Travel Planning OCD: It’s Economical
When planning our trip to Europe, I made train reservations months in advance. I booked hotels ahead of time, I searched for the best flight deals–and found a really reasonable mid-summer flight from JFK to London Gatwick. I reserved an apartment for two weeks in July on January 14th. Everything was done in advance, and everything was very, very reasonably priced. I highly recommend super-obsessive planning as a great way to save money on travel.
However, with all the travel I’ve been doing, it seems I’ve gotten a little lax in the planning department. You see, I completely forgot to book a hotel for my one night in New Orleans post-cruise, before a 6 am flight. Yes, you read that correctly–I forgot. What is happening to me?
And do you know what is really expensive? A semi-last minute hotel room on a Saturday night in a major port city that just had two ships pull in to port. I think I figured I’d just book at the place I’m staying pre-cruise. Nope–they have a two night minimum stay. And yes, I called and explained that I’d be staying for three nights pre-cruise. They didn’t care.
My other option was the hotel inside the airport. You know, like in Orlando. Well guess what? The airport doesn’t have a hotel inside of it. Most airports don’t, in fact. And with a 6 a.m. flight, I didn’t feel good about staying at a Motel 6, where they may or may not have a concierge desk or valet to make sure that I get in a cab at four in the morning. And so, for approximately the cost of two nights in a Paris apartment, I’m staying in a convention center chain hotel on the New Orleans riverfront, directly across from the casino I have no intention of visiting. Sure, it’s a short walk from the ship to the hotel to drop off my bags for the day. Yes, they will have a desk capable of calling a taxi for me. And absolutely, it will be the easiest thing to do. But damn, it was expensive.
Yes, this time, I chose safety and convenience over thriftiness. I’ll ask it again–what is happening to me?