I really, really need a vacation. I’m exhausted both mentally and physically.
We’ve had a rough couple of months with a health scare for Mike that has resolved itself in the best way possible. That’s the great news!
The not so great news is that who knows what those medical bills will end up being? The dog and cat also decided they wanted some medical upkeep as well.
Then there are the cars. Mike’s needed new tires. Mine has some billion-dollar suspension problem that makes it feel like driving in a tin can. The clothes dryer isn’t always drying thoroughly. The porch and shed are approaching dilapidation. And it seems like a zillion other things are vying to drain our bank account. Why does everything always happen at the same time?
All of this just makes me want to get away that much more. So the question is, what can we do for a reasonable amount of money? I definitely need my yearly fix of leaving the country, even if it’s only for a long weekend. What’s a girl to do? Be reckless, I think.
A while ago I got an e-mail from LAN, my favorite South American airline. It was advertising flights from Miami for $69 each way to Bogotá, Columbia. Of course I can’t get that out of my head when I check flights and see fares for $245 each way.
For about the same money, we could go to Ecuador where a friend could hook us up with friends and family to really get a feel for the country. Of course those are the advertised rates but when I go to book something, the cost soars like a jet climbing to altitude.
The tantalizing teaser emails are filling up my inbox. But my bank account is saying, “Oh no, you shouldn’t.”
Last week I was tempted by an e-mail from Iceland Express airlines. $199 each way from Newark. Two tickets for a grand total of $900. Not bad, until I add in getting to New Jersey. Flying is about $600 for the two of us or we could drive my teeth-shattering car. Driving means, gas, food, parking, time and possibly a hotel.
Then my wonderful husband, who has recently discovered the joys of trip planning, wants to know why we can’t also go to Greenland. I tell him to research how to get there. He finds that we can do a day trip from Reykjavik, Iceland to Kulusuk, Greenland. Whoo hoo! Count me in!
I even had a schedule that worked and was almost ready to book it until I used my handy currency converter and realized that four hours on the ground in Greenland would cost us almost $1,200! Ouch! That was a tad excessive and truly reckless.
My brilliant husband pointed out that almost all flights to Greenland are from Iceland or Copenhagen so if we skipped Greenland and only went to Iceland, we would have to back-track in the future to get to Greenland. Better put Iceland on the back burner until we can do both at the same time.
I go back to the idea of trying to find something reasonable from Florida. Maybe South America, maybe an island in the Caribbean. The thing is, we’re not really beach people so it would need to be an island with other things to do.
That point was driven home when American Airlines advertised flights for around $80 each way to Jamaica and Grand Cayman. I’ve been to both islands but Mike has not. Tickets from Miami totaled about $500 for both of us. When I went to book Mike asked the key question. “What will we do?”
I suggested renting a car on Grand Cayman (driving on the right). We could go see the turtles and drive to Hell, a tiny tourist-trap town on the northwestern coast. He wasn’t buying it. Just because I have a need to go somewhere, he reasonably said that we should at least have an interest in going to the destination. Pass on that idea.
I’ve researched cruises to New England and Canada on vacationstogo.com. The prices aren’t bad but nothing lines up with the week we have scheduled to take off and it will be a giant hassle to change the dates.
If I don’t find anything soon, we’re going to end up spending our upcoming vacation in South Florida…during hurricane season. Not horrible, but I’ve already been down there twice this year and am itching to go someplace new.
Now I’ve convinced myself that we will be able to find rock bottom travel prices to somewhere for the beginning of November. I reason that no one is traveling then. As a back-up plan, I have received a confirmation letter that allows us to stand in line to try to get tickets to see a live taping of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in New York City.
In the meantime, I just came across $650 flight from New York to Istanbul, Turkey. Those might work too! Yes, this restless wanderer really is out of control!