For whatever reason, it seems I’ve subconsciously deemed this week as ‘the point of no return’ week in regards to the whole ‘I’m going to write educational travel books’ thing. On Tuesday I told my boss I’m taking a year-long leave of absence. On Wednesday I told my team (they didn’t look thrilled). Thursday was a wash, as it was a snow day–thought I did get a lot of work done on the marketing section of my book proposal. Friday I talked to the head of HR. And today…today I purchased not one but two different annual theme park passes.
I think I’m going to be sick.
To be fair, it makes financial sense (am I the only person in the world who can say that after having just spent almost $800 on amusement park admission?!?) I knew I’d need the Disney Annual Pass all along, and it was technically a birthday gift from my mother anyway (thanks mom!) But having actually ordered it makes it more…real. I’m taking a year off and researching and writing this book. No. Matter. What.
The other Annual Pass is for Universal Orlando. Yes, I just bought an annual pass for a place I’VE NEVER EVEN VISITED. Why? In the interest of saving money.
You see, my husband and I are going to Universal for a long weekend in May, attached to the end of my mother-daughter Disney trip. There’s no undoing if this, no matter how much I may want to undo it–his heart is set. To Universal we shall go. I figured out that the difference between the 4-day pass I’d be buying for just that trip and an annual pass was $80. I then called to see what the AP rate was for the room we’ve booked–and of course they don’t have the ‘basic’ room we booked available at an AP rate. They did have a ‘better’ room available, and it was still a savings of over $100 from our original booking. So I changed it–and bought the pass.
To be fair again, to write the Universal Chapter, I have to go back to the parks. And I would have had to pay for admission, which would have been anywhere from $150-$200. Instead, I’m saving $20 on our next trip and getting in for free for however many days I need for said research. If that’s not ‘financial sense’, then I don’t know what is.
So then why am I still feeling moderately ill?