With our next trip fully planned, a 14 day driving jaunt of 4000 miles that covers thirteen states, I have been planning two more trips. One a 9-day cross country visit to the Washington D.C. area and a four day 100th birthday party trip for my Dad in Minnesota.
Washington D.C. Trip
We decided to stay in the United States this year as the flights to Europe are such a pain. If I could afford first class air fare, things wouldn’t be so painful but, the cost for this addition doubles the price of the trip. What a pain.
So instead, we decided to head to the center of our Federal Government, Washington D.C.. This will be our third trip there but we feel we have barely scratched the surface of the things to see.
This trip will be very different from prior trips. We will not have a car. We will be using Uber, We rented a one bedroom apartment in the suburbs within walking distance of supermarkets, restaurants and the train system that will take us directly into Washington, D.C. within in 20 minutes. The cost of of our apartment is 1/2 or less than a hotel in D.C., we will be saving a chunk of $$$$ on food with our own kitchen and no rental car or parking costs. This is how we do it on our trips to Europe so we figured we might as well see how it works here the United States.
100th Birthday Party(Minnesota)
We will be making our third trip this year to Minnesota, this time for Dad’s 100th birthday. Four days with our daughter, we traveled there with our son earlier this year,
The cost for airfare to Minnesota is more than to Washington D.C.. Plus, renting a car is key as we must drive 100+ miles to the small farm town where Dad lives.
We are all looking forward to this trip as we are expected see a good part of the community who are always supportive to family and friends.