If anyone needs a vacation, its me and my husband. This is our chance to get away but not too far. If we go past March, field work starts happening and the warmer it gets the more work there will be to be done. Obviously we need to pay someone to do our work while we are away. This expense is about equal to the lodging expense. If your pennies are super pinched (our always are-Smile), staying with family, friends, or at your family's cabin or cottage would be excellent ideas. We are going to splurge and stay in a hotel nothing fancy and definetly on the cheap side.
We will only be going at the most 70 to 80 miles from home. Not much gas expense maybe a fill up. Right after Thanksgiving I bought an Entertainment Book for our area and the majority of the deals are good through November 1, 2010. The book cost $30 but using it a handful of times and you have your money back easy. Use it all the time and you are saving some serious change. I am planning on eating out atleast twice while away. Each time only paying for one of our meals as we have buy one get one free coupons from the book. Less money out of our pocket. Yippee!
There is a museum I would like to go to which I still need to check into but I can't imagine it costing too much for admission. Otherwise this will be a time to relax. We will be near Lake Michigan so lots of pretty driving I planning on. My expectations are very low for this getaway. I am only looking to get away from the farm and be somewhat entertained. But that works for me and maybe it will for you too!