2014-01-10 / Columnists

Slice Of Life

The Bright Side of A Staycation
by Beth Hanning

Last month the United States had the second largest lottery jackpot in the history of the lotto. Two people split $648 million dollars in the Mega Millions Lottery. My friends and I texted back and forth with each other stating what we would buy for each other “when” we won. I told my friends the only thing I would ask for from them would be a trip to St. Bart’s for the holidays. I choose St. Bart’s as my destination for a few reasons: it is always warm, barely rains and that is where the celebrities are photographed vacationing during the holidays. So if I could relax on the beach and have a possible celebrity sighting that would be a great vacation.

While my friends and I were playing the “What would we do with $648 million game,” we had no idea about the impending temperatures that were about to come our way. Now I would enjoy going away during every vacation, but this year would have been the ideal to be away and not be hit with the snow and freezing cold temperatures.

Due to Hurricane Sandy our family did not go away for Easter vacation for the first time in many years last year. Since we did not have a vacation I begged my husband if we could go away for Christmas break this year. In a weak moment my husband said yes. I immediately went onto Google and found out the average temperatures for a few of my favorite destination spots. Then I went to my reliable trip planning website

Expedia. I always have good luck finding affordable flights and hotels as long as I book ahead of time. Since I am a teacher I knew rates would be higher due to everyone being off from school, but I was shocked at how high all of the rates were to travel anywhere!

After many hours and changing departure and arrival dates I found that a Christmas holiday in the sun would not be in the Hanning’s future. It would not be worth it to spend that much money. That is why the celebrities go away during this break because they can afford it!

Though the past week has made me realize that for once my bad luck was actually good luck. If we had gone away for vacation we might be on our fourth or fifth day sitting in an airport waiting for our flight to be rescheduled. According to ABC news on Monday January 6th, some travelers will not be home until the 10th.

So until I hit the lotto it will be freezing temperatures, warm clothes and shoveling snow. Stay warm everyone.

PS: In an addition to Facebook etiquette: When the news outlets are giving us 24-hour news coverage about the weather we do not need to clog our newsfeeds with pictures of the thermostat on your dashboard telling us how cold it is. We get it. It is cold. The temperature is on the bottom right hand side of every news program. Thanks.

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