A Lesson On Vacation Planning

Our wedding anniversary is in March and the hubby and I try to go away every year at this time. Last year on our 25th Anniversary we went to Oahu. It was magical.

So now the question is where to next? And how can it possibly compete with Hawaii? Despite loving travel and spending entirely too much of my time daydreaming about tropical beaches and exotic locations I really had no answer to either question.

Waikiki Beach was awesome, but very pricey. This year I am being much more budget conscious. Unfortunately that greatly limits a person when planning a vacation.

Another thing we have to consider is that March can be a tricky month for travel. Some of my bucket list locales include New York, Boston and Washington DC. I’m just not certain March is the best time to visit any of those places. Spring can be rainy, cold and even snowy. Since we only get a few days we want to get the most bang for our buck.

And honestly I’m a warm weather kind of girl. I love the ocean and wearing flip-flops. Unfortunately spring break can make travel to a lot of sunny locations pretty expensive in March.

One great option for people watching their pennies is a cruise. The hubby and I had went on a cruise 10+ years ago with the kids. We had a blast. So we opted to give cruising another try.

Because I’m such an awesome wife another thing we try to incorporate into every anniversary trip is a NBA game. So how do I combine a cruise and a basketball game?

The answer to that question is – VERY CAREFULLY! I spent HOURS searching online for every possible cruise port/NBA team combination. And did I mention I was trying to stay on a budget?

Planning our Hawaii vacation was a labor of love. It was so much fun figuring out all of the logistics. And I have to say that everything went great.

The planning of this trip, however, was more just like labor. Long, painful and seemingly never ending. But hopefully delivering much joy in the end!

So, drum roll please, we will be going on a cruise to the Bahamas! Our vacation will start in Orlando Florida, have a quick jaunt down to Miami and back to Port Canaveral to catch our ship for a 4 night Carnival cruise.

For the hubby, we will be going to not one, but 2 NBA games. Watching the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat will make the hubby happy. The days of sun, ocean and pampering will be my treat.

So, back to my original questions. We now know where we are going on our anniversary trip. But can it compete with Hawaii?

The older I get the more I am realizing how truly blessed I am. I also understand that by being grateful for each blessing every day has the opportunity to be magical. So while this trip may not be Hawaii, it is another getaway with my sweetheart. A chance for adventure as we just keep collecting memories as we go.

6 thoughts on “A Lesson On Vacation Planning

  1. Time spent with family is all that is really important. Cherish every minute. Well written you modest wife you…lol.

  2. You’re an amazing writer, wife and person. Very professional. Is there anything you can’t do? I think I like your writing so much because it’s real and from the heart. I know because I’ve heard the “live version” of this on going saga with the hubby and look forward to the next chapters. Keep up the great work.

  3. Wonderfully written as usual. Sounds like a fun packed vacation. The memories are the most important, I try to cherish every one and I’m grateful for them always. Have lots of FUN!

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