Man so, we’ve been thinking about how we really want to take another big vacation in the next few months. Since our honeymoon, we’ve done a quick trip to Boston, a camping trip, and we’re about to go stay at the Paradise Inn up on Mount Rainier this weekend for our one-year wedding anniversary (which in itself will have its own blog post, both the trip and a reflection on our first year of marriage)… But since January, we haven’t really done a BIG trip together.
Let’s back up for a minute and talk about the vacations that we have gone on during our relationship. Matt and I have been together for over 8 years now, and our honeymoon was our first actual full-on vacation together, just the two of us. For so many years we didn’t have a ton of money, and in the beginning barely made ends meet when we had our little apartment. Matt was working for a TV/radio station making a terrible salary and I was making near-minimum wage as a barista. We were happy, but all of my vacation time and extra money (which really came from my tips as a barista) was spent on going back to Boston for Christmas, plus I was still in school, so we really didn’t have the money or the vacation time to go anywhere big.
Fast forward to now, and we’re at a point in our lives where we are able to afford vacations. Not on a “every 2 months let’s go somewhere exotic!” type of budget, but enough that we can take a really nice trip around once a year, with fun low-budget trips scattered around the other months. We’re also at a point where we’ve realized that we probably want kids in around 2 years, so we should probably try to get in any big trips or any “selfish” time now while we can, because when we have kids that’s not going to happen very often. Of course we’ll take our kids on vacations with us, but more people on the trip means higher cost. Plus, going on vacation minus kids is a much different – not saying it’s necessarily better – experience than with children.
So that being said, we’ve talked and discussed and researched different places but both kept coming back to the same conclusion:
We wanted to go back to Disney World.
Disney World is where we went on our honeymoon last January and it was the best trip ever. It’s funny because the looks I got from people when answering their, “Where are you going on your honeymoon?!” question with, “DISNEY WORLD!”, were pretty ridiculous. I think a lot of people assume Disney World = KIDS, and thus going there is childish and dumb. At least that’s the vibe I got anyway from the eye roll or stifled laughter.
Um, what? No. Disney World is not just for little kids who want to dress up as a princess or a pirate (though I do love seeing little kids as pirates while walking around Magic Kingdom). You have so many options on how you want to spend your trip! You can go to the different parks, go on tons of rides, eat at amazing restaurants, sit by the pool and relax, shop… I’d rather have all of these options than to just lay out in the sun and tan… But that’s just me!
Anyway, we looked into pricing out another trip for the same time of year, late January (literally the slowest week of the year at Disney) and realized we could probably afford it, though it might end up being a little on the pricey side, and that was staying at a moderate resort… Fortunately, Matt’s parents had leftover points through their Disney Vacation Club membership that would cover a 10-day stay at one of the DVC resorts. We are so lucky to have these points because they literally save more than half the cost of what the trip would normally cost…
As soon as we found out we’d have the points, we discussed it further and made the final decision… WE’RE GOING BACK TO DISNEY WORLD IN 4 MONTHS!
It’s funny because Matt and I were both talking about how our excitement level is different than it was before our honeymoon. Even though we were pumped to be going on our honeymoon to Disney, this time I think the excitement is ten times bigger. Part of it I think is because we’re both in serious need of a vacation, but the other (bigger) part is remembering how much fun we had last time; the thought of going back and getting to ride the Haunted Mansion again or Expedition Everest 10 times (maybe we’ll shoot for 11 to break last year’s record?) is so exciting I can hardly contain myself.
It’s going to be a time where we don’t have to worry about the stresses of work or anything else, but just be able to run around like we’re totally free and go on rides together, eat at our favorite restaurants, takes tons of goofy photos in silly hats, and just have fun. I love Disney World for that very reason; you are there to have fun and not worry. There really is “magic” when you see Cinderella’s castle for the first time, or see Spaceship Earth lit up at night, towering over all of Epcot..
Sure, maybe I’m drinking the Disney World Kool-Aid, but I really don’t mind. It’s one of my favorite places in the world to visit, and to be able to go again is so beyond exciting I can’t really put it into words.
So yes, we’re going on vacation and we’re heading back to Disney World… and I can’t wait.
This is a video I took of Matt and me on Expedition Everest, sitting in the very front of the rollercoaster, which scared Matt to death.Vodpod videos no longer available.