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Old 04-06-2010, 11:32 AM   #41
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If any of you folks want me to make a list of the FUN and "Inner Child" things I plan to do in FL, just say so and I will take the time to provide the links here.
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If any of you folks want me to make a list of the FUN and "Inner Child" things I plan to do in FL, just say so and I will take the time to provide the links here.
Oh yeah, a favorite photo of myself was from a trip to FL. I was riding some sort of playground bouncy cutsy plastic animal, and was way too big for it. I believe that was my second childhood; now that I'm in my fourth, I'm less inclined to do that; try it Freeebird, while you're still young. Carpe diem.
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We are trading places ! While you enjoy Florida I will be in upstate New York visiting my daughter ,SIL and grandson . You are going to love St. Augustine . Take the trolley for a tour around town .
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We are trading places ! While you enjoy Florida I will be in upstate New York visiting my daughter ,SIL and grandson . You are going to love St. Augustine . Take the trolley for a tour around town .
Too funny
The weather here has been fabulous. It's raining today, but that's par for the course. April showers and all that jazz.
I plan to find a guided walking tour in St Augustine. I'm leery of wandering around by myself in strange cities. I can take care of myself in a pinch, but I'd rather be safe in a group with a narrator.
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Ok, I waited until after Easter for the prices to drop.
I had my sights set on the Ormond Beach area, just north of Daytona Beach. The condo rental prices were beyond my budget, so I decided to look at standard hotels with kitchettes (per Goonie's sugggestion).
I am flying JetBlue, so I went to their site to see what package deals were available. I had about 20 choices, and then I saw it!
A hotel a bit closer to Daytona Beach was offering every 3rd night free for stays longer than 5 days. This offer was good only if flying JetBlue. The savings total for those 5 free nights (15 day stay) was over $600.
I compared this offer to the hotel's own specials and a few online travel sites. No comparison.
I scored a direct beachfront balconied room with kitchenette for an average cost of $87 per night, including all taxes and fees. Free parking, free continental breakfast, free local calls, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, yadda yadda. It is located equidistant between St Augustine and the Kennedy Space Center, 2 of my many planned day adventure destinations.
I also got a compact car from Hertz for essentially $20 per day, unlimited mileage, for 2 weeks at their weekly rate, plus 1 day.

T minus 14 days until I go to my favorite playground.
But, but--we were all going surprise you by taking turns to stay with you in the condo!

Sounds like a great deal and location--and the weather should be nice and sunny for walking on the beach and around your excursions. We want a full report on your return!
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But, but--we were all going surprise you by taking turns to stay with you in the condo!

Sounds like a great deal and location--and the weather should be nice and sunny for walking on the beach and around your excursions. We want a full report on your return!
Now THAT would be fun - create our own Spring Break hotel party!

If my tax return was higher, I would have gone for the condo treatment again. But I made a deal with myself to stay within budget on lodging so I have more mad money.
So far...here's the plan...Kite flying, sandcastle building, beach strolling, lounging by both hotel pools, Marine Discovery Center narrated boat ride of Intercoastal Waterway, walking tour of St Augustine, Kennedy Space Center, Canaveral National Seashore visit, chocolate factory tour , maybe a sheltered waters kayak adventure if my hands feel good enough...whew!
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Just planned a week to Siesta Key FL. but that is on the west coast of FL fronting the Gulf of Mexico. Voted consistently in top US beaches. Powder white soft sand is the main attraction.

Flying into Tampa and driving an hour to Siesta Key. The 2br 2 ba condo cost me 1000 for a week total and it is about a 1 min walk to beach. R/T airfare was 300 per ticket and I bought 5. Car rental $250 total for a week from the Tampa Airport --


I am thinking your going to need about 1600 for a 1br1ba condo on the water for 2 weeks at a good beach in Florida. Add in your airfare and your at the 2k budget limit.




edit ah.... I see u got a standard hotel instead of the condo for $1300 so looks like ur good to go! Have fun!!!
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edit ah.... I see u got a standard hotel instead of the condo for $1300 so looks like ur good to go! Have fun!!!
Airfare, non-stop RT (SYR-ORL) $384
15 day beachfront balcony hotel room $1288
15 day rental car $399
Total $2071 including all tax, fees, etc

Mad money is extra of course.
I will not spend much on eating out because the room is an efficiency with kitchenette and there is a free continental breakfast every day. Gas and admission tickets will be biggest expenses.
I also may be eligible for a $100 rebate through a JetBlue travel package promotion. TBD...
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Freebird that sounds WONDERFUL. I'm jealous. You are truely FREE for 15 days! Enjoy your adventure.
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Ok, I waited until after Easter for the prices to drop.
I had my sights set on the Ormond Beach area, just north of Daytona Beach. The condo rental prices were beyond my budget, so I decided to look at standard hotels with kitchettes (per Goonie's sugggestion).
I am flying JetBlue, so I went to their site to see what package deals were available. I had about 20 choices, and then I saw it!
A hotel a bit closer to Daytona Beach was offering every 3rd night free for stays longer than 5 days. This offer was good only if flying JetBlue. The savings total for those 5 free nights (15 day stay) was over $600.
I compared this offer to the hotel's own specials and a few online travel sites. No comparison.
I scored a direct beachfront balconied room with kitchenette for an average cost of $87 per night, including all taxes and fees. Free parking, free continental breakfast, free local calls, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, yadda yadda. It is located equidistant between St Augustine and the Kennedy Space Center, 2 of my many planned day adventure destinations.
I also got a compact car from Hertz for essentially $20 per day, unlimited mileage, for 2 weeks at their weekly rate, plus 1 day.

