Have you ever had a friend or coworker come home from a trip only to tell you, the one who was stuck at home or the office, “I need a vacation from my vacation”? That expression has always annoyed me, but as much as it pains me, I’ve been able to relate to it before. Actually, I may even be guilty of having said it before.
Traveling to Florida
Typically, air travel is tiring and stressful. You deal with airport security, layovers, and sometimes jet-lag. If you’re traveling with your children, those small people introduce an entirely new level of travel frustration to your experience. Anyone who has successfully gotten three kids, two strollers, and multiple carry-ons past TSA agents knows exactly what I mean.
Regardless of the inevitable annoyances we faced while traveling, back in August my family and I had – due in very large part to Tara and to Global Resort Homes – one of the best vacations ever. I tried to think of a more creative superlative than “best,” but it really sums up our trip most accurately.
On our way to Florida on August 16, we dealt with a lengthy layover in Baltimore and arrived in Orlando to find that the airline had damaged two of our checked bags and lost one of our car seats. The airline shall remain nameless, but to their credit, they ultimately took care of the issues. After picking up a loaner car seat at the counter, we headed out to the rental lot and discovered that our rental car company (who shall also remain nameless) had no minivans on the lot, even though I’d reserved the vehicle about five weeks before our trip.
Like I said, travel is stressful, but even I was starting to lose my cool now. We had to wait awhile, but once a van arrived, things started to get easier. My father-in-law and I have mastered the art of car seat installation and we can fit seven people and ten days’ worth of luggage (and two strollers!) into any minivan we encounter. We headed for Kissimmee and arrived a short time later at our insanely awesome accommodations for the next ten days: 8951 Majesty Palm Road in Paradise Palms Resort.
We all walked through the front door and the day’s stress just seemed to melt away. While the girls ran around, checking out the pool area and their bedroom, we adults noticed with great appreciation Global’s CARE package of bottled waters, fresh fruit, coffee and a “Welcome home, Andersons!” note. There were even gift bags for the kids that contained sunglasses and assorted candies, and out by the pool, we discovered noodles and inflatable tubes waiting for us. Oh, and um, did I mention the place was beautiful?
Not unlike this woman, as you can see, this was not a place we were going to leave willingly. There were huge bedrooms, four bathrooms, an amazing kitchen, and we were a short walk from the neighborhood’s clubhouse, playground, and pools. I’ll get to those awesome perks in my next post. Two summers, two fantastic stays with Global Resort Homes. Read on in the coming weeks to discover why I came home from this summer’s trip actually relaxed instead of needing a vacation from my vacation.