General chatter - Meet and Greet - Locations / dates vote




McKenziesmomma
10-12-2008, 11:34 AM
Okay...so several people have expressed their interest in a get-to-gether.....now its time to settle on some dates and a location....here are somethings to consider for:

Dates:
1. Time to meet your goal weight (and use this trip not only as a way to meet people who helped support you....but also as a reward)
2. Times when you can take off from work/school or kids can get off if you are bringing the family.
3. Sufficent time to save up for the trip

I'm suggesting Summer of 2010....so not this summer but next summer I think would give everyone plenty of time to save up that wanted to go!




Locations:

1. Cruise - This pretty much encompasses everything that everyone suggested......there are spas on a cruiseship, casinos, plenty of beach scenes....etc...lots to do and all inclusive!!! BUT you must consider getting sea sick :(

2. Las Vegas - Not really a family friendly, so I would probably leave the kids at home. Also, many of the hotels are kind of expensive...but I'm sure we can all find one we agree with......Also many cheap buffets for eating out...LOL! And free drinks as long as your gambling...LOL!

3. Spa getaway - I have looked into several of these....they are very expensive; however, they are taylored towards eating healthy, exercising, and an overall healthy experience.....most were located in beautiful places with waterfalls to take walks and stuff......I'm sure I can find one that is nice and not too expensive if your interested in a get-to-gether that will not derail all our good efforts.....I would say if we choose this one to leave the families at home...LOL!

4. Beach time!!! - So, this one speaks for itself.....the beach, the sun, the ocean........grilling out! Maybe several people can get together and go in on some condos???? Not sure which way would be the cheapest route here....really depends on where we go...


So everyone let me know some dates and and thoughts on locations.....I know I can't go before Summer 2010...but if you guys vote for one before then I will still help plan it!


dixied
10-12-2008, 01:50 PM
Summer of 2010 works well for me. I have too many things planned for 2009 already. Any of the locations are fine with me. I've always said that when I hit my goal I'm going to do a walking tour of Ireland, but with the value of the US dollar crashing, I think a domestic location would be a better value.

raw23
10-12-2008, 09:30 PM
1. Anytime
2. Anytime
3. Anytime

My vote is for a cruise


kelly315
10-12-2008, 10:41 PM
Summer 2010... by then I (and many others on this site) will have been able to save up AANNNDD reached their goals or mini-goals, so we can all celebrate together! A cruise would be wonderful, but it should be economic... maybe we can get group rates!

JamieJo
10-12-2008, 11:09 PM
Glad you're still planning to do this!!!!

1. Anytime!!! - but know that going to these places in the summer months may be VERY hot. I went to Vegas in July a couple years ago and it was miserable!

2. Anytime!

3. I have not cared for any of the cruises that I have gone on previously. You just aren't in one location long enough to really have a good time. It's always "go, go, go" and not enough "relax" for me... (just my thoughts...)

Vegas may be difficult for obvious reasons...but I love Vegas!

My vote is beach time... We can all be at one resort. Also, many places give group rates espeically if you go through a travel agency with a large number of people. Most places have all inclusive rates for those that are interested. One problem here is that most places need a passport and many people don't have that. Puerto Vererta, Bahamas, Jamaica, Cabo--all great places but you need the passport. Puerto Rico doesn't require a passport though.

BUT, I'll do whatever! I love trips!!!

belinda245
10-12-2008, 11:42 PM
McKenziesmomma -- 2010 sounds great for me 2!! Also if you need help with planning.. I am a travel agent and can help you coordinate. :)

scarahjs
10-13-2008, 09:46 AM
I think either Summer or Fall 2010 would be great! Usually after Labor Day is cheaper so we might want to think of that as well. I'm up for a cruise!!

PhotoChick
10-13-2008, 11:43 AM
I'm in for summer 2010. I'm not a big cruise person - mostly because in order to get good rates, you have to travel in pairs - which means either i have to find someone to come with me or I have to have a roommate. :) I'm not adverse to a roommate, but I do like my privacy and would rather have a place where I could go to be alone if I needed some down time.

Las Vegas would be my 1st choice since there's so much to do. Also you can get good rates in the summer - a lot of the hotels offer summer specials.

