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October must be the busiest month of my family's year. The idea of a surprise vacation is sounding pretty good right now. It might be divine to be whisked away for a change of scenery...without any prior knowledge. Without having to do any planning or packing.
The reality is that I'm not sure how I feel about a total surprise getaway. I think I like to be in control more than that type of surprise would allow. I don't need to know the details, but I like to enjoy the lead up to departure.
And yet, I keep hearing stories about surprise trips that make it seem super romantic. Maybe it's
a great way to travel.
I like this one...
A customer and her husband (Couple A) were heading to the South Pacific with another couple (Couple B). Both couples were celebrating their 20 wedding anniversary. Great friends. The trip of a lifetime... with a twist...
The husband of Couple B was surprising his wife in two ways...she new about the trip to the South Pacific, but did not know everything. She was unaware that Couple A was joining them...and that her husband had planned a ceremony to renew their vows. Complete with her original wedding dress.
I am a true romantic. This trip sounded incredible. It was clear these two couples were close friends and celebrating together would make the occasion even more special for all of them. And...the wife of Couple B still had the opportunity to be excited about the trip...she just didn't have all of the amazing details.
and this one...
A dear friend was turning 40. Her husband surprised her with her first trip to Paris for her birthday weekend. He shared the news three days before they left! She was super excited and they had an awesome trip! Today is actually her birthday...Happy Birthday, LK:-)
Now I would always be up for a surprise trip to Paris, but for me part of the fun of travel is the anticipation. The deciding what to pack. The build-up before the adventure. I think I might miss that part. Maybe.
I been involved in surprise travel two times. Each time was wonderful...and different.
1. My husband surprised me with a tropical getaway for my 40th birthday. He knew that I was really dreaming of diamond earrings. A month or two before my birthday he asked... "Would you rather have diamond earrings or go away somewhere together?" I knew whatever he was planning would be way better than earrings...so I picked travel.
On my birthday he gave me a packet filled with photos and details of the vacation. He made the arrangement for my mom to come stay with our three young children. The best part was that we weren't going for two months. This was perfect for me! I had time to hit the gym a bit harder to prepare for a bathing suit. I had time to get excited and talk about the trip. Well planned. He's a good man:-)
2. I surprised my husband with a trip to Mexico for his 40th birthday. I researched and planned and made the reservations. A few weeks before his birthday I made a poster...kind of a game board. He had some guessing to do...and then the big reveal. It was nice to have him in on the details and have a chance to be excited before the trip...which we took the week of his birthday.
I'd love to know your thoughts about surprise getaways. Are you game? Do you like to do the planning?
Thanks for reading. More tomorrow....