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Got $200.00? Take an end of summer trip!

August 4th, 2009

I was curious what the deals online were for taking vacations these days. Everyone talks about budget airfare and great pricing. To me, that doesn’t mean saving $400.00 on a $3980.00 trip, nor paying cheap airfare, only to get to your destination and drop a ton of money. Sorry, I don’t rank those as savings. My idea is to actually save on the whole package. Cheap airfare, affordable lodgings and decently priced activities upon arrival.  Nearly everyone can afford $200.00, right?  So, what does two hundred bucks buy in the way of trips for August? (Some  of these are only for lodging and activities, but still they make your $$ stretch…)

Here’s what I’ve found:

These from Budget Travel

http://www.budgettravel.com/bt-dyn/content/article/2009/06/08/AR2009060801635.html

Carmel, Calif., from $199
One night at the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club, breakfast, a picnic lunch, and a beach pail with a kite and toys. The price is for two adults and two kids. Mention BDGT09. Why it’s a deal: The regular room rate in July starts at $380. You also receive an upgraded room (from $20 in value), lunch (worth $60), and the beach kit, all at no extra cost. When: Until Oct. 15. SS: N/A. Contact: Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club, 888/828-8787, quaillodge.com.

Charleston, S.C., from $199
One night at the King Charles Inn, a $50 credit at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant, a $10 Häagen-Dazs voucher, a $20 certificate to Blackbeard’s Cove Family Fun Park, and four South Carolina Aquarium admission tickets. The price is for two adults and two kids. Mention BUDGET TRAVEL. Why it’s a deal: You save $50 off the best available package rate. When: Until Sept. 30. SS: N/A. Contact: King Charles Inn, 866/546-4700, kingcharlesinn.com/budgettravel

 From Best Travel Deals.net

 

That one, you will drop more than the required $200.00, as its NYC, but still what a great opportunity to see the city.

My personal, “don’t-wait-up-for-me-kids trip” is The Bay of Fundy. Where, may you ask, is the Bay of Fundy?

Here’s what the travel site says:

Located off the northern coast of Maine and extending into Canada between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, this natural phenomenon is home to 50-foot tides and so much more.  It truly is one of the greatest natural tourist attractions in the world…

The Bay of Fundy contains a fully diverse ecosystem and equally varied geological landscape encompassing coastal areas including New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Maine.

The waters of the bay are populated with approximately 8 species of whales, an abundance of dolphins, porpoises, fish, seals, seabirds and more.  All this is framed by breathtaking rock cliffs, eroded sandstone statues, dramatic mud flats and awesome marsh plateaus.bay of fundy
Crimson Tides 

Two Nights – Visit the breathtaking Bay of Fundy during Fall Foliage season.  Explore Fundy National Park by day and enjoy your evening in the romantic atmosphere of a seaside inn.  Learn more… $200 CAD / $190 US per couple
Retreat to Romance in St. Martins 

Two Nights – Spend two nights in a luxurious room with a whirlpool tub and fireplace overlooking St Martins Harbour..  Learn more…

Upon a quick scan of airports, I came up with prices from Indianapolis to Halifax, (closest large airport) from $300.00.  I think $500.00- $600.00  including airfare is worth it to see 8 species of whales, don’t you? 

Kid’s, I’ll see you in a week…

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