As usual my family and I are enjoying a summer stay-cation as we never really are able to plan a big summer vacation (and with everyone’s activities it is much like attempting to threading the eye of a needle with a camel). I feel a little guilty not having a big family thing going on, but as kids get older it just ends up being far too hard to pull together.
The stay-cations we end up typically pulling together are day trips or short weekend trips to either Toronto or Montreal, but even these weekends are starting to become expensive (even without hotel expenses). Gasoline prices assure all trips are at least $100 (Toronto double that), and that is not including the expense and cost of running the car (i.e. wear and tear, insurance, etc.,). Gas prices have made the stay-cation an expensive concept (unless you are doing something in town).
If you want to actually do something (aside from sitting around Grandma’s house or possibly watching Grandma’s TV) this is where another big expense can be incurred. This year we are trying out LaRonde and are buying tickets from Costco (Costco has discounted tickets for many of the great tourist sites in Ontario, like LaRonde, Canada’s Wonderland, Mont Cascades, and other places), but at the end of it the price for a day was about $175 (for a day!), and this is not including parking, and food as well (but we did save $50 on the list price with the Costco discounts).
I think the next time I look at those Disney resorts or one of those all inclusive resorts I need to keep these spending in mind.
This puts me in mind of when we went to a time share condo presentation, the sales guy Ron Don Bob Ron Don (I think that was his name) (we were there with Michael James and his wife) told us that a time share would pay for itself over time, and that if we didn’t buy a timeshare (which we didn’t) we should take all the receipts from our vacations over 20 years put them in a shoe box and then look back on these expenses and see how much it all cost. Yes, I never did that, but it’s an interesting sales pitch.