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Planning for the Holidays

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Mid October and I am already thinking about Christmas.  Not the holiday planning but the holiday planning.  You know the kind of planning I am thinking of - who is going where, when and for how long over Christmas.  Daughters coming home from college and my autistic son staying busy while keeping the anticipation of Santa at bay.  All prime for multiple meltdowns.

I think this year I will go about things differently.  I think that I am going to keep my ...

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Disney Again

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

For Christmas, my autistic son asked to visit Walt Disney World again.  It had been four years since our last visit and I truly doubted that I could afford it this year.  With a great deal of research using the WDW website and anything I could find, I came to these financial absolutes -- ticket prices don't change or discount for anything.  Yes, you could spend a day at sales pitch for a ticket but that was one day wasted on your vacation.  Also, their resort ...

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The Joys of Packing

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

As any parent know packing for a vacation is like a puzzle.  How do you fit it all into a tiny carryon for the plane?

Some of you may say, well just check your bags.  But for my thrifty budget, I am unwilling to pay the additional 40 (there and back) on top of the airline fee.  And there is the problem with space in a rental car - or even your car.  Put it all in there and then some kids and you barely have room to turn around let alone reach for the navigation contr...

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Yes, it has been awhile . ..

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Yes, it has been awhile since I posted a blog.  Frankly I do have a great deal to write about but lack the motivation.  Until now.

Something unique happened to me on a recent trip to New York City.  I was there with family for my standard medical appointment - let's see if Mom's cancer returned - when out of boredom I spotted an interesting poster on the subway.  The poster was promoting the city's "Summer Streets" where they close Park Avenue for three straight Satu...

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Travel Math Two

Posted on October 28, 2011 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

 

For my own quiet week of vacation, I am flying to San Francisco for $300 on the red eye.  I considered staying in hotels and renting a car. Two star hotels run about $100 per night and a car rental is 250.  That would be $1200.  I wasn’t in love with this idea because it meant making a reservation and plan in general.  I hoped to travel freely without an agenda.  If I wanted to stay somewhere longer, I could without penalty.  I also wanted to s...

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Travel Math

Posted on October 12, 2011 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Here is thefirst of two truth articles. The bottom line.  How much does it cost?

In June, we vacationed on the Outer Banks.  I discovered years ago that renting a placeon the beach is totally dependent on the real estate principal – location, location, and location.  While location can determine the price, you may not want to stay where it is affordable.


For example, I prefer national parks, outdoors, few people,and slow pace.  My sister...

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Time for Myself

Posted on October 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

My husband thinks I have gone off the deep end.  I asked if we could arrange the schedules so that I could take a week off by myself to travel.  By yourself?  Yes, a whole week by myself.  Some of you may be scratching your heads.  I imagine most of you are saying to yourself -- ah, a whole week without the kids to do what I when I want where I want.  Heaven.


He agreed.  Such a good man.  I knew that I had to schedule it early because ...

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Planning for Summer?

Posted on March 10, 2011 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (4)

We are in the process of planning our summer vacation.  I just sent a deposit on a house in the Outerbanks of North Carolina.  Ouch!  Yet, still as affordable as we could make it.  By working the seasons and flexing my childrens' schedule, we were able to take advantage of a nice house without the high summer week rates.


My bucket list includes a trip back to the Outter Banks.  As a family we have always the quiet, slow pace of the barrier island.&#...

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The Roar

Posted on February 26, 2010 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The slope of the path required chains anchored into the sandy rock.  Water poured down the rock not unlike those wall fountains in building lobbies.  The difference here was the steel chains were ice cold and the sand filled water poured down on our heads and inside our shirts.  We pressed against the rock and slowly edged our way across the slippery path.  Half way my daughter panicked.  She refused to move another foot - a literal foot.  My husband had taken ou...

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Taste of Adventure

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 11:19 PM Comments comments (0)

The kids were anxious. Antsy and anxious.  They wantedmore excitement and challenge. Adventure.  So far our hikes weresafe and easy for them.  For me, theywere a stretch and exciting.  Of course,my physical challenges are far greater.

 

For our third day, we decided that my daughters would choosethe days activities.  I provided maps,park newspaper and tour books.  Theypoured over them and selected the hike to hidden canyon.  Hidden...

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