But really, I'll go along with whatever the crowd wants. :)

And I'll bring my cameras and be the official photographer! :)

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Hattie22
10-13-2008, 12:01 PM
What A great idea! :idea:

I would vote for a beach trip because it has more freedom choices. Families would be able to do this probably cheaper than a cruise. I can be ready in 2010. It would be a great incentive!!

mountain mama
10-13-2008, 04:00 PM
2010 is good for me too... but anytime is fine the the group choses differently:)
Vegas or spa or beach . Really.. anywhere lol But I guess those are my top three choices.

McKenziesmomma
10-13-2008, 05:05 PM
McKenziesmomma -- 2010 sounds great for me 2!! Also if you need help with planning.. I am a travel agent and can help you coordinate. :)

Yeahhh....that sounds great!

WOW I didn't realize everyone would be so divided on the location! So far it doesn't seem like we have any votes for a spa get away so we can rule that one out I guess.....

I'm thinking if we do a cruise it should be mid to late May so that we can avoid hurricane season which starts in June......

I agree with the miserable hot weather in Vegas in late June and July...maybe we can consider late May early June for that location....or maybe even mid May???

Hmmm....beach locations....I'm thinking white sandy beaches with clear waters.....without lots of crowds....maybe an all inclusive Sandals resort???? Passports shouldn't be a problem...I think they are pretty easy to get.

keep me informed....keep the opinions coming!

McKenziesmomma
10-13-2008, 05:31 PM
Here is some of theinfo I have found so far -

4 night cruise (Florida to Cuzumelm, Mexico and back to Florida) - as low as $379.00 per person. (doesn't include flight)

3 nights in Las Vegas at the Luxor Hotel and Casino - as low as $153.33 for room (does not include flight or food)

I will try to check out some more stuff later!

Babygal
10-14-2008, 01:03 AM
I like the sound of Vegas in May
My second choice would be a spa vacation.

mountain mama
10-14-2008, 01:13 AM
Although spa is really exciting to me.. it would be great to get a bunch of girl stogether and head to vegas!! ive never been.. and it's def a more social place then all of us in seperate rooms getting massages.
im easy to please.. i just wanna meet people and be somewhere fun! Just trying to think of pros and cons to come to a better conclusion.

bigmomma
10-14-2008, 01:27 AM
I'm up for it! My vote is more for the cruise as the food is included and you can choose to do on shore activities or stay on the ship and participate in those activities or just take a nap! Plus they have shows, casinos, spas, dance floors, swimming pools and lets not forget exercise equipment, just to name a few!!!

I find that for all of the things a cruise offers it's just so much more affordable than other vacation packages. I'm sure we could get group rates and you could probably pick who you want to room with:)



I should add that you can cruise anytime on the west coast, no hurricanes!

heather1979
10-14-2008, 02:41 AM
Summer in Vegas is very hot. May would be better. Its still gonna be hot but not as bad. Ive been twice both times around March-April and it was well into the 80's. You can find very cheap vacation packages to Vegas. Of coarse it takes some looking and depends where your flying from. But I never spent over $600 for both flight and hotel for about 5 days. You can get hella deals and if you wanna get free tickets you can go to those dumb seminars , i mean they take up a little of your time but hey you get something free out of it.
Ive never been to a spa, it sounds like it would be fun.
My first choice would be Vegas. My second is a spa resort.

I get motion sickness sometimes so im kind of lurey about the cruise.

I believe passports take about 6 weeks or so, so theres plenty of time for that if we were to go out of the country.

JoyfulVegGirl
10-14-2008, 06:31 AM
This sounds like so much fun! Thanks for planning this :)

My vote would be for the beach or a cruise. I've always wanted to go to Puerto Rico, and I've never been on a cruise. Vegas is always fun, though.

Really, anywhere everyone decides would be fine.

belinda245
10-14-2008, 07:14 AM
If we book a cruise as a group we can definitely get better perks & cheaper prices.. Also prices in May have already gone up. if you do it early march you can probably get an even better deal.

JamieJo
10-14-2008, 01:25 PM
Have the people who are voting for cruises ever been on a cruise?

