I was laying sideways on the couch next to the fireplace, sipping a glass of red wine late Friday night when my younger brother Casey came up with the ultimate vacation idea.
Now, let me preface this first by saying, like any good vacation, you must be willing to fork over a little dough. This is not a weekend at Bernie’s, or a 24-hour slop-fest in Vegas. This is the real deal. But, I will offer two different versions in hopes that the bait will be attractive enough to get the most frugal of fish, as well as the man-eaters.
Option 1 will cost you $1500, 3 days, and 3 friends.
Option 2 is the same format, just a bit more costly. Gather up $5000 and plan on taking a week from the grind.
Both options are simple. The only difference in the two, are travel. The first trip is domestic, the second….anywhere your little heart desires.
So here is the scoop. Gather your 3 friends and stay together on a Thursday night. Share stories, play pool, drink a few cocktails, but don’t get out of hand. You have a big day in less than 6 hours, so save your energy. At 4am on a Friday, you and your posse get to the airport. Everyone is required to have $1500 cash, one credit card, and only a backpack to be carried on the plane. No one is allowed to check baggage, because if you do that, that is exactly what you become: baggage.
With an open mind, you start wandering the halls of the check in counters, looking for destinations and available tickets. From what I understand, there are many discounted fares just before departure so hopefully you can find three or four destinations that will allow you to have some sort of option. After you have found four destination cities, throw the names in a hat and pick one. The idea here is not to pick Las Vegas, New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. This idea is not ordinary, so don’t make it one. Pick cities like Manchester New Hampshire, Nashville Tennessee, Boise Idaho, and Coral Springs Florida. I know I may have lost a few of you here, but why come back from vacation and tell people you were in New York when you can tell them you were in Boise? Ok, that argument didn’t work, but the vacation will. It feels good to do something else, to see somewhere you’d probably never see unless you had to attend a funeral or go to a cousin’s wedding.
The second option, my favorite, can really get out of hand. Don’t forget your passports for this trip to no man’s land, better yet, don’t lose it while you are there either. You may be calling Bangladesh your new home if you do. Option number two is anywhere in the world. Get to the airport early and really do your homework, talking with the agents, scanning the web, and digging deep to find two or three optimal locations. Again, I advise not doing the standard Scotland golf trip, or the Hawaii get-away. Try something different! How about London to go party with Prince Harry, Sydney Australia, Prague, or a small town in Switzerland? I’m not saying you have to stay in one location either…after all, you only have what’s on your back. Find a few destinations that reek of mystery, throw them in a hat and go!
It’s an idea that has stuck with me for the past few days, and I hope it sticks with you as well.
Of course, if you are anything like me, you’ll probably talk about this for two years with your friends…….and end up taking your wife to Hawaii.