The $200 Challenge is headed to Northern Vermont!
So excited to report that stage one of planning for the Northern Vermont trip is complete!! We have booked our accommodations for two nights at Smugglers Notch state park campground.
Camping was a bit of a difficult decision – after all, it might be cold, wet, or just too much work. And New England is famous for it’s beautiful inns and B&B’s. But given that we have a total budget of $200 for two people for two nights, it was the only way to go.
Do you really need to pack a first aid kit?
Probably everyone reading this already has a mini first aid kit they travel with. You might use a zip lock bag with some band aids and gauze, or you might have a deluxe kit from a survival shop. But is it worth the space and weight in your pack?
We're taking high style, tiny budgets to Vermont!
I’m in trip planning mode once more.
It’s a tiny trip – a weekend in Northern Vermont (more or less) in late September (more or less) to see the fall colours. And the budget is even tinier! $200 for the two of us (and potentially Chester the dog as well!) for a Friday early evening, all day Saturday, till mid afternoon Sunday excursion. So two days, two nights – and at least $50 of the budget will go towards gas. It’s a good thing we have a hybrid and even better that gas is cheaper in the US!
Breakfast is a budget traveler's best friend!
I’m a passionate travel planner. I love everything about travel planning – for me, it’s half the fun to research inns, musicals, hiking trails, and more. I like reading reviews, I like making comparison charts. I love budgets, and I love organizing 3-1-1 kits even more.
So it comes as no surprise that I love dreaming about travel meals and restaurants!Unfortunately, like many of you, my travel funds are always limited and an easy way to try to trim costs is with the food and restaurant budget.
One of the easiest ways to save or splurge is with breakfast. We've been tinkering with a system now for a while to get a good balance of economy and enjoyment and have learned a few lessons along the way.
Here's how you save money when renting a car
Having spent so many of my traveling years relying on public transit and my own two feet, the idea of renting a car still seems a bit counter-intuitive. Surely it would be cheaper to buy a weekly transit pass for the city I’m visiting?
A bad experience renting a car for a weekend in university seems to back me up. I grabbed a car from the first agency at the airport, was promptly scared into taking extra insurance, and wasn’t well-informed about the max miles for the weekend (yep, not everyone is unlimited).
Combined with a Sunday evening return when NO gas stations were open, my final bill for 48 hours for the car was nearly $350. And all this so I wouldn’t have to take a taxi for a big grocery order and so I could show a visiting friend the countryside! That experience burned me, and served as confirmation of my mother’s fears that car rental agencies were shady swindlers to be avoided at all costs. Since then, I've learned a few tricks of the trade to help me save money and make the most of my car rental experience.