Holiday Travel: No, Not the Sofabed!
Don't tell my family what I'm about to reveal here, okay?
For years, my wife and I have made the yearly trek to see the fam in Delaware, Central Jersey and Upstate New York. In three short, exhausting days, we're usually able to pack about 600 miles on the car, pay 20 or 30 bucks in tolls and visit with every remaining living relative that we still keep in touch with. Sound familiar?
But we grew tired of sleeping on floors, couches, bunkbeds and the dreaded sofa bed long ago. You know family: You just have to stay at their home or the holiday is ruined. Our solution? Lying. For the past few years, thanks to the magic of cellphones, we've been booking hotel rooms and telling relatives that we're staying with another part of the extended family. If they need us, they can call us.
As a result, we've gotten the greatest gift of all for Christmas: a good night's sleep and an excuse to avoid helping clean up.
That said, now is a good time to go looking for rooms if you haven't already. We've found that, generally, availability is decent on Christmas Eve and Christmas night. Best to hit sites like Orbitz.com and Expedia.com to get a general sense of what the prices are like, then go to the hotels' Web sites to see if there are deals for those nights. For instance, Marriott is offering Pure Magic packages through January, and they're good for the Christmas holidays. The deal includes breakfast, so you can actually eat something besides fruitcake and eggnog before you head over to Mom and Dad's.
Anyone else feel the pressure to stay on the floor and not in a hotel? What do you do?
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