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Old 08-26-2019, 09:48 PM   #21
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:10 PM   #22
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Where are you located in California, Cheryl ?

It strikes me that wherever it is, you could likely fly direct to either Los Cabos, or Puerto Vallarta, very inexpensively - thereby cutting your cost of one of these vacations quite significantly.

It's been quite a few years since I lived in L.A. - but I seem to recall that we could fly to Cabo for about $200./person return, or less.
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Thanks for expressing your view Andy - it's a fair comment - many people have no interest in Mexico for vacationing.

I'm curious though - may I ask what type of vacation you find appealing ?...

For 18 years, SO and I spent our winter vacations in Aruba. We started with one timeshare week then added a second. It was terrific while it lasted. We made a lot of friends while we were there. We have since sold our timeshare and now if we want a winter break we go to FL where we have relatives.
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Old 08-27-2019, 12:35 AM   #24
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We don't take pricey vacations...we paid for college for two kids.

All kidding aside, we're more the "choose your own adventure" kind of travelers. I like to plan, I like to have a selection of possible options along the route, and we live to be surprised if something comes along that we didn't know was there. Almost all of our vacations/travels have been via auto. I bet a pilot wouldn't divert his flight if I commented "hey, that looks interesting - can we stop?", but Himself is always ready to go off-route. We usually build in an extra day for travel on the "out" side of vacation, just in case we want to explore. The "back" can take even longer, as long as we don't have any commitments - you know, doctor appointments. My FIL gave us his Fort Myers Beach timeshare week in 2001, when he became too old (81) to travel. We would swap it for somewhere different each year when Himself was working, in case he would get called back to work to assist a client. Once that ship sailed, we do go to FMB each year for a week in lieu of retiring to FL. I've been (very slowly) working at getting us moved back to OH, which is home, so that we're closer to a lot of things we'd like to see. We've never bothered getting passports; we're still working our way through so many wonderful places to see in our own country. So far, 34 states down.

As long as you enjoy these vacations, carry on. As long as we can manage driving ourselves around and exploring, I think we'll stick with our plan. BTW, you mentioned that you prefer these vacations "as you've aged". If you don't mind my asking, at what age did you feel these were best for you? Asking for a friend...
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Old 08-27-2019, 06:59 AM   #25
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Wondering if you two are travel agents, RMM and BBQ...?
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We started with one timeshare week then added a second. It was terrific while it lasted.
It seems that you found a lot of value doing the timeshare route. Did you go to the same place every year or did you trade it for a different place? Was this cost effective?
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...It seems that you found a lot of value doing the timeshare route. Did you go to the same place every year or did you trade it for a different place? Was this cost effective?
Timeshare seemed attractive to us. Our apartment had a fully equipped kitchen so we could pick up some groceries and eat breakfasts and lunches there. We'd generally go out for dinner. Our resort was more laid back and quiet, which we liked.

There is some debate on whether timeshares are cost effective. It's one way to go. We really liked Aruba and our spot there so we went back every year rather than trading. We had super prime weeks in a top resort area so could have traded for anywhere else if we chose.

We sold one of our weeks for more than we paid and the other for a little less. So I guess we did OK.
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We don't take pricey vacations...we paid for college for two kids.

All kidding aside, we're more the "choose your own adventure" kind of travelers. I like to plan, I like to have a selection of possible options along the route, and we live to be surprised if something comes along that we didn't know was there. Almost all of our vacations/travels have been via auto. I bet a pilot wouldn't divert his flight if I commented "hey, that looks interesting - can we stop?", but Himself is always ready to go off-route. We usually build in an extra day for travel on the "out" side of vacation, just in case we want to explore. The "back" can take even longer, as long as we don't have any commitments - you know, doctor appointments. My FIL gave us his Fort Myers Beach timeshare week in 2001, when he became too old (81) to travel. We would swap it for somewhere different each year when Himself was working, in case he would get called back to work to assist a client. Once that ship sailed, we do go to FMB each year for a week in lieu of retiring to FL. I've been (very slowly) working at getting us moved back to OH, which is home, so that we're closer to a lot of things we'd like to see. We've never bothered getting passports; we're still working our way through so many wonderful places to see in our own country. So far, 34 states down.

As long as you enjoy these vacations, carry on. As long as we can manage driving ourselves around and exploring, I think we'll stick with our plan. BTW, you mentioned that you prefer these vacations "as you've aged". If you don't mind my asking, at what age did you feel these were best for you? Asking for a friend...
I retired early - at age 59. I'm sure it's quite different for many people, but it was probably around my mid-60's when I was diagnosed with osteo-arthritis in both hips - so as you can imagine, lots of walking caused quite a bit of pain as time went on.
I've had surgery to replace one hip since then, and the second is scheduled for sometime mid next year- date to be set later this year.
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Meantime, this resulted in changes to our vacationing desires - to try & avoid a lot of walking (so walking tours were out) - e.g. venues where we could fly direct non-stop - and all-in-one resorts became our go to vacations since they didn't involve a lot of walking here and there to see stuff, which we're no longer inclined to do as the body ceases to function as well it used to. LOL
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For 18 years, SO and I spent our winter vacations in Aruba. We started with one timeshare week then added a second. It was terrific while it lasted. We made a lot of friends while we were there. We have since sold our timeshare and now if we want a winter break we go to FL where we have relatives.
I can certainly appreciate why you liked Aruba so much, Andy.

One of our best Caribbean vacations we had was renting a villa with friends for 2 weeks in neighboring Bonaire ( the ABC islands including Curacao)- a super island that I believe is still considered the 2nd or 3rd best scuba diving spot in the world, after The Great Barrier Reef of Australia, and then the Turks & Caicos Islands.(the latter a toss-up with Bonaire for 2nd place)

The people, the food, the architecture, and the laid-back lifestyle of the ABC islands are second to none, imo.
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Where are you located in California, Cheryl ?

It strikes me that wherever it is, you could likely fly direct to either Los Cabos, or Puerto Vallarta, very inexpensively - thereby cutting your cost of one of these vacations quite significantly.

It's been quite a few years since I lived in L.A. - but I seem to recall that we could fly to Cabo for about $200./person return, or less.

SoCal desert. Thanks for the info Paul, but for many reasons that trip just wouldn't work for me...
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Only about 50 sleeps till we leave on vacation to Villa Premiere in P.V.
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