This past weekend I spent many hours planning the details of a family trip with my grandparents.
Neither of them have traveled very much (grandma’s first flight was last year when my grandparents came to NYC to visit bf and I for Christmas) and we’ve never been on a family vacation together. Both of them are healthy and pretty adventurous (for 80-year-olds!) so I think we’re going to give Mexico a try. I’ve never been to Mexico and neither has the bf, so this is probably going to be quite the adventure. I’ve also never seen either of my grandparents in shorts or a bathing suit, so this could be pretty horrifying and entertaining all at the same time.
anal retentive detail oriented and cheap frugal, it’s important to me that every detail of the trip is planned perfectly. As you’d probably imagine, this makes trip planning pretty stressful for me. Basically I hate it when things are out of my control, and vacations are usually completely out of my control (the irony). The flights, the hotels and the food can be planned to a certain extent, but the majority of those factors can’t be control once you’re “on the road.”
What does that mean? Well, basically it means that I stayed up most of the night on Saturday worrying about planning this trip.
Here’s a vague outline of what my crazed thought process looked like:
- My grandparents would probably like to go on a cruise, but departing from NYC in the winter means “losing” several days to the cold on both ends of the trip.
- Called grandparents, confirmed that they’d be fine with not doing a cruise.
- Check average temperatures of Cancun in February.
- Check Expedia, kayak and jet blue travel sites (among many many others) for package deals.
- Check reviews of each hotel/resort offered as part of the package.
- Check hotel amenities and guesstimate local food/restaurant prices.
- Check reviews of local restaurants.
- Find local attractions and activities that would be fun/age appropriate for my grandparents (no zip-lining this trip!)
- Compare package deal prices with individual flight and hotel prices to figure out if the package deal is really cheaper (this includes changing the dates of the trip and the departure airports multiple times, to figure out what’s cheapest and most convenient).
- Make sure dog sitter (a dear friend) is available the week we’d want to go.
- Check what travel insurance will cover if someone gets sick.
Yes I understand that planning a beautiful getaway isn’t exactly something to get stressed out about. I guess I just feel a lot of pressure to make sure that this trip is really fun and really memorable for them. Tough problem to have right? Yeah I know, #FirstWorldProblems. Right now we’re considering staying at the Westin Spa and Resort in Cancun. It has a mixture of good and bad reviews, but the nightly rates are inexpensive and the reviews of the beach and pools are excellent (which is what matters most to us since we won’t be in the room most of the time anyway). We debated on all-inclusive vs not and have decided that we’ll probably just pay as we go. We’re not big drinkers and we’d like to explore a little bit of the area outside of the hotel, so we’d be offsite for a bunch of the meals anyway.
So that’s where we are right now. Excuse me while I go breathe into a brown paper bag…
Do you get stressed planning trips? Do you use a particular travel site to get good deals? Have you been to Mexico?
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