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Fluff - Vacation

Pretend with me that you are on the East coast and were on a budget. What would be the best vacation? A normal cruise, a Disney cruise, a trip to Disney, a trip to a beach, or a trip to a resort? Looking forward to some good ideas.

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Our favorite getaway is camping, anywhere with a beach or big trees is good. National parks are only $20/night! State parks in California are $35/night but even that is still really reasonable, much cheaper than even the cheapest motel to be as near to nature as you can get in those places. But I'm not an on-the-ground, canned chili with a spoon kind of camper; I take along sleeping pads and some decent cookware and cold white wine.

No cruises for me. I don't want to be anywhere I can't swim to shore.

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Some of the package deals to Disney aren't bad.

We are going to try Myrtle beach this summer, but I get a crazy discount on lodging through work.

I'm not a camper, but you might look into renting a cabin/beach house/etc. Sometimes if it is a 'off' time you can get great deals!

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I'm not a fan of cruises or Disney.

There are lovely hotels in Florida where you can stay right on the beach. Then there's a pool in the hotel, a beach you can walk to (and use hotel towels for), and places to eat nearby. When I'm with kids, that's a great vacation, because they love all the swimming and playing outside.

I would imagine there are nice resorts too with great activities for kids, my brother does this with his daughters sometimes and they get to do really cool things like learn how to be on a trapeze.

I do not like camping. I would never camp. That is anxiety-inducing instead of relaxing. To each her own!

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What about renting a condo in Mexico? You get culture and lower prices.

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We do like camping and will do that several times a year. We also like to save up for one really nice vacation every few years.

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There's a condo we've stayed at in NC right on the beach. It has a full kitchen, two bedrooms, two baths, washer/dryer, and there are great restaurants nearby. Even during the busy season it's just about $1200 for a full week. We end up saving a lot since we can eat breakfast and lunch at the condo.

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My sister says go to Hawaii. That's where she goes whenever she has time off. She thought about getting a job & moving there but decided that would probably take away some of its appeal. Blum 3 She likes to stay in one of the "condo hotels" that is like a separate apartment with kitchen and laundry in the unit, but still has some of the hotel perks like maid service, concierge, pool. Some of them have restaurants & spas & BBQ areas & private beaches, others don't, so you have to check them out to get whatever you want. And you can save a ton of money making many of your own meals, and also on checked baggage fees since you don't have to take enough clothing to last all week since you can easily do laundry. Book early (or really really last-minute) for the best deals, and consider going before or after the summer rush to save even more.

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5 plane tickets to Hawaii doesn't sound very budget friendly to me.

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Yeah, maybe not from the east coast, or maybe not if you have kids who want to do things. My sister finds incredible deals for room and flights from the west coast, and all she does there is hang out & enjoy the views, so those are her only real expenses.

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"Spacers" wrote:

My sister says go to Hawaii. That's where she goes whenever she has time off. She thought about getting a job & moving there but decided that would probably take away some of its appeal. Blum 3 She likes to stay in one of the "condo hotels" that is like a separate apartment with kitchen and laundry in the unit, but still has some of the hotel perks like maid service, concierge, pool. Some of them have restaurants & spas & BBQ areas & private beaches, others don't, so you have to check them out to get whatever you want. And you can save a ton of money making many of your own meals, and also on checked baggage fees since you don't have to take enough clothing to last all week since you can easily do laundry. Book early (or really really last-minute) for the best deals, and consider going before or after the summer rush to save even more.

It sounds like a ton of fun and I would love to visit Hawaii some day, but Gloria is right, that is way above our budget right now.

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This is the place where we normally stay: Colony by the Sea | Salter Path, North Carolina | Oceans of Joy!

Man...now I want to go to the beach Sad