Our 2013 Holiday Vacation Part 1

Logistics of Travel

Our Holiday vacation itinerary went through several iterations. Airports in CAPS are destinations. lower case are layovers.

It started with OAK-mdw-atl-SJU-atl-las-OAK

Then my company announced our holiday schedule so it changed to SFO-las-BNA-las-SFO. Christmas in California followed by OAK-mdw-atl-SJU-atl-mdw-OAK.

Then I thought about all the time we’d spend flying back and forth and wanted to maximize fun time and minimize transportation time. After overcoming the guilt of not spending Christmas with the rest of my family, plans changed to OAK-LAS-BNA-mco-SJU-bwi-mdw-OAK.

I had been suggesting to the hubby that we try to take a day trip to the Dominican Republic for weeks so he surprised me and added St. Croix (Unite Sates Virgin Islands) to the itinerary. So our final plans were OAK-LAS-BNA-mco-SJU-STX-SJU-bwi-mdw-OAK.

Southwest’s flexibility gave us the opportunity to take one of our longer and more random trips but packing everything for a 10 day trip covering temperatures from 15-85, fine dining, work and nature adventuring, in a carry-on and backpack isn’t easy.

Here’s what I packed
flip flops
sweater dress
2 tee shirts
2 sweaters
cargo pants
lounge pants
turtle neck
puffy jacket
light sweater
swim suit
long johns
also managed to fit in googles, water shoes and a snorkel

Whenever we take longer trips, I bring at least one piece of clothing that I plan on leaving behind. It lets me add variety to my wardrobe and still have room for souvenirs. This time it was a bulky sweater that stayed in Nashville. I also pick a color or theme so I can easily mix and match clothing. For Vegas and Nashville the dominant color was brown. For the Caribbean, I took inspiration from a pair of earrings and wore yellows and blues.

We left work a little early on a Friday to avoid traffic to OAK. It took 35 min to drive the seven blocks from my office to the bridge. We got to the airport on time for our flight which had been delayed. We barely made it to dinner at Mastros. Even though they close at 11, they had noticed that we keep moving our reservation back and figured we were delayed and welcomed us in at 10:45PM. On the plus side for us, it was like private dining. After dinner we browsed the Christmas decorations in Crystals, Aria and the Bellagio conservatory garden before we were off to bed. Our 7AM flight out of Vegas was just hours away.

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