I moved away from home five and a half years ago. I can count on one hand how many times I've been home since then. We haven't been able to spend the holidays with our families in years. And this is coming from someone who has always hated the holiday season, but honestly I hate it even more when we basically don't have a Thanksgiving and Christmas at all because we're so far away. I know I know, our choice to move blah blah blah. But after so many years, it gets kinda sad.
We figured we would finally be able to make it home this Christmas and take on the flight prices since we're financially doing better each year. But I'm sorry, almost $2600 for flights and car rental and hotel (because privacy and space please, 10 days is a long time)... no thank you. Never mind being there for a week and spending money on all the food we so badly miss. I don't care if I had that in a pile of cash in front of me, it's a fucking ridiculous amount. And for an extra burn, that cost also included a discount from our sky miles. Ha! I don't know if you've ever traveled major city to major city during a holiday peak time, but it's pure robbery. And for some reason, they like to make it a little higher when specifically flying Los Angeles to Boston. If we lived at home and were coming here, it would be a little cheaper. I'll assume that's the CA tax continuing to ass rape us in every way possible. Or maybe it is the airlines, I'm sure they're well aware of how many northeast transplants are here and would love to go home for the holidays. I'm sure they figure that people will just pay it because they want to go home so badly. Sorry not sorry, not this girl. I know I miss my home a lot and I get really sad about it at times, but I don't miss it enough to shell out that many thousands - especially during the winter. Which as a side note: my body hasn't felt a New England winter in over 5 years, I'm almost positive that I would die going back there at that time. If not by freezing, than by driving because I have completely forgotten how to drive in the snow. Never liked it anyways, half the reason I left home.
And anyways, why are hotels so expensive? We picked a good one, and it was a good price but still, if you're booking for a week or more you should get a discount, a big one. Like why do they need to take that much money? To change the sheets after we leave? Oh what a cost! At least airplanes do something, a hotel room just sits there.
I guess these astronomical holiday travel prices are a blessing in disguise, since the winter would have killed me and all. Now I can live and still hang out with my cat.