Day 1 of 3 Part Drei – He’s Taking the Scenic Route

23 Mar

This trip is a classic example of the power of being able to choose *when* one wants to travel.

Like most tourist destinations New York City gets more expensive during peak travel times. Christmas. Summer holidays. Spring break! In February-March and October-November, things slow down. Because of this you’re more likely to get a good deal on a hotels and flights because of increased vacancy and airplanes running below peak capacity. And once you get to your destination,  your travel experience should be more pleasant because there are less tourists.

Twenty-five degree weather in the middle of March is unheard of for this part of the world and we’re having a fantastic time. We got lucky on this one. We chose this particular weekend for several reasons:

  • The GF is super-busy in April
  • I had two days of leave to burn before March 31
  • My buddy who is working here is leaving this weekend
  • My bro and his wife are here

But consider this:  if you lived in a world where you had more free time, you could check the forecast on Wednesday and if a particular close-by travel destination is going to be having some unseasonably nice weather, you can take advantage and book a last-minute weekend mini-vacation for a fraction of the cost of what you might pay if you planned the same trip weeks in advance. But the best part is that you can control the largest unknown factor – the weather.

I, for one, plan on taking full advantage of this new-found information. I will be keeping an eye on the weather as well as the last-minute travel deals.

The view when I wrote this post.

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