T minus 14 days until I go to my favorite playground.
You didn't mention free Wi-fi. One of the joys of such a trip is the forum post that says "As I sit on my balcony in FL, looking at the ocean, ... "
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You didn't mention free Wi-fi. One of the joys of such a trip is the forum post that says "As I sit on my balcony in FL, looking at the ocean, ... "
Aaaahhhh...are you ready for a shock? I do NOT take my laptop with me. Why surf the net when the surf is breaking right in front of me?
I also do not take our digital camera. Too much to carry around and keep track of.
I take my cell phone, my Garmin GPS, and my Kindle2. Period.
I use my cell to send short emails via text to let dh2b know I'm OK or where I'm headed during the day. Or I'm really mean and send photos from the cell phone to our joint home email for him to see later that night.
I can use my Kindle for basic Internet connectivity if I need to look up an address. No charge.
Low tech all the way!
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have you encountered GHS (Garmin Hatred Syndrome)?

for myself, I love how I can locate things and be guided to locations relatively effortlesslessy. DW for some reason has developed a strong dislike and distrust of the garmin.

now I hear that my mother has developed GHS after coming back from a trip with her brother and sister in law.

I recently downloaded an app which makes the Garmin swear at me like a drill sergeant whenever I make a wrong turn...simple pleasures ; - )
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have you encountered GHS (Garmin Hatred Syndrome)?

for myself, I love how I can locate things and be guided to locations relatively effortlesslessy. DW for some reason has developed a strong dislike and distrust of the garmin.

now I hear that my mother has developed GHS after coming back from a trip with her brother and sister in law.

I recently downloaded an app which makes the Garmin swear at me like a drill sergeant whenever I make a wrong turn...simple pleasures ; - )
I do find the voice a bit annoying after a while. I just turn it down or completely off.
I've used GPS devices on water, so it is a natural thing for me to use it as a miniature nav aid. I keep it in my lap and do quick glances so it does not distract my attention when mounted on the windshield.
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Now THAT would be fun - create our own Spring Break hotel party!

So far...here's the plan...Kite flying, sandcastle building, beach strolling, lounging by both hotel pools, Marine Discovery Center narrated boat ride of Intercoastal Waterway, walking tour of St Augustine, Kennedy Space Center, Canaveral National Seashore visit, chocolate factory tour , maybe a sheltered waters kayak adventure if my hands feel good enough...whew!
That would be fun to have an ER field trip for the ladies some day. We could rent a big beach house and have a pajama party! Don't plan it for a couple of years though. I am enjoying my job, but the schedule does get in the way.

Your list of things that you are going to do in FL sounds like so much fun. You sound like you would make an ideal traveling companion. DH and I also do alot of traveling apart from each other. However, once he retires, we will probably start to do more traveling together. The biggest problem is our likes are very different. He likes car shows, flea markets and going to see Ron White. I like museums, aquariums, city sightseeing tours and plays. I guess we both like historical sightseeing (Gettysburg), battle ships, music concerts. Yes, maybe we can do some traveling together.
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That would be fun to have an ER field trip for the ladies some day. We could rent a big beach house and have a pajama party! Don't plan it for a couple of years though. I am enjoying my job, but the schedule does get in the way.

Your list of things that you are going to do in FL sounds like so much fun. You sound like you would make an ideal traveling companion. DH and I also do alot of traveling apart from each other. However, once he retires, we will probably start to do more traveling together. The biggest problem is our likes are very different. He likes car shows, flea markets and going to see Ron White. I like museums, aquariums, city sightseeing tours and plays. I guess we both like historical sightseeing (Gettysburg), battle ships, music concerts. Yes, maybe we can do some traveling together.
dh2b is usually pretty amenable to my ideas. I wish I could take him with me, but with constant "right now" w*rk demands, he just can't swing it. So I go alone. I'm a bit of a loner by nature to begin with, so it isn't a big deal.
I used to travel on my own for w*rk, so I am an old hand at finding fun things to do in a new location before I go. I was always rushed though.
In FIRE, I literally make up a list and then pick which one I feel like doing that day. Or none at all and just hang out on the beach.
I tend to do the kindler gentler things away from crowds, lines, and noise - natural phenomemon like caves and waterfalls, botanical gardens, historical sites, museums but only if they are nautical, historical, oceanography, geology, or technology themed, beach strolling and acting like a kid, yadda yadda. I do like to join up for walking narrated tours, i.e. safety in numbers and more informative.
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T minus 4 days until blastoff. I need to focus on final prep so I will not be here much. dh2b is up to his eyeballs with w*rk, so I promised him I would at least mow the lawn before I leave. However, rain is predicted for the next 3 days.
I wanted to thank everyone who gave me great ideas and destination tips and off-season calendar times, all of which helped immensely in my planning phase.
I will be completely offline for about 2 weeks, so I need someone to fill my shoes here while I am gone. Any volunteers? Tag team approach maybe?
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Back in the saddle again! I had a really great time in Daytona Beach.
Pics coming as soon as I download them from my cell phone.
I can easily qualify as a model for that old time Coppertone ad. I will definitely stand out amongst the walking jars of mayonnaise that live around here.
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Welcome back, freebird! Glad you had a great time!!!

Since I've got almost all of our travel plans finalized for this year, pretty soon I'll be finalizing the plans for our 2011 FL trip to the Ormond/Daytona area, and make our reservations. It'll be our 9th year there, and our 13th to FL.
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I have been called on to help a friend by diagnosing/repairing his lawnmower today, so it will be next week til I post pics and my "report".
The amazing thing was there was SOOOO much to do without falling into the usual tourist traps. All I had to do is look ahead online, print out the contact info, and then pick my activity du jour.
I loved watching the pods of dolphins go by every AM from my 5th floor balcony. I saw 2 manatees right up close at a marina I visited.
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