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Title: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Klein Bottle on March 22, 2014, 11:50:10 AM
I was just reading the Disney thread and got to thinking about this.  Disney has never been our thing, (although we went to the Florida one for part of a terrible day, and when we lived in California, we went three times to our much-preferred Disneyland.)  But, theme parks are just not our preferred type of trip.  My best friend thinks I'm nuts, as she and her husband and their two kids do a week long Disney trip every year, and they have a marvelous time!  I have been wondering if I should give it another try.  We also avoid water parks, as they are my son's idea of hell on earth.    :P

When I was married, when we had vaca time and money, we mostly traveled to see historical sites and/or natural wonders.  (We incorporated many of these trips with family visits nearby.)  We also love visiting big cities.  We have done New York and Washington, DC several times.  New Orleans was local to us for many years, and that remains my personal favorite, along with Bar Harbor, ME.   

Our Big Adventure is coming up in about a year and a half, as I am taking my son to Europe for his HS graduation.  He's an historian and wants to see all the places he's studied, and I want to see it for *my* first time through his eyes.  I have been planning and saving for this since he was in fifth grade and I realized he was serious about studying history as his passion and life's work.  I have been seeking out ways to travel on the cheaper side, (with a few indulgences/treats along the way.)

I have also never been on a cruise, but my parents have done both an Alaska cruise and a Hawaii one, and are planning a Mediterranean cruise for when Son and I are in Europe; we are going to be able to meet up in Spain. 

So, fellow ehellions, what do you, or you and your family, like to do?  Any good recommendations?  We have not gone anywhere, really, in a few years, as I have been saving for this European trip, but my parents spoil my kid rotten, and he got to drive cross country to the Pacific NW with them two summers ago.  (Portland is now his favorite city!  Nothing compares to Portland!  he is going to live in Portland!  Portland is the center of the universe!)    ;D
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: AmethystAnne on March 22, 2014, 12:11:12 PM
I like travelling with my sister to places that strike a note?

Last summer, we went to the Quilters Museum in Paducah, KY and drove to Metropolis, Illinois (the city has a large statue of Superman and Lois Lane).

This Summer, when I visit family in NJ, Sister and I will be travelling in New England. We both are intrigued with the Haskell Library and Opera House that was purposely built that half of it is in Derby line, VT and half in Stanstead, Quebec.
We are also planning to take the ferry from Cape May to Delaware, and tour the Zwaanendael Museum.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Bijou on March 22, 2014, 01:01:12 PM
When I was a kid, and also a young adult, I loved visiting family...grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins...probably because we are a big noisy, loving family.  Sadly, that corner of my world has faded, with the passage of time.  I miss it.
I would like a vacation in which you just meander along the back roads, visiting little towns along the way.  Somehow a cheese burger and fries in a little locally owned diner, filled iwth locals, sounds good to me. 
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on March 22, 2014, 01:29:59 PM
I tend to enjoy vacations that are equal parts relaxing, shopping and seeing landmarks, especially if it's someplace that DH, a family member or a friend have never been to, or maybe we've been but there's something we didn't get a chance to see last time.

With my closest friend being in Iowa, we only get to see each other but about once a year.  When I went out to see her the first time we did a bit of sight seeing since I'd never been to the state before.  But when I go this year, it's going to be a short trip and so we'll probably just chat, have a movie marathon (either POTC or Potter, we're equally obsessed with both), drink and maybe do a bit of shopping.

Then when she comes out my way the following year, DH has suggested a tour of the battlefields of the Civil War since we live in the midst of a few Mid-Atlantic sites like Gettysburg, Harper's Ferry and Antietam.  We'll also go out to Ocean City, just the two of us. :)
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: daen on March 22, 2014, 01:38:35 PM
My husband and I have a sort of vacation pattern: find a midsize town, find inexpensive but comfortable lodging ("inexpensive" taking local economy in mind), and then spend our time divided between relaxing (naps, TV/Netflix/computer, reading, knitting) and sightseeing. Most of our sightseeing takes place in second-hand places, antiques stores, flea markets, and various other retail establishments, but we rarely buy anything - it's mostly looking at what's out there. We do also visit the sights, but consumer tourism is a constant.

Usually we go out to local restaurants - we like diners, local pizza restaurants, anything that looks like good food that is specific to the place. We usually steer clear of chains, although when we find a regional chain that's good (Isaac's in Pennsylvania being one standout), they'll see us more than once.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: lkdrymom on March 22, 2014, 02:27:42 PM
I love cruises. I get the best of both worlds. On sea days I lie around and just watch the water. When we are in port it is go-go-go on all sorts of adventures.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: guihong on March 22, 2014, 02:56:50 PM
Amusement parks and water parks just aren't my thing, as I don't do many rides.  However, with kids, that's what you do.  So far we've been Disney-free.  Last summer, we went to Cedar Point, which was fine with me as it has several historic buildings on the grounds. 

My favorite trips are going to historic sites (preferably not a commercialized trap) and battlefields.  Bonus points if it has some connection to my family, or I can do genealogy research there.

One summer, we went to San Antonio, per my desire to see the Alamo.  I was impressed by the Alamo itself; less so by the wax museums, haunted rides, and Ripley's Believe It Or Not museums around it.  Somehow we didn't go to Sea World (my son doesn't like animals used as entertainment) or Six Flags; instead we went to a Native American/Spanish museum, which was great (and cool!) 

