We need a BREAK!
January 24, 2011 by Alison
I hope I didn’t scare you…
We are not breaking from HowDoesShe? Oh my…I need my daily dose of it!
A break from laundry, cooking, chores, dishes, dusting… (I am sure you can fill in the rest of the dots!).
Our family just needed a break.
We wanted to go swimming, eat out, lay around, play games and hang out with each other.
(Wait...I want to hear what you do for cheap vacations too. It’s always good to have the next idea in mind!)
We wanted/needed to get out, but we didn’t have a ton of cash…so we set out with a goal to vacation for under $60! (Staying at the in-laws was not allowed either).
After a bit of ‘googling’ we found:
a budget perfect vacation!
- First and foremost. A Hotel Scavenger Hunt. $5 for the hotel lobby candy prize. Here is a pdf to the FREE Hotel Scavenger Hunt. There really are a lot of fire extinguishers in a hotel!
- Priceline Hotels We managed to get a 5 star hotel for $35 (that is really a fun site) in down town! January and February have some sweet deals! (I just put in what I would pay and one took my $35 bid).
- Restaurant.com Hello…cheap dinner! We paid $2.00 for our dinner coupon making our dinner ticket to be around $10 for the 6 of us (**note 2 are under the age of 2…so they really don’t count when it comes to a ‘meal’)
We planned on getting there at 5pm. Our goals were to swim in a heated pool, enjoy our wonderfully cheap dinner, jump on the bed, have a hotel scavenger hunt, and laugh together. Oh ya, watching a movie and sleeping in were 2 huge goals on our list! Family time in the middle of winter for under $60!
We got to the hotel at 6:30…no biggie, only 1 1/2 hours late. The swimming pool was closed for the winter, humm I guess I should have called on that before hand! I forgot the restaurant coupon so we had to pay $42 for burgers and french fries (that were burnt).
BUT, we did jump on the beds and the kids had ‘a rockin’ time with the scavenger hunt. Did we get to the watch a movie…nope. Our little squirts decided to start screaming and wake each other up. There was no sleep happening. After 4 hours of battling 2 screaming kids out in the parking lot because we were afraid we were going to wake up the other vacationers, we decided it was time to pack up and head home. After loading all the kids in the car and pulling out of the hotel parking lot at 1 am, our oldest girl said half way asleep, “There is no place like home. I’m glad we are going home.”
In the morning at breakfast, our other daughter sleepily said that it was one of her best vacations.
So why am I telling you this story for one of my posts?
Umm…to show you the cute kids jumping on the bed?
No, it’s so you can get out and take a break! For cheap! Hey, Valentine’s Day is coming up. That would be a huge surprise for the family…or for the hubby(YAY!!)
I would LOVE to hear what vacations you’ve done for cheap.