We have traveled for Christmas since our family trip to Yellowstone in 2007. It was a family trip that did not include the girls as they had already left home. Today, it remains one of my all time favorite trips. So, as typical, the pressure to avoid sitting looking at the four walls of this house for the lost days between Christmas and New Years was on. We invested hours looking for flights, options and even went so far as to call a travel agent hoping they could find some hidden treasure. Her response after 4 days was Panama and Guatemala.
So after a trip to Barnes and Noble to look at travel books, I remembered I had 77,000 air miles on American that where sitting there. When I arrived back home, I did more research to see if we could use them on a trip to Panama or Ecuador. There were far too much complexity with holiday travel, costs, and booking one reward ticket and one revenue ticket. I finally called and received great help. We had to change our dates a number of times but finally landed on 10 days in Quito.
We held the flights and began looking up a place to stay. We are not hotel people so by the time I got off the phone, my wife was researching apartment and found a luxury apartment in the Old City for under $800. It looked small, clean, great reviews, in the middle of the mix so we booked it. After all the research and options, within 2 hours we were booked for flights and housing in a new country.
This will be our second 10 day trip to South America this year and our third international trip in 2013. I was skeptical after making the decision on would there be enough to do and see for 10 days until I visited this web site with 360 views (http://www.ecuador.travel/en/quito/quito-360). Now I am all in.