The plans for this trip all came about very quickly, so it required some quick planning and organizing on all our parts to make it happen. Our youngest sister wasn't able to make it happen this time and we really missed having her on the trip with us. But, the three of us that did go had so much fun that we have promised her that we will plan another trip a little farther in advance so that she can make arrangements in time.
Our trip was to a coastal town in California called Cayucos. Our hotel was right on the beach! It was amazing! Since I live in Arizona, that meant a plane flight for me. Here is how I made it happen as inexpensively as possible:
- As soon as I knew that I had people to watch my granddaughter while I was gone, (My husband and my Son-in-law), I got online and made my plane reservation. I have learned from experience that the earlier you make the reservation, the more likely you are to get a good price! I used Travelocity to search for the best prices and ended up flying on American Airlines. I paid $217 for a round trip fare from Phoenix to Fresno. Just before I left, I looked again and flights were over $400. I also purchased the cancellation insurance for $19, just in case.
- On most airlines, including American, you are charged for checked luggage. Southwest doesn't charge for your first bag, but they don't fly into Fresno, CA, where I was going. You may take a fairly large carry-on plus a personal item for free. Since I was going to be gone for 5 days, I packed clothes and what I needed into my carry on duffel bag and took a purse. You can take a very roomy purse if necessary. If your carry-on is pretty big, when you are at the gate, American offers valet service at the end of the ramp before you get on the plane and will take your bag for you there and return it when you exit the plane in the same area. This saved me from having to stuff my heavy duffel into the overhead compartment. The wait to get it back is much shorter than going to collect it from baggage claim.
While we were there, we drove to neighboring areas of Morro Bay, Pismo Beach and Cambria. The views were beautiful and we ate some wonderful seafood at various restaurants. I was in heaven, eating salmon and shrimp!