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3 Quick Tips To Finding The Best Cruise For You And Your Girlfriends First Cruise

A number of things go into finding the best cruise for you and your girlfriend and your first cruise may be a large influence into trips to come. Try these quick tips to make sure that you choose the best cruise for your first time.

1.      Inside Cabin or Outside Cabin

If you are like me and Meg, then you will be spending most of your time on the deck and only being in the room for sleeping (and maybe other things that require closed doors). With this being the case, there isn’t any reason to pay more money for a balcony or window view.

However, if you feel that you may have claustrophobia issues, then having the window view of all the open space may be necessary. Some cruises offer live stream video that makes it look like you are looking out a window, so make sure you read the fine print and make sure it is a real window.

2.      Consider cost of flights to get to the departing port

Some people get so excited because they found a cheap cruise that seems like a bargain so they buy the tickets before it sells out. However, the flight to the departing port can make the cheap cruise actually more expensive than a cruise that is closer, so it is important to check flight cost before buying the cruise tickets.

3.      Get detailed information about where your cabin is and the best time to schedule your meals before you board

The cruise lines are often well staffed, but the rush of people boarding and trying to find their cabins can make it so that there are lines of people waiting to ask any employee for directions to their cabin. You can usually get information for where a cabin is located and what elevators to take on the ship map that is provided to you before boarding.

Some cruise lines even suggest what time you should make reservations for dinner to help avoid large crowds. If you are unsure how to find this information, ask a travel agent, or whoever you booked the cruise with, they may be able to provide you with the appropriate information.

What experiences have you had with a cruise? Do you have any tips or stories to share with the community? Please comment below with your experiences and questions.

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3 Steps to Help You Decide Where to Vacation

It isn’t easy to decide whether or not you need a vacation, but it may be difficult to decide where to take your vacation. Meg and I have been trying to figure out where to take our vacation for quite some time.

Originally we were planning a trip to Disneyland, but neither of us have been on a cruise yet so I was thinking that we should do that instead. After looking into what cruise to go on, and when the vacation would be, Disneyland announced they are getting rid of the Tower of Terror in January, so if we don’t go this year, then we won’t be able to go on the Tower of Terror at all.

In addition, we are planning on replacing our old grandma car for a new car that will last us until our financial plan is to the point that we can go travel the world for a couple of years. This creates more complications because now we have to adjust our budget to compensate for the new car and we may have less funds for our upcoming trip.

As you can see, making a decision for where and when a trip will be is no foreign idea. However, we have figured out 3 great ways to making the decision process easier.

Step 1: Identify what makes the decision difficult.

The best way to make your decision easier, is to identify what makes the decision difficult in the first place. For example, the main reason choosing between a cruise and going on Tower of Terror for the last time is so difficult, is because as much as I love the Tower of Terror and Disneyland, I would rather have a new experience such as going on a cruise. If it was just me, I would choose a cruise any day, but Meg is coming too and she loves Disneyland. Most likely she would kick herself for ever (literally, well probably literally the rest of her life).

Step 2: Answer this: When do you have to buy tickets by, and how much can you afford by that time?

Now that you have identified why the decision is difficult, add another factor that should help eliminate options. One way to do that is by looking at your budget and the timing that you need the funds by. For example, to have a vacation in December, we would need to buy tickets, hotel and flight in a maximum of 45 days.

This process automatically eliminated trips that were on my list of places to go but were out of our price range for a trip this soon.

Step 3: Answer this: What trip would give you the most, for the amount of time you are going?

Some places just aren’t as enjoyable when it is only a couple of days, but some vacations allow you to do everything you want to in a short amount of time. We want to spend at least 5 days away from work, but we want to save some of our PTO at work for Christmas Eve and New Years so we don’t want to take more than that.

The best way to get the most out of these three steps, is by going through them with everyone you are going on vacation with. You may find that you have similar perspectives, or completely different ones. Together you can come up with a decision that feels great and you all agree on.

What do you do when deciding on vacation spots? Do you have a process you go through? Please share them with everyone here by commenting below.

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