The champagne bucket...
The champagne bucket pictured above was a wedding present from one of my husband's relatives. In the past, we've used it for chilling wine. Last year, it became useful for another purpose. We now use it to help us decide where we'll travel next.
Bill and I have many places on our bucket list. It can be difficult to make a firm decision about where to go next. Last year, when we decided to go to Italy and Greece, we did so with the help of the champagne bucket. Since we had a pre-booking for SeaDream that we needed to use, I wrote down the names and dates of four cruises that were in our price range and occurred at a time during which Bill could more likely get off work. I cut the names into small pieces and folded up the papers, then put them in the champagne bucket. I shuffled them around and got Bill to choose. The May 11th Rome to Athens cruise won!
We've taken to doing this whenever we're too overwhelmed with choices and can't decide what to do next. It's sort of exciting to pick vacations this way, since it's kind of reminiscent of Germanwings' blind booking deal. We've done "blind bookings" with Germanwings three times. Basically, what it means is you pick a group of cities you wouldn't mind traveling to. You pay extra to eliminate any cities you don't want to see. Pay your fare. Then you find out where your next vacation is! It's a lot of fun to travel this way, especially since most European cities are a treat to visit. We saw Barcelona, London, and Munich by doing blind bookings.
The champagne bucket is somewhat different in that it's not really binding when we make our choices. But it's still exciting to find out where we're going next instead of trying to pick one place over another.
I broke out the champagne bucket the other day because we were talking about where our next trip might be. Bill chose "river cruise", which means that if Hebridean Island Cruises offers river cruises on Royal Crown in 2014, we may be aboard. On the other hand, a lot depends on what happens next year as Bill makes his transition out of the Army and into the civilian sector. We may decide to just stay home next year or go somewhere stateside.
Of course, we're also very attracted to the concept of barging in Europe. We were leaning toward Ireland, but after watching some intriguing videos of barging in France, we may opt to go there. Bill loves France, even if he is very Irish.
I think it would be a dream come true if Bill got another job in Europe... I can dream, can't I?