Another trip that has felt like it took FOREVER to get here.
I finally get to see Miami, this will bring me to my full hot girl form. You can’t be a hot girl until you’ve visited Miami.
Back in 2020 my boyfriend and I had booked a Miami trip and because of Covid we had to cancel it, so I thought for his 35th birthday, I would take him to Miami. Unfortunately the stupid MLB lockout ruined some of the plans, as he loves baseball, but there is still plenty of fun to be had, I’m sure.
Below is a photo of the budget breakdown I keep on my Excel spreadsheet:
Let us start with the flight.
I booked this flight back in the beginning of November 2021. There was some random Priceline sale for flights to Fort Lauderdale and I was able to get a STEAL of a price for these dates, paying a total of $292.72 for BOTH of us combined, so $146.36 for the flight. (roundtrip, direct)
I took my time finding a place to stay in Miami because they have so many options and I also was worried that Covid would maybe mess it all up again. After speaking to my hot girl friends who have been to Miami a million times (shout out to Alicia and Lorren) – I decided the best place for us to stay was in the Wynwood area. I’ve done enough itineraries for folks going to Miami, so although I haven’t been there, I somewhat understand where all these various neighborhoods are situated.
Furthermore, there was this brunch party I wanted to hit up nearby as well as (at the time) wanting to be close to where the Miami Marlins played. Fail. Stupid lockout.
Places to stay in Miami can go from decent to crazy expensive, but I found the Wynwood area to have some nice deals for AirBnB’s. The week prior to us going to Miami, there was a curfew put in place for South Beach because of all the violence during Spring Break, so again, thankfully I picked a place away from all the shenanigans. Although I plan on visiting South Beach, I don’t need to sleep there. If I sleep in Miami at all?
Total cost was $515.35 – so per person it came to $257.68 for the 3-night stay. If any of you are interested, here is the link to it. On my follow-up recap of this trip I will let you know if it was worth it and location etc. It isn’t the fanciest pants place but I don’t really intend on spending much time in there anyways. I rather spend the money and time on my boyfriend at some place that serves deep fried ice cream with a side of Havana Club. Something wild.
So, although the lockout ruined some plans – one good thing did happen. The Canadian government dropped return testing as of April 1st! Yay. So I wouldn’t need to get a test to come back to Canada, as we fly back on April 3rd.
The only test I would need is a rapid antigen to enter America, so we went to Shoppers to do that. Cost = $40.00 per person.
The two final things to take care of were travel insurance and spending money.
I literally bring the same amount of money to every trip, and that is $500 USD. Doesn’t matter how many days and the destination, that is my go-to. Usually that total is around $650.00 Canadian on the exchange rate, gross.
Now, I know Miami can be pricey so there is a high likelihood I may go over this amount, you know, alcohol, clubs, strip clubs etc. But we will see what the weekend brings!
Due to the chance that I might catch Covid in another country, I also bought us some CoverMe travel insurance from Manulife. I have regular travel insurance through work, but I wanted just a little extra in case of Covid and quarantine being needed. This only cost $31.04 for BOTH of us to be covered for the USA. I think that’s a great price for the amount of coverage we get.
The grand total for this trip to Miami is $1125.08 – I think that’s alright. Most of this total is the damn spending money anyways.
I am super duper excited to get to experience Miami finally and also to give my boyfriend a wonderful 35th birthday gift.
Hope this helps for any of you other Miami newbies who might be looking to go there soon as well!