Life Messes With My Vacation Plans

Early November to May weather in Chicago. No, really, it snowed on Halloween and last April.

I already mentioned that we are passing on our latest dream vacation: Southeast Asia. Instead, we have decided to jet off somewhere warm the first weeks of February, March, and April. I know what you are thinking: Isn’t it warm in April. NO! April is the beginning of the last third of winter here in Chicagoland. That week, we are planning a trip to Houston to see family and then on to Mechanicsburg, PA, for Passover seder with the other side of the family.

Did you ever notice that places you don’t consider tourist destinations are expensive to fly to? Four hundred dollars to fly to Harrisburg, PA?!?!?!?!? Four-fifty to get to El Paso!?!?!? And I don’t get to check a bag and I have to sit in the back of the tiny plane? Yuck. I really want to go to Big Bend, but we may end up folding it into a roadtrip.

OK, that leads me to the toughest decision. I really want to go to Big Bend, but I really don’t want to spend $450 a person flying to El Paso. I think that’s off the table, but then where to? Somewhere warm, but not expensive. San Diego? Tucson? We need a place with reliable, fast WiFi so Steven can “work.” We’re still pondering that one. Steven has to work during the week, so we want to go somewhere that I will have things to do, unless I manage to find some work. Anyone looking for freelance writing or editing? I’m your woman!

We did get the February trip solidified. We are headed back to Costa Rica courtesy of our friends Karl and Guiselle, who have moved to Playa Flamingo from Arenal.  Can’t go wrong with sun, surf, and friends. I don’t know if it will work out, but I may have to try scuba again. Plus, I have been Duolingoing for a while, so maybe I will even be able to speak to someone in Spanish. This time, I want to see turtles.

I am excited to go to Houston, not because I like Houston, but it’s been more than a year since I have seen my brother, sis-in-law, niece, and nephew. Way too long. It’s more fun to spoil them in person and it will almost be our niece’s birthday. Crazy aunt and uncle fun time!


I’m Struggling Here

I know it’s only Halloween (boo!), but I am already trying to figure out what to do for winter break. I’m probably traveling solo since Steven has a lot of work and won’t be able to get away. Part of me is thinking, “Yay, I haven’t traveled solo unless it was to visit a friend, for a few years.” The other part of me is thinking, “Boo! We just got married and we are spending Thanksgiving apart (that’s another story) so maybe I should stay home.”

I’ve been toying with heading to Big Bend National Park and maybe hanging out in Marfa for a day or two, but do I want to do it solo? I could head to a beach, but that just sounds blah, I’m not a lay on the beach person–although I may feel differently once we have a few below-freezing days. Maybe a yoga retreat? but those tend to be booked early and aren’t exactly budget vacations. I could go back to Mt. Peale Animal Sanctuary; however, flying to Grand Junction (the closest airport) isn’t cheap. Really, flying anywhere at winter break isn’t cheap.  Wah, wah, wah. I know I have nothing to complain about, but I love to dream of travel and my dreams are feeling a bit thin right now.

Updates to come in the next few weeks as I either come up with a brilliant plan or decide to stay home with my sweetie.