Meet My Unreasonable Expectations

5 Apr

As the weather has grown warmer, I’ve gotten more and more excited about our upcoming travel plans!  Mr. Beez and I will be going to New York City twice– once for a wedding and once for BlogHer.  Baby Beez will be staying with her grandparents for those trips, and Mr. Beez and I are looking forward to fancy meals in the Big Apple.

We’ve also got a weekend planned at Bear Run Campground with pals (who also have a toddler).  I’m looking forward to taking the kids swimming, and drinking wine and making smores around the campfire!

Mr. Beez has a conference in Philly in June, so Baby Beez and I are going to meet up with him there.  We are very excited about eating lots of snacks at Reading Terminal Market, and setting Baby Beez loose at the Please Touch! Museum.

Visiting the Colosseum in 2009

We have one other long weekend to plan, and don’t quite know where we are going yet.  My mom will be coming into Pittsburgh to spend the long weekend with Baby Beez, so that Mr. Beez and I can have a few days away.  We had our hearts set on going to Paris (because Delta runs a direct flight between Pittsburgh and Paris 4 days a week during the summer), but the airline tickets are around $1200+ each, which is out of our budget.  If they come down, we’ll go there.  Sadly, it is likely they’ll only continue to go up.  We’re watching airline fares, and not in any hurry to make a decision.  If airline tickets remain too high, going to Toronto for the weekend is always an option (that just doesn’t seem as exotic).  This trip is only going to be a long weekend (leave Friday, return Monday), and we want to do a lot with a short amount of time, which makes it all complicated.

If anyone feels like playing travel agent, here are our impossible criteria:

-Airline tickets less than $1000 per person.

-Travel time less than 8 hours each direction, no more than 1 layover (preferably nonstop).  If travel time is any more than that, we won’t have two full days at our actual destination.

-A city we can explore, rather than sitting on the beach.  We’d really like to spend the weekend in a European City –pretty much any European city– but unless airline ticket prices come down, that seems like it won’t happen.

-Somewhere we have not visited before (although it’s been so long since I’ve been to Germany that I’d be more than happy to visit back there).

-Somewhere not in the USA.

I realize it’s highly likely that something is going to have to give.  We still have plenty of time, and I’m not going to pare down priorities until time is running short.

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5 Responses to “Meet My Unreasonable Expectations”

  1. Nancy April 5, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Quebec City? It is my favorite “European City” this side of the Atlantic—with a better exchange rate than actual France!!

  2. Malou April 6, 2012 at 3:28 am #

    Paris is indeed wonderful in spring but with the oil prices only going up, it is impossible for the airfare to go down these days. I hope you and the hubby still make it to a nice European city for a little spring break. 😉

    • BeezusKiddo April 6, 2012 at 7:30 am #

      A few friends recommended Vancouver, BC, and I think we are going to go there. It has a European “feel” but the airline tickets are a lot cheaper (even though it’s not much difference in flight time or mileage).
      We’ll save Paris for a year when the oil prices aren’t so crazy!

  3. Sandy April 6, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Vancouver’s a great idea. I was there on my cross-country trip and wish I’d spent more time there.

    What about flying to London and taking the Eurostar to Paris? Might be cheaper.

    • BeezusKiddo April 6, 2012 at 8:46 am #

      We were looking into Vancouver more last night, and I’m pretty sure that’s where we are going to go. It looks really nice!
      I did check flights to London, actually–it’s the transatlantic part that is expensive. Pretty much anywhere in Europe is around $1200. The Vancouver flights are around $800 though…even though it’s about the same distance and flying time.

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