About two months ago Howie and I decided we should go on a vacation. My plot to have Howie catch the travel bug via our honeymoon in August was an overwhelming success. He now dreams wildly about all sorts of places he’d like to go such as China, Japan, Australia, more Europe, and down South. (I still haven’t been able to convince him we should go to Africa quite yet but all that’s all in good time my dears, all in good time).
Since we are trying to be somewhat responsible with money we decided that a big trans-oceanic, multi-thousand trip would be out of the picture. So Europe, Australia, Asia… you’ll have to wait a little longer for Mr. and Mrs. Martin to make their debut. Instead, we decided we’d head down south, where many fellow Canadians go to escape the grasp of Jack Frost. Now that we knew which direction we were headed, we had to decide where and how. All-inclusive? Cruising? Caribbean? Islands? Mexico? Cuba? So many choices.
(Driving home from work one weeknight) Howie: We need to make a decision. What are we going to do? Cheryl: I'm open to pretty much anything. If I had to choose, I'd like to go somewhere that has some history to it. Not just beach. Howie: I agree. Plus, I hate being hot. Cheryl: Well... if we are going down south it's going to be hot. Howie: I know I just mean I hate roasting on a beach all day I want to see something. Cheryl: Ok well did you like the cruises we were looking at? Howie: You know I'd love to go on a cruise. But they were a little over our budget don't you think? Cheryl: Yeah.... I mean, if we wanted to stay in budget we should just go to an all-inclusive. With cruises you always get that awful bill at the end for all the alcohol and excursions you had. Howie: You mean all the alcohol YOU had. Cheryl: Yes, yes whatever. It's all just every expensive. Howie: Yah, I know. But I just love cruises. Cheryl: Me too. (Pause) Cheryl: Should we just book it? Howie: We could. I mean, it will only make us like $1,000 over- budget and really, what's $1,000 over the span of a lifetime? Cheryl: Not much really. Howie: Exactly. Cheryl: Plus, when we are old and dying, do we want to say, "Oh boy. I was able to pay off school loans about 1 year earlier because I didn't travel that April in 2012." Or, do we want to be able to say, "That was a kick-a** vacation we took in April 2012! Thank goodness we went on that! And look, our student loans have been paid off for decades even though we still went on that vacation!" Howie: We definitely want to be able to say the second thing. Plus,"And look, Howie still has a full head of hair!" Cheryl: Yah, and if we don't go now, it will be harder and harder to go away once we start having kids and stuff. Howie: Yah, I mean, I can barely leave Monica at her groomers, how would I be able to leave kids for weeks? Cheryl: Well I still want to vacation after we have kids Howie. But anyways, let's just do it! Howie: Yah we're young. It's not like we don't have time to recover from the cost of this trip. Cheryl: Yah, if we don't do impulsive things now, we can't be as reckless once we get older.
We had come to such a high place of freedom and “live-life now” that we had convinced each other within a matter of seconds we should just splurge and go for the cruise. Then a few days later at a wedding, we started talking to some friends that were planning on vacationing at the exact same time we were planning to vacation. Coincidence?
They were planning on an all-inclusive. Something within our original budget.
They were planning to go with another couple, did we want to join?
We decided that this had to be a sign. A way to go on a vacation within a budget, have an awesome time with other couples, and still see some amazing historical landmarks by choosing a country with some history. And so, after a little back and forth the six of us decided that the Mayan Riviera was the place for us! An adults-only, all-inclusive, ancient Mayan ruin adjacent, paradise of a vacation awaits us!
Now…. I have about six weeks to get my body in bikini condition. Ay ca rumba!