Travel Question: Should we go to Europe this year after all?
We had barely been back a minute from our Alaska vacation when I started plotting something new, almost by accident: Thanksgiving in Paris and Barcelona! The package costs $1116 per a person and includes 6 nights hotel, all flights, and daily breakfasts. Pricing it out myself, I think flights alone are at least $700 per a person, and that is just for a single RT flight to Paris. (Now that I’m saying that, I may want to try one more time to create the same deal myself.)
Reasons NOT to Go:
-Is 6 nights too short for Europe? I usually plan more extended trips, but the reason is to maximize the value expensive flights. A shorter trip in the off-season similarly minimizes cost (and a longer trip has more lodging costs)
-While we can afford it, we also could save the money it would cost, about $3000 when all is said and done. This would go into general long term savings.
-I feel guilty not using the money and time to visit our families in the Midwest
-Christmas plane tickets to T’s home town will be about $450 each and we’ll be there for a week or so
-We are still talking about doing a long trip next year (4+ weeks), though we are looking at South America our South East Asia
-I’m a little embarrassed by my own extravagance on vacations
Reasons to Go:
-We spent much less than originally planned on our summer vacation by choosing Alaska
-It is far enough away (November) that it doesn’t feel TOO spoiled to go on another longer vacation
-It is available around Thanksgiving makes my other usual concern (vacation days) minimal.
-We can afford it
-With our living situation, it would be a romantic (and luxurious) way to reconnect over break
-We’ve never been to Paris!
-Barcelona was T’s favorite Spanish city!
-It’s great deal!
-It should not interfere much with either of our jobs, since it is around the holiday
-Travel is a huge passion of ours, and we would not regret it
-T won $1000 award last month & is due to get several thousand in contracting money in the near future
-We will probably start trying to have kids in < 2 years (!), so isn’t now the time?
We haven’t made our minds up yet. I really want to do it, yet I understand the appeal of keeping the money in our bank accounts. We will probably/hopefully be fortunate enough to have travel opportunities throughout our lives, though they will scale back a lot once we have kids. I can see the argument for both sides, and I’m just not sure which decision is the best for us. What do you think?