Now that winter’s about half way over, I’m beginning to think about warm places I would love to go to get away from it all. Classes have started, the homework is piling up, and the stress of interning three days a week (for free) plus finding some time to work for actual money is making my life crazy. Also graduation is less than 4 months away. Meaning I’m less than 4 months from being a broke, most likely career-less, graduate. Basically, I just wish I could get away. Take a relaxing trip. Somewhere. Anywhere.
So, of course, instead of editing my resume, searching for jobs, or writing that paper, I’ll sit online and stare at expedia.com , checking the prices for different hotels in different locations. Like always, I’m drawn to the same old places. The Caribbean, Florida, etc. Nothing too exciting.
I’m looking for some place on the beach, with multiple pools, decent rooms, and good food. And then I find it. I click on “Vacation Packages” and this ad for Atlantis ( a HUGE resort in the Bahamas) appears. “4th night free?! $400 off airfare?!” I think to myself. Immediately, my brain starts processing this information. Well, I can’t go during school. I mean I have senioritis and all, but I don’t think anyone would come with me. And I care enough about my grades to not skip class. Spring break is already booked. That leaves after graduation.
Fortunately, the deal has “special reduced rates” through June 23rd. I begin looking at prices. Since we’d fly out of Boston we would just have to use a coupon code “BAH300” to receive $300 off. Not too bad. That deal is good for anywhere in the Bahamas, I believe, as long as you book through Expedia by March 3rd and Travel by June 23rd, 2010. The total price came out around $850 per person for five nights and under $700 per person for 4 nights when you include the coupon staying in the Beach Tower.
That’s pretty good, considering Atlantis is still by far my favorite hotel I’ve ever stayed at. I love the pools, the lazy river, the beach, the restaurants, and just the whole resort in general. It’s been 3.5 years since I’ve been there, and I’d love to go again. Especially since they’ve expanded so much in the past couple of years. And, they’ve done a great job with branding because now whenever I think of relaxing, beach vacation I think about Atlantis.
So I really want to take a trip after graduation. Now I have the motivation to start saving money. And I just have to decide between Atlantis, which is more expensive, and Las Vegas, which is much cheaper. Also, I’ve been to Atlantis before, and I’ve never been to Vegas. Or, there’s always a cruise. Decisions. Decisions. Anyone have any opinions?