As I mentioned in a Wordless Wednesday a few weeks back, I was informed that I can go on a trip that the company won to Florida. Originally, my Manager (the President of the company) wanted to go with me (can you say, awkward?), but luckily, he agreed to let Todd go with me.
So, we have been getting ready.
Even though most of the expenses are paid, we are going to be out of pocket a little bit. They are providing $100 in “spending money” to cover these types of expenses. That being said, we are trying to minimize our costs as much as possible.
Our flights are free to us (that was over $300/person after taxes!) but we have to pay for parking at the airport and a shuttle to the hotel from Ft. Lauderdale (about $25.) It would be $55 to park at Cleveland Hopkins airport; however, I found a Park ‘n Fly that would be $23 AND we get a free car wash. My little car desperately needs it!
When we get to Ft. Lauderdale, we found an adorable old-time trolley that will pick us up at the hotel and take us to several different stops to sight-see. It is $1/person per ride. Not bad. A lot cheaper than renting a car. Plus, the 6-mile boardwalk is across the street from our hotel. I cant wait to spend evenings with Todd on the boardwalk or sitting on the beach watching the waves.
We pretty much have Saturday as a “free day” to do what we want. Also, our flights aren’t leaving until later on Monday, so we have most of the morning and early afternoon to frolic around and do as we please.
Sunday, we will be picked up by a bus to go to the stadium for a tail-gate party before the actual football game. Todd is really excited about this. However, this is where I will be meeting a lot of the people I have talked to over the past 3 years. For me, it is more professional than a big football game.
Todd and I love to travel. When we go someplace, we want to see all there is to see. We are not the type that likes to go to the same place over and over again. We enjoy new experiences and making new memories everywhere we go. We are going to maximize our stay in Hollywood, FL as much as we can…on someone else’s dime. Well, that’s not true. I will receive a 1099 at the end of the year and we will pay taxes on the trip. But I would much rather pay $500 for a 4-day trip than $2,000, which is what it is probably going to cost the company for this trip! I am so lucky to have a husband who likes to do the same things as I do! I couldn’t imagine being in a relationship with someone who doesn’t like to travel or sight-see. We are definitely those dorky “touristy” type people! Camera around my neck, map in my hands, and walking shoes on!