Travel is high on our list of experiences that we are willing to spend money on. This does not mean that we splurge the YOLO way. This first “big” travel with our kids now can serve as a benchmark for future travels. What was the cost of all of this?
As our holiday destination, we picked Croatia. We also decided to use for the first time AirBnB and opted for 2 apartments, each rented for one week. This would allow us to have a “home” base to start our trips and at the same time we would avoid living out of a suitcase.
In our pre-kids travel, we did not mind to backpack and stay only 2/3 nights per location. With kids, some more stability seemed needed. That is our opinion. I am curious what your take is.
|Air travel||749,62€||No air mile hacking in Belgium|
|excess bagage fine||40,00€||Tip to self: read documents better|
|Airport parking||94,50€||Supposed to be the cheapest one|
|Airport lunch||27,05€||Next time: brown bag|
|Rental Car||830,30€||Fun fact: more expensive than the flight|
|Fuel||55,14€||One gas tank|
|Zadar apartment||690,00€||Great view from terrace on the old town|
|Srima appartment||715€||Great nature sounds|
|Fun and eating in Croatia||1181,17€||Kraka, Nin, Pag, aquaparc,…|
|meal going back home||42,42€||Did not want to cook the first night home|
|Total||4425,02€||That is 73,75 per person per day|
With this money, we had loads of fun. We did spent a lot of quality time as a family, we escaped the notorious bad August month in Belgium, we created a lot of memories.
Swimming at the Sea Organ is great. When a bigger wave hits the organ, the loud sounds makes everybody sheer!
Pag and Nin are 2 small towns that I can recommend to all. The combo beach/mountain view is top. We also went to the queen’s beach.
We took a taxi boat to a nearby island to visit a quite beach. A great relaxing day.
Krka national parc is top! Just make sure you are there when the parc opens so you get to see the waterfall in clear. Once the buses from the tours arrive, it gets crowded.
A water amusement park puts a smile on the face of our kids. And dare I saying it: waterslides even charm me.
Analyzing the cost
The fun side is well covered. We learned a lot as family: you have an idea of what a perfect FIRE life looks like, you test it and improve. I look forward to the next year!
On the cost side, I am quite happy to see at what cost we did the holiday. Could we do better/ cheaper? yes, we can!
Important to note is that we will not do cheap for the sake of cheap. We have our definition of what a fun holiday means: Eat out a few times, a few cocktails/beer at a beach bar, self organised excursions (where possible) to explore parcs/towns, relax atthe beach/apartment, no long walks from the house to the beach or centre,… And Mr ATL does not like to drive.
Saving on air travel/rental: Driving 1525 km (950 miles) is not an activity that makes me happy. I see that as a 2 day drive: not a start-at10pm-drive-till-next-day-7pm. Maybe even a 3 day drive. Right now, as long as the budget allows, this is the kind of distance we are will to bear the cost of air travel/rental. I less affluent times, we will drive and save easily 1000€.
Excess luggage: no comment. Luckily, it is a small amount
Spending in Croatia: We had – in our opinion – the ideal mix of eating out, brownbags and cooking at the apartment. We could save another150€ or so doing less eating out. That would be plan C for me.
When we would apply the 1150€ cost saving and take into account that 2 weeks at home would cost us 700€, we could do this kind of holiday for approx 2600€. That is a very reasonable amount in my eyes. To be seen if I then would take a dream holiday every 2 year or do a plan B holiday every year.
How much do you spend on holidays?