I published our FIRE Travel Framework a couple years ago and thought I would send out a link to it again today, as we have taken our big trips for 2018.
Our budgeting for travel has worked out very well. We have been taking trips 4x a year – or roughly once a season since we stopped working:
- Sunny Winter Trips: Disney World, Los Cabos, Miami/Cruise
- USA Trips: Wine Country, Tennessee/NC, Super Bowl LII
- Summer Long Weekends: Chicago, Door County, Toronto
The good news is that after a dozen trips, it seems that we have actually spent 15% less each year than we originally budgeted for. Despite that, we’re not lowering our budget in the future to save more. Instead we’d rather think about how to ‘invest’ it in some more fun!
This weekend, my wife is on a long weekend with some of her girlfriends in in Nashville for some Country music fun. I’m going on a Charity Road Rally across the South Dakota to Deadwood & Devil’s Tower later this month with a buddy.
These aren’t the first girls/guys trips that we’ve ever taken apart from each other, but I think they will be great – unbudgeted bonuses from spending less than our FIRE Travel Framework was set up for.
How do you organize your travel budget each year? Are you tracking ahead or behind of what you’ve budgeted for 2018?
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