Thursday, June 3, 2010

Broke Vacation

How many times do you go on vacation broke? Before I was married most of my vacation that I took were broke vacations! As long as my hotel room was paid and my transportation to and from was paid I went on my trip and worked the rest out as needed. Since I was single I could get someone to buy be Dinner and if that did not work I always had at least 20 dollars and packed food along with me.

Since I have been married we often plan trips and then something happens financially and we do not go. I then spend the days off that should have been spent relaxing, reworking a budget and trying to figure out what we need to do to salvage the weekend. I also try to find ways to ignore my husband and enjoy the forced porch view vacation.

We had an opportunity to go to Nemacolin, which is a 5 star resort. Of course the same thing was about to happen again. But my response this time was not the same.

I got a phone call on Friday that could have ended our little trip. “I just check the checking account and we are short 200.00” My response; " That problem will be there when we get back." He was quiet and then responded , “ we cannot go away with no money” " Yes we can." Then I ended the conversation. When I got home from work I explained the room at the lodge was already paid for. I had enough money for car to be filled with gas so we are going. No matter what else he had to say I just got our stuff packed for our trip.

So Monday around 3:00 in the afternoon we were on our way. Please understand that we should have been there before 3:00 according to my plan but because he was attempting to cancel the trip I did not care what time we left.

From the time we pull through the driveway on the grounds I began to relax. All the employees we encountered were so nice and helpful in every way. The New part of the hotel was made to look like the Ritz in Paris! We stayed in the Lodge which was the original building and it was beautifully rustic and that suited me perfectly. The main lobby of the Lodge reminded me of a Barbara Cartland novel.

I enjoy the little vacation a great deal and we did nothing fabulous except explore the grounds, looked at everything that the resort had to offer. We had enough money to eat breakfast and Dinner while there. I enjoyed hanging out with some people that we met there, hey it was just great. Going on vacation broke is so much better than sitting at home broke.


Betty Rubble said...

Sounds like a great time away!

Sigrid said...

It's true that we sometimes need to just take a break--worrying about a problem doesn't make it go away but sometimes a vacation gives a fresh perspective. Looks like a gorgeous place!