This summer I hope to talk my family into going to London, Ontario, where I can meet distant relatives and hit the mother lode of genealogy, and DH and kids can go to (you got it!) a huge water park  ;D. 

This coming week, I'm taking two days by myself to see Pea Ridge and Wilson's Creek battlefields, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder house in Mansfield, MO.  All are fairly close to one another.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Klein Bottle on March 22, 2014, 03:51:19 PM
Amusement parks and water parks just aren't my thing, as I don't do many rides.  However, with kids, that's what you do.  So far we've been Disney-free.  Last summer, we went to Cedar Point, which was fine with me as it has several historic buildings on the grounds. 

My favorite trips are going to historic sites (preferably not a commercialized trap) and battlefields.  Bonus points if it has some connection to my family, or I can do genealogy research there.

One summer, we went to San Antonio, per my desire to see the Alamo.  I was impressed by the Alamo itself; less so by the wax museums, haunted rides, and Ripley's Believe It Or Not museums around it. Somehow we didn't go to Sea World (my son doesn't like animals used as entertainment) or Six Flags; instead we went to a Native American/Spanish museum, which was great (and cool!) 

This summer I hope to talk my family into going to London, Ontario, where I can meet distant relatives and hit the mother lode of genealogy, and DH and kids can go to (you got it!) a huge water park  ;D. 

This coming week, I'm taking two days by myself to see Pea Ridge and Wilson's Creek battlefields, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder house in Mansfield, MO.  All are fairly close to one another.

San Antonio is on my short list.  I have a good friend who lives there, and have an open invite, but have not yet been able to take advantage.  I want to go down there when the bluebonnets are in season, some year. Maybe when Son is in college. 

When I was in college in Wisconsin, a friend of my then-boyfriend was visiting from England.  She wanted to go to Cedar Point, so we took a really fun road trip there.  They had just opened that roller coaster that took you upside down, and it was really early in the season and mid-week so lines were short.  We got to ride it half a dozen times.   I hear it has really expanded and now is arguably the best amusement park in the U.S.  Myself, I love roller coasters, but Son can take or leave them.  Therefore, we have not ever prioritized amusement parks.  I love rides, the scarier the better!  (I think my best experience was the Matterhorn at Disneyland.  It scared the pants off me, but I loved every minute of it.)    :)
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: demarco on March 22, 2014, 03:52:07 PM
DH and I like beach vacations (usually Maine or Florida but also Hawaii and South Carolina) or recreation areas, usually in the west in the mountains where we can do a lot of hiking (most recently in Idaho which I think must be one of the most glorious places on earth.)

My personal favorite is the solo road trip.  I've done a few of these but not enough. I have been trying to plan one since last summer when I told DH what I really wanted for my milestone birthday was to take a road trip to Texas where we used to live.  Planned to go in October then pushed it ahead to March but March is almost over so now I'm thinking about October again.

Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Katana_Geldar on March 22, 2014, 03:52:19 PM
DH and I like visiting museums, our first trip to Canberra while we were dating was nothing but museums. But we also like relaxing and want to go on another cruise. With baby on the way, DH wants to visit theme parks on the Gold Coast in a few years, I've been a few times but he hasn't been at all. And one day we plan on a big trip to Disney in LA, but that's a way off.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Hmmmmm on March 22, 2014, 04:08:52 PM
The only type of vacation I don't like are ones that have long periods of being sedentary. An hour laying by a pool or beach is fine. But after that I'm ready to go do something.

My DH and I love amusement parks for thrill rides during off peak periods, our kids not as much. They've been to both Disneyland, both Universal Studios, several Six Flags, and Cedar Point with us. We have a great time, but they are just as happy with hiking in the mountains or white water rafting somewhere. If we go tropical, then it's to snorkel, fish, sail, and zip lines.

We've loved our family vacations in DC, New Orleans, Australia, Spain, Italy and Mexico. We love food so include finding local hidden gems. Museums and historical sites are great for us too. DH and I enjoy vacations in wine countries, New Orleans, and Santa Fe/Taos.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Amara on March 22, 2014, 04:21:40 PM
I am dreaming of a dude ranch, or perhaps I should say a real working ranch where you stay and become part of the family/ranch hands, helping with all the chores. But it must also have some free time so I can ride and hike.

I've traveled through Europe on my own with a Eurailpass and loved it. I didn't care where I went because I wanted to see it all. So I'd simply go to a train station when I felt ready to and go to wherever the next train went. Such fun! I loved that and would like to do it again.

Disney would be so tortuous to me that it would be outlawed by the Geneva Convention. And cruising doesn't sound much better.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on March 22, 2014, 04:30:21 PM
My dream is to drive across Canada, stopping anywhere and everywhere there is something of interest.  I'd do a combination of camping, B&Bs and hotels.  Hiking Gros Morne and the Cabot Trail, hitting all the museums in Ottawa, rafting on the Ottawa river, dog sledding in Nunavut, paddling the Nahani.

If I won the $43 million last night, I could start tomorrow.   :)
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Amanita on March 22, 2014, 04:31:01 PM
I'm a big city girl. I've been to San Francisco twice, and made three trips each to Toronto and NYC. I just love putting on a good pair of boots and going for a good city trek, armed with a camera. No strict itinerary, no preset schedule. Just me and the big city. When I can afford it, I want to add Dubai to my list.
If I could afford more than one vacation a year, I might go to one of the huge theme parks like Disney for a few days, I went there as a kid and loved it.

