Post # 31
We have so many trips planned but only having 10 vacation days a year makes it soo difficult (yay America)
We’re going to San Francisco next week over Thanksgiving We live in Los Angeles but have only been to the Bay area once before so it should be a fun weekend getaway.
Next year we’re planning a road trip for about a week through Bavaria/southern Germany. It’s going to be a different trip for us (usually stick to big cities) so we’re both excited and scared!
Then next Thanksgiving 2018 (notice how most trips are planned around holidays when we have days off…) we want to go to Paris and London for a week. We were actually planning on doing that this year but had an impromptu trip to Tokyo over Labor Day so it was postponed.
Other trips on our list for the future include Italy (Venice, Rome, Florence), China/Taiwan, Korea at some point… I would also love to return to Hawaii (we had our honeymoon there).
Post # 32
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
CO in December, NYC in April and then a Mediterranean cruise in June!
Post # 33
This year we went to Paris, Barcelona, Budapest and Croatia and now we’ve run out of days. Next year we have only planned Berlin in January and we’ve yet to decide where we’re going in the summer months but we’re hopefully going to spend Christmas in New York, which will be our first Christmas together.
2019 will be great for trips though as we have India and the Maldives for our honeymoon and a trip to Japan with friends.
I wish I had more holidays from work so I could take more trips!
Post # 34
We’re in Mauritius now.
Hoping to do Portugal next year. Also hoping to move to the Netherlands next year so we will see. 🙏🏼🙏🏼
Post # 35
spilledmilk : omg the ten days of vacation sucks! I’m finally getting my third week next year so I’m hoping to take a big trip in 2019, just don’t know where yet. Your 2018 sounds amazing!
FutureDrAtkins : I love NYC so much! I need to get back there! I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise, hoping to get on one in 2019. How long is the Mediterranean one you’re going on?
We went to Playa Mujeres and the Grand Canyon/Sedona/Phoenix areas this year. Both for weddings. That combined with visiting our families for a week at Christmas exhausted our vacation. Next year we are going to Houston for yet another wedding. Once we add in our yearly holiday family visit I have roughly nine vacation days so I’ve already started trying to decide where we should go. Probably one week long vacation (maybe late winter to get away from snow?) and a long weekend.
I just hate how our vacation time from work limits our travel! I think having a third week will really help out.
Post # 36
We are hoping to go on a weekend cruise looking forward to it.
Post # 37
spilledmilk : MrsBeck : I don’t know how or why American’s put up with their working conditions, seriously everyone would strike here if presented with your leave options alone, it would be civil war if it was everything you guys allow.
I am retiring early at the end of 2018 so will be spending the first half of the year using my leave entitlements up at full pay (long service leave and recreation leave) and then going part time for the rest of the year so we have a crap load of holidays planned. First is a trip to Canada for my cousin’s wedding and some snowboarding in Jan with a week in Playa del carmen on the way back home (Australia to Canada is a very long chain of flights), in March we are hitting the Great Barrier Reef area for a week, then in April we are doing a cruise around the South Pacific, a friend’s 40th birthday in Fiji in May and two weeks in Thailand in June/July.
We are currently trying to convince my husband’s family to do a cruise for next Christmas as well since his parent’s live in a very popular tourist location and it costs all us kids at least $600pp for airfares to all be crammed into a hot crowded house for a week. My husband’s step dad is English and insists on cooking a full roast dinner despite it being in the high 30’s (celcius) which makes things worse. This way at least we all have space and a roast dinner minus the hard work!
Post # 38
MrsBeck : spilledmilk : 10 days vacation sucks so much. I get 28 plus an additional 8 days bank holiday, plus lieu time… I don’t know what I’d do if I only had 10 days! OH gets 20 days plus the 8 bank holidays (and can take additional time unpaid) and we seriously struggle with that (esp as 5 days have to be taken at Xmas). We usually work around it by trying to tie trips in with bank holidays (eg Easter weekend we get Friday-Monday off paid so if we extend a day either side we can go for 5 nights/6 days but only book 2 days).
