We don’t plan our travels much far in advance. We like to keep our lives open to embracing serendipity – when cool things emerge as potentials, we like having the flexibility to say ‘YES!’.
This agility has led to some amazing experiences.
However it does have a financial cost.
As we often don’t know where we’ll be on any given day, we don’t find out what events are going on until rather last minute. As was this week as our plans focused in on heading to the Tampa area to get some work done on the interior of the bus. We were arranging parking at a family member’s place when she mentioned she was running in the Rock’n’Roll 1/2 Marathon in St. Petersburg next weekend.
1/2 Marathon? Rock’n’Roll? Sounds good to us! Sign us up!
This is a common scenario for us:
We’re often paying late registration prices to events, sometime up to double what pre-planners might pay. Planning in advance does have its rewards.
It’s a premium we find worthwhile, most of the time, to keep our flexibility. And it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than registering for a bunch of events at the cheaper rates and likely forfeiting them when we find out we won’t even be in the area. And besides, we totally appreciate that organizers of events need to get as many commitments early on to keep things on track.
We’ve just simply learned that it’s a cost of our lifestyle, and to not try to notice what we could have been paying had we registered early. We can only make our decisions based on what it costs now.
Eeppp!! We’re doing another 1/2 Marathon in just 6 days!!