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Mexico Trip Report/Cost breakdown

Mexico Trip Report

We are back from a week in Mexico. Had a fantastic time. This is our six time down to a little town 45min drive north of Puerto Vallarta. We have family that live there six months of the year, so this makes it affordable for us to have a quick getaway.

We bought a direct flight from Victoria to Puerto Vallarta which I used a reward companion fare. There is cheaper flights, but since we were using the companion fare it was worth getting the direct flight, 4.5hrs versus most of the day traveling ( I will take the direct flight, thank you).

We were picked up at the airport and went to the Mega Store for groceries and beverages. Then off to the beach. Since we have been there several times, we stay away from touristy stuff. Mainly went to the markets, visited the small towns and shops, and walked the beach.

Airfare for two with companion fare and taxes $1134, groceries and beverages $69, spending money $350
Total cost for the two of us for 7 days was $1553 Canadian. That is with free accommodations and free use of a car.

 

Giving up technology for one week

In case you where wondering. In last weeks blog post Giving up technology for one week. I was not bringing my laptop or cell phone with me on holiday. Believe it or not, it was easy; The hardest  for me was not checking email. I had a little bit of a withdrawal from not getting the news or reading all the ER/FIRE blogs. For the week I spent less than 1/2hr with TV, phone or internet.
Now I am back to the grind, I intend to not carry my phone with me everywhere I go and not check email as often. It surprises me how much time is wasted with technology.

Other Blog Trip Report

I always enjoy reading other bloggers holiday plans and cost breakdowns so here is a few you might enjoy. Their pictures are awesome !

MR Tako Escapes spent a month in Okinawa. HERE 
Joe from Retire by 40 went to Cancun Mexico in November part 1 HERE part 2 HERE
GenYMoney spent five weeks in Hawaii in December. HERE

 

Don’t wait for retirement to enjoy life !!

 

Wasting Money In Las Vegas

Wasting money in Las Vegas

We just came back from a six-day trip to Las Vegas. Mrs. PR and I like getting a way a few times per year to get some sun and sit by a pool. Las Vegas is a quick easy flight, in a few hours we are out of the rain and into sunshine. We don’t usually do much gambling, we might splurge on a show. Other than people watch, walking the strip, Fremont Street, we are usually at the pool. In Vegas the food is great, the portions are huge, but it is expensive. For example buffet $25-$38/ large coffee $3:50-$4:25/Beer $8 & up/Wine $20 & up/Burgers $12-$15/resort fees $30 per night. With the Canadian dollar at 0.78 after the exchange rate it is fairly expensive.

 

 

The opulence of Las Vegas is amazing, you can walk past a blackjack table with a minimum bet of $10,000, or people playing the $25 slot machine where the minimum is a hundred dollars a pull. Even if I had millions of dollars I just can’t see myself wasting money like that. It’s fascinating to me that people work so hard for their money and waste it away gambling. I know some hit it big but really how many do!?

 

Cost

For the two flights from Victoria and five nights at the Excalibur hotel was $940 Canadian. We spent $1050 Canadian while we where there. The total budget flights, hotel, and spending money was $1990 Canadian. Some would say it was a waste of money and a younger Steve would agree. But for old guy Steve, experiences are never a waste of money.