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Montana
11-28-2012, 06:34 AM
I need to take my wife on a vacation. And since I always get such good info from here, I thought I would ask you guys... Any tips on a good week long vacation in February or March? We live in Montana so naturally we want some sun. Probably some beach too.

Thanks in advance.

Kevin Root
11-28-2012, 07:35 AM
My wife would vote for one of the Hawaiian islands, probably Kauai or a week on a cruise ship somewhere warm and tropical.

Colorado Cowboy
11-28-2012, 07:39 AM
Depends on how much $$ you want to spend:cool: In February my wife and I will be spending 10 days in Belize. This will be our 3rd trip there. After spending at lot of time in Mexico (Baja, Cabo, etc) for the last 30 years, we find Belize to be a very cool place. We've also been to Costa Rica and Hawaii. We don't go to Mexico anymore because of the crime and political climate. Used to own a business there and a home, but not anymore. The only problem i see is deciding this late, might be a little hard to get all the itinary put together. Good luck and have fun...take plenty of sunscreen!

Timberstalker
11-28-2012, 10:51 AM
I need to do the same thing Montana. I don't think it will happen in 2013 however, but 2014 I NEED to take the wife somewhere! She puts up with alot from my hunting obsession. Anytime she talks about going somewhere tropical I ask "what is there to hunt there?" I need to stop doing that.

Brocka
11-28-2012, 12:32 PM
Depends on how much $$ you want to spend:cool: In February my wife and I will be spending 10 days in Belize. This will be our 3rd trip there. After spending at lot of time in Mexico (Baja, Cabo, etc) for the last 30 years, we find Belize to be a very cool place. We've also been to Costa Rica and Hawaii. We don't go to Mexico anymore because of the crime and political climate. Used to own a business there and a home, but not anymore. The only problem i see is deciding this late, might be a little hard to get all the itinary put together. Good luck and have fun...take plenty of sunscreen!

+1 on Belize. That place is amazing.

Edelweiss
11-28-2012, 12:47 PM
I live in Australia, it is currently the 2nd or 3rd most expensive holiday vacation in the world after Iceland and those ski-vacation spots in Switzerland.

It is also the beginning of summer and very hot.

On our side of the world.....

If you want to fish don't go to SE Asia, fishing sucks.

New Caledonia is the best place in the South Pacific for a vacation, cheap deer hunting for Rusa deer (kind of cheap) and awesome fishing.

I think Guam and Hawaii are kind of trailer parkish.

ivorytip
11-28-2012, 02:50 PM
ha geez edelweiss, trailer parkish eah? haha, not everyone on here has money crawling out of thier pockets. been to hawaii 2 times, maui, best vacation ive ever had. italy was ok but something about those hawaiian waves. i heard austrailia has turned all red necked on us, that true?

BKC
11-28-2012, 03:58 PM
Get er done mate!

Eberle
11-28-2012, 07:35 PM
Go to carnival.com & look at the carribean cruises. They are awesome, you will eat like a king! Took my entire family last spring & we are going back next summer. Cozumel, Mont. Bay & Belize! If you go in Feb it will be one of the cheaper rates also. If you are interested, I can give you our vacation planners name & number she will take care you & your wife.

Montana
11-28-2012, 08:00 PM
Thanks everyone.... All great tips. I'll look into everything listed above. Eberle.. Did you go out of Florida?

Anymore tips out there is appreciated!! I have about a week planned and like to keep it 3,500-4,000.

Thanks again!!

Bitterroot Bulls
11-28-2012, 08:20 PM
Montana

That is a great time of the year to be in the Bahamas. I believe I am taking my better half there this year.

Colorado Cowboy
11-28-2012, 08:21 PM
You can probably do San Pedro on Ambergris Cay in Belize for 4k, but airfare could get you. (We usually plan on about 5k and bring some home. Once you get there you can have a blast doing snorkeling and fishing with some great seafood too. Conch and lobster! We do a week there, staying at Mata Rocks Resort. It is small and on the water, a little south of town, nice place that treats you right. We rent a golf cart for a week to get around and see the sights. If you get there ask about the Chicken Walk. Lots of fun...a big checker board on the floor that all the squares are numbered. The turn loose a chicken to walk around. You pick squares (for a buck or 2) kind of like roulette. When the chicken takes a crap, the number that gets dumped on wins!! The more you drink the more fun it gets. We are going back this February and are going to look at condos.

I do our traveling in the winter, gets us out of the cold weather. Its payback to my great wife of 48 years for my hunting trips. I have a great time, so its almost like double dipping for me. :cool:

Eberle
11-29-2012, 06:33 AM
Thanks everyone.... All great tips. I'll look into everything listed above. Eberle.. Did you go out of Florida?

Anymore tips out there is appreciated!! I have about a week planned and like to keep it 3,500-4,000.

Thanks again!!

Montana,

We went out of Galveston, Texas. Living here in Ok, it is cheaper to drive down there & board the ship. I heard the Florida ports are cheaper cruises though. Our vacation planner with carnival is Naheed Maige. Her phone number is 800-819-3902 ext. 82563.
If you got any questions let me know. Good Luck!

