We are off to Vegas – yoo hoo! This trip was a last minute idea – we were visiting our friends in the Carolinas who had booked their Thanksgiving trip to Vegas and were after us to book ours too. Now this was 3 weeks ago. We checked the prices that night but they were too high. So we checked again the next day, still too high. We finally gave up after a couple of days and stopped looking. Lets stay home and relax and go for a short winter trek nearby – that was our Thanksgiving plan until last Friday.
When our friends called us up again. ‘Check now, there’s a fabulous deal on!’ So we checked and re-checked, rubbing our eyes in disbelief. This looked too good to be true – we were getting the exact same package as our friends and at a better price, two months after they had booked and less than one week before our travel dates! Someone up there wants us to visit Vegas, we concluded and booked our tickets pronto. Another couple, college friends who live in the Bay Area, were also being badgered by our Carolina friends simultaneously and turns out they got a great deal too. I love Expedia’s last minute deals!
All this excitement notwithstanding, for the first time in my life, I am traveling without knowing much about the place I’m going to. This is not my travel style at all! I usually book at least three months in advance and then research like crazy until I know our destination like the back of my hand and can rattle off attractions and timings and restaurants and travel tips like a tourist guide. The husband knows this by now and relies on me for most of our vacation planning.
But not this time! This time, we blindly booked the hotel our friends had booked, without me reading all the 109 reviews on TripAdvisor. And we’ll be seeing the shows our friends get an employee discount on and will visit the attractions they have narrowed down on.
Somehow, this hands-off style of traveling does not suit me at all. But I had no choice, considering we had very few days left to go and lots of preparations to make. So I did the next best thing, sent a SOS email to M who very enthusiastically responded within the hour. I have found a soul sister in her, I think, she sent me a long email with a detailed description of all the attractions and her recommendations and even a spreadsheet with all the show timings and prices neatly listed down. A spreadsheet? Now this is a girl after my own heart! Thanks a ton M!
I am breathing a little easier now. I am proxy-prepared if not well-prepared this time. And to make up for the lack of research, I went and got myself a fabulous new haircut on Sunday. If I have to go on a blind trip, I might as well go with confidence if nothing else!
So we’ll be in Vegas for the rest of this week and though we’ll carry our laptop, the husband is very likely to kill me if I dare open the wordpress homepage anytime during our trip! So I may not risk updating my blog or replying to comments until we are back. Then again, I just might try my luck once he’s fast asleep, but don’t count on it. The guy takes hours and hours to fall asleep and I take just seconds! I’ll see you on the other side of this weekend anyhow. Happy Holidays friends!