(Closed) One Last Trip… Need Suggestions!

posted 6 years ago in Married Life
  • poll: Help! Where would you go?
    Spain & Portugal : (10 votes)
    19 %
    Italy & Switzerland : (7 votes)
    13 %
    Italy & Croatia : (9 votes)
    17 %
    England & Ireland : (4 votes)
    7 %
    Chile (DH is an avid skiier--would be in summer) : (9 votes)
    17 %
    Germany & France : (4 votes)
    7 %
    Costa Rica : (9 votes)
    17 %
    Other - Please Leave a Comment! : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Ideally, how long would your trip be?

    Post # 5
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I vote South America! Over the course of 2 weeks, you could probably see two or three countries for a reasonable price. 

    From my personal experience, South America seems a bit harder to navigate with children, while Europe is easier for both the children and parents. 

    Since Italy is more accessible to your Darling Husband, it will probably be easier to bring your kids with you once you start your family. Also, I always think it’s so much fun to go somewhere that neither person has been to before! 

     

    Post # 6
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Costa Rica is gorgeous and there is a ton to do!

    I also think Italy would be awesome and I would probably couple it with Croatia over Switzerland because I like going to places a bit more outside the norm.

    Post # 7
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    4109 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Costa Rica or Germany/France.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    My Fiance has been to Chile about 15 times (His family lives there) and he says is nice, but not too much to do. I voted Germany. I think if your going on a big trip, then you should go far away! But pretty much any where you go you will have a great time!

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @jjblog2011:  I think you makes some good points! I agree!

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee

    Darling Husband and I also value travel and have put a couple of places on our pre-TTC list (the two you mentioned in your post but did not include in the voting to be exact). Honestly, if this is your last big couple trip, I think you should go big and plan for Africa. I started looking into safaris in South Africa specifically and noted that many do not allow children under 6, and all (that I saw) refused children under 4. Which means, that assuming you only have 1 child you could not realistically do that for the next 7 years or you would need to leave the children at home. So, I chose other and I think you should pland for one of your big wants even if it means skipping ski weekends this winter.

    That being said, I’ll address the options in your poll for good measure. Spain and Portugal are child friendly but currently both economies are a bit in the air, especially Spain. In 2 weeks time a lot may change int he Euro Zone but at the moment Spain is potentially in a serious downward spiral of over extended credit. 

    Italy and Switzerland – I love this idea and would highly recommend renting a car and driving over the Gothard pass through the Alps in the summer. Lake Como is also a nice location in Italy that may be new for your husband? Again, this could be done with children but maybe you could make a really great adult road trip out of the combo. Be aware that eating outi n Switzerland is insanely expensive. $100 per person should be expected at a sit down restaurant. Switzerland topped the 2012 Big Mac index and a value meal at McDonalds will set you back 13 CHF. 

    England and Ireland – depends what you want to do in these countries. This to me is more of a city trip as you could realistically base yourself in the capital in each country and access several attractions. I therefore, see this as the most boring of your choices. Although the flight will prob. come in as most affordable. 

    Chile – I’ve never been but it seems you want to go for skiing so I guess this is seasonal.

    Germany and France – I am biased as I live in Germany but I think this could be a fun combo allowing you to see a variety of large and small cities in a realitively close proximity thus fitting a lot into a small amount of time. Depending on what you want to do these are both very child freindly countries. Even if you want to do a wine region tour, both countries have lots of spring/summer wine festivals which are kid-friendly. Berlin is awesome and has the feel of London or New York which is different than the rest of Grmany and France, even Paris. August would eb a great time to visit both of these countries. FLights are cheapest in Winter and there is also great alpine skiing nearby if you choose to go this route I would suggest early December to enjoy Germany’s Christmas markets and take a weekend to go skiing in Switzerland (or Austria if you want cost effective).

     

    Costa Rica – I’ve also never been here and think it would be a good option, just have no personal experience. 

     

    Have fun with whichever you choose!

     

     ETA: Sorry, I didn’t intend to write a novel.

     

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I agree that my vote (Chile) is to do something that would be more difficult with kids – and I think it will be easier to do Europe with them. Plus in general the dollar goes pretty far in SAmerica so that’s something to consider. What if you paired Chile with another country in South America?

    ETA I just read the last comment about Africa – if you can swing it, do that!! Check out Jetsetter or Luxury Link for deals.

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee

    Check out http://motswari.co.za/index.php?page=accommodation in South Africa. If I got the exchange rate correct, I think it’s just about $120 USD per couple per night and that includes 2 daily game drives and food. That’s cheaper than a Paris hotel in a crappy location. I am sure the flight is what will increase the price to South Africa as I honestly haven to had the time to do more detailed research. Darling Husband went 2 years ago and paid almost $1000 for a round trip flight out of FRA and that was not the most expensive but US (East Coast) to Europe is like $900 August 2012 and $700 Dec. WE hope to go to SA in October. 

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