This Friday, I'm packing my bags and flying to Arizona for a long weekend. I've actually never been to the southwest, unless you count Southern California. I actually haven't seen all that much of the U.S. I've basically limited myself to the northeast, Florida, and Los Angeles. I've always had a penchant for going abroad - I mean, the grass is so much greener on the other side - but I've been realizing more and more that America has a lot to offer.
My brain has barely had any thoughts on Arizona; I only know that the capital is Phoenix and that everyone and their mother has been sharing their hikes in Antelope Canyon on Instagram. That's it. So when D suggested we go there for a quick trip, I immediately took to the internet (which is the solution to 90% of my problems).
I think D had a similar experience and all of a sudden we were dead set on going. And two minutes later, we had booked our flights. This is the first time I've booked a flight this close to a departure date (not including my experiences booking travel for work-related activities). Luckily for us, it was just $330 which isn't at all surprising since January is the exact opposite of high season and flights have been deliciously cheap lately. We probably could have gone even cheaper but I wanted to fly out of Newark and with my age I want the convenience (I'm so old!) and with my current income, I have the luxury of being a little flexible.
I've been spending a decent amount of time online (mostly TripAdvisor and Pinterest) trying to figure out how we can maximize our time and do really cool things and not spend too much money.