I REALLY love to travel and REALLY have not enjoyed cruising...

Kim_Star060404
10-14-2008, 01:48 PM
I'd be completely opposed to a cruise, by far my worst traveling experiences have been cruises.

A beach vacation near a lot of attractions would be great.

McKenziesmomma
10-14-2008, 03:52 PM
Although spa is really exciting to me.. it would be great to get a bunch of girl stogether and head to vegas!! ive never been.. and it's def a more social place then all of us in seperate rooms getting massage

The spas I am talking about are actually a little different then you are probably thinking.....the days would be scheduled (a little but not hectic or anything) we would get up...have breakfast...some yoga....out door nature walks complete with waterfalls and beautiful scenery.....group aerobics classes....steam rooms.....and yes some massages and things...but surely we wouldn't be all in different rooms...I think the basic idea behind the spa one is to relax and reward yourself and refresh....and have a good time with each other all while remaining healthy and exercising and eating right!
I'm starting to lean more towards spa...there is a nice one right here in TN not far from you and me!

If we book a cruise as a group we can definitely get better perks & cheaper prices.. Also prices in May have already gone up. if you do it early march you can probably get an even better deal.

At first I ruled out the group thing because in order to get the group deal I thought you guys would have to send me your money cause to get the discount I would have to book the whole group at once....and let me just say NO ONE SHOULD EVER EVER send money to anyone they don't know or can not confirm is a valid business!!!!!!!! However....I have thought about going to a local travel agency to see about getting group deals and see if they can set up a group account for us and everyone here can send their money to the travel agency.....and I can give you guys the address and the web addess and tax ID number so you can investigate it and check with the better business bureau and such before you send your money so you feel comfortable!


I'm going to close this thread tomorrow evening by 5pm CST probably.....Hopefully tomorrow night I will post a new thread with the location and dates....so everyone get your votes in now....pass the word along throughout the other forums and threads....anyone you want to go tell them to come vote......

as it stands now this is going to be a short trip (3-4 nights) this is to keep prices low and make is so not alot of time from work would have to be missed so you can use vacation time for other things throughout that year....I wouldn't expect you guys to use it all for this.......

Once I announce a dates and location I will start posting hotels and prices (with links so you guys can view the pics) I will check for group rates as well......I will look for activies in the area with prices and post those as well.....I will also research restaurants, shopping in the area, and any other activities with price ranges.........Once everyone agrees on a hotel I will post a final thread that will detail hotel costs, food costs, activities costs, shopping and souviners or extras...etc....

I will then check with a local travel agent to see about the group deal....and if that doesn't work out everyone will be responsible for booking their own stuff...flights and all.

Hope everyone is okay with this!

Thanks
Melissa

McKenziesmomma
10-14-2008, 04:08 PM
So far I have -

4 votes for cruise
4 votes for beach
0 votes for Spa
4 votes for Vegas
1 vote for Any

If you just said any...I put you down for Any....if you listed 1st choice / 2nd etc...I put your vote for your 1st choice, If you just listed several of them in a certain order...I put your vote for the first thing you listed.....

If the votes stay tied I will be choosing either Beach or Vegas for the simple fact that several people have been very anti-cruise and because it is the only one that people could end up being sick the whole time and not enjoy their vacation (due to motion sickness that is); however....if more people come in and vote cruise and cruise wins...then cruise it will be....and we will do one of the other ones later.....

trying to make this fair as I can so as many people that wants to can sign up!

stacylambert
10-14-2008, 04:31 PM
2010 sounds good to me!

I'm not a cruise person myself either. My vote is for the beach or Vegas.

I live in San Diego so if we decided to do the beach one somewhere around here I would be more than willing to help out with the planning.

PhotoChick
10-14-2008, 04:37 PM
Here's my concern with the beach - and for the record I'm a total beach person and can think of nothing more fun than to hang out at the beach and eat seafood all day! :)

But going to the beach automatically means one coast or the other. Which means that people on the other coast might be prohibited from attending because of cost. I know that living on the east coast, flying all the way to the west coast (as much as I'd love to) is outside of my budget. And I'm sure it works the other way for west coasters coming to the east coast.

