On a weekday morning at Fort Myers Beach, pelicans swirl, shoreline walking begins and sunbathing chairs aren't yet filled.
Getting bumped from a flight to New York City gained me $400 in travel vouchers last year, but I procrastinated almost until they expired.
Where to go in January? Some place warm, of course, and a search for cheap flights on United Airlines steered me to Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Net cost on a nonstop, roundtrip for two: About $40, from O'Hare in Chicago.
The area's temps were in the low 80s, a sugary sand beach stretched for miles, friends were near, strangers were hospitable and we chose to not rent a car because this stay was a mere four days. ...