Tickets Purchased

My weekend flew by in a whirlwind.  I can’t believe it’s Monday already.  How did that happen?

I worked.

And I tackled household cleaning projects, did lots of laundry, ran some errands, went grocery shopping, did blog and computer work, cooked, did my fair share of dishes, and other similarly thrilling domestic chores.

I also bought our airfare to Aruba

We’re leaving in early December with open-ended return tickets.

Who knows if or when we’ll return to California.


(gotcha for a second)

We do have return tickets.

But the thought has crossed both Scott’s mind and my mind to just not return and live in our house there

And let the hustle and bustle of life here in California go on without us.

And drink mango watermelon juice from the Green Hut.

With this view, it’s tempting.  Trust me.

But life, work, and duty calls back in San Diego.

And I do love San Diego and where I live, and honestly think I’d go a little batty and stir-crazy after a few months on the island

Or at the very least would miss Trader Joe’s terribly

I was able to get two of our tickets using frequent flyer miles accrued through my credit card miles and one ticket we paid for.

Airfare now through the holidays will just keep going up and up, and frequent flyer dates will get blacked out, so I’m glad I handled it now.

Because come December, we’ll be ready to be here

Handling travel plans

And noshing on Caramel Apple Bars were a few highlights of my weekend

Another highlight was they were ‘Gawked and ‘Tasted

And finally, the winner of the Case of Odwalla Bars Giveaway is:


“omg! This is Josh’s favorite flavor! He’d go nuts if we won! Pick us! ;) I like mojo bars and homemade bars as well (I just typed bras haha). Hope you have a fantastic weekend”

Congrats, Erica (and Josh)!


1. Best thing you ate or did over the weekend?  Any special highlights?

2. How far in advance do you purchase airfare or book your travel?

We used to do spontaneous trips when it was just Scott and I.  We’d go to Napa for the weekend, or Tahoe, or Vegas, or even farther away destinations, but we were flexible and able to travel very last-minute and take advantage of the internet travel deal sites and specials.

Sometimes leaving last minute works in your favor on price.

Sometimes, like with holiday-season travel, leaving last minute almost ensures that you will overpay. 

Or that tickets on your preferred travel dates will be sold out.  There are only so many seats and flights on those coveted flights a few days before and a few days after Christmas and the airlines know this and price things accordingly.  Sigh.  Or everyone else buys the tickets you want.

So with holiday travel, I book a 2-3 months out.

Going anywhere for the holidays this year that you know of already?  For either Thanksgiving or Christmas?

If you’re just catching up on posts from the weekend, here were mine since Friday:

Have a great week!

50 comments on “Tickets Purchased”

  1. So awesome about Aruba, I’d be tempted to stay too! Especially after the busy months I’ve had!

    1. Spent time with my sisters eating out and shopping. And having a great dinner out with hubby.
    2. Totally depends, typically a few months. But sometimes last minute trips happen.

  2. Best thing I ate this weekend were these little japanese pancake desserts called Imagawayaki filled with adzuki (red bean paste) in Little Tokyo in DTLA =)

    My husband and I usually plan a year or 2 in advance for our big trips and I booked our airfare for December of this year at the end of January! Sounds crazy but since we were using airline miles for RT tickets, I knew I had to grab them the minute they were available! We are looking forward to visiting the Christmas markets in Vienna and Prague in December =)

  3. i need to plan a winter vacay, need to get tickets now so i can get them cheap!! im actually about to go to CALI in two weeks :) jealous that you LIVE there. i would like to go aruba someday, or any tropical island really. i want to get to see that blue/clear ass water some day.

  4. Congrats–it’s so smart to get flights booked early and with airmiles or sim.

    Good self-knowledge that you think you probably wouldn’t want to stay there forever.

    I just blogged about ‘knowing your audience’ and ‘marketing’ and talked about you and your post on that quite a lot — –thanks for the inspiration!

  5. We wanna get somewhere hot for Christmas, but I think we’d better get serious about where and book it soon. I certainly don’t want to overpay!

  6. Aruba? I’m SO JEALOUS. You’re going to have an awesome time!!

    Usually, I like to book my airfare tickets four to six months in advance. I know that sounds a tad far out, but usually I can get the best deals then and let’s be honest, the anticipation before a trip is the best part!!! :)

  7. I have never traveled out of town for the holidays before, so I have never actually thought about things like buying plane tickets in advance. Pretty much my whole life my entire family has lived without about an hour of each other, on both sides. It’s only recently that I had a couple of relatives move out of state. So they fly in to see the rest of us. Holiday travel in general feels different to me because it just doesn’t cross my mind.

    But from all of your amazing Aruba pictures, I might have to travel sometime other than the busiest time of year just to soak up some sunshine!

  8. I’m a planner by nature so it’s hard to wait till the last minute because although people say you can get cheap deals that way I don’t trust it! For short weekend trips to Vegas or somewhere though I would probably be more spontaneous. When we go home each year though I try and book those in advance as that is one EXPENSIVE trip!

  9. I look forward to your Aruba trip — and live vicariously through you — every year. Hard to believe I’ve watched two go by through you’re blog, and now comes three!!

  10. I have booked my airfare travel anywhere from 8 months in advance to only a couple weeks in advance.

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  12. my girlfriend and i, no matter what, go to brunch the first saturday morning of every month. it usually ends up being about 3 hours (we warn the server ahead of time… and tip extra!) but it is the best morning of my month by far.

    i’m a last minute purchaser… i hope for those cheap last minute fares. it either totally saves you or totally screws you!

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