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My Bucket List - Affording It

April 4th, 2011 at 05:44 am

There are some places I would really like to visit but due to income, have never had a chance. I am turning 50 this year and would like to start seeing some of these places.

Bucket List, not in any particular order:
*Bar Harbor, Maine to see the whales.
*Grand Canyon
*Redwood Forest
*Washington D.C.
*Swim with the Manatees in Florida
*Eastern Seaboard of the Carolinas to check out the sea turtles.
*Chincoteague Island, Virginia to see the ponies.

I just need to figure out how to afford them. I am so inspired by my son's girlfriend. When she was like 20, she sold most all her stuff and traveled around Europe for 6 months, making it on what she has sold and saved.

I really can't sell off my stuff, because I have a family that needs a place to live, so any great ideas are always appreciated. If you know how to visit these places on a budget, I would appreciate the tips.

4 Responses to “My Bucket List - Affording It”

  1. jewels3 Says:

    You may not be able to sell all of your stuff, but I bet there's a lot you could let go of. We're moving from Wisconsin to Florida, before the move I wouldn't have thought we'd have much to sell, but as we declutter there's more than I thought. It's not enough to fund an entire vacation, but it's a start.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    This may be too obvious, but being able to take last-minute time off from work really helps. I'm never able to take advantage of travel deals because we have to plan so far in advance, but if your situation is a bit looser, you might be able to. If so, subscribe to all the travel sites and let them send you deals for your destinations.

    For possibly cheaper lodging (or at least more comfortable for the same price as a motel), browse VRBO.com (vacation rentals by owner). I've gotten a good deal or two on that site. And if you have a place with a kitchen, you could eat more cheaply by cooking some of your meals. (And in my experience, since they're people and not big companies, they'll at least listen to bargaining, especially if it's close to the travel date and they haven't filled their place yet.)

    I also noticed a new(er) site the other day called Bookings.com, which is related to Priceline and had some great deals on hotels (and they actually showed you which hotel, unlike Priceline).

    I'd love to hear if people have more creative ideas than this.

  3. momcents Says:

    driving a motorhome from point A to point B might be one way of getting to one of these places. I'm not sure the site that coordinates this, but I know of two acquaintences of peripheral friends who have done this. Might defray the cost of travelling to one of the continental places.

  4. LittleGopher Says:

    Your list is similar to what I'd put down. If you figure it out, you'll have write a book :-)

    I know for us, we're attempting some of the trips by camping - it's not for everyone I know, but it is inexpensive for lodging, especially with a family. Plus cooking can be done over the fire or on the campstove, again less costly for a family.

    Good luck - I hope you get to do it all!

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