There are a number of schools in various parts of the country, and it's very worth trying, even if you don't intend to get rated. Thanks., they were taken at Lookout Mountain Flight Park, a little south of Chattanooga near Trenton, GA. I would think every pilot would enjoy spending the morning on the training hills and doing a tandem later in the day. Most people are able to fly solo on the training hills their first day. I've always thought that a Cirrus cockpit would be a nice place to be. Yeah, it's about priorities, but about budget as well. IIRC at least one of your children is very young. My youngest was 10 the first time we flew somewhere commercially, up until them we always drove. I'm familiar with that relative cost thing. When I was single, I used to race cars as a hobby, and I thought that was expensive, until I got married. Race car is satisfied with a garage, wife wants a house... We went to Phoenix for our spring break four years ago. My wife and daughters were getting after me because we had never gone anywhere for spring break. I had some credit card rewards saved up that I was going to use to go away for the weekend with my wife for our anniversary, but used them to go to Arizona. I was airfare shopping in January, and I think it was right around $330 per person including baggage fees. We stayed for two days at the Sheraton at Wild Horse Pass, then went to Sedona for two days to do some hiking, then two more days at the Grand Canyon. We were too late to get lodging at the park, but stayed at the Best Western in Tusayan, which was much nicer than any Best Western I've ever stayed at before.