My wife recently reveled to me that for my 40th birthday, she will let me go on a short trip to celebrate my transition into middle age. My first thought was Hedonism in Jamaica, but then she told me that she would be traveling with me. Blew that idea out of the water. So now, I’m trying to think of a nice diving destination to travel to for my 40th birthday and I need some help.
First up, if you know me, you would know that I’m only 38. So why am I trying to plan a trip two years away? Because I’m poor. Only dirt has less money than I do. Because of the lack of funds, my wife and I need to save up for this little trip. Hence why I’m doing some planning now.
Like everything in life, there are some rules my wife set for this trip.
- My wife has to go.
- Can’t cost a lot of money
- Can’t be gone much longer than 4 or 5 days
Since my wife will be going and she doesn’t dive, there needs to be something for her to do while I’m diving. This ruled out a liveaboard as I don’t think I could survive being on a small boat with my wife for 5 straight days (as much as I love her). I hate it, but this has also ruled out shore diving in Bonaire. I would have to find an insta-buddy or tag along with a dive store/group which isn’t how I picture my birthday celebration.
Because we don’t have a lot of money or time, this rules out awesome destinations like Australia or Fiji. So it would have to be someplace near the US. I’ve already listed some of the places I’d like to dive before I die, this trip, unfortunately, won’t be on that list.
I thought about visiting my friends in the Pacific Northwest and California areas and teach them how to really dive. But the idea of lugging my dry suit and thick undergarments (and dealing with all of the lead that goes along with them) doesn’t really appeal to me. I have a lot of friends in those areas and I will always have a floor to sleep on any time I want to visit, but sleeping in Lynne and Peter’s barn for my 40th birthday doesn’t excite me much. Having access to doubles and scooters does excite me though!!!
I need to be someplace warm where I can find someone to dive with and there are non-diving activities for my wife to do. I’m asking for your help. Where can a diver go with a non-diving spouse that is close to the US?