As for trips I wouldn't want to take, escorted tours where you spend the whole vacation on a set schedule, having to do everything as a group with little downtime to go do your own thing would be at the top of my "Do Not Want" list.
Now, when I was in San Francisco, I did a couple of short day tours for fun, mainly to get a feel for the city as a whole. But those were only for a few hours, I wouldn't want to spend my whole trip like that.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: ebrochu on March 22, 2014, 04:33:35 PM
My dream vacation is a very specific hotel.

Lake Louise, Fairmont Hotel. The mountains and lake are gorgeous, and I want to take an oversized deck chair onto the edge of the lake, with pillows and blankets and sit staring at that view for a whole day.

I work at a physically demanding job, and one where I interact with customers all day, so quiet seclusion and pampering is high on my list. I don't want to be relied upon, or asked to do anything. it sound selfish, but that's the idea of a dream vacation to me.  ;D

High tea, souvenir shopping and taking only my camera, sketchbook and supplies and journal. As much as I would enjoy having my ereader, I'd be too tempted to surf on it.

I'm hoping and saving for it.

Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: #borecore on March 22, 2014, 04:49:37 PM
I am going to list everywhere I remember going on vacation in order of which places I liked most. I have a thirst for international travel that I have yet to slake beyond Central America, so my future vacations are my real "favorites," but only in my mind.

Costa Rica (all over, focus on rainforest)
New York City (Manhattan)
Grand Canyon/Southwest tour (Flagstaff, Sedona, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Carlsbad)
Los Cabos, Mexico
New Orleans, LA
Seattle, WA
Portland, ME
Rural Georgia/Atlanta
Marfa, TX
Philadelphia, PA, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, areas
Michigan lake camping
Sarasota and St. Petersburg, FL, Disney/Orlando (tie)
Detroit area, Chicago, St. Louis, Roanoke (tie, given that I have barely spent any time in these places)
South Texas Coast, Jacksonville, FL, Wide swath of West Texas (tie)

The main things I do like are lots of free time, good food, museums, some amazing sights, and something 'cool' to do in the evenings. Friendly people or something I cannot find at home really help!

I don't care for places with nothing but chain restaurants; I don't love camping; I really dislike theme parks. The more time I spend somewhere, the more I like it -- with the exception of the last-place places in my list. I think it might just be a bad cultural fit in some cases.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: kherbert05 on March 22, 2014, 04:54:47 PM
Going somewhere with interesting historical sites, museums, and outdoor activities.


I don't mind an amusement park/water park as a one day activity but the sole focus would send me around the bend.


My idea of vacation hell - cruises/all inclusive resorts.


For me part of it is the crowds and not getting away to near silence. The biggest part is food. I went on a cruise my Junior Year, with the drill team. It was in Greece. There was parts I love, especially the Captain telling off a bigoted Chaperon. But the food kept being served with different nuts mixed in. I couldn't eat dinner most nights because of the nut thing.  (In the US most packages of commercially preshelled nuts have peanut warnings because the same machines are used. I generally don't eat tree nuts unless my family shells them ourselves.)
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: readingchick on March 22, 2014, 05:02:14 PM
Northern Michigan is my favorite place to go. Make Mackinaw City your home base and do day trips to St. Ignace, Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon Falls (a one-day pass to the Falls costs $8, I think), and Whitefish Point. Be sure to try the fried pickles at the Seabiscuit Café and the Upper Tahquamenon Falls Brewery; they're both fantastic!
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: katiescarlett on March 22, 2014, 05:15:46 PM
I'll be honest.  I'm the one who started the Disney thread, but it is definitely not my idea of a great vacation.  This trip is for the kids.  (Niece and nephew).  MY idea of a great trip is on par with your son's.  Historical sites are the best!  My favorite place to go is Colorado and be in the mountains for awhile (I am seriously going to live there one day).  My father and I are planning a trip to Gettysburg next year to visit the battlefield (I am a history minor).  I am dying to go to England and Scotland.  Also, Washington, DC.  I tend to enjoy trips with lots to see, but enough downtime that I don't get overwhelmed.  I don't really like theme parks and def. no water parks.  I think that is why I am having such a hard time getting excited for this trip, although I know I will enjoy it.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: andi on March 22, 2014, 06:03:26 PM
When we go alone, Hubby and I like to kick back and relax - no schedule.

We prefer to go to one place, usually rent a house or condo, and have things to do in the area. Hubby like to cook, so we'll eat dinner out a couple times but it's nice to be able to have our own food and eat when we want.

We love cruises, we can do as much or as little as we like each day. We have a "base" to come back to so we get to unpack and "settle in" right off. But there's still cool places to see and activities if we choose to do so. And there's lots of food

When we go with Boo, we usually have things planned for each day and make sue he has a "voice" in the planning. Trip to the coast - rented a condo and fished, hung out at the beach.  Our trip to Branson we stayed in one place and he got to fish, do a water park, a theme park, hang out at the pool.  He was thrilled there was a tv in his room!,

For the Ireland trip we were on the road part of each day - staying  in a different place each night and seeing a lot each day new know where we wNt to stay if there's ever a "next time" so we'd travel from our "base" for day trips.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on March 22, 2014, 07:39:45 PM
I do intend to take a trip to Ireland with the family (meaning Dh, our 3 boys, my best friend, and myself) when the youngest is old enough to really appreciate it, sometime before my friend's passport expires though, as she got it renewed in 2012 and I think they're good for 10 years so we have a couple more years.  :)

