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Contemplating trips this year

January 13th, 2017 at 02:27 pm

Last year was a kind of crazy travel year.

- I made 2 trips (January and April) to Va. to see my and AS's folks (once just with the kids, once with AS and the kids)

- NT, AS and I traveled to NY for my 20-year college reunion at the beginning of June

- The whole family traveled to UK (Exeter) at the end of June for 2 weeks (and NT, AS and I took an extra trip to Oxford & from there to Barcelona without the kids)

Fun, but it really added up! I'd say we spent $15K-$20K on travel alone last year.

So when NT asked me about trips at the end of the year -- even though he was only talking about a weekend at a cabin -- I kind of ran away from the idea. I wanted this year to be focused on home improvement.

But now that the sticker shock of last year is wearing off, I've quickly warmed to the idea of some travel this year -- albeit nowhere near what we did last year in terms of cost!

So vague plans include:

- A cabin trip somewhere in MN or WI -- maybe 5 days or so?

- A family trip to Va. with maybe some day trips for NT (and maybe AS and the kids) to other attractions (I'll be planning to spend most of my time in my parents' living room with my mostly immobile mom, but I know that'd drive NT nuts)

- A solo trip for each of the adults?!? This came up kind of weirdly; NT had proposed the idea of an overnight trip to Chicago with some of his friends to see a show, which AS and I agreed to, with me half-joking that I assumed if we let him do that, I'd be entitled to a trip to see my favorite band on tour at some point.

He's now doubting whether he'll do it -- but in the meantime, my favorite band announced they're playing in NYC in late March. I was thinking more like Wisconsin when I said I'd be entitled to a trip in return, but AS suggested I could have my bday gift money put toward an NYC trip, and then it wouldn't cost us as much from shared spending. So I'm kind of thinking about it.

NT was shocked when he learned that we'd assumed his trip would come out of shared spending (and thus why we thought we'd be entitled to trips ourselves). I guess I assumed he'd never be able to afford the trip on shared spending so it was implied in his request. He was more like "What would make me ever assume that it wouldn't have to come out of my own money?" Ha! I guess I am that much of a ballbuster when it comes to frivolous spending. I should be glad he didn't assume that.

What I didn't know at the time he asked was that round trip bus to Chicago is only $40 per person and he'd been planning to go in on a hotel room with his friends. So the trip he'd been planning actually would be super-cheap and probably doable on his spending allowance.

But now the genie's out of the bottle and we're all kind of dreaming of our own solo trips, so we may go ahead and go through with it. We'll see. Dunno -- I've never wanted a trip without them before, but I'm just that obsessed with this band! Plus I have lots of friends in NYC I'd love to see -- and I could probably crash with someone and not have to pay for a hotel.

7 Responses to “Contemplating trips this year”

  1. jokeabee Says:

    Which band?! My favorite band (Less Than Jake) is our tour but the closest they will be near me on a weekend is 6 hours away. I am torn-I haven't seen them in nearly 9 years, but I don't want to spend money on a hotel! The tickets themselves aren't too bad, I just wish they were playing closer and/or somewhere where I knew someone.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    The Cactus Blossoms. They're very old-timey, just my style. Smile They're a local band, though they've gotten some attention outside of MN. They're doing a tour in Europe right now! My UK friends are going to see them in Oxford on Wednesday.

    Here's their music video if you're curious:

    https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=0kWEfeRjS7E

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    Since my husband and I met very young (in college) and we had our own things, we never ended up traveling together. (Our honeymoon might have been our first trip together? After 5 years together). So when we cut our income in half and had kids, it always seemed to make more sense to travel separately. Cost less, and easier to find a place to crash for just one (versus four). All this to say, it sounds smart! & FUN!

  4. My English Castle Says:

    Ooh--I like them. If you haven't been to Milwaukee, I'd recommend it for a fun cheap trip to see them. I'll plug you into my fav spots.

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Thanks! If they play there I'll definitely consider it! Never been to Milwaukee, so that would be cool too.

  6. terri77 Says:

    I first visited Milwaukee last fall. I enjoyed it. Very nice town.

  7. pjmama Says:

    Traveling alone is such a different experience than traveling with others - it's something that I really enjoy, and I'm hoping to take a solo trip somewhere soon as well Smile

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