Post # 39
j_jaye : OK so I’m British and like a roast dinner but F cooking one in 30 plus degree heat lol; it’s strictly a winter thing for me!
Whereabouts in Playa del Carmen are you looking at staying? All inc or non? Have you been before?
Post # 40
dreamreve1 : Portugal is amazing. Went last summer for 13 nights and had a fab time. The food is awesome and SO cheap!
Post # 41
barbie86 : I know right! At least my parents cook the roast dinner outside on the BBQ (lid down is the same as an oven)!
We have been to Mexico before but not Playa del carmen. We are shouting some family who can never afford to take vacations but have saved hard to attend the wedding so we went the all inclusive route so they didn’t have to put their hands in their pockets once there. We ended up picking the Sandos Playacar for price, great reviews and their kindness towards animals (they even have a vegan restaurant at their sister resort which we can use). My husband and I detest AI’s so we will be sucking it up for the sake of everyone else. We plan to get out and explore and have a list of vegan friendly restaurants so we can get our fill of authentic Mexican (as opposed to Americanised AI food).
Post # 42
When I lived in San Diego, I used to run over to Mexico all the time, just on a whim. Of course, I didn’t go further than Baja on day trips. I can’t begin to catalog the number of lobster and margarita-fueled adventures I had south of the border.
The one trip I made below Baja was to Mazatlan. The guy I was seeing (casually) at the moment couldn’t get the time off, so I went alone. Talk about a great time! I met a super nice guy from Tuscson and we had a lovely weekend. He pursued me after the vacation as well. I have some fun memories of that little outing.
Dh gets plenty of PDOs, but any traveling we do right now is going to involve three German Shepherds.
I’m in awe at the amazing trips some of the Bees have been on.
Post # 43
sassy411 : I love Mexico. I backpacked around it in my 20’s and up until then didn’t know that tequila came in flavours, it wasn’t very popular yet in Australia. The beaches, the food, the people and culture.
We have cats that are medicated so I understand the pain of having pets that come with costly minding fees. It costs us $50 for two quick visits by a pet sitter so we often have to pay out more than our accommodation in Asia if we want a two week trip to Bali or the like.
Post # 44
j_jaye : I remember you saying about this now! The Sandos is actually one I’ve looked at previously, it looks lovely. And it’s very eco-friendly. We did all inclusives quite a few years running for ease and value-for-money; not going to lie, I’m loving going ‘a la carte’ but it it so much more work lol. Done a few pretty intense trips in the last few years which have been amazing, but tiring in terms of organisation.
Whereabouts in Australia are you from? We visited recently for my friend’s wedding and drove from Melbourne to Moonta over 4 nights, had 9 nights in Moonta, where she lives, then 1 night Adelaide and 3 nights/4 days Melbourne. Would give so much to be able to live there.
Post # 45
Also, I love more ‘off the beaten track’ trips. One of my favourites was when we went to Punta Cana for the second time and decided to visit Santo Domingo for 2 nights. Pretty much everyone advised we take a guided tour or taxi (apparently it was dangerous and we might get stabbed.. We pointed out that someone had been stabbed to death a week earlier in a shopping centre near us), but nope, we took the regular coach with the locals. Very interesting journey (one of my favourite moments being my husband telling me to ‘put the guide book away because we look[ed] like tourists’; because the blonde hair/bright white skin/sunburn/lack of Spanish were really helping us blend in before..! lol) that took 4.5 hours each way. I was a little upset (and humbled) when on the one stop all the women insisted I use the toilet first; I did refuse at first but they were offended and insistent so I graciously accepted.
Santo Domingo was amazing and I was so glad we made the effort to go. Very few other tourists were there independently and it just felt very ‘real’.
Guess what I’m trying to say is all inclusives definitely have their draw backs, but for us it’s often way cheaper than a more independent trip and you can then still go off resort should you choose. The trip I’m referring to cost a grand total of £1500pp (approx. $2070 pp) for 2 weeks at the all inclusive, return flights (direct) from London UK, private taxi transfers, hotel in Santo Domingo, and spending money. When you consider that 10 nights in Italy (2 hours away) cost about the same, yeah..