Bff has already been twice with her sister but I'd love for us to go together. :)
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Klein Bottle on March 22, 2014, 07:43:18 PM
I'll be honest.  I'm the one who started the Disney thread, but it is definitely not my idea of a great vacation.  This trip is for the kids.  (Niece and nephew).  MY idea of a great trip is on par with your son's.  Historical sites are the best!  My favorite place to go is Colorado and be in the mountains for awhile (I am seriously going to live there one day).  My father and I are planning a trip to Gettysburg next year to visit the battlefield (I am a history minor).  I am dying to go to England and Scotland.  Also, Washington, DC.  I tend to enjoy trips with lots to see, but enough downtime that I don't get overwhelmed.  I don't really like theme parks and def. no water parks.  I think that is why I am having such a hard time getting excited for this trip, although I know I will enjoy it.

You will probably wind up having a blast!  My bestie is a scientist and an introvert, and her idea of a great vacation is the opposite of what a theme park represents.  However, she is the one who does Disney every year, and she always comes home raving about it!  It helps that her younger child just turned five, as I think seeing it through the eyes of a child adds some kind of special dimension to it.  There were special circumstances as to why I was so miserable at Disney in Orlando, but my son, who had just turned three, still has some great memories of that day, and he is 17 now.  The only thing I remember that might be of interest to you is that, at least in 2000, we were able to get Son a PB&J at the restaurant at the front of Tomorrowland.  (I think that's what it's called?  The space-age retro theme part?)  I was also struck at how child-friendly and family accommodating the workers were throughout the entire park.  I realize it's known for that, but still...very impressed.  My friend tells me that, if a worker sees a little girl dressed up as one of the princesses, they will excitedly ask for "Cinderella's" or "Ariel's" or whichever character's "autograph", and treat her like she is the real deal.  Her little girl Chloe was pretty jazzed about that, and I think it's very sweet.

We have been by Gettysburg and Antietam many times, but have never gone, not from lack of interest, but lack of time.  My son's area of interest is more 18th century European history, but he often talks about how he would like to see the American battlefields.  We took a day trip to Montgomery, Alabama when we were still living in Mississippi, and we got to see a lot of the places associated with the Civil Rights Movement, and we both dug that.  Montgomery is a lovely city, too.

Montana is another place I need to see.  It has been way too long since I have been out west, and I love the mountains, the forests, that pine scent.  Son would love it as it's sort of on the way to Portland.    ;D

Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Klein Bottle on March 22, 2014, 07:55:41 PM
I do intend to take a trip to Ireland with the family (meaning Dh, our 3 boys, my best friend, and myself) when the youngest is old enough to really appreciate it, sometime before my friend's passport expires though, as she got it renewed in 2012 and I think they're good for 10 years so we have a couple more years.  :)

Bff has already been twice with her sister but I'd love for us to go together. :)

I am Italian and Irish, and I am hoping that Ireland be one of the places we see in Europe, but I don't know if that will happen.  Italy is a foregone conclusion, (ya know, history and all!)    ;)  I'll be interested to hear about your Ireland trip, so I can live vicariously through you!

For some reason, I also really want to see Prague.  There is absolutely no reason other than I love the pictures of the beautiful architecture, those red roofs.  (I believe Vienna has some similar, and we will definitely go there.)

Amara, the Eurail pass is most likely how we are going to travel!  I like the idea of the freedom just to zip around wherever we want to go.  I have not gotten so far as to look too deeply into it, but it makes the most sense.  The only place we "need" to be is in Spain when my parents get there.

jmarvellous, did you love Costa Rica?  My nephew has gone both there and Honduras with his Church youth group.  I have only ever been to Mexico as far as going south of our border.  And then, only as far south as Ensenada.  (I made the mistake of drinking too many Coronas and felt like dookie all the way back home to Pasadena the next day!)

Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: jaxsue on March 22, 2014, 08:05:53 PM
I'm a history geek. Most of my vacations are centered around historical sites like Williamsburg, Gettysburg, St. Augustine, etc. My poor kids; they were dragged to museum houses, museums, and old cemeteries. Fortunately, my younger son loves this stuff as much as I do!  :)
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: lisat on March 22, 2014, 09:32:34 PM
Camping-primitive camping. My family has camped forever. We have camped in Spain (but we were stationed there and in Portugal) But our most favorite is in Maine. I am now 62-no longer so young. I use an air mattress :). but hubby making pancakes over a fire and coffee is absolutely the best thing. Now we take our grandson who is 4 camping with us. It is just so very relaxing and peaceful.  I hate crowds and standing in lines, so doing the tourist thing is definitely out.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Klein Bottle on March 22, 2014, 09:43:32 PM
Camping-primitive camping. My family has camped forever. We have camped in Spain (but we were stationed there and in Portugal) But our most favorite is in Maine. I am now 62-no longer so young. I use an air mattress :). but hubby making pancakes over a fire and coffee is absolutely the best thing. Now we take our grandson who is 4 camping with us. It is just so very relaxing and peaceful.  I hate crowds and standing in lines, so doing the tourist thing is definitely out.

