As much as I'd like to rush the rest of Winter, I am not planning to rush spring and summer. Still, we are though thinking October in terms of a 30th anniversary get away. Knowing we really want to do a big trip summer of 2018, and with the new cabin being ready for full maximization this summer, we decided we probably will not do Yellow Stone this year after all, and put the money toward 2018. However, it has been four years since DH and went away without kids, a late 25th anniversary trip. Instead of splurging on a major trip, we've decided we are going to do a Door County, Wisconsin trip. I spent some time early Sunday morning looking at options. So far, there seems to be plenty of rooms, so we do not have to book yet, but generally we are looking at a three night, four day get away, less than five hours from home.
I think it is reasonable that we can do the trip for $800, half of what we would have spent going to Yellow Stone (on the cheap) allowing for a few nice meals out, plus combining some thriftiness of booking a hotel with breakfast included, and a fridge to stock some evening drinks. I think we might be the only couple from Minnesota or Wisconsin that hasn't done a Door County trip, so I'm very excited, despite the relatively close proximity to home. The colors and weather should be gorgeous. We need to decide if we should book over the weekend our daughter is off school, and see if it would work for her to stay with our daughter, who lives on route, or book when she is on school so the dog has a friendly face at home. I'm sure my niece would be happy to stay with her.
I love get aways, but don't feel I need to always travel far far away. Our budget can't sustain both type right now anyway, so compromising is necessary. While we don't travel as much as I would like, in the last 10 years we have experienced a lot, including 2008-2010 when DH was unemployed and underemployed.
2007 Western Caribbean Cruise-whole family
2008 Minnesota North Shore, water park stay combined with college tours
2009 Florida with just the girls (DS was on a spring break with his college friends)
2010 Milwaukee (to see kids, and long weekend at zoo and museums)
2011 Wisconsin Dells (spring) and Summer North Shore trip
2012 Black Hills South Dakota
2013 Eastern Caribbean (DH and me for late 25th)
2014 London, UK trip (DH, DD2, and me-DD1 there for school) with day trips to Cardiff and Paris
2015 Washington DC and Virginia (DH, DD2 and me)
2016 Alaska Cruise (whole family)
doesn't include work travel, sports and school overnights, college
graduations and weddings away from home, kids mission trips or other on
their own, camps, or cabin weeks and long weekends. We have been
fortunate, and thinking about this list brings me a lot of smiles and