Homer's Travels: The Choice Was Made For Us

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Choice Was Made For Us

Some choices are yours to make.  Others are made for you.

Ever since we went to Peru in 2006, we've had the travel bug.  Back then, two years ago, we chose our next destination: Thailand.  We picked a tour offered by the same company that did our Peru tour: Hill Tribes of Thailand.  We planned to add a side trip to Angkor Wat. It was going to be grand.

I've been looking forward to this trip.  Originally we were planning to do it Summer 2008 but we postponed it to 2009 when we decided to move back to the mid-west.  Postponing it made me ache.   I was ready to go somewhere exotic and new.  Native and historic.  I'm not sure I could have been more excited.

Then the economy soured.  Was it right to take an expensive trip when our savings were shrinking and the economy was circling the toilet bowl?  I was feeling uncertain and I discovered that the Wife was right there with me.  We both decided that it wouldn't be right but we both really wanted to go and we kept putting off the final decision.  We were torn.  Then the world stepped in and made the decision for us.

I checked the tour schedule and found that it was not given during the summer.  That pretty much killed our trip to Thailand.  The summer is the only time the Wife and I have time to travel together.  I'm still bummed.

Our backup plan is to vacation locally.  We're looking at a trip to Yellowstone and Arches National Park.  Not exactly exotic but we will have to make do with what we have and make the best of it.


  1. Aw, man, sorry to hear that. Hopefully you'll be able to re-schedule for some point in the near future. For what little it's worth, The Parentage love Yellowstone and go quite often...

  2. GH: I've been to Yellowstone but the Wife hasn't. I had a cheesy non-digital camera when I was there son now I hope to take some good pictures ... I hope.

  3. K, that sucks. :(

    At least you were on the same page about it though and are both flexible about doing other things.

  4. JaG: The Wife and I are often in tune. It can be creepy at times but very handy.