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Unread 21 Dec 17, 10:20 PM  
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SoCal Christmas 2017: Pre-Trip Report


It is that time of the year again - the family Christmas trip!

Let me introduce the family:
Me - a 49 year old training manager. Mum of two, wife to one! Absolutely love travelling! Unusual for me not to have at least one trip on the go (currently have three )
J - my lovely DH who works hard to fund my obsession! He is actually very much looking forward to this trip as his best friend from school lives in San Diego!
O - our 16yo DS. Bless him - he has been studying 4 hours a night (and about 10 hours a day at the weekend) to get ahead. He has a big project to hand in at the beginning of February and whilst most of his classmates are waiting for the Christmas hols to begin he has been getting his up and running! Bad mum for booking the trip (I honestly had no idea - this counts towards his Bac!). Proud of him though He really is the most adorable 16 yo!
F - our 13 yo daughter! Has her moments but is a loving girl. She is a T1 diabetic - never stops her doing anything and she manages very well. She reminded me tonight I needed to try to book seats on the left hand side of the plane for ease of injections! Horse mad!

We live in the south of France!



So the trip!

It all started back in April where I found cheap flights to SanDiego via LHR for less than 500 euros each. J was actually quite keen as he could get to see his best friend from school.

So we leave on Saturday on an 8am flight to LHR. We have a 4.5 hour layover which suits me fine - we will hopefully have enough time to eat and get snacks for the flight. We all still have bad memories of running through LHR so I have everything crossed that all goes to plan!

Flights are with BA - online check-in is in less than10 hours. I haven't paid to sit together! Hopefully it will all work out! If not, I will have a quiet flight



We should arrive at about 5pm. After picking up the car we have about a 40 minute drive to Carlsbad. Just to get us out of San Diego. I imagine we will just crash when we get there.

J's friend lives nearby so hopefully we will have brunch will him.



Then it will be a 2-3 hour drive to Joshua Tree. This is very much a mum choice. The pictures look stunning.

We will be here for three nights. Lots of walking and for the goats (see previous reports ) lots of rock climbing!



Also excited to see the starry nights - I am easily pleased!



Then it is back to San Diego.

We have booked an Airbnb about 5 blocks from Pacific Beach - quite a happening place - J and I may be30 years too old

J's friend is going to hopefully give us a tour of San Diego so we get the lay of the land!



Yes - they are wetsuits. Three of them. They take up a whole suitcase but we figure as the beach is a big draw we may as well take what we have to make the best of it!

Those who can add up will realise we are one wetsuit down. That is because one of us prefers the land than the water! No prizes for guessing who!



Other activities will include visits to see the sealions, some of the parks (more hiking torture for the kids ) and ...



A visit to Belmont park - will probably get a day pass for the kids whilst J and I will be the designated bag holders!



I have bought 7day pass for Seaworld - at $60 each it was cheaper than a day pass on the door!

Not really sure how much we will go - we have never visited one before and it will be busy until New Year! F is a little against the idea of animals in captivity (which is why the zoo is not on the list at the moment - the boys are not bothered either!) so it may or may not be a hit!



There will be some shopping!



But most of all it is a trip to relax!

We may go whale watching (or I may go on my own! ), probably Balboa Park and Coronado will be visited! But there is no real timetable. We all need to relax!

I will be writing a live report for the 12 nights we are there

Merry Christmas to you all!


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Merry Christmas. I'm looking forward to reading along with your trip, hope you all have a fantastic time.
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Sounds like the perfect trip! Looking forward to reading more.

I didn't pay to book seats with BA either in the summer and we were all together both legs, hopefully you'll be fine.
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Originally Posted by OB1LukeLucas View Post
Merry Christmas. I'm looking forward to reading along with your trip, hope you all have a fantastic time.
Thank you! Work is finished! Most things are ready!

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Looks great, have a fab time
Thank you! I am sure we will!

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Sounds fab, looking forward to reading along. San Diego is lovely. Xx
Everyone speaks so highly of it so I can't wait to go!

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Sounds like the perfect trip! Looking forward to reading more.

I didn't pay to book seats with BA either in the summer and we were all together both legs, hopefully you'll be fine.
The advantage of having a connecting flight is an earlier check in! I managed to move us from 4 in the middle to 3 on the window/middle/aisle and then aisle behind. Quite far back but worth saving a few euros on

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Ooo it's finally time for your trip. Have a great time!
And thanks for a great summer trip report - most helpful!
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