Edelweiss
11-29-2012, 02:08 PM
ha geez edelweiss, trailer parkish eah? haha, not everyone on here has money crawling out of thier pockets. been to hawaii 2 times, maui, best vacation ive ever had. italy was ok but something about those hawaiian waves. i heard austrailia has turned all red necked on us, that true?

Money out of their pockets? Are you kidding I am an enlisted man.

I was never much for Hawaii, my in-laws have an ocean view apartment in Kuwai. I have never been invited to go there, not sure if it's a time share or not. Ohahu (the military Island to me is trailer parky). Guam is the same as Oahuh: Prostitutes in the streets, expensive crappy food, and drunken military people. Forgive me I can't spell in Hawaiian.

I was stationed in Sicily and Spain and lived on the beach both locations. Spain is wonderful if you want a nice summer vacation. Fishing sucks in the Mederterainian though. And it's not all that warm this time of year.

Australia is a 3 way split. You have the rednecks, the asians, and the cosmo gay dudes. 99% of Australians fit into one of those 3 catagories. Rednecks are called Bogens in Australia. The first groups is your Man from Snowy River and Crocodile Dundee type folks. The 2nd group is self explanitory they have a huge Asian influx going on. The 3rd group was to me the most shocking, they have the most ifemminate looking men I have ever seen here metrosexual capitol of the world.

We love Australia, we love the wildlife birds and kangaroos, all of it. We are at least 1200 miles south of a crocodile, and a couple hundred miles south of a python. 3 of Australians imported deer live within 200 miles of my house, lots of pigs and feral goats. I have even got to go a few times.

And one of them is nice enough to help me get certified to shoot f-class every weekend.

The people can be wonderful, especially if they are in the first 2 groups. Or they can be really assinine.

If you come now you'll be here for high summer. This weekend is supposed to be one of the hottest in Australian record. Going to be a lot of bushfires this year.

sheephunter
11-29-2012, 06:36 PM
I've been in the Virgin Islands 14 times and various Bahama out islands 6-7 times; I will never go back to the Bahamas the time of year you're talking about-too much chance of cold fronts going through. We hit the Virgin Islands in Feb or March and hold off 'til May for Bahamas.

Montana
11-30-2012, 05:55 AM
Great Guys... Thanks. Eberle, I just about pulled the trigger yesterday. This seems to be by far the best value way of doing the trip. I watched some youtube videos though and it seemed kind of crazy with all the people. Was it nuts or not too bad? What time of the year did you go?

Colorado Cowboy.. Thanks... I think it's a tad over budget and time, by just a day or 2. With little staying home the lady says 6 days max away from the turds :)

BB and sheephunter... These are on the list too. Sheephunter. Do you have some recommendations? Did you have some favorite spots?

Thanks everyone!!

ivorytip
11-30-2012, 06:43 AM
edelweiss, just giving a hard time man. australia is on top of my list for where i want to go most. allways has been. just steer me to the area away from that 3rd group you were talking about... unless there is an open season;)

Eberle
11-30-2012, 07:20 AM
Great Guys... Thanks. Eberle, I just about pulled the trigger yesterday. This seems to be by far the best value way of doing the trip. I watched some youtube videos though and it seemed kind of crazy with all the people. Was it nuts or not too bad? What time of the year did you go?

Colorado Cowboy.. Thanks... I think it's a tad over budget and time, by just a day or 2. With little staying home the lady says 6 days max away from the turds :)

BB and sheephunter... These are on the list too. Sheephunter. Do you have some recommendations? Did you have some favorite spots?

Thanks everyone!!

Montana,

It was not bad at all, we went the last week of April. You see everything from the young party crowd to elderly people (every walk of life). Their is alot of things to do, the size of the ship is amazing. We done the 5 day cruise to Progresso & Cozumel. The one I booked for this coming August is a 7 day. If you decide to go, make sure to do the shore excursions. My wife & I took the kids to swim with the dolphins & they loved it. A couple went with us that do not have children & they took a submarine tour. They were really impressed with it. There is shows everynight, comedy, magic & concerts ect. Of course there is a casino, shopping mall, arcade & bars all over the ship! We are not the gambling or drinking type & it didn't bother us. No one was disrespectful or out of line in any way. My wife & I did go to carryokie (however you spell that) bar. We laughed until we cried, not at just the singing. The dancing was pretty comical! The food is awesome, I'm still not sure how they can cook for that many people & it still be that good. If you got anymore questions let me know, good luck!

sheephunter
12-01-2012, 08:33 PM
Montana,
Our favorites are St. John in the USVI and Cat Island in the Bahamas...I'll also say that we tend to stay at more remote places 'cause we just really want to unplug. When planning your amount of time away you need to remember that from where we live the logistics of travelling to Caribbean/Bahamas eats up a significant amount of time (when we first stared going to USVI it would takes us almost 3 days to get to our final destination). end me a PM if you want more details.

Montana
12-02-2012, 08:55 AM
Eberle/Sheephunter.... Thanks guys. I'm going to run with this for a while but may hit you up in the next couple of weeks.

Greatly appreciated!!