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What would you consider an "overly expensive" couple's vacation?

What would you consider an "overly expensive" couple's vacation?  

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56 minutes ago, Buttonhook said:

You'd have to watch your budget to spend a week in Hawaii for $5,000, but could live lavishly with $5,000 for a week on the beach in Mexico.

Just went to Kauai and spent about ~4k for 8 days.  Food/gas/hotels are pretty expensive there.  That includes using miles for the flight and points for about half the hotel.  Take away the points and it comes out to about 5k/7 days kind of rate.   So your number is about right, I think.  

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Never been to Europe and never plan too  :unsure:

 

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Quoting someone above and not sure now oh well

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On 11/12/2018 at 6:06 PM, rascal said:

Straight $$ isn't a good metric.  Go by % of income.  I think 5% is that line, but i haven't thought about it.

Oh, and tell your sister to shut up and go back to her cardboard box.

you want to spend 5% of your gross income on a vacation on a regular basis?  

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1 hour ago, Binky The Doormat said:

you want to spend 5% of your gross income on a vacation on a regular basis?  

Where did i say that?  I said spending 5% was considered overly expensive.  I also said i was basically pulling the number out of my ###.

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3 hours ago, rascal said:

Where did i say that?  I said spending 5% was considered overly expensive.  I also said i was basically pulling the number out of my ###.

So you really want to do that?

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14 hours ago, Binky The Doormat said:

you want to spend 5% of your gross income on a vacation on a regular basis?  

That doesn’t sound too unreasonable. Make $200k, spend $10k on a great trip. Make $400k spend $20k.

Seems about right. We stopped buying useless stuff and started going places about six years ago, and it’s awesome.

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Surprised that no one has brought up the battle of the sexes budget allocation rules . . .

If it's someplace she really wants to go, a potential budget for a 7-day outing could be $10K+. If it's someplace I want to go, I get a lot of attitude and a 7-day budget of $1,500. Usually, her trips could be planned for less money than allocated and my destinations can't be realistically completed for only $1,500. Of course, that's how we end up going where she wants to go way more.

That part aside, everyone has different circumstances. We had 4 kids in college until this year. Big expensive trips haven't really been in the budget in recent years.

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As long as other items in the budget are attended to, 5% allocated annually for vacations doesn't seem too bad.

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38 minutes ago, Anarchy99 said:

Surprised that no one has brought up the battle of the sexes budget allocation rules . . .

If it's someplace she really wants to go, a potential budget for a 7-day outing could be $10K+. If it's someplace I want to go, I get a lot of attitude and a 7-day budget of $1,500. Usually, her trips could be planned for less money than allocated and my destinations can't be realistically completed for only $1,500. Of course, that's how we end up going where she wants to go way more.

That part aside, everyone has different circumstances. We had 4 kids in college until this year. Big expensive trips haven't really been in the budget in recent years.

Lol - I have the other problem.  While my wife is very good with budgeting and frugal sometimes She is just cheap.

Things will be like I can get A,B,C   for 3K    but if we want A to be a Suite it will be an extra 300 for the week.

I will then say is it really a difference between 3,000 or 3,300.   :lol:   If its only an extra 300 bucks for the nicer option go for it.  There is obviously a line somewhere but 300 is not it  :)

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Voted 6000+... Here was how I broke down my math..

$1000 flights ($500 per person)

$1400 hotel ($200 a night)

$1050 food ($150 per day x 7.  Could probably reduce that a bit as you aren't going to spend as much on the travel days on food, but allows for some wiggle room)

$1050 booze ($150 per day x 7.. The wife and I like to drink)

Totals $4500.  Add in a little bit extra for excursions/entertainment and the countless gifts my wife will buy for "the kids" and $5,500 is probably fair for 7 days.

 

That being said, if you are doing an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean or something like that, I assume it should cost significantly less because you are limited to their choices.

 

All out of pocked = $5,500 

All inclusive = $4000

 

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I don't think you can judge a vacation cost as a whole as overly expensive. The flight costs what it costs. I live in a major hub on the east coast, and getting to Europe costs $1,000. Anything less than that is gravy. 

To me, overly expensive comes into play with the lodging. $200 per night seems to be the sweet spot for a nice 4 star hotel in Europe. Just booked one in Amsterdam and Berlin; both beautiful hotels right in the middle of where you want to be for $200/night. Anything beyond that, imo, is overly expensive. We booked on in Florence a few years ago for $400/night and while it was lovely and my wife's favorite hotel ever, it was a little much.

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