Half the fun is in the planning and anticipation
Another visit to the USA, our tenth. This one is to celebrate Bob's 60th birthday. Our last US trip, in September 2007, was to celebrate John's. Once we get there, our small bear, Arthur, who always travels with us, will be writing this Blog which is our first.
On our last trip, we used American Airlines trans-Atlantic and upgraded to Business Class using AA miles and $$$s. This has spoiled us for ever so this trip we are paying for British Airways flights, Club Class, as a special treat. Starting from Alicante, one of our local airports.
The planning started way back but began coming to fruition in July 2008 when we booked our flights and when there were still around $2 to the pound.
John felt scared the exchange rate was not going to stay at that level. It went down a bit, then up to over $2 to the pound again in July. So we booked and paid for our internal US flights, our car hire and as much accommodation as we could. Then sat back and watched the pound plummet. We were not smug, though as we have still much to pay for with a much weaker pound. We are resident in Spain but our funds are in pounds.
Eleven weeks to go and still much planning to do. And we want to book things like an Alcatraz tour in San Francisco. We have already bought and had mailed to us (for free) a 3-day transit pass for Chicago.
Thinks: "maybe I can get one for San Francisco. I'll go and have a look". (How did we manage plan these trips ante-Internet?)