April 16, 2008, 6:00 am

My Frugal Vacation

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Frugal
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This year more than ever, I need to get away and take some time to rest. As most of my weeks of vacation are taken for studying, I need to completely disconnect from this world for a few days. My wife and I have been discussing our options since February.


The problem is that we are limited by time (we only have one week) and by money (as always!). On top of that, I am not a big fan of packing my children in a car or on a plane for several ours.


Last year, we rented a vacation property with a few friends and we had a lot of fun. So we decided to do the same thing this year with a few modifications;

– In order to completely get away from the day-to-day life, we were looking at non-tourist remote area. The good news is that there plenty of land in Quebec so we had the choice of many destinations. Choosing a non-tourist area will be way much cheaper than renting a vacation property where there are activities such as ski, festivals or tourist attractions.

– We were also looking at a small place with a lake or a river and a forest nearby so we can take walks. When you have two young children, you don’t need much to have fun! Since we were not looking for a high class condo but more for a small place to sleep and cook, we were able to save a lot of money.

– We will bring most of our food and cook it there. As we can prepare most meals in advance, we will save again a few bucks.

We took about a week to choose the right vacation property according to our needs and budget. Internet really helped out our quest to find a quiet place. Within a few hours, we went through the whole province and saw all the properties available according to our needs.

In the end, we rented a nice place on a lake surrounded by woods for a whole week. It will cost about $500 for the property and potentially $200 for food and gas. So our vacation will be under $1,000 and we will be able to spend some quality time with our family far away from work and my MBA !



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Sounds great!

Now that I have two little ones, my favourite vacation spot is anywhere that my mom is… 🙂


That sounds fantastic. My ideal vacation would be a luxurious hotel so I would not have to do any household chores. I woudln’t even mind taking my laptop and working as long as I could be free of cooking, washing and tidying for a while! We are not taking a holiday this year though – another way we can cut back and get the mortgage paid off more quickly.

by: The Financial Blogger | April 16th, 2008 (2:50 pm)

When you think that you become self sufficient, you become a dad and you call back your mom 😉

Looks cool place and do you mind sharing where and how to get it reserved.

I’m with you Rachel. I moved a lot growing up, so we never did the vacation-thing beyond going home to see family (usually during a move). Although we could afford to take a vacation, my wife and I are focusing on paying down the mortgage.

Vacations are much easier to enjoy when you’re not financing them via a mortgage!

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