The High Costs Of A Vacation

Can you imagine working 51 weeks out of the year and getting just one week of vacation? Or two weeks? Or if you are fortunate enough to have worked for the same company long enough, three weeks of vacation per year?

That reality ALWAYS bothered me. That’s why I’m glad I haven’t worked for ‘the man’ in seventeen years! Instead, I situated myself into some pretty awesome vacation spots by living in them permanently! For sixteen years I lived all year long in the Hamptons, NY. For ten years I owned a beach house in Newport, RI. I also owned a townhouse in the Catskill Mountains for nine years (for winter skiing). And I owned a vacation home in Sarasota, Florida for my snowbirding quests.

Currently, I’ve been living in another vacation setting for the past seventeen years (if the years overlap it’s because I’ve always owned multiple homes at the same time). I always found it was cheaper to own a home in a vacation resort than just vacation for a week or two at the resort. Think I’m crazy?

Well, a brand new Bed and Breakfast just opened up down the road from me (but nearer to town). The owners bought a run down but beautiful old Victorian home, renovated it and are now open for business. Here’s their pricing:

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Of course, they aren’t fully booked yet. It’s only been open a week or two. But the point is, this B&B is charging a minimum of $250 a night!  I thought B&Bs were supposed to be less than hotels? Unfortunately, there are no hotels around here (unless you want to drive) but as my little town becomes more and more popular, tourists have been paying anything in order to stay here! If you want a room with a four clawed tub, that’ll cost you extra. Meanwhile, I’ve got a four clawed tub upstairs on my second floor that no one uses AND I have a jacuzzi in my own private bathroom. And hubby doesn’t charge ME anything extra to use them. LOL!

Which brings me to my Newport, RI beach house. In the ten years that I owned it, unless I paid my kids train fare, they didn’t come. Now that the beach house is gone, their friends have just discovered the beaches of Rhode Island and are all staying at Gurney’s in Newport.  Here’s their price list: (note: hold onto your pants!)

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Gurney’s prices for a double room start at $350 a night, all the way up to $979. Good luck with that! How many girlfriends can they squash into one room to make it worth their while AND affordable?

I know that people pay upwards of thousands of dollars just for a one week vacation. Insane! As for me and my little RV, I never pay more than $50 a night for a full hookup, or we just boondock in a Wal Mart parking lot. Most public beaches allow RV parking but NOT overnight. So, we get to enjoy a full day of anything without a pricetag.

And each night I hit the pillow in my own home, which is located in an up and coming vacation destination resort, I think about the $250 I could get for that sleep plus an additional $100 if I let them use my four post clawed tub.

How cool is that!



  1. That’s such a cool idea, living in/owning vacation homes as a cheaper way to make the most of traveling! It really is crazy how little vacation you get when you work for most big companies…


    • Thanks Angelica. You have to run the numbers. For example, owning a smallish condo in Florida cost me around $9K a year. To rent something similar for just three months in the winter would have run me around $12K. Now, I would NEVER spend $12K but if I had to or was forced to, I would have and that’s how much it would have cost me. UGH! Ditto for the Hampton house. It was great telling my kids the beach was right down the street, all summer long, for 17 years!
      Thanks for your comment.


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