Friday Fails: This is a big one!

This grumpy traveler knew it was a mistake to fly!

Since I had to call my deployed husband to report my colossal fail, I might as well share this blunder with all of my readers. Thanks to Myra for hosting this fun, weekly “Friday Fail” event.

Let’s just say this fail started a couple months ago when I saw a deal for Southwest to fly for $39. I hadn’t visited my friends in Kentucky for nearly two years, so it seemed like a match made in heaven.

But we all know that the cost you end up paying is never the one you first see! Before I purchased the ticket, I realized Jackson might be more comfortable in his own seat. With our tickets, taxes, additional fees, early bird check-in, our air costs ballooned to $260.

Of course we couldn’t take Juno with us, so my dog’s kennel cost set me back about $140. Then I needed to drive to Raleigh (gas bill about $34) and pay $60 for parking at the airport.

Since I am 6 months pregnant–flying alone with a toddler–lugging bags through the airport just wasn’t going to happen, so I did the curb-side check-in and paid $12 in tips at the airports.

But when I landed, I picked up a rental car to get around town. Another $200! The gas for a few days ended up costing $32.

What began as a $39 idea ended up costing over $700 before I even stepped off the plane!

I had a blast and treasured every minute with my best friends. However, I should have thought through all the expenses to realize that it would have been infinitely cheaper to DRIVE!!

(And don’t get me started on my dog getting a staph infection from the kennel! YIKES!)

You can get a chuckle at other Friday Fails here.

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Thoughts? Comments?


April 16, 2010 | Filed under Travel


1 Christy April 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Next time you want to drop a ton of money, come up to Massachusetts to visit me. I’ll pick you up at the airport and you can crash here. =}

2 Cheryl@SomewhatCrunchy April 16, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Travel expenses sneak up on you, grrr! And staph?? Holy Toledo!

3 Mandy Roberson April 16, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Oh boy! You poor thing! Is Juno ok now? Let’s get together this week! I think we both could use it! Lol ;)

4 Surviving Little People April 17, 2010 at 10:57 am

Chatted with you on twitter, decided to check out your blog, LOVE IT!!!!
I am now subscribed and I am excited to read more. You are a fabulous writer!! Now I hear you on unrealized expences. My family went to Disney World in March, we had free tickets and the trip after hotel, food and gas was over a thousand dollars.

5 Kelly April 17, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Oh dear! So glad you had a great time with your friends!!! :)

6 Julie the Army Wife April 18, 2010 at 6:39 pm

This is seriously the story whenever we travel. It drives me nuts. Glad you had fun :)

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