View Full Version : So do I plan TOO far in advance?!

01-05-2002, 12:53 AM
Yes, I have 9 Disney cruises booked thru the end of 2002....
But today, I just finished planning our vacation schedule for 2003!! I didn't book the Disney cruises yet--although I know there will be 6, a couple of the dates are still not solid. But my dream is to go on an African safari, and it will take a looong time to save for, so I am planning it for the last week of 2003 and the first week of 2004. That way, I can spread the vacation days over the span of two years, plus use less days since Christmas and New Years will both fall within there. So in 2003, it will be 6 3-night Disney cruises (including one WDW/DCL combo), Memorial Day week at a dude ranch in Arizona, and a safari on the Serengeti for Christmas/New Years. I guess I AM a compulsive planner!
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01-05-2002, 04:30 AM
i dont think its possible to overplan:D

Sounds like you have a great year planned, room for one more?:D


01-05-2002, 07:27 AM
Barb - I understand how you use your holiday time to extend your vacations but how the heck can you afford it all? Just wondering, not expecting an answer.

01-05-2002, 08:31 AM
LOL!!! Hey, what else are you supposed to do between trips, but plan more trips? Sounds good to me. :)

Thats ok, Ive already decided in July of 2005 I want to do the 7 day Western Carribean Disney Cruise for my 10th anniversary(provided they still offer it). DH just rolls his eyes at me. :D

01-05-2002, 08:44 AM
I don't think you can plan too far in advance. I have almost as much fun planning as I do on the trips. Some of our friends think I am nuts. But we always get the accomodations we want and they have to take whats left. We have been planning a family vacation with married kids and grandkids for 2003 for a year already. being in the vacation club helps. So just keep planning away and you'll be the organized one while others are running around.

01-05-2002, 08:56 AM
wow , tooo cool yea how do u afford it all ????
lol peter

01-05-2002, 11:42 AM
That is AWESOME, Barb -- good for you! :)

01-05-2002, 11:42 AM
I don't mind answering about how we afford it...we've DINKS (dual income, no kids), and both hubby and I usually are working two jobs each. For now, I have taken time off from my second job to finish up my doctorate, but then I will go back to doing counseling part time. We work hard and we play hard :D :D :D
We're definitely going to have to save up for the safari, tho'. it's going to be even more pricey than Alaska.
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01-05-2002, 11:48 AM
Sounds great. I love planning trips. I only have 2 more trips planned at this time, Hilton Head in February and Disney 3 day cruise in October. I need to work at the Disney Store to afford my addicton. Maybe I will one day.

01-05-2002, 06:17 PM
Wow, Barb! Your hubby has 2 jobs and so do you? AND working on a doctorate? You guys deserve to vacation!

01-05-2002, 06:35 PM
People at work gave us a hard time because we have our 2002 trips already planned (HH in April & OKW/DCL 7 day'er in Dec.). The other day I was telling them that my wife and I were looking into 2003 trips and they almost went bonkers! Nothing like planning ahead (gives you something to look forward to).

01-05-2002, 07:24 PM
Aaahhhh.....I remember those DINK days.
Now its SPOKNM- Single Parent One Kid No Money:(

01-05-2002, 11:53 PM
We were DINK's for 9 years before having our first child. Thought nothing of flying anywhere we went. Now it has to be a pretty long trip (> 650 miles) before we seriously consider flying. Sad.

01-06-2002, 08:23 AM
we r dink's right now have been for last 10 years , but we bought a house last year so that means that we have to have a kid to or 2 to fill it up
other than that we just go.....
watch airfares and when we see a good deal we out of here .
this wekend for ex. is a bonus trip for us lv. friday come home for work on wed. airfare was cheap.122.00 r/t
u cant go skiing up north for that or the bed and breakfasts get that . so jen worked the last 2 saturdays and off we go
so we May 11.2002 7 day cruise planned, and a trip to HILTON head in feb. and alsoa trip for December to the world planned .....

01-06-2002, 08:59 AM
And I thought I was bad - I always plan a year in advance. The guys at work always tease me, asking if I've started a countdown yet... just asked for a quote for a cruise leaving in 355 days!

Legs22 - I'm kind of in the same boat as you - SPOK, but I work 4 jobs to be able to afford all this fun.

01-06-2002, 10:16 AM
candleonwater: 4 jobs!!!:eek: How do you do it? What do you do with your OK when you're working all these jobs and when do you have time to see your OK?

01-06-2002, 04:09 PM
Worse than the 4 jobs - try the fact that she is a figure skater and skates 4 days a week!

I'm really lucky that my mother takes her to school, so I can be at the office by 6:30, then when I pick her up at 3, she goes to the office with me. Since she's 5 I have to keep her occupied so that I can get work done - I keep computer games at each office for her to play. I used to work 60 hours a week, but recently cut back to about 50. It's because of this, when we were on our recent cruise that I was reluctant to just stick her in the Club - this cruise gave us lots of quality time :D Good excuse for another, don't you think?

01-06-2002, 05:26 PM
...for my 3-day land/4 -day cruise. Feb 6-13...395 days away. That's the only way this SPTT (Single Parent, Two Teenagers) can afford it. I need the time to save.:smooth:


01-06-2002, 06:49 PM
Yikes... I dread when my daughter gets to the teen years, I couldn't imagine having 2!

I'm just so glad to see there are others that think ahead!