I want to come camping in Maine with you!    ;D  I love camping and I love Maine.  Where in Maine do you go?
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: andi on March 22, 2014, 09:58:01 PM
I do intend to take a trip to Ireland with the family (meaning Dh, our 3 boys, my best friend, and myself) when the youngest is old enough to really appreciate it, sometime before my friend's passport expires though, as she got it renewed in 2012 and I think they're good for 10 years so we have a couple more years.  :)

Bff has already been twice with her sister but I'd love for us to go together. :)

When you start planning I have an awesome travel agent for you - I've never had such a great experience with a company. we had a major mishap with one of the hotels and the agency was beyond wonderful.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Lynn2000 on March 22, 2014, 10:05:19 PM
I actually don't like traveling much at all because of logistical issues--airports and getting from A to B and where to eat. I kind of have this dream of just going away by myself to a nice hotel, where I would stay in the room a lot with a book or some writing that I haven't had time to focus on until now. A suite would be nice. And I would mostly eat in the hotel restaurant, or get room service/food delivery.

And, it would be cool if the hotel was connected to a shopping mall. I stayed in a hotel in Boston once that opened onto a mall, and there were skywalks connecting it to yet more malls and buildings. It gave me several places to go for shopping and eating and even a movie theater, I felt safe and didn't worry about getting lost, and I didn't have to deal with cabs or other transportation.

I do also like aquariums, zoos, and science/history museums, but I need to explore them at my own pace, and NOT be go-go-go all the time. So I don't like having 8 things planned for one day and we have to be HERE and then THERE and then OVER THERE or we're just wasting our time (vacationing with my friend Amy). But at the same time I hate that "dead zone" where you're hungry but you have no idea where to have lunch and everywhere is a hassle to get to so you end up just grabbing McDonald's or something (vacationing with my parents). Some kind of balance between "zero planning" and "over-packed schedule."

One vacation I look back on positively is when my mom and I went to the Mall of America a couple years ago. They have a wonderful aquarium there and some fun restaurants (like Rainforest Cafe) that we don't have in our area. Plus, shopping! And we liked the Lego and American Girl stores. We stayed at the mall 7 or 8 hours each day. It was a lot of walking, though. I think they should have some kind of train or people-mover that gets you from one end to the other faster.

Maybe I would like some kind of all-inclusive resort, if it had things I actually liked--shopping and aquariums and so forth. It always seems like those focus a lot on beaches/pools and athletic or nature activities, none of which I like. I thought I would like a cruise, but my mom went on a couple and hated all the sitting around, forced camaraderie, and tiny rooms, so that kind of discouraged me.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: mbbored on March 22, 2014, 11:56:07 PM
I've got two kinds, in no particular order:

There's the beach vacation, laying by the water with a book, long walks on the sand.

There's also the exploring an interesting place vacation, with history, museums, architecture and good restaurants. This includes cities in the US, like DC, NYC, Chicago, San Diego, San Francisco, and abroad, like Europe, Asian and Northern Africa.

I'm way more likely to plan and save for the latter, while the former is reserved for last minute getaways or trips with extended families.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: stargazer on March 23, 2014, 12:51:59 AM
I love Disney, water parks, laying on the beach doing nothing but reading and sipping a fruity drink, and camping and doing adventure type vacations.  MY idea of vacation hell is historical sites.  I am on vacation to have fun and those are not my idea of fun.  That just seems like the type of trip my elementary school used to take us on (our elementary school did a LOT of trips).
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: cicero on March 23, 2014, 02:45:31 AM
it really depends on why i'm going and who i'm with. My favorite favorite is to go *anywhere* by myself and explore - be it a great city like NY or London, or some small town somewhere. I love to check out local markets, stores, artists, etc. I like going on my own because then i can be totally selfish - get up when i want, go where i want, eat what and where i want... not have to take anyone else's wants into consideration. I need that!

If i want to veg out - i like to go to the Dead Sea and stay at a fancy resort, wear bathing suit, robe, and flip flops, bring a pile of silly magazines, books, and junk food and just veg out.

sometimes i like to go hiking combined with visiting historical and archaeological sites. in fact, hopefully that's what DS and I wil be doing on Passover. we combine that with staying at a nice B&B (minus the breakfast; that's how they do it here) that is comfy, quiet and has a spa.

I love amusement parks! i've been to WDW several times with now ex husband and once to Busch gardens in Tampa, but i'll take any amusement park. but that would probably be second to last on my vacation lists. right before "camping" ;D
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: iridaceae on March 23, 2014, 07:02:07 AM
Give me history and/or nature and I'm good. Or Disney World.

Just going and sitting somewhere would annoy me enough that I would resent being on that vacation. All inclusives- I don't see the point unless you are going to drink a lot.

Art museums? No interest. In Florence my dad asked if I wanted to see the Uffizi. No no and no.  We'd already seen the David so I figured I'd seen enough art. So we went to the charmingly dated Natural History Museum so my dad could see the wax human figures which he'd wanted to see for years.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Thipu1 on March 23, 2014, 07:11:35 AM
We're dyed in the wool cruisers.  Number 40 is coming up in a few weeks.  We like to get near the port a few days in advance and enjoy the local attractions.  London, Rome and Barcelona are favorites. 
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on March 23, 2014, 07:27:02 AM
I do intend to take a trip to Ireland with the family (meaning Dh, our 3 boys, my best friend, and myself) when the youngest is old enough to really appreciate it, sometime before my friend's passport expires though, as she got it renewed in 2012 and I think they're good for 10 years so we have a couple more years.  :)

Bff has already been twice with her sister but I'd love for us to go together. :)

I am Italian and Irish, and I am hoping that Ireland be one of the places we see in Europe, but I don't know if that will happen.  Italy is a foregone conclusion, (ya know, history and all!)    ;)  I'll be interested to hear about your Ireland trip, so I can live vicariously through you!

