Our Majestic Adventure

 

Our Majestic AdventureObviously, everyone knows that we went on vacation earlier this month.  We’ve talked about it nonstop and even wrote a review of the hotel we stayed in.    In case you forgot, we did our first “all-inclusive vacation” at the Majestic Colonial Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  Blah, blah, blah.  We know you’re all sick of hearing about it.  However, we wanted to share a few of the cooler stories from our trip.

 

Our Parasailing Adventure

First of all, we went parasailing. It was absolutely terrifying!  We rode a small powered boat out into the water, and the waves were cresting at about 5 feet high. Then we climbed from one moving boat onto another in order to get to the boat with the parasail.  It was terribly unsafe, and I thought we were going to get seriously injured the entire time.  On the other hand, it was awesome!  The view was unbelievable and it was definitely worth it.

 

Our Majestic Adventure

 

Our Majestic Adventure

 

 

Flights Canceled? How About Another Adventure?!?

Our second adventure took place after our flight got cancelled from Newark, New Jersey, to Indianapolis.  We were supposed to leave at 8:10 p.m. but couldn’t fly out until the next afternoon due to high winds.  At first, we were slightly annoyed.  Then, we quickly realized that New York City was just a 30-minute bus ride away.  Unfortunately, we had no way to book at hotel or do any research ahead of time.  We had our laptop with us, but we couldn’t get anywhere with Wi-Fi.  Greg looked up at few New York City hotels on his phone but it was extremely hard to do with an android and a low battery.  Since we had few options, we just decided to wing it.  With our luggage in tow, we hopped on a bus from the airport and went straight to Times Square.

 

So, there we were in Times Square with three suitcases, and a lap top bag. Did I mention that it was 18 degrees Fahrenheit…and the winds were gusting at 50 mph? The awesome part about that is that we had no coats, gloves, or hats.  We hadn’t brought anything warm to wear!  We had no reason to since the weather in Punta Cana was in the mid-80’s.

 

Our Majestic AdventureWe walked around for a while…looking for a place to stay the night.  Luckily, we found a hotel with a an open room on our second try.  For $117, we stayed in the craziest hotel room I’ve ever stayed in.  It was on the 19th floor, about the size of the bed that was in it, and had a TV with no remote.  Still, it was at least a place to stay, AND Times Square was directly outside of our window!!!

 

Since we didn’t have any warm clothes, we layered up.  I layered two pairs of pajama pants, three t-shirts, a sweatshirt, and a light jacket.  Greg layered up 4 t-shirts and had a hoodie sweatshirt.  We looked bitchin’.

 

Our Majestic Adventure

 

Our Majestic Adventure

 

We headed out onto the street and did some shopping.  I had a $24 grilled cheese sandwich in Times Square.  It definitely wasn’t a frugal dinner, but it was absolutely delicious.  Don’t worry…we are still as cheap as ever.  However, we were cold and starving and didn’t have time to price shop for dinner!  I also bought the ugliest hat known to mankind for $5.  Check it out!

 

Our Majestic Adventure

 

 

Our Majestic AdventureThe whole day was super weird.  That morning, I had eaten breakfast on the sandy beaches of the Caribbean.  Now, here I was standing in Times square wearing a logging hat……and pajamas.

 

The next morning, we got out in the same clothing and did some more touristy stuff.  Luckily, we blended in splendidly with all of the bums.  We went to Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Carnegie Hall, and the Ed Sullivan Theatre.  We walked around Times Square some more and ate the most delicious vegetarian fast food I’ve ever had in my life.

 

We had an awesome time and made it to the airport in time for our 5:00 flight.  It was definitely a fun adventure, and we tried to make the most of our opportunity. Thankfully, I got to do it all with my partner in crime, the love of my life, Greg!!!!!  It was a vacation that I will never forget.

 

Our Budget Awakening

 

 

About Holly

Holly Johnson is a wife, mother of two, and frugal lifestyle enthusiast. She is the co-founder of Club Thrifty and a staff writer at Get Rich Slowly, Frugal Travel Guy, and U.S. News and World Report's "My Money Blog." Holly has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger Personal Finance, Fox Business, and Daily Finance.

Comments

  1. Looks like a lot of fun! You definitely can’t eat for cheap in Times Square!

  2. Oh, for FUNNY! LOVE the Vikes sweatshirt, Greg! We’re lifelong Minnesotans and Vikings fans. :-). Thanks for sharing some great stories. What’s a good vacation without a little unexpected fun?

  3. Love it – glad you guys were able to make a great time out of an unexpected annoyance. =)

  4. yeay for making spontaneous trips to NYC! and for making the most of it! It`ll be something you remember when you`re old and grey and reminiscing about the good old days.. “hey Greg, remember that time we got stranded and went to NYC?” — Cool story!
    and about that parasailing adventure, that looked so terrifying and simply awesome at the same time! It`s definitely on my Bucket list!

  5. Love your pictures! I’m so jealous that you went parasailing!

  6. haha I can imagine you freezing in NY looking like fat snowmen with 5 layers! I did the delayed flight day excursion a couple of times, but the airport always had lockers so it was more convenient. $120 for a hotel room and $25 for a sandwich wow, I hope the airline refunded it.

