Recently, my significant other and I decided to travel to the Caribbean Sea. We already bought the airplane tickets and reserved the first hotel in one of the major cities.
However, the last 4 days are the main problem, as we are going to a beach place full of resorts. While a reasonable hotel there with good reviews costs around $400 for the 4 days, she is insisting on getting a more expensive one, costing $4000 for the same 4 days, a kind of all-inclusive resort of your dreams.
We both have full-time jobs and are capable of splitting all travel costs without problem. But even so, I'm against spending this much: 10 times more than planned!
I have used the following arguments:
We are not going to enjoy this resort fully, as we are planning a couple of day trips to other places nearby;
Even splitting the costs, $2000 is too much for spending on a single place. I would prefer to spend part of this with restaurants and other activities;
This vacation is going to be good with or without this resort.
My significant other feels that I'm not as enthusiastic as her for this vacation, which makes her also less excited about it.
How can I make everybody happy again, without spending the $4000, i.e., convincing her to spend less on this reservation?