In the spirit of manateesmom’s post, here’s how my finances are working out . . .
Before I start, there’s a slight complication. I’m meeting with an American friend who lives in Mass. She’s covering some, but not all of her share of the costs.
My flight to US – £1,600: I’m travelling premium economy at the end of August into Boston (but returning from Orlando)
Airport hotels and long-stay parking – £279 in UK, $400 in US
Internal US flights from Boston to Orlando – covered by my friend: my flight single, hers is return, total $208
Car hire – covered by my friend: about $250; also petrol/gas and parking at WDW and USF ($20 a day)
Accommodation – free: I’m staying at a friend’s house about 20 mins from WDW
Entrance tickets – 14 day hopper at WDW and USF: £550 total each
Food – breakfast at the house (bagel and creme cheese, OJ), lunch and dinner at the parks $100 a day for the two of us (she’s a light eater)
Park extras – I’ve gone a bit overboard here: VIP day at USF, $219+tax each; various dessert parties, between about $49 and $79+tax each; dinner and show at Tiffins and Brown Derby, both about $70+tax each; will try not to load up with souvenirs as they end up in a box, unlooked at when I get home, but I’m buying a wand at Ollivander’s ($60) and I’m tempted to buy a Magic Band 2 ($30)
Other extras – my passport had expired so that needed renewing; new suitcase (I’m planning on surviving on cabin baggage only); sun hat, new clothes, new shoes, etc, appropriate to a Florida summer – do these count as holiday expenses? they’re all re-usable