Thursday, January 16, 2014

On Travel

As I look out the picture window that I've moved my desk in front of (Scott accused me of bogarting the sunshine), I see snow flurries start to fly.  Again.

This is the time of year that for the past few, we've had a sunny trip planned.  San Diego when I was pregnant with Cora.  Walt Disney World when I was pregnant with Lily and Cora was almost 2.  Walt Disney World again when Cora was almost 3 and Lily was 8 months old.

I mentioned awhile back that we (I) were considering a Disney Cruise.  It just isn't going to work out, at least for this Winter.  Mary's having her baby sometime within the next few weeks and I'd like to make sure I'm around for that.

I noticed that after becoming a parent, traveling has become quite a bit more difficult.  More to pack.  More to plan.  More money.

I used to think that I wanted to be a travel agent.  I've done lots of research for friends' trips.  I LOVE the details that go into planning a trip.  The pain in the ass details like trying to find train times that will get Bekah from Paris to Luxembourg (or was it the other way around?).  Loved.  It.  Even when my roommate from grad school would gTalk message me logistics questions while she was getting her bearings in France - I LOVED IT.

Now, just give me the easiest trip possible.  I'm exhausted.  I want everything taken care of for me.  That's why we've ended up at Disney the past few years.

Disney isn't cheap.  Even for a cheapskate like me, Disney isn't cheap.  Our big price-saver was not planning on going to the parks every day we were there.  We had 5 day trips planned and only went to the parks 2 days each time.  That saved about $200 per day.

Disney is easy though.  Once you drop your luggage at your airport, you don't have to touch it again until it shows up at your hotel room.  You ride a charter bus (included in the price of your room) from the airport to your room.  There are tons of restaurants, shopping and activities.  You don't have to rent a car.

Cora's loved airports since this first brush with them almost two years ago.

Just easy.

I'm currently toying with the idea of doing Disney without going to any of the parks.  Cora's aged out of being free for park entry, so it would be even more money each day we went into a park.  The kids are young enough that we didn't actually ride many rides/see many attractions anyway.

There's plenty to do without entering a park, but is there plenty to do that our family would enjoy?  I probably need to get the Passporter Free-Book: A Guide to Free and Low-Cost Activities at Walt Disney World to fill out my Passporter collection.  Like my BFF that doesn't know he's my BFF Rick Steves says, "A good guidebook is a $30 investment on a $3000 trip."

PS - The Passporter Moms Podcast is one that somehow finds its way into my rotation even when we aren't planning a Disney trip.

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