If you follow me on Instagram you know that Currey and I have been on vacation. A glorious, 8 day vacation without our kids. In July we are celebrating 10 years of marriage and we felt this milestone was worth celebrating. As soon as my parents said they were free to come stay with the kids, we began planning.
We had no real idea of where we’d like to visit. We were headed out together, sans kids, for 8 days and at times joked that we didn’t care where we were as long as we are together! Southwest was having a sale so we began looking at possible destinations. We wanted to go somewhere that we’d never been and so we started a list of possible locations. The list was quickly narrowed based on flight costs. We discussed lots of possibilities but decided on a tour of New England. We’d fly in and out of Boston and take time to drive from state to state.
Now for a little history. Before kids, road trips were our jam. We went to Texas about twice a year and we always drove. Those drives are some of our sweetest memories pre-kids. Currey was in school and we were both working lots of hours. We loved road trips because it meant that we were in the car together for 16 hours. We really wanted to road trip together as part of the trip and New England seemed like a logical fit.
As we began planning, I didn’t find too many resources on a Driving Tour through New England. SO I’m outlining all our details in case you are interested in making a similar trip yourself.
Let’s start with Airfare. We fly Southwest exclusively. (I’m not endorsed by Southwest. We just love the service we receive through this airline!) The whole bags flying free and being super kids friendly makes this an easy choice for our family. We don’t have any airline credit cards that provide the same perks so we stick with Southwest. They run sales frequently so we just wait for a deal and book. We were able to fly round trip to Boston for $300 as a couple. In our minds, a great rate!
My big hang up was the rental car. I hated getting such cheap airfare then paying $600 for a car for the week. I read all sorts of traveling tips online and was shocked to find out that we could rent a car through Costco! We were able to score a rental car for a third of the price that we were finding on the deal sites.
I’ll go into more details about where we stayed with each post but all of our hotels were booked via Priceline. I knew we were going to spend a sizable chunk of our budget on hotel stays. I know that there are varying beliefs on where the cheapest place to get hotels is but my research continued to point to Priceline. I’m not picky about where I stay so I’m fine with being surprised with a hotel.
So that’s the basics. Check back later this week and as I outline all our travel adventures.