I was told about this during my SDMB hiatus but I guess now is as good a time as any to announce it.
My parents are selling everything they own and going on a 3 month holiday to the US and possibly either Canada or Australia!
I don’t want this thread to be about my apprehensions. Like being technically homeless for 3 months. Or having to sell my car to pay my own way (Go, adulthood!) Or having my dog put down. Or the possibility my parents are planning to stay.
So this thread is about advice and possible doper meetings. I know my parents are starting in FL. I hope to meet them after my exams in NY area, and then head over to the west coast and Australia (or possibly NZ) or north to Canada.
So help me make this the best darn trip ever, huh?
So what is the actual timetable for this trip? Are you driving from New York to the west coast or flying? If you’re driving, the western parts of both the U.S. and Canada offer plenty of best darn trip ever opportunities.
Tick: Whatever you do, convince your family to do a stopover in Chicago…especially if either of the 'rents are architecture buffs (river tour). Temps are fairly unliveable until April, though…April-June…bring a jacket at least.
If you are heading for Dallas during these months, bring tank tops, shorts, sandles and lots of sun block! We are normally are hitting 100-115 during the summer. Make sure the car has AC otherwise you will pass out.
I grew up here, so the summer temps do not bother me one bit. It just gives me another excuse to put the top down on my car.
BTW…bratpack missess you!
I guess I should have made it a bit more clear that it’ll be me, my parents, and my 7 year old brother. Which probably means the holiday is going to be more orientated towards family (i.e. kid) stuff. I just wish I was old enough to rent my own car.
She is a very old Shih Tzu (about 15-16) and she’s pretty much on her last legs now (almost totally blind, going deaf). We do expect that she will die naturally before my family flies out. If not she just wouldn’t survive staying with anyone else and I know. I looked after her on my own for a week and she barely made it. Would just about eat and sleep and she’s my dog. She pines for my mother like crazy and I would rather know she died peacefully than of a broken heart.