Thursday, January 20, 2011


I want to go visit my family over a long weekend in February. I've been watching ticket prices for nearly a month. When I first looked, they were $190 round trip. I wasn't sure which weekend I wanted to go, so I didn't book them. Ever since, they've been between $315 and $350 -- Farecast keeps saying prices will drop, but they haven't, and I'm getting antsy about booking now or the price going up even more.

Reasons to go:
1. It's been over a year since I was there.
2. I want to see my grandparents.
3. I want to meet my friend's "new" (six-month-old) baby.
4. I've been asked to speak to my alma mater and I could do it in person instead of via Skype (unfortunately, there's no chance of them kicking in money towards the trip -- they did ask me to Skype in the first place).

Reasons not to go:
1. Tickets are $150 more than I wanted to pay.
2. I have to rent a car on top of the plane tickets. (This may seem like an un-needed expense, but it turns out that my parents and I only get along when I don't rely on them for transportation. Also, if I drive myself I won't miss my flight back--I've missed every flight in eight years where I relied on my mother for transport. Alas, the airport is two hours away, so I don't have many friends I can call on instead.)

Reasons to throw all caution to the wind:
1. I have nearly $700 in my travel fund, but I was hoping to make that cover two trips (flight + car) since I won't be adding to it anymore until we pay off the student loans.

What would you do?


  1. I'd probably wait a few days more and then book. The prices always seem to get jacked on long weekends; on the other hand I try to get home at least twice a year, so my priorities in that area may be different from yours.

  2. Sounds like you need to go, and you have some compelling reasons for doing just that.


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