Vegas is centrally located. It's a destination that is served by TONS of airlines including low cost ones like Airtran and Southwest. It's got non-strip type areas like Red Rocks and Lake Las Vegas where people can hang out. It's got the spa experience. It's got the food experience. It has close by lake-front beaches. It's got hiking. It's got touristy stuff and kids stuff and adult stuff.

That's just my take on it.

Also keep in mind that to get group rates anywhere you're going to have to GUARANTEE (as in be willing to pay for no-shows) a certain number of rooms or registrations. (I used to work in the tourist industry and now I plan workshops and events, so I'm familiar with how it works.) It's going to be hard to get reduced rates w/out committing money for rooms/venues.

I honestly think that the better idea would be to pick a location and a date and let everyone make their own travel arrangements. I know I can get rock bottom rates for myself through Priceline and I don't mind bidding on hotels and taking my chances. But I'd still be available for meet-n-greets and hanging out with everyone and going to dinner or a show or gambling or just sitting and chatting.

If it were me planning, that's what I'd do. :)

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yoyonomoreinvegas
10-14-2008, 05:24 PM
Summer 2010... by then I (and many others on this site) will have been able to save up AANNNDD reached their goals or mini-goals, so we can all celebrate together! A cruise would be wonderful, but it should be economic... maybe we can get group rates!

Some of the cruise lines do give you better rates for larger groups - we did a family cruise a couple of years ago that started out at $2500 per person but by the time all the cousins and in-laws started joining up we were down to around $900 per person in upgraded rooms with balconies....



2. Las Vegas - Not really a family friendly, so I would probably leave the kids at home. Also, many of the hotels are kind of expensive...but I'm sure we can all find one we agree with......Also many cheap buffets for eating out...LOL! And free drinks as long as your gambling...LOL!

Actually, it is way more family friendly than it used to be - depends on the ages of your kids of course, but there really is a ton of stuff to do that doesn't require a fake ID if you're under 21 :lol: There's the Shark Reef, The Secret Garden, the M&M Store, lots of arcades. The shows are a little pricey but really are worth it (If Mom wins a jackpot to pay for the tickets :rofl: )


Hmmm....beach locations....I'm thinking white sandy beaches with clear waters.....without lots of crowds....maybe an all inclusive Sandals resort???? Passports shouldn't be a problem...I think they are pretty easy to get.

keep me informed....keep the opinions coming!

Now THAT sounds heavenly! I was going to ask what beach you were thinking of - we have how many miles of coast line in the U.S.? :lol:

mountain mama
10-14-2008, 05:31 PM
melissa: I wanna go to a spa like the one you are talking about. One good thing is that in places like that most things are covered and your day is planned out.. and it's healthy choices. it seems like it goes better with the theme thanvegas. I mean.. it is 3FC!

mxgirl737
10-14-2008, 05:43 PM
vegas, without a doubt.

McKenziesmomma
10-14-2008, 07:11 PM
Fauxtini - that may be something me and you and a few others decide to do later...(or sooner..LOL!)

Photochick - I'm feeling you on the east coast /west coast and vice versa thing....however Las Vegas isn't really central...I mean it is practically right on California which is west coast....so if your coming from east coast or northeast your looking at cost flying to Las Vegas just like anything else with the beach.....

The Sandals thing is down the drain...it is wayyyyyy too expensive...like $4,000 all inclusive for 3 nights...I don't think so

Keep the opninons coming guys...d-day is around the corner!!

PhotoChick
10-14-2008, 07:20 PM
Photochick - I'm feeling you on the east coast /west coast and vice versa thing....however Las Vegas isn't really central...I mean it is practically right on California which is west coast....so if your coming from east coast or northeast your looking at cost flying to Las Vegas just like anything else with the beach.....Well, yes and no.

I travel a lot for my work and I go to Vegas every year for an industry convention. I can fly to Vegas from the east coast for a little over $200 round trip if I watch the airlines and catch the sales. I can't fly to SF or LA for double that, even tho it's only a state away. Vegas may be more west coast than east, but it's a destination location and there are tons of cheap flights there ... which was my point.

In fact, it's often cheaper for me to fly to Vegas than it is for me to catch a flight from Atlanta to NYC.

