Tuesday, April 01, 2014

A is for America ;) - Here we come!

After much temptation I decided to not take up an A-Z challenge that some fellow bloggers are doing in April, simply because I didn't think I could do it justice with a lot of other things going on in my head right now.

Wondering what the heading's all about considering I'm not doing the challenge ;) ? It's time for our next holiday, one full month and to the U.S of A. Since holiday planning is driving me a wee bit crazy, I thought I might as well start my own A-Z challenge revolving around the subject ;). Definitely won't reach the end of the alphabet before I leave on the 18th, but for as long as it lasts..

Here are the first steps I have been researching for what seems like weeks now, no wait - it really was weeks!!

Places to stay: There are some cities like New York where we don't know too many folks except for a few friends whom we didn't want to impose on. Other cities where there's family or really close friends that we're in touch with, I decided we'll be shameless and accept all welcoming offers ;). We are spending the first few days in Dallas with close family, so I am keeping fingers crossed that the kids will be over the jet lag issues by then.

Domestic flights: We are going to be criss-crossing the country quite a bit, so this is a big chunk of the decision making. I was taken aback to find that all those cheap fares that I saw on kayak.com while assessing the budget were not the cheapest after all, as most domestic carriers charge extra for check-in baggage (some like Spirit for carry-on baggage as well!). So after consultations with a cousin who is now based there and is the super-researching kind(You know who you are ;)), most domestic flights shall be with Southwest as they offer 2 pieces of check-in baggage for free, and give good rates as well. Cancelable flights for domestic travel - you can sorta forget about that it seems unless you want to spend a small fortune for that requirement :P.

So Step 1 is "more or less" taken care of with all hotel bookings done through expedia, and friends or families duly warned ;). Step 2 is still going on, hopefully should be done in a day or two. And then we go on to the plans of what we'll actually DO or SEE in those places! As is always the case when traveling with kids, these will have to planned with a lot of breathing space in between so as to not tire them out, though it is nice to be planning for an 8 and 6 year old rather than a 5 and 3 year old :).

Friends in the U.S. who read this, feel most free to chime in with suggestions of things to do and see :) !!!

8 comments:

  1. Have a fabulous time :)

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  2. Completely agree with the airline part. SW is a good choice. Flew them last month. Saves quite a bit. make sure you check in a day before for all flights. Hand luggage has no weight limitation only size limit.

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    1. Thanks for dropping in Sreedhar, and for the tip about the hand baggage - will check!

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  3. Not sure if you have Seattle in ur list to visit...but if you do...ping me..even otherwise call me to pick my brain for travel tips...will be glad to give my 2 cents...you can reach me at 4254401598

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    1. Thanks Prasanna, will be in Seattle the last leg of our trip. Will get in touch

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  4. Have a great trip Aparna! America seems to be the destination this summer. Two of my other friends are also heading/have headed there. Looking forward to some travelogues and awesome snaps :-)

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    1. Thanks Uma :). You might see many alphabets of travelogues, don't say you weren't warned ;).

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