You too? I'm 1/2 Irish, 1/4 Italian...and I think the other 1/4 is comprised, I think, of a pinch of German, some more Irish, and perhaps a touch of Scot and German.  I got a chance to go to Italy when I was in high school.  The drama department always took a group of students to Europe over spring break and in my junior year they went to London, Paris and Rome. :) It was a great trip and Italy was definitely a wonder!

But if I'm honest, I feel a much stronger pull towards Ireland than Italy. Nothing against Italy, I just don't feel a need to return as much as I feel a call to see Ireland. :)
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: 123sandy on March 23, 2014, 07:51:46 AM
I have no desire to go camping, lie on a beach or do anything that requires me to throw myself from a height (no bungee jumping, parachuting, anything to do with heights). Other than that I'm up for something new. I love seeing new places, travelling by road, rail or boat (white knuckle flier but will do it).

Self-catering holidays were easier when the kids were little but I didn't really enjoy them. For mum it's still cooking and cleaning, you just have a different view for the washing up.

Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Klein Bottle on March 23, 2014, 10:13:20 AM
This article happened to appear on Cracked.com today.  I thought it would be snarky, but it's actually very sweet.   The author really went out of his way to make Disney a special experience for kids, it seems:

http://www.cracked.com/article_21011_6-things-nobody-tells-you-about-working-at-disney-world.html

Made me smile and tear up just a bit.    :)
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: #borecore on March 23, 2014, 10:17:24 AM
I do intend to take a trip to Ireland with the family (meaning Dh, our 3 boys, my best friend, and myself) when the youngest is old enough to really appreciate it, sometime before my friend's passport expires though, as she got it renewed in 2012 and I think they're good for 10 years so we have a couple more years.  :)

Bff has already been twice with her sister but I'd love for us to go together. :)

I am Italian and Irish, and I am hoping that Ireland be one of the places we see in Europe, but I don't know if that will happen.  Italy is a foregone conclusion, (ya know, history and all!)    ;)  I'll be interested to hear about your Ireland trip, so I can live vicariously through you!

For some reason, I also really want to see Prague.  There is absolutely no reason other than I love the pictures of the beautiful architecture, those red roofs.  (I believe Vienna has some similar, and we will definitely go there.)

Amara, the Eurail pass is most likely how we are going to travel!  I like the idea of the freedom just to zip around wherever we want to go.  I have not gotten so far as to look too deeply into it, but it makes the most sense.  The only place we "need" to be is in Spain when my parents get there.

jmarvellous, did you love Costa Rica?  My nephew has gone both there and Honduras with his Church youth group.  I have only ever been to Mexico as far as going south of our border.  And then, only as far south as Ensenada.  (I made the mistake of drinking too many Coronas and felt like dookie all the way back home to Pasadena the next day!)

Oh, Costa Rica! It is so wonderful! I would love to go back for another few weeks! I was there for 8 or 9 days by myself and I loved every minute of it that I wasn't in San Jose (or sick from something in the ice in a margarita). The rain forests, the mountains, the wildlife, the people, everything is great.

If you decide to go, feel free to ask me more.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: JenJay on March 23, 2014, 10:27:22 AM
My kids have never been to Disney and I finally don't feel guilty about it. It's just so overpriced and overcrowded for us  :-\. I've been to Disneyland a few times and Disneyworld once and I thought Disneyland was much better, although I'd still rather go to Six Flags.

We do season passes to the local amusement park, that's a special thing that we splurge on because our entire family of 5 are roller-coaster nuts and DH has odd days off so the crowds aren't too bad when we go. As far as vacations, though, we like the roadtrip! Whether it's staying in a hotel or camping (which is our preference if we have at least 3-5 days, otherwise the set-up and tear-down time isn't really worth it), getting there is definitely half the fun. We also enjoy historic sites and places with lots of fun things to do, whether it's a beach, scenic drive, walking tour of gorgeous old homes, etc. Just being out somewhere new, seeing stuff.

My in-laws are taking an international trip in late summer or early fall of 2015 and we're hoping to join them on that and take the kids. We'll probably have to take out a small loan to do it but it'll be worth it for this once in a lifetime opportunity to go together.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Amanita on March 23, 2014, 01:31:04 PM
I actually don't like traveling much at all because of logistical issues--airports and getting from A to B and where to eat. I kind of have this dream of just going away by myself to a nice hotel, where I would stay in the room a lot with a book or some writing that I haven't had time to focus on until now. A suite would be nice. And I would mostly eat in the hotel restaurant, or get room service/food delivery.

And, it would be cool if the hotel was connected to a shopping mall. I stayed in a hotel in Boston once that opened onto a mall, and there were skywalks connecting it to yet more malls and buildings. It gave me several places to go for shopping and eating and even a movie theater, I felt safe and didn't worry about getting lost, and I didn't have to deal with cabs or other transportation.

I do also like aquariums, zoos, and science/history museums, but I need to explore them at my own pace, and NOT be go-go-go all the time. So I don't like having 8 things planned for one day and we have to be HERE and then THERE and then OVER THERE or we're just wasting our time (vacationing with my friend Amy). But at the same time I hate that "dead zone" where you're hungry but you have no idea where to have lunch and everywhere is a hassle to get to so you end up just grabbing McDonald's or something (vacationing with my parents). Some kind of balance between "zero planning" and "over-packed schedule."



