Thrifty and Frugal Living: Our Orlando Staycation

Friday, April 29, 2011

Our Orlando Staycation


Everyone keeps asking how my vacation was and the best response I can give is "it's complicated".  There were lots of parts that were amazing and wonderful (like Ripley's Believe It or Not!, the shopping, the food and just spending a few days away with my Hubby). Unfortunately, there were also quite a few things that went wrong and some big plan breakers.

1) First of all our "hotel" was a timeshare deal with a free pair of tickets to a theme park and 3 nights at the hotel for $139 + tax. The hotel ended up being old and cheesy and awful. In addition:
a) they put a $70 hold on our credit card the moment we walked in (ticked me off, but not a big deal)
b) they told us our Islands of Adventure passes would get a free 2nd consecutive day and we planned on going to IOA 2 days. When we got the tickets they informed us the deal ended months ago (devastating and we had to readjust all our plans. It also made the timeshare deal even less worth the hassle).
c) they charged us not only the tax (we had already payed the $139 ahead of time) but a $10 per night "room fee". (total rip off that ticked us off and made the deal even less appealing).

2) Island of Adventure was an unorganized mess and we ended up spending our one day there doing very little at all except for lots walking. I am doing a whole post on this next, so you will get the details there.

3) We had to change our sleep schedule around completely with no time to do it and I kept falling asleep. We worked until 4am and then woke up at 11am the same day to leave for vacation. This resulted in us being exhausted around 5-6pm. Combine that with us eating carbs for the first time in 5 months, us doing a TON of walking, and my foot being in lots of pain. All of this equals exhausted people who keep falling asleep. Me in particular. The night we came home after IOA Hubby wanted to go out to dinner and go swimming in the pool (and I did too) but he couldn't wake me. Opps. Ohh and this also lead to us waking up in the middle of the night with nothing to do and nothing open. Grr. We watched Netflix in the lobby (the only place with Wi-fi) a few times.

So, needless to say, our original plans fell apart. We still had a good time for the most part. We just had a lot more "ohh crap" moments then you normally have on vacation.

1 comments:

Free Samples and Deals. said...

That's too bad, but years from now you'll think back and laugh at it, thus creating a "good memory" lol