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How To Plan And Budget A Day Trip

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So recently, my girlfriend and I planned a day trip to visit a friend in a state over. (It was about a 3-hour drive.) After moving in together, I was designated finance keeper. The one to make sure we were making enough.Who was to ensure we would budget each date to have fun while not going broke. The one who would help us climb up the ranks of wealth and secure a future for us and our (future) kids. So I was also the one designated to figure out how to plan and budget a day trip.

 

Day Trip Downtown Louisville

Here is a picture of my girlfriend (far right) and her two friends on our venture downtown Louisville.

Yet, I’ve never planned a trip. Luckily for me, this was only a day trip. There were no planes or trains involved that would cause hundreds or take up most of our day. No need to plan for a hotel or anything else big because it was only a day trip.

You may be asking, why make such a big deal over a day trip?

Because it’s still fun and can break your wallet if you’re not careful. The whole purpose is to learn to be conscious of your set budget goal and to train yourself to handle planning larger trips. So from my experience, here are a few things to keep in mind when you start planning.

 

Travel and Gas

The most important part of a day trip is the place you’re traveling and gas money. Remember to travel short, you only have a day to get all the fun in. A nice trip is usually about an hour to three hours away from home. Usually, on a day trip you are driving to the location, may be driving around town a bit once there, and you plan on driving back on the same day. So yeah, that’s a lot of driving. If you could get there and back on about a full tank of gas, plan to budget for two. For instance, on our trip, it takes about $25 to fill my girlfriend’s car and only half a tank to get from Nashville to Louisville. So by planning to budget for twice as much, you make up for gas wasted on detours and driving around to destinations and site seeing.





 

Food

Personally, I have a bad habit of not enough during the day. So this budget would have been mighty slim if I was budgeting for just myself. My girlfriend, on the other hand, is diabetic and needs to eat regularly to keep her sugar in check. So I planned for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as packed snacks from home.(Secret weapon from taking day trips with ma!) For food I knew we were going to eat before leaving home, (benefits of a day trip) grab something quick for lunch and a sit down restaurant for dinner. For this, I stashed about $60. Yes, it’s possible if we are considerate of the budget.

 

Activities

 

Louisville KMAC Art Exhibit zoom

Our visit to KMAC (I’m a sucker for the art)

Always remember to plan your events much in advance. Doing this not only means you get availability but you also some events and activities are much cheaper when you plan way ahead of time. It could really save you a nice chunk of change. Change that you can toss into everyone’s favorite category: souvenirs and shopping. I usually focus on events such as museums, vintage areas, visiting town only shops, local arcades, local parks. Those things are usually free or really cheap so I’m able to fill up the day while still keeping costs down. Mix all of that with maybe a trip to the zoo or an amusement park and your day will be packed to the rim for such a low cost.

 

Souvenirs and Shopping (Optional)

I’m not usually one to need a souvenir or spend more money on them. But, I know there are some out there (like my dear Jasmin) that can’t say no to shiny objects. For this, I always give myself a flat number of $50 for a day trip. That’s enough wiggle room to get something nice for one or two people.

I spent a little over $100 on the trip for two people all together. Not to bad. Hopefully, we will have the chance to go on a bigger trip soon (2017 Let’s Go!) and I will be able to help you guys save and budget for a much larger trip.

Tell us about a recent day trip you took. Take plenty of pictures too! Maybe your adventures could even lead to you making money on Instagram.

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A natural thinker of life, business, and art, Jonathan was born gritty at heart. That grit burns through his blog Think Cents as a desire to fight for financial independence. Seeing how little success traditional work life brings, he's seeking to achieve building his wealth in the more unconventional ways.
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A natural thinker of life, business, and art, Jonathan was born gritty at heart. That grit burns through his blog Think Cents as a desire to fight for financial independence. Seeing how little success traditional work life brings, he's seeking to achieve building his wealth in the more unconventional ways.

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