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Vacation flight changes

by gummilutt Posted 19th Jul 2017 at 7:53 PM
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I love Bon Voyage! Not everyone does, but I love sending my little simmies on vacation. Many years ago when I was new to CC I came across a mod by Carrigon which made vacation length options really long. Being able to let my Sims go on vacation for more than 7 days was awesome, but I didn't want my Sims to stay quite as long as Carrigons options let them. I was after more realistic options so I eventually set out to make my own version, and in the process I also discovered how to edit air fare costs, which is great because those make no sense to me either.

The way EA coded flight costs the trip will cost less if you book in advance, but you'd hardly even notice because the difference between booking now and booking 6 days in advance is only 200 simoleons (range is 300-500 simoleons). What's the point of coding it like that if it barely makes a difference if you book now or later? And the vacation lengths offered are three, four, five, six and seven days. Not the most creative, or reality-reflecting choices they could have made. I wanted things different, so I made them different.

What does it do?
This mod changes the cost of flights, and the options for how long your vacation should be. The options for length are now weekend (3 days), long weekend (4 days), week (7 days), weekend to weekend (10 days), and two weeks (14 days). I decided on these because those are the most common formats I see people choose for their vacations. If you want an option that is even longer, see below for information on how to edit.

For costs I made two different versions. The vacation lengths are the same in both versions.

I reasoned that vacations are a luxury and if Sims want to go experience new places, they should have to work for it. Additionally I enjoy making things more expensive, because I find Sims earn money too easily and then have no use for it once they earned it. So in this version, it will cost 3800 simoleons per Sim if you book a trip and leave now. If you book 6 days in advance, it will cost 2499 simoleons. The prices for days in between now and 6 days from now are calculated automatically by the game, so that each day in advance adds the same amount of discount.

Range: 2499-3800 simoleons per sim

No Cost
Do you think culture and new experiences should not be limited to rich people? Leave whenever you'd like, and bring as many people as you'd like, because SimNation has made flight fare free for all! Might I suggest a nice trip to the Three Lakes Camping for the full no-cost experience?

Range: None because it's free!

Do not rename the file! It has to be called UIText or the game will not recognize it.

This requires Bon Voyage. Compatible with all EPs.

May conflict with other packages called UIText. Will most likely conflict with other mods that change vacation options.

Only conflict I know about is Carrigon's extended vacation mod. If you find any others, please let me know.

How to edit
This is relatively easy to edit if you'd like other options than what I offer. All you need is SimPE.

If for some reason you can't use SimPE, or you find it too scary to try, you are welcome to ask me for help and if I have time I'll make the changes you want. But I encourage you to try, because I'm confident you can do it.

- Carrigon who made the first vacation length changing mod I used. I would link to her version that changes vacation lengths, but the site has been unstable so I don't have the link. But it's hosted on sims2workshop, so if the site comes back and any of you want her version that's where you'll find it.
- EA Games for the BV-logo I used in the thumbnail. Image is copyrighted by EA, but used under fair use-rules.
- gdayars for the idea to make a no-cost version

Hang on, didn't you upload this yesterday?
Yes, I did. But there was some kind of strange issue where the site kept rejecting the files so to give myself time to figure out the problem I decided to delete the original thread. Thanks a ton to Delphy who did his best to track down the problem. Problem is now solved, and in the process I managed to make it compatible with all EPs at once. So if you got this file yesterday, you might want to re-download. You don't have to, the ones from yesterday work fine too, these are just tidier.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
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Forum Resident
#2 Old 19th Jul 2017 at 9:12 PM
This is fantastic, gummilutt! I'm so glad that you can continue to make wonderful mods for our games! Thank you
Field Researcher
#4 Old 20th Jul 2017 at 12:59 AM
Now.... if you could figure out a way to take the Sim-letts for a family vacation.... that would be awesome! I know....I know... just hire the babysitter.....
Thank you for your hard work!
#5 Old 20th Jul 2017 at 2:05 AM
Cool idea, thanks !
Lab Assistant
20th Jul 2017 at 6:56 AM
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retired moderator THANKS POST
#6 Old 20th Jul 2017 at 7:07 PM
Wow amazing gummi, thank you
#7 Old 21st Jul 2017 at 8:45 AM
I'm getting the expensive version because I like the idea of travelling being a luxury (and in general my Sims have to struggle)... although I can see the uses for a "free" vacation, for example if I ever decide to have a mediaeval hood or something.

I really appreciate that you added the information about how to edit the file, it's awesome!
I'll probably go for shorter vacations (I get bored of them too easily) so if they want to spend more time there they will need to fly again - and pay again! HEHE.
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#8 Old 21st Jul 2017 at 1:04 PM
So glad you all like it Thank you for the kind comments, it makes uploading so much more fun to hear that people see a use for what you made.

Right there with you on the making Sims struggle @Amura ! I use all three of your mods to make Sims' lives more costly I find playing more fun when Sims have a motivation to get a job and get promoted, and I like your takes on expensive npcs and bills better than the other ones out there

If you have questions on how to use SimPE or WW, you're welcome to PM me.
Forum Resident
#9 Old 21st Jul 2017 at 10:51 PM
This is great! Thank you so much for both changing the duration options and the costs. I often impose rules on sims, such as making travel more expensive until my sims have built certain lots, but I've done it by using cheats to take away money - this is so much tidier. I also love the trip length changes - I can take longer trips, so why not my sims?

The instructions on how to make changes seem very clear and it's wonderful how easy you've made it to customize this to our own games. Thank you very much for making this.
Test Subject
#10 Old 24th Jul 2017 at 10:45 PM
awesome work! if I interpreted it right, I have to choose between a more expensive vacation or one that's free, correct? I would prefer with the price as was if so, because I prefer it, but I want these vacation lengths.
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#11 Old 25th Jul 2017 at 12:39 AM
That is correct @Hil0 but you can easily modify either one of them to restore the prices to their original values. I included instructions on how to edit it in the upload post. I encourage you to give it a try, but if you can't use SimPE or you find it too scary, I can make the version you want for you.
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 18th Sep 2017 at 9:11 PM
Do longer vacation buffs apply to this as well? If not is there a way to edit this? I would think if you took 2 weeks vacation you should get a longer vacation buffs.
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#13 Old 18th Sep 2017 at 10:34 PM
No, this mod only changes the vacation length. It would certainly make sense for buffs to last longer based on vacation length, but I have too many projects on my list to take on another one I'd post it in Hacks & CC that you'd like to see-thread, you never know, someone might see it and decide to make it a reality
Top Secret Researcher
#14 Old 30th May 2018 at 3:00 AM
#15 Old 27th Dec 2020 at 4:53 PM
thank you
Test Subject
#16 Old 17th Jul 2021 at 12:50 AM
I took my sims on a vacation for 14 days, but when they returned home, all the money they spent there got refunded. I downloaded the "Expensive" mod too. Any idea of how this may have happened or what I can do to change it? Not sure if it was this mod or maybe another one. Thanks!
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#17 Old 17th Jul 2021 at 8:58 PM
No idea. Not an issue I have in my game, and I've been using it since before I posted it on here. I would either manually fix the funds with cheats or modded objects, or do the 50/50 troubleshooting method to locate the culprit.

If you have questions on how to use SimPE or WW, you're welcome to PM me.