We’ve never been the types to track our vacation spending down to the penny, but in this case I thought it would be fun for the blog. Even though we didn’t have a budget, I tallied a realistic pre-trip cost estimate and during the trip we spent as we normally would. Before we left, I printed a blank spreadsheet to log all of our purchases, tracking everything from a $3.25 ice cream cup to the $64.09 dinner on our final night. It’s interesting to see how little purchases add up, but I think we did a fairly good job keeping costs down over a 10-day road trip for a family of five.
In all, we covered 2,661 miles over 3 states (Texas, New Mexico, Arizona) and spent $1,459.34. A more detailed breakdown is shown below.
With a little bit better planning, we could’ve saved a small amount on fishing supplies and possibly eating out. In total, though, we spent less than $30 a person per day which came in just under my estimate. Overall, we had an awesome time and it was a great family vacation!