WebQuest

What's the Cost of your Vacation?

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First you need to decide on where you are going for your vacation. If you are struggling with some ideas, you can think about going to the mountains, the beach, a city, or even going camping as a family. To help make this decision,you can use an atlas located in the classroom. Remember, you are creating a portfolio to present this to "your parents (your teacher)" to see if they approve of your vacation. Print pages from each step to add to your portfolio because this is how you are going to impress and convince your parents that this is the vacation of the century!

Now, you need to decide who is covering each section of your vacation planning. Just a reminder, the four sections are: transportation, lodging, food, and entertainment/recreation.

Transportation: How will you get there? Will you fly or drive? Remember you have to make it to your location and back home! You need to compare the costs to see which one will save you the most money.

Are you flying?

If so, remember you need four tickets, round-trip or a one-way there and a one-way home. You can use the websites (Priceline and Cheap Tickets) located below to help you make this decision.**Both websites ask for the dates of your vacation. This vacation takes place November 30-December 2. DO NOT ACTUALLY BOOK FLIGHTS!

If you are not flying, you are driving!

You are driving a 2003 Ford Explorer 4-wheeldrive (4WD) vehicle. Because this is an estimation, choose the closest big city located near your starting point as well as your ending point. If you are not sure, use the atlas for assistance. Use the website below (Fuel Calculator) to help you. Once you get to this site, you will need to add your vehicle, starting location, and ending location in the correct boxes. Hit calculate and scroll down to see results. Remember this is an estimation!

CHECK YOUR BUDGET! ARE YOU ON THE RIGHT TRACK? DON'T GO OVER!

Lodging: Where will you be staying? To help decide this, you need to look at three different hotels. Keep in mind, you will want to look for pools, Wi-Fi (if needed), and continental (free) breakfasts. You are staying 3 days and 2 nights, so you will only need to figure the cost for 2 nights. Don't forget your dates; they are located in the transportation section. Use the sites listed below (Orbitz and Hotels.com) to figure room costs. DO NOT ACTUALLY BOOK ROOMS!

CHECK YOUR BUDGET! ARE YOU ON THE RIGHT TRACK? DON'T GO OVER!

Dining: Of course you have to eat while on vacation! Where will you eat? If you booked a hotel with continental breakfast, that meal is covered. If not, you need to think about the average cost of breakfast, lunch, and dinner for each day you are there. Also, you might want to set aside $20-$30 for snacks for the ride to your destination. You might also want to set aside that same amount for the drive home. Below is a website (restuarant.com) you can use to help estimate dining costs for each day.

CHECK YOUR BUDGET! ARE YOU ON THE RIGHT TRACK? DON'T GO OVER!

Entertainment/Recreation: You must pick three activities to do. Remember, some activities can be free! If you are going to a National Park remember to set aside $20 for your park pass. Usually they last a week, before they expire. If you have extra money at the end of your budgeting, you may add an activity if you wish. You might want to print flyers to help show the exciting features of your three entertainment choices.

CHECK YOUR BUDGET! ARE YOU ON THE RIGHT TRACK? DON'T GO OVER!

DON'T FORGET TO PACK!

Now that your research is finished, gather all of your information and organize it in your portfolio. You need to have a clear presentation, so your parents (your teacher) can fully understand your vacation proposal.

Attachments


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  • Hotels.com
    Description: Use this site to compare hotel prices.

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  • Yellow Book
    Description: Use this site for finding dining costs. Change the current city to your destination and then type restaurants in the "what" search box. When your results come up, if you click on the website in blue at the bottom of each section, it will take you to that restaurant's website. From there you should be able to find a menu.

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  • State Websites
    Description: Once you enter this site, click on the state to which you're traveling. At the bottom of the page click the button that says "click here for official state website." After you get to that website, look for anything that has to do with tourism and visiting your state. If you cannot find what you are looking for, ask your teacher for assistance.

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  • Restaurant.com
    Description: If you know the zip code of your destination or your destination is one of the cities you can select, you may use this website as well.

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  • Priceline
    Description: Use to compare flight costs. Make sure you are on the flights tab. You will be using a different website for the other sections of this webquest.

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  • Orbitz
    Description: Use this to compare hotel prices.

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  • Cheap Tickets
    Description: Use this site to compare flights as well.

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