I completely expected to get reamed for stating I was going on vacation, when the week prior I had just mentioned that we’re barely sticking to our budget. The truth being–I refuse to dive into our savings account, because I know if we buckle down, we can stick to our strict budget and afford to go to Costa Rica.
SO how did this whole thing start anyway? I received a TravelZoo alert claiming flights to Costa Rica were on sale for $269 roundtrip on American Airlines. I had just looked earlier in the week, and the cheapest I could find was around $450. With the Travelzoo alert telling me that these deals go fast and sales can end at any time, I knew I had to act fast. I put in my vacation request with my boss, got approval, and booked our tickets–all in less than an hour. Then I sent Eric a text message: “Don’t be mad, but I just booked our flights to Costa Rica! EEEEE!”
By the way, flights are still on sale, but at $339, good for travel from Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Of course, besides the cost of the actual trip, there’s always those hidden costs. For example, passports. Eric needed to renew his, and I needed a name change on mine. Luggage, we only owned one carry-on size bag. Fortunately, this weekend we scored a big green roller Samsonite luggage at a garage sale for $5! Camera, I would love to buy a new camera for our trip as my current one is old and the video recording doesn’t work. Does anyone have any suggestions for a great inexpensive point-and-shoot camera with video recording capabilities? Preferably less than $200.
Accommodations, Rental Car, activites…
I have been researching non-stop. I love reading up about everything and it makes me super excited just thinking about our trip. I’m getting a little nervous about the cost, but here is what I have so far. (Checkmarks mean it’s been bought, the rest I’m just guestimating)
√ Flights: $488 (I opened the airline credit card to save an extra $50)
Rental Car: $400 for 8 days
Accommodations: $800 for 9 nights (mostly budget hotels and b&b’s with a two-night stay at the Tabacon resort)
Photo Camera: $200 or less
Does anyone have any tips for how to save on the car rental? Costa Rica has mandatory insurance which adds about $10-20 a day. The lowest quote I’ve received is $350. Any must-visit places? Any tips for keeping the cost down?
I’m loving the b&b I found which includes breakfast in the price. And some of the activities we’re going on include lunch. But I heard food is not cheap in Costa Rica. And I have a husband who likes to eat. A LOT. So I’m bracing myself.
We want to have a fun time, and definitely want to splurge, but we are still (sorta) newlyweds and we are definitely still on a budget.
Also–any point and shoot cameras you can vouch for?