Post # 1
DH and I are still a little ways out from ttc. We are also saving up for a downpayment for a house so money is definietly not unlimited for us. If you did/could take one last vacation before ttc (as you never know how long or short the process will be) where would you (realistically) or did you go? We went on a cruise for our honeymoon (my first), and I’ve lived in Europe for 3 years when I was younger so we’re open to possibilities. We both went TOKYO! But, the plane tickets looked to be $2000 alone. We are in the DC area. California (I also used to live there) looked great, but plane tickets to go across country were also expensive. If I’m able to get a job soon we may be able to start putting more aside for the vacation, but the legal market is tough. So, we are just saving off of DH salary for now 🙂
Post # 3
My husband and I are going to South Africa at Thanksgiving! It’s a dream trip, once-in-a-lifetime thing for both of us. We decided to take one more BIG trip. Even though I’m still on the fence about kids sometimes (but ultimately know we’re going to have them), we know we will need to have a kid within the next year or so just based on my age. So we are going to South Africa to have a blast and then we’ll see what happens after that.
Also, we kept our eye on a bunch of travel websites for months until the South Africa deal came along. Surprisingly it is incredibly affordable considering the distance involved. 🙂
Post # 4
Scandinavia! And specifically to see the Northern Lights!
Post # 5
@Miss PumpkinPenguin: You guys are going to have a blast! I need to start scouting sites now. I actually just went to hotels.com and they are waayy cheaper for packages than whatever I was looking at!
@Eva Peron: That sounds awesome!
Post # 6
I’d love to hop around a few places in Europe. Not having that kind of freedom is part of what makes me still wearying of starting to have kids. I evan asked fh the other day if there’s anything he’d like to do before we TTC. I decided though that having kids isn’t going to hold us back though and if we want to see Europe we will just have tot ake the little booger with us lol
Post # 7
@Eva Peron: I’m dying to go to Alaska for the same reason!
So to OP, Alaska is at the top of our, do before baby, list. We’d do it in winter, so H could go skiing and so we could see the northern lights, hopefully. Right now we are planning to do it in March, unless I’m at a point in a possible pregnancy that it wouldn’t be feasible. But if it turns out I’m early in the second trimester, and the dr OKs it, I think we will just get trip insurance and go for it, since it’s that’s not a trip I’d want to do with a baby.
To me, I figure going to the Caribbean or someplace like that is totally doable with small children, so we want to try to do the kinds of things that we can’t do with a baby now.
Post # 8
We went to Peru and hiked the Inca Trail! It was awesome! The whole trip including flights, tour, food, hotel, tips was 4000 for 10 days. (Shopping was about $200 more, but everything is super cheap so that got us 4 blankets, 2 scarves, 4 hats, a sweater… all alpaca)
Post # 9
I think the pre ttc big trip is great–but if it is stressing you out remember it is a luxury. So many people talk about and make bucket lists, and that is fine, but recognize that is a pretty privelaged and lucky position to be in. I think it is great and super encourage anyone who is able to do so to have a blast, but I also think it is not necessary and if you don’t think you can afford it and reach your other goals don’t put the pressure on yourself.
If you have never traveled, or haven’t been with your spouse long and gotten to experience those things together, maybe it should be more of a priority. In my own case we have been together almost 8 years, and while we are doing ok we don’t have an extra several grand to drop on travel in addition to building our savings for baby. My husband really wants to go to Thailand, or China, or do a big trip, but those may need to be things we do with the kids or leave them when they are older with the grandparents (both of which my parents did).
What about just going camping, or exploring a nearby city? Maybe just going and having a new experience is what we should be focused on, rather than thinking a big dramatic trip is what is in order.
And again, congrats to anyone who can do one last awesome trip.
Post # 10
We did our Europe trip as a “last hurrah” before TTC last year. Paris, Barcelona, Nice, Monaco, Rome, Florence, Naples, Athens, Mykonos and Kusadasi (Turkey). It was totally amazing, and NOT a child friendly trip. Now a year later, we’re still TTC, so we took off to NYC last week as an additional “last” big trip, that hopefully is the last one for REAL.
I think one last trip is great, but don’t stress yourself out about it. Like the PP said, it’s definitely a luxury and probably not as common as it may seem. I think it’s important to think hard about whether you actually want the destination, or if you just want the experience of travelling with your husband and bonding.
Post # 11
I would probably take FI on a cruise to Alaska. =)
Post # 12
We went to South Africa as well! We were there for 8 days in September 2011 and are expecting our baby boy September 2012…it was so amazing and we are so thankful we went.
Post # 13
@NJLauren122… omgeeee, i want to hear ALL about your trip!
Post # 14
i think we would go to europe. and make sure we get to berlin, germany. thats where i was born and all of my moms side of the family is still there, minus my opa and uncle who have passed. were hoping to get there next summer but weve been ttc since last summer and its just not high in our favors. maybe we’ll make it there or maybe we will get our miracle baby but i dont know when wed get there next because taking a baby on a long flight like that or paying such high air fare for a young toddler would be rough!
Post # 15
We are tenatively TTC next year, so this year we’re trying to get in as many vacations as we can. So the trips we went/are going on this year are: cruise to Alaska, Cancun, and Japan. Cancun might be the cheapest and easiest for you to get to from DC. Good luck!
Post # 16
THIS THREAD MAKES ME SO SAD! My husband & I were TTC for 7 months and weren’t getting anywhere so we went on our ‘last trip before pregnancy and children” to VEGAS BABY! Well, we booked our flight and everything and a week before I went I found out I am 4 weeks pregnant. Great right? Yes & No. I couldn’t drink, couldn’t be in casinos because of all the smoke, and worst of all: the last 5 days of our 8 day trip, I was vomitting everywhere and couldn’t eat ANYWHERE. My poor husband was stuck in the hotel room with me ordering room service because he wouldn’t leave me. P.S: Flights are AWESOME when your pregnant…not. Enjoy yourselves before the MS hits ladies! :)))