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JamieJo
10-14-2008, 08:24 PM
I still like the Mexico/Jamaica/Bahamas beach idea.

But damn, I love Vegas! One thing to think about with Vegas... Last time I went, we stayed on the strip for half the time and the other half in a hotel a block from the Hard Rock (which is about 2 blocks off the strip)...I THINK it was the Wyndmn (I know I spelled that wrong.) If we are interested I'll talk to my Aunt and see what the exact name was. SUPER DUPER cheap because they do not have a liquor license nor a gambling licence. They did have free round trip busses to the strip every half hour. B E A U T I F U L rooms...like the big rooms with full kitchens. I want to say that we spent like 75 bucks a night there and we went in March. It had two pools, one for families and one for adults...just NO nightlife or anything like that. Oh, AND, someone IS going to the Thunder From Down Under with me if we go to Vegas... :) hehe!!!

nelie
10-14-2008, 08:49 PM
Well, yes and no.

I travel a lot for my work and I go to Vegas every year for an industry convention. I can fly to Vegas from the east coast for a little over $200 round trip if I watch the airlines and catch the sales. I can't fly to SF or LA for double that, even tho it's only a state away. Vegas may be more west coast than east, but it's a destination location and there are tons of cheap flights there ... which was my point.

In fact, it's often cheaper for me to fly to Vegas than it is for me to catch a flight from Atlanta to NYC.

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I think it depends on where you are coming from because I fly to CA twice a year and well this is the only year I've had trouble finding tickets for $300 or less and I travel at high volume times (Christmas, etc).

Vegas is cheap though, flights and hotels are generally cheap although I haven't been in years (and have no interest in ever going again).

McKenziesmomma
10-14-2008, 10:10 PM
At first I ruled out the group thing because in order to get the group deal I thought you guys would have to send me your money cause to get the discount I would have to book the whole group at once....and let me just say NO ONE SHOULD EVER EVER send money to anyone they don't know or can not confirm is a valid business!!!!!!!! However....I have thought about going to a local travel agency to see about getting group deals and see if they can set up a group account for us and everyone here can send their money to the travel agency.....and I can give you guys the address and the web addess and tax ID number so you can investigate it and check with the better business bureau and such before you send your money so you feel comfortable!



Guys I need to quiclkly clarify something.

First of all I do not personally know Belinda. She owns a travel agency business and from time to time has put in some of her expertise advise (which is greatly appriciated). The reason I said what I did in the quote above about the tax ID number and verifying the business is because no one here knows who I am or who she is...or if we know each other or not....and whatever business we use in booking this as a group (if we do) should be able to be verified by everyone and therefore make them feel comfortable enough to send that company their money.......

Sending your money to a company without verifying their validity as a company would be no different than sending your money to a perfect stranger hoping to get the results you desire......

I'm in no way questioning the validity of her business.....I just wanted to let everyone know this!

Thanks

McKenziesmomma
10-14-2008, 10:17 PM
Well, yes and no.

I travel a lot for my work and I go to Vegas every year for an industry convention. I can fly to Vegas from the east coast for a little over $200 round trip if I watch the airlines and catch the sales. I can't fly to SF or LA for double that, even tho it's only a state away. Vegas may be more west coast than east, but it's a destination location and there are tons of cheap flights there ... which was my point.

In fact, it's often cheaper for me to fly to Vegas than it is for me to catch a flight from Atlanta to NYC.

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WOW that is awesome...please please share you secrets!!! That will greatly help people flying!

SUPER DUPER cheap because they do not have a liquor license nor a gambling licence. They did have free round trip busses to the strip every half hour. B E A U T I F U L rooms...like the big rooms with full kitchens. I want to say that we spent like 75 bucks a night there and we went in March. It had two pools, one for families and one for adults...just NO nightlife or anything like that. Oh, AND, someone IS going to the Thunder From Down Under with me if we go to Vegas... :) hehe!!!

That hotel sounds good...find out the name please...I will check it out and put it on the list of hotels should Vegas get picked......

What is the "Thunder From Down Under" I plan on bringing my hubby with me so no male strip clubs (which I wouldn't do anyways cause I wouldn't want him to do me that way..LOL!) I'm assuming that is what that is???

