After days upon days of searching online for a place we can vacation this winter without breaking what’s left of our dwindling bank account, we found just what we wanted – a small yet nicely furnished 2 bedroom bungalow someplace in the Caribbean. You knowing the actual destination will have to wait until we get there. Sorry, but there has to be some hook for still reading the blog.
We thought our criteria seemed reasonable …….
- Ocean View
- Walk to Beach
- Maid service
….until we started looking.
We used as our search parameters minimum 1-maximum 2 bedrooms and that eliminated 90% of the homes. It gave us several condo options and we debated about one in Barbados, but (a) it wasn’t available until mid-March and (b) it didn’t give us the privacy we wanted and (c) it was a full $1500 more for the eleven days.
We also wanted to be able to fly non-stop to the island we ended up on and that was a bigger hurdle than I thought. Many flights to Caribbean islands go through Miami. No thank you. We also wanted to eliminate flying United since its NYC hub is now Newark – a PAIN for Bedford residents.
What we settled on looks idyllic – true indoor-outdoor living… and talk about an open concept floor plan! But all the modern amenities – from TV, a full kitchen, and wi-fi. The owner is even throwing in a car for us to use for the whole time.
The downside of choosing a villa and not staying at a hotel is that it means one of us has to cook. Hmmm, I wonder who that will be. Trying desperately to be frugal, we will likely grocery shop and cook the majority of the time, venturing out for some meals, but mostly using the BBQ and buying fresh fish every day.
Of course, the upside to staying in a private home is that we will eat less, far less than being on a hotel meal plan when you think gee, I’ve paid for this, I might as well have a dessert and another drink.
We’re psyched. Truly ready for some fun in the sun. A pile of good books, rum, and thou. And what with the snow today, we’re even more ready. Yippee.