  7. Sounds like a blast. Nothing beats the impromtu things that you don’t plan on but turn into a blast anyways. One time a friend and I were in NYC and it was freezing cold and raining, and we had planned a day of outdoor stuff which we realized wasn’t going to happen. We saw that there was a showing of ‘The Producers’ coming up and went up to see if tickets were available. At first they said, no, then as we were turning to walk away they said ‘Wait…’ and two tickets in the sixth row had just opened up. Awesome!

  8. Great pictures! My wife and I had something similar happen to us on the way back from one of our cruises in Chicago. Looks like you had a great time making the best of an annoyance. :)

  9. Love the Vikings sweatshirt! Skol Vikings! haha but anyway I have never gone parasailing and it definitely looks a bit scary. I would be up for trying it if I ever get the opportunity.

  10. I had a $24 grilled cheese sandwich in Times Square.

    Holy crap; is this a typical price for TImes Square? Never been there, but I’m packing food if this is the norm whenever I do make it there!

    • It is pretty expensive to eat in Times Square. We were at a sit down restaurant, so it was a little more pricey. You can get fast food or food from a pizza or hot dog cart for much less.

  11. Oh my gosh, parasailing looked like so much fun!! That must have been an amazing view from up there… cool shots of NYC, too! Way to rock that hat :)

  12. Looks as though you just took the delay in stride and made the best of it. I grew up in New York and I would find 18 degrees uncomfortable after living in California for 40+ years and no warm clothes.

  13. Great way to turn lemons into lemonade! The pictures are wonderful and you may have started a new fashion trend with the hat!

  14. I love how you turned a potential set back into a new, fun adventure. That’s the spirit that awesome vacations are built on :)

    I love that hat by the way…hahaha…might have a fuzzy one that’s kind of like it?

  15. Parasailing is so much fun! We did it on our last trip to Hawaii years ago :)

  16. Sounds like you guys had amazing time on the majestic adventure!! I truly impressed by this inspiring presentation and just wanted to say those images are so nice, despite I really like the image where you guys flying on the sky using parachute. Thanks. :)

  17. I love it. You certainly made lemonade out of a lemon of a flight delay. Good thing you weren’t in Des Moines or somewhere like that. Although maybe Des Moines is the center of the universe for night life for all I know. That is an awesome hat too.

    • We were glad to be in a cool place as well. We love to go “off the map” so that made it fun. Luckily, I’d been there once before, so I had a decent idea of where I was at.

  18. What a grand adventure! Sometimes impromptu trips are the best. Glad you found a safe hotel room in NYC for $120 – that’s kind of amazing! NY prides itself on being a bit eclectic, so they probably never even looked twice at your pajama bottoms! You two are adorable – thanks for sharing the pics!

    • Awww! Thanks Shannon :D You’re right, nobody even noticed us. We were kind of surprised to find a hotel room at that price too…although I’m not entirely sure how “safe” it was.

  19. Ahhh, parasailing looks fun, I want to do it. I might have a small heart attack, but it would be fun.

    And $24.00 for a grilled cheese, are you kidding me? Maybe I need to move to Times Square and start a food truck …

  20. That’s the best attitude you can have when traveling. If something doesn’t work out, then go with it and make the most of it!

  21. Way to turn a crappy flight cancelation into a positive! Looks like you all had fun on your night out in NYC.

    Did you take any pictures of the grilled cheese? I kind of want to know what a $24 grilled cheese looks like!

    • I wish we would have taken pictures of it. It was expensive, but it was the best damn grilled cheese she’s ever had in her life :D

  22. That is awesome! Way to make a fund adventure out of an otherwise crappy situation.

  23. Way to make the most of a cancelled flight! Looks like a blast, and heck, it’s NYC! Live it up! Also, I’m sure you’re little $24 grilled cheese was awesome, but I am THE KING of grilled cheese! (in my state…..in my city…..inside my house….)

  24. Looks like you guys had a blast. I had a ton of fun when I was in NYC for the Macy’s parade a few years back. The best part about when I went was the university paid for it because it was PR for them :)

    I’d like to go back but I have a feeling it’d be a lot more expensive with me footing the bill.

  25. Sounds like you had a great time. It’s kind of funny how you’re both in sweaters and everyone else is all bundled up in scarves, hats and gloves.
    Your hotel room in Time Square sounds like one we had in Chicago. The room had two twin beds that were four feet long. My brother, father and I were supposed to squeeze in there somehow, all six foot tall. Luckily we were given a different room, this time with two of the biggest king sized beds I’ve ever seen. Was super weird.

  26. You are hilarious! Looks like yall had a blast!

  27. lol. I’m glad you were able to turn your cancelled flight into a good time. The photos in Times Square are 3 blocks from my office. I’m sure you fit right in (there are a lot of strange things and people in the neighborhood;-))

  28. What a way to make the best of what you are dealt. Glad you enjoyed your time and bitchin’ hat Holly!

  29. Way to take advantage of the situation! Unplanned trips are really fun, I’m glad you took advantage of a bad situation.

  30. What a brilliant way to make the best of a bad situation! Love NY, even overpriced Times Square!

  31. You guys surely had so much fun. Wish to do that this summer.

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