Is Northern Vermont really a budget friendly travel destination?
I've always believed that you can live large on a teensy budget – especially when you’re travelling. It’s one thing to travel frugally, but it’s another altogether to do so in a way that feels rich! And that is exactly what I wanted to accomplish with the $200 challenge. We chose Vermont as our first location.
See previous posts on the Vermont $200 Challenge:
Vermont: The Conception
Vermont: Planning Stage 1
It’s about a 4-5 hour drive from our home in Ottawa and a great choice to enjoy the fall colours. We reasoned by going early enough in the season we could still manage to camp warmly and still enjoy the autumn display.
Updated for 2021!
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.
Updated in 2021: If you're planning a Vermont road trip, this budget friendly guide will help your money go further.
I’m in trip planning mode once more. It's time to plan a Vermont road trip.
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 car and even better that gas is cheaper in the US!
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