Choose My Own Adventure

Do you remember those books?  The ones that were written in second person and came with major decision to make?  If you’d like to chase after the villian, turn to page 72; if you’d like to blow up the volcano, turn to page 84.  Those books were perfectly awful, weren’t they?

But yet that’s kind of what I’m asking you, my readers, to do.  Choose my next adventure.  You see, I’m having a really hard time committing to a summer travel destination.  Perhaps I’m struggling because I’ve already fully planned–and then abandoned the idea of–a trip to Germany.  Perhaps I’m struggling because I can’t mesh my desire to save money with my desire to fly far, far away.  Perhaps it is because it is nearing the end of the school year and my brain has turned to mush.

Whatever the problem, I need help.  I’ll tell you what I know and throw out a few thoughts we’ve had and you tell me what to do–how does that sound?

What I know…

1.  This trip can’t cost thousands upon thousands of dollars.  Airfare needs to be at or less than $400 per person round trip.  I’d like to hover around $100 per night for lodging. 

2.  We have three weeks give or take a few days.  These three weeks can occur anywhere between July 20th and August 20th.  This is non-negotiable, as my husband works until July 20th, and then again on August 20th.

3.  I want to go somewhere I’ve never been.

4.  I want to go somewhere relaxing AND somewhere exciting.  These can (and should) be two different places.  I am open to the idea of two seperate, shorter trips, or one longer trip involving multiple destinations.

A few thoughts…

-We’re still kicking around the New England and Eastern Canada idea.  This would fully be a road trip.  We were thinking about shortening it and only spending 10 days or so between Vermont and Montreal, and then returning home and doing a Bermuda cruise out of New York.

-I really like the idea of Utah.  Yes, that’s right–I said Utah.  I read Desert Solitare when I was in college, and I’ve always wanted to see that part of the country.  We would fly into Salt Lake City, rent a car, spend some time around Moab exploring the parks, swing around to the Grand Canyon, and end up relaxing in Vegas (as per my husband’s request).

-A third option would be another cruise/road trip combo like the Canada/Bermuda trip but instead traveling south from here toward Savannah.  We’d do a shorter road trip and a longer cruise, perhaps leaving from a Florida port.  I’ve never done a Caribbean cruise and I’m not sure that I really super want to–but people seem to like them.  Plus–Im being totally honest here–it would be cheap.  We could do an entire 7-day cruise for the same amount of money we spent on food alone during our four days at Universal Orlando.

So…thoughts?  Anyone?  Thanks in advance!

Up next–my first post-Disney trip post!

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