Let the Madness Begin

February 17, 2014

airplane over california

I think I mentioned a few weeks ago that this is the longest I’ve been at home (in Port Moody with zero travel) since I moved to Vancouver back in May, and that I was starting to feel a little restless. Well, the saying must be true – be careful what you wish for – because my extended time at home (a whopping 8 weeks) is coming to an end on Saturday.

Here’s what my schedule looks like for the next 6 weeks:

February 22 – March 2: Victoria

I’ll be up and out the door by no later than 5:30am on Saturday, to catch the 7am ferry to Victoria. That weekend, I’ll be helping throw a bridal shower, as well as celebrating Baby Sis’ 20th birthday (which was yesterday!). I’m going to stay all week, to visit with family and friends, including one friend who is coming home from Winnipeg for a week. I can’t wait to see everyone!

March 2 – March 14: Home

When I return home, it won’t quite be business as usual. My boss is coming to Vancouver for a couple days! It’ll be great to have her here, even if only for a quick visit. After that, I’ll need to squeeze in some treatments, as well as visits with a few friends here, before I take off for 3 whole weeks…

March 14 – March 19: Victoria

I’ll be heading back over to Victoria for a few days to do some more wedding stuff. If you remember, I was worried I’d have to pay for two trips to Victoria in March (not including the one listed above). Fortunately, my boss agreed to let me fly in/out of Victoria for my next trip to Toronto for work (listed below), so I’ll be leaving my car at my parents’ house – successfully avoiding another $140 roundtrip on the ferry.

March 20 – March 27: Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Here’s the exciting part: On the 19th, I’m taking a red-eye flight to Toronto, where I’ll be catching a connecting flight to Puerto Plata! My boss and I have long been talking about going to Hawaii for a workcation, but the price was right for a week in Cabarete (my flight was only $367!) so that’s where we are going instead. As it turns out, I’m going to enjoy some of that extra money I earned recently… woo hoo!

March 27 – April 3: Toronto

The only tough part about that trip is that I’ll need to pack for both hot and cold weather! On the 27th, we’re all flying back to Toronto, where I’m going to stay and work at our head office for a week. I’m crossing all my fingers and toes that the snow is gone by then, but I’m preparing myself for the fact that my suitcase will likely be filled with both flip flops and winter boots.

April 3 – April 6: Victoria

On the 3rd, I’m flying back to Victoria, where I’ll stay for another weekend of wedding stuff. And then I can only imagine I will be all too excited to get back on that ferry, and home to my own bed, after 3 weeks away…

I’m surprisingly not worried about whether or not my budget can keep up with all of this, because travelling for work is free and I am now saving on the ferry costs of one of my trips to Victoria. But I still need to work out some of the numbers, file my taxes and see how much money I can put into savings. Anyway, it’s time to soak up my last few days at home, before the madness begins!

Do you have any trips planned in the next few months?

  • Dayle February 17, 2014 at 4:07 am

    Wow Cait, that’s awesome! You’ll have so much fun :)

    No trips planned for this girl! That’s not to say that if the opportunity came up I wouldn’t hop on a plane…guess time will tell!

    Have a great week!


    • Cait Flanders February 17, 2014 at 7:49 am

      Thanks, Dayle!

  • Michelle @fitisthenewpoor February 17, 2014 at 4:50 am

    AHHH take me with you. It’s calling for 20s and 3-6 inches of snow here in Chicago.

    • Cait Flanders February 17, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Aww, I would if I could! Truthfully, there’s no bad weather that needs escaping from here… but a trip like this doesn’t come up often for me, so I knew I had to go for it. Think it’ll warm up by mid-to-late March?

  • Michelle February 17, 2014 at 5:21 am

    I’m so jealous of your trip to the Dominican Republic! I’m so tired of this freezing weather. That is an awesome price for a plane there, I think I’m going to go check out some flights now :)

    • Cait Flanders February 17, 2014 at 7:52 am

      I imagine flights would be even cheaper for you, since you’re closer!

