I just got back from an emergency trip to be with my Mom as her sister passed away and I did not want her to be dealing with that alone. Although very astute and bright, physically she is definitely showing her age and she has some health issues that need medical attention. She traveled back to the mainland with me. Not ideal in terms of weather, but necessary nonetheless.
Financially, it cost a bundle. I had to take four days off with no pay and airfare was super expensive. On the bright side, I haven't been to my hometown in three years and I ate so many awesome traditional dishes. The weather was also beautiful and oh the sun maid me feel so alive. Once more, I confirmed that for me, warmer weather does wonders for my spirit and body. Between airfare, food, days off from work and lots of miscellaneous the total was a good $3K. No regrets; I was happy to be home with Mom and take care of her.
I am now back to being frugal and back to saving.
Hometown Beach -West coast of Puerto Rico
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