you go on your last couple’s vacation?

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1 Jake @ Common Cents Wealth July 15, 2013 at 10:50 am

Being that my wife and I have very different taste in music, we have the agreement that the driver gets to choose the music. That way there isn’t any fights over what to listen to. As for the money, my wife likes to be spontaneous so we tend to wait to buy things until we’re on the trip and feel like it. The way I counteract this is by setting a budget for the trip (or each day of the trip) before we go. That way we can stay spontaneous, but also not spend too much.

2 John S @ Frugal Rules July 15, 2013 at 11:23 am

We’re actually not doing anything this year, other than a staycation, as we’re saving up for a bigger trip to San Diego next summer. Our last trip, on our own, was last year for our anniversary and we went out of town for the weekend.

3 Cassie July 15, 2013 at 9:49 pm

My husband and I recently got back from our week long vacation as well. He travels every week for work, so we were able to use the points for most of the nights at the hotels. That freed up money to be spent on food and stuff to do. I’m a planner as well and my husband is just the opposite. We struck a balance by letting me plan some activities for each day and then spending the rest of the day being spontaneous.

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