Compared to last year, it’s been pretty quiet in the Disney vacation department for us.
I mean, three trips in one year was a total fluke (honeymoon, business trip, and a long weekend with friends). If it had been any other year, I’m sure we would have just done the long weekend trip with friends and been done with it. As for this year, if you remember, we went on the Disney Cruise from New York City which gave us 12 hours or so to hang around WDW a.k.a. not enough time at all. I cancelled an October trip because we were moving (and really watching our pennies), and now, we are back to square one.
Should we or shouldn’t we go in January?
With James back in school, the lucky duck has a winter break (and it’s also his 30th birthday) and we’ve been going back and forth about taking a few days to hang out in WDW.
But now that we are down to a one salary home, it seems almost impossible.
Because, guess what, Disney trips are expensive.
So we’ve discussed jetting off to a warm place for a few days (Groupon, JetSetter!!), or even heading to Austin to visit some friends.
This strange feeling keeps popping up though.
Does anyone feel this too? Like, how can I NOT go to Disney? I’m sure the average or casual fan doesn’t feel this way. In fact, I know they don’t. When you are surrounding yourself with 40 blogs that post almost 7 times a week about this place you love and people tweeting about yet another vacation, it’s hard to get away from it. It’s hard to not want to go there every second of the day.
(As I listen to background loops at work today.)
Every time we go to plan another vacation, there’s a little voice inside my head that tells me I need to experience new things (which I totally agree with) but then I hear another voice asking me how I can pass up another Disney trip.
There has to be some kind of balance here. When I have limited funds and limited vacation days, I do have to be very choosy about our destinations. As we go through this huge life change in our family (me the breadwinner?!), I would hate to think we have to sacrifice going to a place we, collectively, love so much.
But it might just have to happen.
As of last night, we are still weighing the pros and cons of a January trip to WDW. New Fantasyland is a big draw too. We both want to see it. And I should note, while we did book another Disney Cruise for this summer when we were on our other one, we won’t get much time in WDW, if any at all.
I know, I know… such big problems to have.
I guess what I’m trying to say…. it’s hard to put into perspective what you want and what you can really do. And I think that anyone can relate to that feeling, whether it’s about a trip, a concert, or even that much coveted purse.
After working and going through the sometimes chaotic routine that comes with everyday, you just want a treat. You deserve a treat. But unfortunately, it’s not always possible.
I’m still not sure what our final decision will be. In the past year or so, we’ve sort of thrown all the holidays and special occasions we would normally buy gifts for one another into the “let’s celebrate with a trip” pot. It worked semi-well with our June cruise, and I’m hoping we can keep this going and something with work out.
Oh, the joys of being a grown up.
See? This is why I need Disney in my life. Totally offsets the craziness of reality.