When my partner, Stacey, and I were looking to travel, having a limited budget, we would looked at the places we thought would be the cheapest, i.e. Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Napa Valley. It had to be driving distance. To plan a trip to New York, or Hawaii would blow our budget right out of the water. Once we booked the air, hotel, car we ended up well over $1,500 to $2,000 for 3 to 4 days. And that’s not including food, and the bars we would definitely go to have adult beverages and the stupid trinkets I have to have from where ever we go. So now you’re looking at an additional $150 to $200 a day. Needless to say these trips were few and far between. Then cruising came into our view. We could cruise for the same amount of money it would cost us for a weekend in Las Vegas.
Now at first, without knowing anything about cruises except from what I had picked up from pop culture I soon realized Stacey and I had a long list of misperceptions
- Only affluent people took cruises (I watched the “Love Boat”)
- You have to be retired to cruise (What the hell is shuffle board?)
- I’ll get sea sick (Due to my father taking me, when I was 10, deep sea fishing in a “tin can” in rough waters. Boy, did I hate him that day.)
That’s just a sample of the misperceptions Stacey and I had, but luckily, Ryan, who did merchandising for cruises for a top tier online travel site went on to start his own venture travelmobs, he invited us to join his group for a Mexican Riviera cruise. Although, we were reluctant at first, we decided to go for it. Partly, his group was full of people we knew and in the end Stacey and I decided this would be a great time for our mothers to meet so we invited them to join us on our inaugural cruise.
It became small mobs of people from all walks of life gay, straight, younger, older, couples, singles, gay couples, gay singles, and undecideds traveling together. Little did we know it would make our trip the most memorable and most fulfilling vacation, ever.