First of all, I would like to say that I am extremely impressed with the bloggers out there who can maintain posting 4-5 times a week. You are amazing and how you find the time is fascinating to me. Secondly, I don’t really know where you find inspiration of all your topics but I am glad that you do. These posts for me have become a way of sharing my daily saving money adventures.
I don’t think I have shared this before but I have 3 lovely siblings who I adore and who I don’t get to see very often, even though we live in the same house. So this year, my siblings and I decided to take a trip for 4 days and enjoy some quality time.
We decided to go to Montreal or Boston(we are not picky) and were happy with whichever one was a cheaper trip.
Two of my siblings might have slight OCD with germs so we had to find a 4 star or higher hotel for them. I stayed in the strangest hostels in Europe so I am not picky at all. There are a few ways to save on travel even when you travel with picky travel partners.
My favourite sites to use are Hotwire.com and Priceline.com. Priceline lets you pick our own price and bid on it. We found a great deal on Hotwire this year tho. The hotel was smack dab in the middle of downtown Montreal, everything was walk-able and we save almost $420.
Transportation was another issue. We were going to take the train, but even with the gas prices, it ended up being cheaper to take my mom’s car. Her car is a hybrid so gas consumption was kept to a minimum. Plus we wanted to attempt to catch a Blue Jays game on the way back(we pass Toronto on the way to Montreal).
If you have never been to Montreal and are within driving distance, do yourself a favor and go. You will not regret it. There are some questionable establishments on the main strip, but the city is beautiful and reminds me of Europe with it’s old world charm.
It was a fantastic bonding activity for us. I would like to say that I am slowing infusing my new found frugalness (is that a word) on my siblings as they are all about the deals now for travel. When we got into Toronto on the way back, the Blue Jays game was already in the second inning. We ended up with amazing seats that we got from the scalper(he was a very nice fellow) for 1/5 of the price.
Total cost of the trip is $410 for all us. This included our gas, baseball tickets, meals, hotels and parking. My sisters did go shopping but that was outside of our trip budget.