October 7, 2019
My best friend and I will be embarking on another decade of our lives soon. To celebrate, we opted for a surprise trip with our spouses, using The Vacation Hunt, a company started by a young couple in 2017. We started by filling out an on-line survey, listing our likes and dislikes, time frame, and budget. Had we wanted to, we could have received some hints ahead of time, but we chose to be totally surprised. We did, however, get information about climate and suggestions regarding what we might want to pack a week ahead of time, as well as flight dates and times.
The Vacation Hunt sent us a packet a few days ahead of time, including tickets to a local tours and shows, plus hotel and flight reservations. We opened our package the night before our flight for “the big reveal.”
We were pretty excited about this because we had visited San Diego a couple of years ago, and enjoyed the climate almost as much as all of the attractions in the area. We were only going for three nights, but expected to have an enjoyable time.
We learned that we would be staying at the US Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. We had attended a show there two years ago, so already knew its reputation. Yay! We would be touring the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, then taking a Harbor Cruise. We would enjoy a musical – The Man of La Mancha – and had dinner reservations set up at some local restaurants. We would also have some free time to explore on our own.
Throughout the trip, The Vacation Hunt had arranged special touches, including birthday desserts at two restaurants, plus sparkling cider and chocolate dipped strawberries in our hotel room.
Let the adventure begin!