  • Rob February 17, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Cait, the only trips that I have planned over the next few months are the early morning daily trips to grab my coffee at Tim’s. The annual Roll up the Rim to Win contest has started again I see (and, no, I didn’t win my car this morning! lol)

    Enjoy your upcoming travels, my jet setter friend! :-)

    • Cait Flanders February 17, 2014 at 7:52 am

      Hahaha, aww, too bad. Keep trying! Thanks, Rob!

  • Alicia @ Financial Diffraction February 17, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Geez! I have a business trip in early March, and then a roadtrip back to my hometown in late March. I might also go home for Easter, but I can’t be sure. I’d love to go to the Stampede this year, but I think I’ll have to pass until next year.

    • Cait Flanders February 17, 2014 at 7:53 am

      That’s pretty busy!

  • Colleen February 17, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I thought the next 6 weeks for me was going to be bonkers, but I think your schedule totally trumps it! I’m going to be moving at some point…likely in early March but possibly not until late April. Given it’s Feb 17th it’s a bit stressful not knowing….Between March 20th and April 12th I’m going to be in Seattle, San Antonio, Austin, Pointe-Noire (Congo) and Paris for a combo of work and vacation. It’s going to be hectic and I have no idea how to pack, but I’m really looking forward to it…also really looking forward to a coffee next week. :)

    • Cait Flanders February 17, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Umm, how could my 3 cities possibly beat yours, lady!? You definitely win the crazy schedule war this time! And I’m sorry to hear about your moving stress… I don’t know the whole situation, but is it possible to make it a goal to move before you leave on this trip? We’ll definitely discuss at coffee. :)

  • Trista February 17, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Safe travels Cait. :)

    • Cait Flanders February 17, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you, Trista!

  • Kendal @HassleFreeSaver February 17, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Wow! Sounds like an insane schedule but lots of fun! You and your boss must be close. That’s cool! I’m headed to Vegas next week and then off to Napa for a yoga retreat in late March. Other than that, my schedule is normal but I’m excited! Have fun. :)

    • Cait Flanders February 17, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      A yoga retreat sounds nice. How long are you going for? :)

  • AshleyD February 17, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Sounds very busy and lots of fun.

    I do have a bit of advice and it is something that I found out recently.
    If you are going on vacation to another country you can get a prescription from the doctor before you go to help with any stomach bug issues.

    I went on a trip 2 weeks ago and 3 out 12 got a stomach bug (no idea what it came from) and those pills were a life saver. (Or at least a trip saver).

    Maybe see about packing 2 suitcases one for Toronto and one for Dominican Republic and leaving the Toronto one at the airport in a locker or something.

    • Cait Flanders February 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Eek, yea I hadn’t thought about the possibility of getting a stomach bug… but makes sense. Thanks for the tips, Ashley! :)

  • Travis Pizel (@DebtChronicles) February 17, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Wow, you have a busy schedule!!!! We’re headed to Florida for a family vacation during Spring Break. Can’t wait to be WARM!!

    • Cait Flanders February 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Woo hoo! That sounds awesome, Travis. Can’t wait to see pics :)

  • Laura February 17, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    What fun!! I’m a bit more of a homebody so I can’t imagine that much travel – but that said, husband and I are finally taking our honeymoon (almost a year later) to California over March Break! San Fran – LA for 10 days, here I come! No idea how to even begin budgeting for all the expenses but here we go!

    • Cait Flanders February 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Sounds like fun, Laura! I try to give myself a daily budget, multiple it by how many days I’ll be away and bring at least an extra 10% of the total. Enjoy your honeymoon :)

  • Anne @ Unique Gifter February 18, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Wow, that is a whole lot of traveling! I am jealous. The sun to winter part has the potential to be dicey for sure! We are going to sign up for the TD aeroplan cards, which means some additional vacations this year!

    • Cait Flanders February 18, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Nice! That’ll be awesome for you guys. I still need to look into a rewards card… :S