- I pick the place. Sometimes, I give him a couple of choices.
- I decide on the dates. I run them past him so that he can confirm that they work with his crazy schedule.
- I book the tickets and hotel accommodations. This part drives me nuts because I am determined to get the best price available, so I often book, cancel, book, and cancel. Sometimes I have rooms reserved at multiple hotels as back-ups. It is hard to keep up with all, but I keep each trip organized in a 3-ring binder (Of course, I do. I'm Brandie!).
|Most recent vacation (Mexico, March 2013)|
Cruising usually takes a lot of the guess work out of planning a vacation because the ship offers excursions. However, excursions from European ports are PRICEY, so I have been trying to weigh our options. An added stressor is that many of the ports where the cruise ships dock are 1-2 hours from the actual cities on the cruise itinerary. I am using Rick Steves' cheat sheet for guidance on the decision to book with the ship or do it on our own. Normally, Don and I would just head out on our own adventure, but buses, trains, subways, and taxis in a strange, non-English speaking city with a child at your side complicates things a bit.
The days are ticking away - and so are my nerves - as I try to figure out how to move our family of three around for two weeks in multiple countries and cities, while ensuring that everyone has a good time, that we see everything we want to see, and that we get back to the ship before it departs each day.
Don isn't stressed at all. I keep trying to show him my binder. He hates my binder. He thinks we can just "wing it." It doesn't work like that. I hate waste - especially wasted time...and food - and I don't want to spend all of my vacation time stressing out about what to do each day. I gotta have a plan, so that's what I've been up to during my "downtime." Planning a trip to Europe with a five year old and a disinterested husband in tow!