Last week was my one and only week of vacation from work. It was so nice to have an entire week to myself. In the beginning of the week I worked a lot on my online stuff, I got the house *super* clean, and then towards then end of the week I headed out for a short vacation with the girls.
I had been debating where I wanted to go for vacation since I was on such a limited budget. I decided to go the kind of camping route, so a friend and I headed up to Cave City, KY with the kiddos. Originally this sounded to be a good idea. Renting a cabin at the Jelly Stone Yogi Bear resort was $300 for two nights and split between a friend and I was only $150 per person.
We also decided to split gas costs which ended up being $50 per person. Our cabin slept up to 7 people and was equipped with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, and grill. We took our own food to cook so that we wouldn’t have to pay to eat out for every meal. This left me with $100 left in money that I had budgeted, but I also had brought extra just in case.
The High Price of Nothingness
Since we drove four hours to get to Cave City I wanted to do fun stuff with the girls. We went on a tour of Mammoth Cave which only cost $10 for me and my kids got in free. The cave tour was worth the money. That was the only activity we partook that was worth the money.
When my girls saw the huge dinosaur statues sitting outside of Dinosaur World it quickly became the talk of the day. With all of the begging to go I quickly said yes. It took us about 15 minutes to walk all of the trails but cost me $40 in tickets.
I was extremely disappointed after my visit at Dinosaur World. I thought just hanging out at the pool would satisfy my girls. And it did, until we decided to take a drive and go exploring.
Every time the girls would see a sign for an attraction the temper tantrums would begin. All they could think about was going back to Dinosaur World and visiting every other place that had a flashy sign in front of it. The tantrums were starting to drive me insane so I tried another spot. We visited a Wildlife Museum which cost $26 for the three of us to get in.
This ended up being a little better of a bargain, but once again it took us about twenty minutes to see everything there was.
All in all we ended up spending most of our time at the cabin. I didn’t go too much over budget but I ended up listening to a ton of whining and crying. The lack of naps added to this a lot.
The trip was fun, but until my girls get a little older I think I’ll be avoiding tourist attractions. I think they would have enjoyed staying in a hotel with a pool just as much as anything else.