What to do, oh what to do?
John’s got two weeks of freedom between semesters and one of them will be our vacation week! This is a year for travel since next year there will be exactly ZERO trips… (because hopefully he’ll be starting school, I’ll be preggo and most likely working full time again)
We have Chicago in July for BlogHer and I’m trying to crunch the numbers to see if I can make it to Blogalicious in ATL (with or without my boys) and most likely the holidays in Florida. So those are set.
But this one week in May is giving me hives trying to plan!
Option overload maybe?
Things to consider:
- Cost of course
- Flight vs Road Trip vs Cruise from NYC area
- All inclusive or European Plan
- Distance, if driving that little man can tolerate
- Baby Friendly venues, food, sleeping situation
- Baby care?
- Packing for baby, and subsequent suitcase weight if flying
I had a cruise (Celebrity Summit to Bermuda) booked but cancelled it due to cost. It was on the high end of our budget and I know I find something to do that’s just as good (or better) for less.
A cruise is what I’m still leaning toward because….well, F it, because I just love cruising! And because I’m salty that for an international flight I’d have to pay for a seat for Roey. He can’t just stay in my and John’s lap. That makes me not want to fly out for an all inclusive resort trip.
That brings up other thoughts of….do I even want to fly with him at all? He’s been great on the 4 flights he has done so far, but it’s still a bit of a hassle. Should we do something nearby and save on air fare? I’ve got to decide…and quick!
The Mrs./ The Mom says
We’ve been on a few trips with our baby beginning when he was 2 months old. Once I realized that we never had to pay for him anywhere I resolved that we would do as much as possible and not let “having a baby” hold us back (so to speak). But I’m with you on all those concerns. Luckily wherever we went it was partially paid for by another party as my husband has a pretty good side hustle and people pay him to come perform. This always takes care of his travel arrangements so all we are left to pay for is mine! This year we are tackling Disney and I’m so excited!! My son loves Mickey and I can’t wait to see his face when he realizes it’s all Mickey all the time.
My one suggestion is to rent you baby equipment if you can. This cuts down on the need to pack heavily. BabyTravelPros(dotcom) is a good resources that lets you search by location. I always rent a stroller because I refuse to lug that around an airport, in a cab, or a shuttle bus….wherever. Plus any company I’ve ever dealt with has always been nice, helpful, great customer service, and forthcoming about the safety/use of their items.
Thanks for the tips!! I was gunna buy a cheapie umbrella stroller…i’ll check out renting. I know hotels provide cribs, and a cruise would too. So much to consider!! Sheesh.
We have a lot of family in NYC so we been road tripping there at least once a year. I don’t consider that a vacation because we’re so busy visiting. However, my son is an awful long distance car rider. We’ve considered only making the trip by plane, but now that he’s two and needs his own seat, it’s cheaper to suffer and drive.
Our first family vacation was to Myrtle Beach last September. We live in Upstate SC so it was a road trip, about a 4 1/2 hour drive. We chose to stay in a condo so we’d have a full kitchen and could save on meals. This year we’re leaning towards a road trip to DC. We can take in a baseball game or two and a lot of the attractions/museums are free.
I’m hoping we can take a cruise next year. Our son is now old enough to participate in the kid activities on board. So we’ll be able to vacay as a family and still get some Mommy and Daddy alone time!
Any tips on how to make car rides better? You will LOVE cruising.
Drive at night around his usual bedtime! We usually do that going to our destination. However, coming back, we like to stay in the city as long as we possibly can an end up leaving late morning. Bad habit. DVD players and a couple of stops to get fresh air help.
What fun options! I agree about int’l flying and the kid on the lap – ughhhh. We’re heading back to Nigeria this December this time for 2 weeks instead of 10 days and will have to pay a full fare for Nia. Booooo! Now since cruising I’d say a cruise departing out of NYC would be the way to go. DH’s now obsessed with our next cruise and wants to go out of NYC next year. We’ll see but so far after our cruise we don’t have a family vacation planned unless you count us all going to ATL for Blogalicious – we have family there so it makes sense for us to make a big trip out of it. Also, just DH and I are heading to Vegas for his bday in May. Can’t wait for that! I love planning for vacations – they give me something to look forward to throughout the year! Next year the big vacation I’m looking forward to is returning to Puerto Rico with our family and friends for our 5 year anniversary reunion. I miss PR badly! …Happy planning =)
Nia’s a big girl now, getting her own seat and everything! YAY I knew you’d love cruising. May I humbly suggest April 20th or April 26th 2014….#justsayin… you may see someone you know….:) Have fun in Vegas! We love that town. Funny I was just thinking John and I should do a lil mini cruise for our vow renewal on our 5th anniversary and invite some folks to join us and celebrate, since we didn’t do a full wedding. Oh I’m gunna text you re: Blogalicious.
Windy City Mama says
Our first family vacay was to Miami. V was 1 years old and we put together a whole bag of fun for the plan ride…..and left in to the kitchen counter.
She was fine though. We had a blast!
Can’t wait to see where you decide to go!
Nothing to add really, I just wanted to say I loved the picture. It was really sweet.
We have a four month old and the thought of traveling with him makes my head hurt. All the things you have to consider is very overwhelming…best of luck on making it all come together I look forward to your tips, I know you’ll have some!