I think it depends on where you are coming from because I fly to CA twice a year and well this is the only year I've had trouble finding tickets for $300 or less and I travel at high volume times (Christmas, etc).

Vegas is cheap though, flights and hotels are generally cheap although I haven't been in years (and have no interest in ever going again).

Dang you and photochick need to share the secrets!

luvja
10-14-2008, 10:35 PM
I've always wanted to go to Vegas ;)

mountain mama
10-14-2008, 10:36 PM
everything sounds good to me so far.. Melissa.. let me know if you need any help with anything..

and know that im always up for that spa vacay whenever you are! hehe

heather1979
10-15-2008, 12:40 AM
I still think Las Vegas is by far the cheapest to fly to. I agree with photochick, I dont really think it matters where your flying from your bound to find a deal to Las Vegas. You gotta look its not always right under your nose. Southwest is always really cheap, if you have DING! its something from southwest that lets you know when certain locations have deals. I have found that even if you take one flight there and a diffrent back its sometimes cheaper. I live in Illinois and flying out of Chicago to Las Vegas is cheaper than going to Florida or California. If you go to some travel sites if you find a deal you can save it and they cant change the price. I mean they will after a while but you have a week or so to buy it.
Flying into smaller cities tend to cost more.
I like the spa idea too! I always wanted to go to a spa. Wheres that spa in TN, Melissa? I can fly there and back for $120

stacylambert
10-15-2008, 01:29 AM
I'll go to Thunder from Down Under with you! I wanted to go last time I went but I was with my husband. Needless to say he did NOT want to go. hehe.

futuresize6
10-15-2008, 03:15 AM
I'd be sooooo interested in 2010 but I have to finish up school-I'm done in June 2010 and then I'll take the nursing boards some time over that summer. I'm in if it's after June 2010-def need to finish school.Please , please , please keep me updated. Thanks so much!!!!!:)

happy1025
10-15-2008, 03:54 AM
I'd like to jump in and vote for Vegas

Suzanne 3FC
10-15-2008, 10:21 AM
I would suggest making individual arrangements and not go through a travel agent if you choose Vegas. Vegas offers many, many specials so it won't be hard to find something affordable to fit your individual needs. :) An agent would be helpful if you choose a cruise though, and there are cruise specialists that can help.

Obligatory disclaimer: 3FC is not connected with the meet and greet, it is an unofficial gathering of friends.

mountain mama
10-15-2008, 10:43 AM
yeah, i agree with suzanne.. if we all find our own way to vegas and have just the hotel booked for us all it would probably be less hassle with money going from hand to hand and stuff like that.

PhotoChick
10-15-2008, 10:54 AM
As far as finding the best deals or my "secrets" ... I don't really have any huge secrets. I just keep an eye on airfares and rates. I use kayak.com to track airfares, I check travelocity, orbitz, and a few others. I mostly fly Airtran or Delta since I can usually find the best airfares that way. Sometimes I fly Southwest, but that involves driving to another state, so I only fly SW if I am saving a ton of money (esp. with gas prices the way they are now).

I always book my hotels via priceline.com - bidding on them, not via their regular reservations. I do my research via biddingfortravel.com and then bid at the 3* or 4* rate only. I've never gotten a bad hotel via Priceline as long as I've done my research ahead of time.

It's really all about research and spending the time. For me it's worth 3 hours of my time on the Internet to save several hundred $$$>

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JamieJo
10-15-2008, 01:51 PM
www.superclubs.com vacationstogo.com and orbitz.com have always been good to me. ;)

Thunder from Down Under is the Austrialian Male Review. It's kind of a strip show but it's HALARIOUS more then "dirty." It's a show, not a strip club...but don't get me wrong...They end up in little short things! :) I LOVED IT!!!

Oh, and this is the off strip hotel we stayed at. BUT if you book hotel/airfare and get one of the strip hotels, the flights are usually cheaper.

