Travel destinations/activities with a broken collarbone
August 17, 2014 6:31 PM Subscribe
A last-minute injury put a halt on our planned anniversary travel. What is the most fun/exciting/interesting/relaxing place we can go or thing we can do instead, given our limitations?
posted by zadermatermorts to Travel & Transportation (10 answers total)
My husband and I were all set for a 12-day trip to Costa Rica for our fifth anniversary next week. We don't travel that much, even though we like the idea of it; something about the commitment of making plans has often stopped us. So we were really excited to do this. We also have an 18-month-old son who was going to stay with his grandparents for the duration, and we were looking forward to some time alone together. We just need a vacation generally.
This weekend, though, my husband took a fall and broke his collarbone. It seems the treatment for this type of break is simply to let it heal by keeping the affected arm and shoulder as still as possible, since you can't really put a cast on it. He is taking painkillers, but any movement of his left arm or jostling of his body is still really painful. This obviously makes it impossible for him to do most of the activities we had planned, like rafting, kayaking, even swimming—so we decided to cancel the trip.
My question is, can you suggest a different destination or activity that would be a fun diversion that he will be able to do? We had planned to spend a lot of time outside since that's what you do in Costa Rica, so that would be nice, although we'd be open to any type of indoor or outdoor activity. Hiking seems possible, but I don't know if it would hold our interest for more than a couple days or where the best place to go is. Going to the beach, certainly possible, but without being able to really go in the water, what would we do? What am I not thinking of?
Driving may or may not be an option—he thinks he could maybe drive in a week. I don't drive, so it would have to be him.
Our travel would be between August 25 and about September 5. We live in Chicago, and local would obviously be simpler on short notice, but any destination is really on the table. Assume money is not our primary concern, but we were going to spend about $3K on the CR trip (and lost a good chunk of it in the cancellation), so in that ballpark would be OK. We still have the option of having our son visit his grandparents, but if any destination comes to mind that would be good for very young children, we'd love to hear about that too. Thanks for any suggestions!