I hate last minute trip planning. I’m a planner who likes to have time to plan all the details of a trip and often will plan months in advance, especially over a holiday weekend. My husband on the other hand will wait until the last minute. This irks me like no other.
I’ll be honest, last minute trips were fun when it was just me and my friends or me and the husband. The excitement of waking up, throwing clothes in a bag and just going wherever the wind takes us was fun. But it’s different with kids and dogs. More stuff to pack, schedules to consider, stopping spots to include on the road, and where you stay matters. Traveling with kids and dogs takes planning.
Alas, Labor day weekend has came up (seeming out of nowhere) and my husband decided the Friday before, that we need to travel. Now, I’m all for taking a three day weekend to travel, but LAST MINUTE, AHH!
This is when I gave my husband the planning baton and said, “go for it, I don’t want to take that on”. Impressively he took on the planning and spent hours on the computer and phone looking up possible destinations, hotel rooms, and activities to do. Of course, the top destinations we would love to visit, like the coast or a National Park were either booked or way to expensive.
In my mind I thought this trip is not going to happen. But then my husband threw out an idea, “what about Everett, WA?” Not a normal destination I ever thought about, but I was willing to hear him out. And that is where his genius of last minute planning shined. He explained Everett is less than a 5 hour drive away, he found a Best Western hotel (our favorite hotel chain) for under $100.00 a night right in downtown Everett. Where there are all sorts of fun family friendly outdoor and indoor activities. The best part is his father was willing to dog sit for us so we don’t have to take the dogs. After hearing all that I was sold!
The Travel Family is headed to Everett, Washington!
More about our Everett trip in the next blog post!
Thank you for reading and happy travels!