The $200 Challenge is back!
The premise is simple - can the two of us travel -and travel well -for two days and spend only $200? In terms of traveling well, Algonquin Park obviously wins - it would be hard to find a nicer location to spend two days at the end of summer!
- $81.00 Pet care for Chester: Unfortunately, where we stayed in this campground was pet free, so Chester had to stay in the doggy hotel (which he adores!)
- $40.00 Our share of the campsite (booked for three nights, split among 3 couples) (We had to cut our stay a bit short to pick up Chester).
- $38.00 Lunch at a classic truck stop on the way home. Oh, the gravy!!!
- $40.00 Beer, marshmallows, and extra groceries.
- $20.00 Coffee, coffee, and more coffee.
- $219.00 - Total
Like our previous $200 challenge, we learned some important lessons:
- Pet care, like child care, is very expensive. About 40% of our budget went towards pet care. Next time I would prefer a pet-friendly campsite and spend a greater percentage on gourmet food.
- Coffee is our constant downfall!
- The least expensive part about camping is the campground fees.
Conclusion - the $200 Challenge was a success! We were only slightly over budget and we had a wonderful time. Once again, the $200 Challenge has proven itself as a great way to travel and see beautiful sites. I'm curious now to take it even one step further - find a way to move past campgrounds and take it to a city!
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments and feedback. Where should the $200 challenge go next?
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