Avoiding In-Law Vacations Quick Tips
This month is Avoiding the In-law Vacations Month. The Donkey provides quick tips for avoiding any and all minor and major vacations with your in-laws.
It’s that time of year again: families are beginning to talk seriously about summer vacations. Yesterday my brother-in-law sent an email out to the entire family to solicit details on the upcoming reunion my wife’s family is planning. The wheels began turning and I thought, “How am I going to get out of this trip this year?” Luckily, there are several great options I can share with you this month so you can be ready to avoid a disaster.
One technique that has proved quite effective is delaying the purchase of the plane tickets. Here’s how it works: Your wife is going to be really excited once she receives the email from her brother and want to purchase tickets immediately. Don’t panic; use a cool head and explain to her that you should wait for some really great prices. As the weeks and months pass, don’t bring up the tickets. If your wife mentions them, try to hold off for that great deal that is just around the corner. At some point, hopefully just a few weeks before the trip, your wife will panic. Do a quick search for the tickets and let out a horrible gasp as you see the outrageous price. If the prices are good, you might be stuck. You could scroll through the pages to find some expensive tickets and then have your wife look. “How can we afford these?” you ask. With a little guilt and an explanation of the family budget, you just might be able to avoid the trip. (NOTE: Waiting until less than 2 weeks before the trip will greatly increase the likelihood of success since discount tickets are rarely available on short notice.)