Thursday, December 28, 2006

I Must Have Been A Good Girl This Year...

...Because I'm actually going to get something off of my silly Christmas Wish List!

Due to a very generous Christmas present/year-end bonus from my boss, I have some extra money. (He gave me a large handbag full of one-dollar bills - it was very surprising and a lot of fun!) I have decided to spend most of the money in a responsible fashion (to pay off a little chunk of my dental bill), but 1/3 of it is going to go towards a VACATION!

I am so excited! My last true vacation was August of 2004 when I spent a week in Portland. The year before that I went on a cruise to western Mexico. The year before that I lived in New York and took several trips into Manhattan, one trip to Palmyra, and a trip to Washington D.C. This past summer and the summer of 2005 I only took little trips to Bryce Canyon that only lasted a day. Both those summers I took off three days for the Shakespearean festival, but that doesn't really count as a vacation. No, I need a honest-to-heavens vacation and I'm gonna get it.

I haven't done a lot of research yet (Christmas was just a few days ago, afterall), but I'm definitely leaning towards taking another cruise. Cruises are nice for several reasons; you pay for the cruise and don't have to worry about meals or lodging. Entertainment is provided on the ship and I can choose whether or not to pay for any of the cruise-sponsored port activities. Most importantly, I left my last cruise feeling truly refreshed and relaxed, unlike other vacations that made me feel more tired after the trip than before it.

In case you decide you'd like to join me on my cruise, here's what I'm thinking; the southern Carribean, the first part of August 2007. With the little bit of research I've done, I found a 7-day cruise for about $500 and a round-trip flight to and from Puerto Rico (where the ship sets sail) for about $500. I'm pretty firm about the first part of August, but I'm open to other destinations. I've heard great things about Alaskan cruises, but they tend to be more expensive. I don't want to go to western Mexico, because I've been there, done that. Hawaii would be nice, as would other parts of the Carribean. I would also like to try the New York/Canada cruises. So, if you're interested in taking this vacation with me, everyone is invited, email me or call me. I'm going no matter what, even if I go alone, but it would be really fun to share this experience with my friends and family.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Happy New Year!

12 comments:

booklogged said...

Awesome! I'm so excited for you and a bit jealous, too. I don't think I'll be able to even though the price sounds good and a cruise sounds absolutely delightful.

This Christmas bonus idea sounds wonderful. In all the years I've worked for the school district I only remember receiving a bonus one year. That was for $250, which I was totally pleased with. The employees got a bonus this year, but I only work 1/4 time and I guess, my boss didn't see fit to pass any of that on to me.

Cassie said...

Ah man I was pretty resigned to the fact that we wouldn't be able to go on a cruise, now i would love to go but who knows with me probably having to buy a new car here soon. We'll see if my possible raise will help with that. I hope that goes through soon. I'm curious to know what the bonus ended up being.

julie said...

Cassie, I'll email you, if you'd like, and tell you, but I'm not going to on my blog.

Framed said...

I want to go. Is it really hot in the Caribbean in August? That would be my main concern. I think Alaska sounds wonderful, but expensive. They all sound great.

Cardine said...

Hmmm... another cruise? Should I do it?

julie said...

Cardine, the answer is YES!

Cardine said...

Yeah, I just REALLY would like to somehow coordinate all of my family and friends who want to take trips into one trip. So, my vote is for Alaska.

julie said...

Please find out more information for me because I'm totally open to the idea. Thanks!

Cardine said...

I just sent off an e-mail, actually. Yesssssss!

tearese said...

Hey, lots of the Cruises for Alaska leave from Seattle. Maybe you could see me too? Depending on if we'd already moved or not.
The ships actually docked right downtown, and I would pass them on my way to the ferry when I lived on Bainbridge. It was pretty cool.

Alyson said...

Hey! It's me...the absent blogger! I have been crazy busy trying to do everything I wanted to do in my Christmas Break. It doesn't feel like much of a break. Anyway, I plan on posting a blog about that soon...so let me get on to my comment about your post.

This sounds like so much fun. I would love to join you, but that depends a lot on the money situation and exactly when you're going...what with school and all. I glad you got a great Christmas bonus so you can plan such a great trip.

nessie said...

It sounds so exciting what a cool boss! I think I want to do that to someone sometime. Its just too cool to keep it for a one time thing. Also, happy to hear that you got something on your list. I put on mine what I dont want. It seems my mom forgot to read it. ;)