One of my financial goals for 2018 is to save for our planned California road trip in the fall. When I posted the goal, I set myself a deadline of March to have a detailed estimate budget sorted out. And, since March starts this week, I figured I should get this sorted out.
So… What’s the plan? Well, we don’t really have a plan yet… But, the last time we did a road trip down to California, it was a bit of a rush because we tried to get it done in 7 days… there and back! For this trip, we will be traveling with a 6 month old baby, and will traveling further in to California, and staying there for a few days for the wedding… So I decided to plan for a 14 day trip this time.
Accommodation: 14 days x $150 = $2100
We are staying at an AirBnB in California, so that will keep the price down a little bit, and then for most of the trip down, we are hoping to camp. I know, I know, camping with a 6 month old baby for that long is probably crazy, but that’s the goal. We will have to do some practice camping throughout the summer to figure it all out, but I have no doubt that we will figure out a way to make it work… with the occasional hotel stay to break it up… maybe… Anyway, I have estimated that the average cost per night will work out to be $150.
Food: 14 days x $100 = $1400
With camping and picnics, with the occasional meal out, $100 per day for food seems generous and very doable.
Gas: 3000 km / 500 km/tank x $50/tank = $300 >> Round it up to $500 for good measure.
It is about 1500 km one way, so the total trip should be about 3000 km. My car does better for highway driving, but I can’t rely on that for the whole time, since we will be doing some sightseeing. And to allow for some side trips and such, I have just rounded up to $500. Should be good, right?
Activities/Gifts/Extras: 14 days x $100 = $1400
To pay for activities, souvenirs, or whatever else we come across, I’ve budgeted for $100 a day. This is where we could probably cut back, but I’ll try for this as a starting point.
Total = $5400
Add it everything together and we get a grand total of over $5000. This might be a stretch to save up, especially while I’m on maternity leave, but I’ll work on the exact plan in another post.
What do you think? Are my estimates looking okay? Is there anything that I’ve missed? Or do you think that I’ve over estimated the cost of our trip?