Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Strange, But True

I like vacations...but I really dislike packing, unpacking, and planning for vacation. It sounds odd, but that is pretty much just the way I am and I am learning there is not much I can do about it. Daniel and I are taking the big step and going on a cruise soon and I am in the throes of trying to get it put together. We never really had any interest in a cruise before, but we went on the River Barge trip with Daniel's parents this past summer and enjoyed it so much, we started thinking about trying a larger body of water.

So, we chose Royal Caribbean after they were highly recommended by almost everyone we asked and we finally chose a specific cruise and got it booked. Now, however, I am trying to work out airfare and a hotel for one night and travel insurance (do we need that?), and transportation and what to bring, and a cat sitter, and lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Why is it so stressful?

It is probably because I am me and I feel that I need to do everything as frugal as possible, which takes extra work. I usually do it out of necessity to stay within our budget, but I will have to be honest, if money wasn't an option, I would probably feel I should still scout for the best price anyway. Then, I feel like I need to become knowledgeable on what I am doing and so I spend time researching everything, which is partly helpful and partly overwhelming. Then, I always feel like there is a time crunch, but again, I could probably have a year to plan and still feel like there were some sort of time limitations. So, that is where I am...looking forward to getting this planning done so that I can look forward to vacation.

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