The Real Cost of Keeping New Year's Resolutions

By Yvette Romero and MaryAnn Busso - 2011-12-22T19:20:53Z

Photograph by Xabier Mikel Laburu/Bloomberg

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I Will Travel More

"Traveling more is a surprising resolution, given tighter budgets," says DeVoll. "But there are more deal sites now than a decade ago and Expedia and Priceline are more credible." Estimates by Windy City Travel for two adults:

$12,000: Summer in Europe, two people for 14 days. Trip includes five-star hotels, airfare, train and museum passes.
$8,000: Winter in Mexico for seven days. Includes seven nights at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonida Riviera Maya, Mexico.
$6,000: Spring cruise around the Caribbean, seven nights with airfare -- Azamara Cruises
$700: One Fall weekend antiquing, Door County, Wisconsin. Includes hotels, meals and driving from Chicago.