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Old 10-27-2012, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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So here's the idea. Next summer my girlfriend is traveling to Alaska to visit some family. She flies home two days before our anniversary. So I had an idea for a great surprise. I tell her I will pick her up from the airport, then surprise her by turning around and flying her to a tropical paradise for a few days.

Looking for something relatively affordable, preferably the kind of place where you can get by without renting a car. We would be flying from Chicago. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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I would think she might prefer a bit of a respite before heading off to a tropical place. I'm thinking she might be a bit exhausted from her Alaska trip. As romantic as it sounds to be doing this for her, give her a break of a few days.
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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I agree with Newdaawn. Your gf might be exhausted just from the flight. If you want her to relax, why not a cruise to a place such as Bermuda where you really do not need a car if you want to get out and about. I am not a fan of cruising, but it would be very relaxing and a lot of fun.

Of course, SXM is my favorite place, but flights are not affordable these days; but with two countries and 37 beaches and the some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean, especially Grand Case, that is where I would suggest.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:31 AM
 
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I would think she might prefer a bit of a respite before heading off to a tropical place. I'm thinking she might be a bit exhausted from her Alaska trip. As romantic as it sounds to be doing this for her, give her a break of a few days.
This.

Plus she'll have cooler weather clothing packed (and most likely dirty). Arriving in a hot destination with a suitcase of dirty laundry suitable for the winter is not my idea of a great way tos tart a vacation.
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I think it sounds like a great idea, particularly if you can find a way to send the Alaska luggage home rather than lugging it to the tropics. A couple of places that might work for you and be pretty easy and relatively cheap are Old Town San Juan in PR or Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Between the two I would choose Playa every time but that's just me.
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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I'm also betting that she'd prefer time to go home, dump her Alaska gear, and re-pack for the tropics. Or are you going to pack for her? Few men are capable of packing successfully for a woman.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Big Island- Hawaii, AK, WA where the whales are!
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I think it is a great idea, however. Knowing Alaska and if she is going in the summer more than likely she is going to be exhausted from running around and being up with the midnight sun. Long flight back to turn into another long flight again would make me completely exhausted if flew somewhere else. It takes me at least a week to settle down to Hawaii before I can relax after Alaska. I would give her a couple of days and you can still surprise her, pack a bag for her, etc. You know her best though if she is the type that can handle it though.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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After acclimating to Alaska, Chicago might be as tropical as she would want.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I've got to agree with previous posters. Some down time at home is mandatory when we return from trips. Its a romantic idea but the practicality is a somewhat serious judgement call.

Its especially rolling the dice if she should have a bad return flight and just needs to chill out for a few days with no interest in jumping on another airplane. JMO
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I'd also tend to agree with the other posters; having some down-time at home for a while will probably be better than whisking away on another adventure. I love to travel but it's also nice to get home and relax after being abroad.

If you want a good recommendation for a tropical destination, I'd say the Maldives would be a great experience. Multiple islands with different feels, here's a bigger resort and a few photos: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort - Gallery



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