Wyndham Grand Desert Resort
265. E. Harmon Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

It sounds like many are interested in Vegas (which is awesome!) but if some others of you decide on that SPA thing too, please keep me in the loop. That is one thing I have never done before and am also interested in that!

nelie
10-15-2008, 02:05 PM
I agree with just keeping your eyes open. Airline tickets fluctuate from day to day, week to week. If you have a specific timeframe, you just keep an eye open. Yesterday, I found tickets to CA during Christmas for about $300 which is about half of what it has been for the last 2 months.

JamieJo
10-15-2008, 02:58 PM
Another thing to think about...I booked a trip through Orbitz for what I thought was the cheapest price possible ( I was working different internet travel companies and some in person travel agencies) Turned out that my IN PERSON travel agent could beat the orbitz price if I just would have showed her what I could get it for with orbitz... There are 8 of us going to Cabo in Jan. Four of us booked with orbitz and the others got it cheaper through the travel agent just by showing her what they could get it on orbitz for...

McKenziesmomma
10-15-2008, 03:53 PM
everything sounds good to me so far.. Melissa.. let me know if you need any help with anything..

and know that im always up for that spa vacay whenever you are! hehe

I will look into it and see what I can come up with....here is the website for the spa I'm referring to

http://www.tfspa.com/


I still think Las Vegas is by far the cheapest to fly to. I agree with photochick, I dont really think it matters where your flying from your bound to find a deal to Las Vegas. You gotta look its not always right under your nose. Southwest is always really cheap, if you have DING! its something from southwest that lets you know when certain locations have deals. I have found that even if you take one flight there and a diffrent back its sometimes cheaper. I live in Illinois and flying out of Chicago to Las Vegas is cheaper than going to Florida or California. If you go to some travel sites if you find a deal you can save it and they cant change the price. I mean they will after a while but you have a week or so to buy it.
Flying into smaller cities tend to cost more.
I like the spa idea too! I always wanted to go to a spa. Wheres that spa in TN, Melissa? I can fly there and back for $120

See above link...it is called the Tennessee fitness Spa or something like that it is in Waynesboro, TN I think (which apparently is less than an hour away from me...LOL!)

I would suggest making individual arrangements and not go through a travel agent if you choose Vegas. Vegas offers many, many specials so it won't be hard to find something affordable to fit your individual needs. :) An agent would be helpful if you choose a cruise though, and there are cruise specialists that can help.

Obligatory disclaimer: 3FC is not connected with the meet and greet, it is an unofficial gathering of friends.

Thanks for the info...I agree! :D




I will count up the votes again....I told everyone it would be close to 5pm CST when I would close this thread and count the votes; however, it maybe later as I forgot school started back today and I won't even be home by 5pm! I'm soooo silly sometimes :P

The vote really feels overwhelmingly VEGAS to me (without counting this is unofficial). I'm thinking we are all going to have to be responsible for booking our own vacation (flights, hotels, etc.) once all is decided......

I hope this is okay! I think we are going to be able to get some good deals though

Heather - I know you have been to Vegas a couple of times as well as a few others had mentioned on here they had as well.....is the food expensive......someone was telling me that there were buffets but they were like $25.00 per person...that is crazy! That would end up costing me $50.00/meal for me and my hubby that is $150.00 a day on food without snacks and extra drinks or anything.....that is more than what I would be spending on the hotel per night

What is everyone else's experience with food costs in Vegas?

Thanks all!! We are soooo close!

JamieJo
10-15-2008, 04:00 PM
There are expensive places to eat and then cheap places to eat. They have subways and other places like that right on the strip too. I don't remember eating being anything really expensive there. I would just make sure you get a fridge in your room so you can have some of your own stuff. That place that I suggested had a full kitchen so that was REALLY nice. The hard Rock Cafe - which is near there, also had GREAT salads! I also stayed at the Excallaber and they had these little shops with GREAT salads...I want to say they were like 8 bucks a peice but SO worth that! The upstairs of Excallaber also had an eating area. They had a subway type place, mcdonalds (bad!) and other places like that up there.

Do you think we are all going to try and stay at the same place in Vegas?

I'm so excited! I love trips!

McKenziesmomma
10-15-2008, 08:39 PM
Okay I'm closing this thread! I've counted the votes and chosen the location......I'm picking the dates and researching some hotels ...

Here is the link to the next thread

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=154156