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Argh, I'm at my wits end here, so maybe you guys can help me out.
My mother purchased tickets for me and a friend of mine to fly out and take a week's vacation for my birthday; however, she didn't really confer with me or said friend in doing so and my birthday is in October, sort of an awkward time to take a week off from school. My friend, who just got into nursing school, adamantly refuses to go during the week the tickets are slated for, and quite frankly, I don't really blame him.
Unfortunately, the tickets can't be refunded, can't be given to someone else (so I could take someone else, say), and the date is coming up quick. I could, theoretically, go by myself, but I'm not really the type of person to enjoy being in a strange environment for a week alone.
I called the airline (American Airlines) and switching to a more convenient date (say, early January) is going to cost somewhere in the range of $300. I can afford to do that, but I can also think of about 12 things I would rather spend three hundred dollars on. Unfortunately, my mother is dead set on me taking this trip, and has been rather on both my, and my friends case about resolving this. Given the amount of stress this trip is causing me thus far, I'm really tempted to just forget the whole thing, but I get the feeling my mother wouldn't be terribly pleased.