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Old 09-27-2012, 09:26 PM
 
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Captiva is a great idea, spent more than several winter vacations there and found the highs above 70 constantly, great winter get-away.
It can be a toss up, though. If a cold front comes through...
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:32 PM
 
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Thinking anout this, with your budget it may not be possible but have you looked into an all-inclusive in Mexico? I can't think of anywhere in the US (outside Hawaii or the islands) that you'll be guaranteed warm weather. Even hitting the "tropical tip" of Texas (S. Padre) you may have days in the 70s or you could have a freak ice storm.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:14 AM
 
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First of all if you haven't had a vacation in years, if you were me, I wouldn't spend all my money on just one week in January. You are too tired to drive -- but you want the hassles of airports?

If it were me I would go to San Antonio and see the zoo or the Alamo or go to Sea World or just walk around the River Walk area if you're too exhuasted to do Sea World. If you don't feel like hiking, I don't see why the weather would have to be good.

$2K would be too much for me to want to spend if all I wanted to do was relax and not do much else. You could pretend you're a tourist in your own city and get a motel or hotel room and find the things that tourists do there, that way you don't spend anything on air fares or gas, plus you can see a different view of your city. You can go to museums, eat out, get some tourist information and be a tourist.

Keep your money for a couple weekend trips or something more exciting when you're not exhausted.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:18 AM
 
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First of all if you haven't had a vacation in years, if you were me, I wouldn't spend all my money on just one week in January. You are too tired to drive -- but you want the hassles of airports?

If it were me I would go to San Antonio and see the zoo or the Alamo or go to Sea World or just walk around the River Walk area if you're too exhuasted to do Sea World. If you don't feel like hiking, I don't see why the weather would have to be good.

$2K would be too much for me to want to spend if all I wanted to do was relax and not do much else. You could pretend you're a tourist in your own city and get a motel or hotel room and find the things that tourists do there, that way you don't spend anything on air fares or gas, plus you can see a different view of your city. You can go to museums, eat out, get some tourist information and be a tourist.

Keep your money for a couple weekend trips or something more exciting when you're not exhausted.
With a little planning and common sense, airports are not the "hassle" that people make them out to be.

That said, I'd still opt for the Disney Cruise. They could spend plenty of family time and put the child into the kids clubs a few times for some mom & dad time in the adult areas. There is plenty to do on board for the entire family. It doesn't require a ton of planning and it's a manageable drive to get there.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:27 AM
 
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With a little planning and common sense, airports are not the "hassle" that people make them out to be.

That said, I'd still opt for the Disney Cruise. They could spend plenty of family time and put the child into the kids clubs a few times for some mom & dad time in the adult areas. There is plenty to do on board for the entire family. It doesn't require a ton of planning and it's a manageable drive to get there.
The Disney Cruise sounds good -- as long as that isn't it for vacation and travel for years.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:32 PM
 
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I have to second the cruise! We just came back from one with our kids (4 and 6) this past September to New England/Canada. There are several out of Texas you can chose from! We went NCL and it was great. If your kid is potty trained you have more cruise line choices! If not some will give you a pager but you can't leave the ship (port play). It was great-we could take the kids to the buffet and then drop them off for a few hours. We would go have a nice adult meal in a formal dining room then see a show or visit the casino or go back to the room! Didn't have to pick them up til 10pm before they would charge.

You can just sit by the pool and never leave the ship or have an active day in port---your choice! There is always food available. No cleaning or cooking for an entire week. It was awesome!

There is a website called cruise critic that has a great family forum with lots of experienced cruisers and advice!

Enjoy your vacation!
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:33 AM
 
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Everything Malamute said! I also vote for San Antonio. Easy drive (through the Hill Country and Bandera, why not?), beautiful city, and a good chance of reasonably warm weather. And it doesn't have to cost a fortune, so save money and plan on going somewhere further away and more exotic in a few years when your kid is older and can be more appreciative of what you might want to see.

Personally, I think it is a mistake to plan a vacation around the capability of enjoyment of a 3-year old. As much as you love him, you're the ones who need a vacation, not him. Pick a place with the kind of easily accessible stuff that you like, with a couple of toddler-oriented possibilities. But his enjoyment will be just hanging out with you guys. All day long with mom and dad! He is not going to remember the trip, but he'll store the good feeling forever in his heart. So if you like cruises, that might be great, but don't do it for the boy's sake. If they have a safe babysitting arrangement, maybe that's what you need more than anything else...

But I'm not a cruise person. Following your original post I'd say a trip to San Antonio, or Scottsdale, AZ (Old West, horses, zoo, great scenery), or San Diego (harbor cruises, whale watching, zoo, beaches, mountains) would match your wish list.

PS I just saw that the thread is from September, so the OP has probably made a decision already. Whatever you chose to do, I hope you have a good time!
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:43 PM
 
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My initial reaction was the Rio Grande Valley. However, I am not really aware of any luxury resorts in the area. It has always been a place that I have found relaxing, especially in the winter months when it is below zero in Chicago.

And it is well within driving distance of Dallas.

Otherwise, I would agree with San Antonio which is on my list for January.
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