I've been working hard lately. Harder than usual, in every facet of my life. Work is a zoo. Writing has picked up to a frantic pace with all the stress and pressure of getting things right. I'm doing a workshop at Nationals this summer that we're dry-running next month. Cakes and catering. Friends and family. Housekeeping and personal fitness fits in there somewhere. I just have a lot going on.
I want to take a vacation. Nationals does not count. It's a week of stress for me that I honestly look forward to and dread all at once. My 4th of July trip was cancelled. But I want to go somewhere. I want to sit on a beach with a drink and an open itinerary.
A friend has asked me to go someplace at the end of this month, but we're running short on ideas. We don't want to blow a fortune or go for longer than 4 days or so. The go-to beach trip is out this year with the oil spill. My friend refuses to drive longer than 6 hours cause she gets cranky, so Savannah or New Orleans is out. We could cruise out of Mobile, but again, oil spill. I doubt the ship would cruise right through the oil slick, but it might not be avoidable and the smell is supposed to be awful. Flights are cheap to Orlando, but she used to live there and hated it, so we'd have to do something once we got there, like catch a cruise or fly on to Puerto Rico or something. We've talked about flying to Cancun. Boston. I don't know.
Of course its peak season, so flights and hotels are crazy high. Carnival Cruise lines is stalking me. Somehow they know I've been on the site and they keep calling me. Maybe if I procrastinate long enough, they'll give me a deal I can't refuse.
Anyone got some suggestions on what would be nice this time of year? Any sites for last minute travel deals? I'm clueless and desperate.