My wife and I were planning to take a roadtrip from southeast Texas to New Mexico for twelve days for vacation and our first anniversary. We've been looking forward to the trip for ages -- in fact, some days that's what really gets us through the BS at work!
The highlights were Carlsbad Caverns, Roswell (her grandmother lives there, so it's not *all* about the UFOs), Trinity Site and the VLA, a stop at Ruidoso, a spa at Santa Fe, and maybe a few hours in Albuquerque. Add to that a few things from RoadsideAmerica.com on the way and on the way back, and we had a good plan.
I had budgeted about $3,400 for hotels, gas, food, petsitting and costs for events and sightseeing and a few souveniers, plus whatever it cost to rent a car to go since our cars were aging. Then, reality set in and the transmission on my car gave up the ghost on the way to work one morning about two weeks ago. Since then we shopped around and I bought a brand new car since my old car was starting its ninth year, so it didn't make sense to pump that kind of money into it. However, I put five grand down on the new car, so there went our road trip money!
I have looked at our finances and I hate the idea of dipping into our (now smaller) savings for this roadtrip since in the last year we've bought a house and now a car, but we're both really bummed at the prospect of spending our vacation time sitting at home watching repeats of "Without a Trace" and doing chores around the house. Does anyone have any suggestions to help us make this dream come true, or should we sit it out this year and save our pennies to do it early next year?