Four words for you:
The Address Downtown Dubai. Seriously, that's the hotel I want to stay at when I visit, and it sounds like it would be up your alley. Book a fountain view room so you can sit on your balcony and enjoy an amazing view of the Burj Khalifa and its amazing fountain show each evening. You can just chill in your room all you want, or book a treatment at the in-house spa, and the place has lots of choices for food, not just one restaurant. And it's right next door to the Dubai Mall, which is HUGE, and offers even more food choices, entertainment, and I think it even has its own aquarium, no word of a lie :)

I like to explore more than you do, and am more comfortable with public transit and cabs (Which are extremely plentiful and cheap in Dubai), so I'd wander further afield (City trek!), but even right around that fabulous hotel, you and I both would find LOTS to keep us happily occupied.
And I'm totally with you on the issue of crammed itineraries- I won't vacation with people who insist on cramming as much stuff in as possible, and obsess over "how much time to allow" for every little thing. That kind of rushing around is the antithesis of fun for me, because I hate feeling rushed when I'm enjoying something.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: jaxsue on March 23, 2014, 01:40:55 PM
I love Disney, water parks, laying on the beach doing nothing but reading and sipping a fruity drink, and camping and doing adventure type vacations.  MY idea of vacation hell is historical sites.  I am on vacation to have fun and those are not my idea of fun.  That just seems like the type of trip my elementary school used to take us on (our elementary school did a LOT of trips).

One man's hell is another man's paradise.  :) I remember those school trips; IMHO the educational system does its best, generally, to stamp out any interest or curiosity in history.  :P
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Klein Bottle on March 23, 2014, 02:26:51 PM
I love Disney, water parks, laying on the beach doing nothing but reading and sipping a fruity drink, and camping and doing adventure type vacations.  MY idea of vacation hell is historical sites.  I am on vacation to have fun and those are not my idea of fun.  That just seems like the type of trip my elementary school used to take us on (our elementary school did a LOT of trips).

One man's hell is another man's paradise.  :) I remember those school trips; IMHO the educational system does its best, generally, to stamp out any interest or curiosity in history.  :P

Stargazer, have you ever heard of, or been to, Kalahari water park, which is near Cedar Point?  My cousins went there two summers ago with their daughters and several nieces, (five little girls between the ages of ten and twelve,) and they said it was spectacular.  I would not mind a water park, especially that lazy river thing and a swooshie water slide, but as time and money have to be prioritized and my kid doesn't like them, I have never been to one. 
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: stargazer on March 23, 2014, 02:40:50 PM
I love Disney, water parks, laying on the beach doing nothing but reading and sipping a fruity drink, and camping and doing adventure type vacations.  MY idea of vacation hell is historical sites.  I am on vacation to have fun and those are not my idea of fun.  That just seems like the type of trip my elementary school used to take us on (our elementary school did a LOT of trips).

One man's hell is another man's paradise.  :) I remember those school trips; IMHO the educational system does its best, generally, to stamp out any interest or curiosity in history.  :P

Stargazer, have you ever heard of, or been to, Kalahari water park, which is near Cedar Point?  My cousins went there two summers ago with their daughters and several nieces, (five little girls between the ages of ten and twelve,) and they said it was spectacular.  I would not mind a water park, especially that lazy river thing and a swooshie water slide, but as time and money have to be prioritized and my kid doesn't like them, I have never been to one.

I haven't but it looks great!  One of my favorite things about staying at Mandalay Bay in Vegas is that they have a lazy river where you can just float around and the current takes you around and around.  You can use an inner tube or just float by yourself which is what we did.  I typically stay close to CA (except Hawaii occasionally) within a few states as it's so expensive to travel.  My goal in about 10 years is to get to DisneyWorld (which I have never been to) but need to start saving now. :)  At least Disneyland is more accessible to me.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Lynn2000 on March 24, 2014, 11:17:33 AM
I actually don't like traveling much at all because of logistical issues--airports and getting from A to B and where to eat. I kind of have this dream of just going away by myself to a nice hotel, where I would stay in the room a lot with a book or some writing that I haven't had time to focus on until now. A suite would be nice. And I would mostly eat in the hotel restaurant, or get room service/food delivery.

And, it would be cool if the hotel was connected to a shopping mall. I stayed in a hotel in Boston once that opened onto a mall, and there were skywalks connecting it to yet more malls and buildings. It gave me several places to go for shopping and eating and even a movie theater, I felt safe and didn't worry about getting lost, and I didn't have to deal with cabs or other transportation.

Four words for you:
The Address Downtown Dubai. Seriously, that's the hotel I want to stay at when I visit, and it sounds like it would be up your alley. Book a fountain view room so you can sit on your balcony and enjoy an amazing view of the Burj Khalifa and its amazing fountain show each evening. You can just chill in your room all you want, or book a treatment at the in-house spa, and the place has lots of choices for food, not just one restaurant. And it's right next door to the Dubai Mall, which is HUGE, and offers even more food choices, entertainment, and I think it even has its own aquarium, no word of a lie :)

That does sound awesome! I would probably pick a hotel a little closer to home, but that's the sort of thing I think I would like to do. I just don't seem to have gotten the hang of traveling with other people--I can decide what I want to do for myself well enough, but it's hard for me to find the appropriate compromise point with someone else. I always worry that we're only doing what *I* want, or I feel like we're only doing what *they* want. Then again I haven't really traveled for fun with a very wide range of people.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 24, 2014, 11:18:33 AM
My favorite type is where you have the ability to do a lot, or just lie on the beach or by the pool. Which is why I love cruising. Going to Bermuda in August, and can't wait!!!
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: ladyknight1 on March 24, 2014, 11:22:40 AM
Cruising with a balcony cabin is my favorite.

