Every year we spend a week at the same ranch-y place in central Oregon to get some sun and relax. Our friends Tom and Chris and their 3 kids also go, through rarely the same week. We always go with my fiance's brother his 2 awesome kids and his hysterical girlfriend. Separately a certain amount is spend renting a place to stay, feeding the troops, etc etc. All in all, that's 12 people.
After a little too much wine I opened my mouth suggesting that we switch it up, since the kids are between 6 - 18, and take this show on the road - - to Europe - - for two weeks next summer. I volunteered to plan a few options to see if this is even possible.
So, I guess we're betting at least $1000 per person for airfare. Fine. And then there is a small matter of finding a place large enough to house us all. This is not at all hard - if you're cool paying $22,000 a week for a place overlooking the Amalfi coast.
The tab, as you can see, is rising. I started looking at litle villas in Tuscany. MUCH more affordable (a bargain, really, once you shake down the adults and kids for a few hundred bucks each...). But then, despite having a lovely pool, you have no beach action.
So then I thought, south of France. This is looking to be a slightly better option. I think I would prefer the kids to see chic little Italians zipping around on their scooters in Italy, rather than suffer the sight of leathery old eurotrash on the beaches of the French riviera, but budget travelers can't always be choosers. France seems to offer the quaintness we seek with more affordable options that get us much closer to the sea.
My fiance thinks this is the wrong kind of vacation... he thinks we need to do a multi-city trip with the kids - London, Paris, Rome, etc... maybe that would be better for them. But who wants to schlep around with 12 people ages ranging 6 - 47? Oy.
Ideas? Tips? Links? Thoughts?
Wednesday, December 12, 2007