Last February I attended one of those "free" vacation weekends, where you are required to spend "just two hours" (more like four or six) listening to a sales pitch for a vacation company. I walked away with a Festiva contract under my arm. But I was told I couldn't use the system until January 1, 2015.
(Looks at calendar.)
Hey! I can use it now! I've paid up my maintenance fees and everything, and I have double points this year because it's my first year of use.
Where should I go?
I'm planning on traveling to Portland, OR via Amtrak this year. Maybe. Just to look around for retirement purposes, you know, and to actually be forced to relax for the two days (interrupted with a day's walkabout) of the rail trip. For some reason, all but one of the vacation companies I've checked into have zero places on the West Coast in their network. The one had a place in San Francisco that took about six years' worth of points to earn one night at.
So I'm talking about elsewhere.
In 2016 I want to go Great Britain via Trafalgar, which has a hand-shake deal with Festiva. (Plus I have a coupon from QVC for Trafalgar.) In 2017 I'm thinking either Greece or the Bahamas (Paradise Island!), and 2018 vice versa.
But what about 2015?
Here's the in-plan destinations. Not sure how big this map will go in this blog, so use the link as needed.
I bought the plan at Atlantic Beach, which seems a really nice place and I'd love to take my paint box down there and spend a week checking out the picturesque neighborhood and tasty restaurants. Plus the resort has three pools, a tennis court (want to come along?), beachfront, etc. etc.
When I was a kid, my parents bought some Florida swampland and we drove from North Dakota (you understand the swampland now) down there to check it out. (They got their money back.) On the way, Mom insisted we stop off at Juliet Gordon Low's birthplace in Savannah, since we kids were Girl Scouts and she was a troop leader. I recall bits of that mansion, but nothing else. I've been told that both Savannah and Charleston are great places to visit.
Then there's the option of Orlando. At some point I want to see Harry Potter Land; heck, I've never been to any part of Universal.
Where would you go? And why?
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