Casey's mom
01-06-2002, 07:30 PM
My question for Barb and Tony is WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOU FOUND THE DCL?????? You must have had a lot of vacation time to play with. Did you go on other cruise lines, try other types of vacations? What persuaded you to try your first Disney cruise? Was it "love" the first time out or did you try a few cruises before you got hooked? Just curious.....;)

01-06-2002, 08:38 PM
When we got married, my husband was a roller coaster fanatic, so we did a lot of trips to various amusement parks to check out different coasters. We also had season passes to Kings Island and Cedar Point, so we travelled from IL to Ohio several times a year, and also to the water parks in Wisconsin Dells. Then I introduced him to WDW, and we worked that into our schedule for a couple of trips each year. We had never cruised before DCL...hubby had no interest, even tho' I wanted to try it. When DCL started, I was able to convince him because it was Disney...and you know what happened!! Since then, we've done RCCL four times too. Also, he eventually started horseback riding (I had a horse when we got married, but he didn't start riding for a few years), so that's when we added the dude ranches to our regular trips. I can't imagine life without LOTS of travel!
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01-06-2002, 09:30 PM
As a single mom I need good bargins to travel some I plan in advance some closer in But i am always saving money for a vacation so i have it when I need it . Last March I heard about British air sale $129.00 Ea way nonstop West coast to London Booked it on the spot flights were good thru June so we had our summer vacation . In Nov I just happen to see Disney Cruises on sale $599.00 did alot of checking around (Found this Excellent site) and booked a cat11 inside for $593. Ea all taxes and fees . Just put every extra penny and dime in your vacation fund you can spare and have a wonderful trip when you can .

01-06-2002, 09:53 PM
Your jobs must be with computers also Daves or you two must have great ESP you both always answer back so fast . I am envious of all your travels but I can not complain because I do 1 or 2 nice trips a year by grabbing a deal when I find one about all i do on the computer is search travel sites . I am also collecting information on African Safari for a someday trip . Do you look at Arthur Frommers site i get their newsletter too it has great Ideas and good deals too .I think it is wonderful that you do so many Disney trips but also do other things . I don't usually do the same thing twice I go to different countrys or at least different citys on each trip to see as many different places in this world as possible . This will be my 5th cruise all with different companies we have repeated a few ports now but there is always atleast 2 new ports per cruise for the someplace new . Anyway keep up the great work you do for us on this board but I for one would also love to know about your other adventures as well . Happy Travels .

01-06-2002, 10:13 PM
I do safaris often (actually I <a href="http://www.africansafari.org">LEAD photo safaris</A>), but will take my first cruise this Thursday on the Wonder. I can hardly wait!

FYI: It can rain HARD in the Serengeti in December, but as with cruises I guess, ANY time is better than not going at all ;-).

01-07-2002, 06:13 PM
:bounce: Oh Barb, You live me dream!LOL! I too love to travel, just don't have enough vacation time to do it. Also, hubby & I can't always get the same time off, so I can't take advantage of alot of those wonderful savings that come up. I too plan ahead. I starting planning last May for the 8/02 cruise. Though I didn't book till August. I was going to Ireland last year & came across a great deal with Aer Lingus for 4 tickets, so we took my hubbies 2 girls as HS Graduation gifts. This year my 2 will enjoy the Cruise & WDW for 10 days. Oh, and hubby & I are now planning our trip back to Ireland (by ourselves) for this March, seeing as the deals are so good! I am also planning a family reunion in Ireland for August 2003, so I guess I'm as obsessive as the rest of you! LOL! I too believe in "working hard & playing hard". That's what keeps me going. Especially my trips to Mickey's house! Just keep on living my dream! Kathy :bounce: :wave: :bounce: :wave:

01-07-2002, 06:50 PM
We cruised in July of 01 with another family. We loved it so much that we plan on going in July 03 West. Carib. Cruise. Before we left for our July 01 cruise - knowing we would not have points for 02 - we booked our Myrtle Beach vacation. People think we are sick and wonder how we plan one or two years in advance. The thinking, searching, booking and planning is the best part. Now I know we won't have points in 04 - so where she would try that year - my mind is working already.

01-07-2002, 07:12 PM
I was so excited when I booked our trip last April for next November. I wanted to talk talk talk about it, but when something is not until fall the following year, and your kids would have gone up 2 grades in the interim, it is hard to generate much excitement. Some people ask how the November trip was, and I have to say, Oh it still isn't until NEXT Novmber. But I did get a good price(although now it appears I picked the ONE week all fall that won't fall into the new, reduced across the board fares. Oh well, can't have everything.)

We always go to the same beach for the same couple of weeks every year. I reserve the same house well in advance which also baffles my friends. That's me....I'm a baffler.

Were DPOITK's. Double parents, one income, three kids, one compulsive vacation planner:)

01-07-2002, 07:39 PM
Great site, Taswira! We're pretty much stuck going in Dec. because that way we can spread the vacation days over two years (last week in Dec. and first week in Jan.). Hubby can vouch how much I love the safari ride at AK...my dream is to see the animals in their natural setting.
It's so nice to be among people who understand on these message boards! Even though I've told them time & again, the people at work keep asking me where we're going on our next trip. In 2002, it's all DCL (with a combo WDW trip thrown in). Only a little over a week till our next one...I'm counting down the days anxiously and praying that the snow stays away from Chicago on the day of our flight.
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01-07-2002, 11:54 PM

I love both your attitude, and your obvious tollerance of children large and small even though you do not have any of your own (other than your husband). And to think I get grief from my boss for all my Disney vacations! When I told him about the upcoming cruise, he said "well, at least this time you are taking the kids!". I should introduce him to you two!

The last "dinks" I ran into were proud of it, arrogant about it, and didn't know why they should be around kids or support kids issues. Even if we did not have kids, I would hope that I would have your attitude.

Too bad we haven't run into you yet on a cruise - maybe we'll see you at Cedar Point sometime. My 14 year old and I are also coaster fanatics!

Have a great time, a great year, and great vacations, I can be nothing but envious! If I had the ability, I would plan away too!