How to Take a $1000 Vacation

When was the last time you took a much-deserved vacation? Over-worked and under-relaxed, we are a society in need of some time off, stat. But who can afford it? If you plan right, YOU can! Here is a step-by-step guide to taking a $1000 vacation.

Step 1:

Go to Enter your home airport in the From field, and “Everywhere” in the To field. Smile at your spontaneity.

Step 2:

If you’re feeling really daring, choose “Whole Month” rather than “Specific Date” for your departure/return, and click on “Cheapest Month”. A scroll down menu will allow you to see the lowest price in each month to help determine how long you’re willing to wait for your break.

Step 3:

Marvel at your shockingly affordable and exciting options. Some roundtrip examples include:

LA to Mexico City, Mexico in January – $178
LA to Vancouver, Canada in June – $216
LA to Reykjavik, Iceland in May – $308

NY to San Juan, Puerto Rico in Dec – $193
NY to Havana, Cuba in March – $212
NY to Cartagena, Colombia in May – $327

Step 4:

Choose the top 3 destinations in the $300 or under range that interest you, and scour Airbnb your home away from home. Throw your hostel aversion out the window and google search “boutique hostel (city)”. You may be surprised at your chic and affordable options.

Like this panoramic view studio in Mexico City for $33/night:

Courtesy of Airbnb

Courtesy of Airbnb

Or a room in this dreamy casa particular in Havana for $53/night:

Courtesy of Airbnb

Courtesy of Airbnb

Or this poolside getaway in Cartagena for $43/night:


Courtesy of Airbnb

Step 5:

Determine a daily budget by multiplying the number of days you plan to stay by the nightly accommodation price. Add the flight price. Make sure to check the airline website for baggage fees! Subtract the total from $1000.

For example…
7 nights in Mexico City x $33/night = $231
$231 AirB&B + $178 flight from LA = $409
$1000 total vacation – $409 = $591 spending money
$591 / 7 = $84. This is your daily budget!

If you are traveling with a partner and can divide that accommodation cost in half, your spending money goes up to over $100 a day!

Step 6:

Consult your favorite review sites, such as Yelp and TripAdvisor, for local restaurants and their typical prices. Seek out activities you want to do most to get an idea of what they cost. Find out local bus and/or Uber prices for trips within the area.

An average day might look like this:
Breakfast – $10
Lunch – $15
Dinner – $20
Transportation – $10
Entertainment – $40
Gratuity – $5
TOTAL = $100

And voila! Grab a friend, book some flights, and take that much needed vacation for a cool grand. Next month, or whenever it’s cheapest. Bon voyage!

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About the Authorsabrina-hoverkamp

Sabrina was born and raised in Los Angeles, and began her love affair with travel while studying abroad in London. A commercial producer by trade, she’s managed to convince her art director husband to quit their jobs and travel around the world for a year - twice! The two enjoy life on the road so much, they’ve just moved into their renovated retro RV to explore the US indefinitely. Follow along with their upcoming adventures at and on Instagram @yes_kamp.

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