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Old 01-18-2016, 11:14 AM   #1
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Possible "Almost Free" Spring Break Trip to DL (and other places...)

I'm trying to take a Spring Break road trip with DS (7), his buddy (8) and buddy's mom. DH is going to be against it due to cost, but I'm working on making the trip almost free... Wish me luck!!!!

DF's family is in Phoenix and she'd like to visit them for spring break. She's looking at flying Allegiant. I'm working to talk her into road tripping down with me and then flying back . The route would take us to:

Leave Oregon on Saturday, March 19th
Reno (night 1)
Vegas (nights 2 and 3)
Anaheim (nights 4 and 5)
Phoenix (nights 6 and 7)

Then we would leave them in Phoenix and drive home, staying one night in Reno or Bakersfield on the way back.

This would put us in the parks on Wednesday. DF has a CM friend that she thinks can get us in without paying.

This might be stupid, and probably is, but I'm going to see about pricing it.
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So, the ways this trip becomes "almost free" are:

1. I can drive my mom's Prius to save on gas.
2. I'll be splitting gas and hotel with my DF for the bulk of the trip.
3. CM free entrance to DL
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Jelly! Sounds like a fun road trip, if you can swing it.
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Jelly! Sounds like a fun road trip, if you can swing it.
DH is already dead against this. Sadly, so is DS, as he doesn't actually enjoy pulling 8-10 hr days in the car.

I'm not giving up hope, though.
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Leg 1 - Eugene to Reno
Hrs: 8 (leave by 5am, arrive about 1pm)
Gas (Prius): $19
Hotel: $50
My share: $35

Leg 2-Reno to Las Vegas
Hrs: 8 (leave by 10 am, arrive before dinner, free day follows)
Gas: $20
Hotel (2 nights): $140 (this is a $50 hotel + estimated $20 resort fee)
My Share: $80

Leg 3-Las Vegas to Anaheim
Hrs:4 (leave by 10 am, arrive whenever. May take stop-offs. Basically, an easy drive. Followed by no-drive day.)
Gas: $12
Camp site (2 nights): $64
My Share: $38

Leg 4-Anaheim to Phoenix
hrs: 5.5 (leave by 10am, arrive by dinner with stop-offs. Followed by no-drive day)
gas: $15
hotel (2 nights): Free-stay with friend's sister
My share: $7

Leg 5: Phoenix to Fresno
Hrs: 9 (leave by 4am, arrive by dinner.)
gas: $26
Lodging: free-stay with mom's BFF
My share: $26 (unless friend gives me $ for return trip )

Leg 6: Fresno to Eugene
Hrs: 10 (leave by 4am, arrive by dinner)
Gas: $28
Lodging: none
My Share: $28 unless friend helps

Total personal gas and lodging costs: $203

OK, good to know. All of this. It means 4 days of 8+ hrs driving in an 8 day period, which is rough on kids. But I'm still game! Next step is for DF to tell me if she can get us day-passes to the parks, and for her to think about whether she would really want to do it. If that's a go, we'll have to decide quick, since she needs to book plane tickets regardless.
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Looks doable to me.... although you're right, some of those long days in the car will be tough for the kids, but worth it given the destination.
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I know you love to travel, but that's a lot of time in the car, especially for your son. And some of those legs are pretty boring to drive. I would probably save your money and use it for your Asia adventure.
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