Second is a cabin in the mountains.

Third is a hotel room at the beach.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: ladyknight1 on March 24, 2014, 01:16:53 PM
My idea of vacation hell - road trips with no arranged lodging, with anyone other than my DH and DS. Especially if staying with relatives. That is the only kind of "vacation" I experienced until I was 18 and on my own.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Altarrose on March 24, 2014, 09:40:14 PM
My husband and I are frequent leisure travelers- or were more so until we had our three year old. We really enjoy a wide variety of experiences.

Love cruising for the relaxation days mixed with busy port days. We have done over 10 cruises with our favorites being longer re-positioning trips. I think these are a great value financially

Theme Parks- I think these are better day trips. Just got back from doing Disney with the family last week. It was great but expensive, lots of lines, pricy food. Definitely something to do with kids but seriously, in what we spent for four days we could have gone to Europe for two weeks!

Also love camping. We live in Northern MI and do this every weekend in summer.

Least favorite trips: Anything too enclosed. All inclusive resorts can be awesome but I don't want to visit any country where the only safe place to be in the resort itself. We experienced this in Egypt. We wanted to see Egypt and not just the resort we were in. Some areas just aren't safe though.

All time favorite destination: Bali. We spent two weeks here for our honeymoon.

Mostly though, we just love new experiences. We have visited close to 40 countries and all on a budget, strict budget at time. This is why I probably enjoy places like Disney and such less... it's almost impossible to get a budget at an expensive theme park.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on March 25, 2014, 07:51:05 AM
I love trips that involve doing stuff as well as relaxing.  A ski trip where we ski for a good part of the day and spend the rest of it in the hot tub with a few beverages, or maybe curled up in front of the fireplace with a good book.  A camping trip with activities in the morning when it is cooler, beach afternoons and sitting in the shade at the campsite, enjoying the company.  And sitting around the campfire, especially when there is someone in the group who plays guitar and/or banjo and you can sing some of the old camp songs we all remember.  A resort trip with activities part of the day and relaxing for the rest.

I can't go go go.  I get too tired if I do that too many days in a row and then my muscles complain and I can't do anything at all.  But I can't sit around all the time, either.  That just makes me crazy.  Plus, having had melanoma, I'm not a sun worshipper.  Lots of my coworkers have taken warm destination trips this winter.  I'm happier to go skiing.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Coralreef on March 25, 2014, 07:59:34 AM
My favourite vacation... by myself, no set schedule.  I plan where and what I want to do, but there is no specific time line to do it.  Usually goes like this : first and last night lodging is booked because sleeping in airports in not cool.  Get to new location, find tourist info kiosk, find a room for x days, walk around with map, visit attractions and/or shopping, find grocery store for lunch supplies, find local hangout for dinner, go to bed. 

Unless I have to buy tickets before leaving for vacation (i.e. The Alhambra in Granada, Spain) I only have a tentative itinerary with no fixed point. I may stay longer in a place I like and shorten the visit where I'm not liking it as much.  I do not cover a lot of area but I enjoy not being rushed and take in details of where I am.

The 13 countries in 15 days tours are not for me and neither are resorts, I would feel too cramped.  My sister loves those types of vacations.  We have very different comfort levels, so there is no right or wrong way of traveling.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on March 25, 2014, 08:04:55 AM
I used to really enjoy camping and I dunno, I might again but after my last camping trip I need a break.

We went after Mother's day of last year, which was a lot colder than May typically is around this part of the country. It was around 40 degrees near the ocean, windy, one night it was around 40 and rainy, another it actually got down to freezing.  And oh, our tent is NOT a cold weather tent.

Our wood was wet (the campground won't let you bring in your own wood and theirs is kept in a shed that either had a leak or the wood was damp when it arrived and hadn't had a chance to dry out.)  So no matter what we did there wasn't even a fire to warm us up.

Thankfully we had our propane camping stove so we weren't relying on getting a campfire going to have hot food.

My friend and I said the next time we go to the beach we're staying in a hotel!
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on March 25, 2014, 08:05:57 AM
I have friends who consider going to a nice little B&B to be 'camping'.   ;D
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: wx4caster on March 25, 2014, 09:11:27 AM
I have friends who consider going to a nice little B&B to be 'camping'.   ;D

I now consider renting a cottage to be camping. No more 6 am wiggling out of the sleeping bag, finding shoes and walking to the bathroom for me.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Klein Bottle on March 25, 2014, 09:39:37 AM
My favourite vacation... by myself, no set schedule.  I plan where and what I want to do, but there is no specific time line to do it.  Usually goes like this : first and last night lodging is booked because sleeping in airports in not cool.  Get to new location, find tourist info kiosk, find a room for x days, walk around with map, visit attractions and/or shopping, find grocery store for lunch supplies, find local hangout for dinner, go to bed. 

Unless I have to buy tickets before leaving for vacation (i.e. The Alhambra in Granada, Spain) I only have a tentative itinerary with no fixed point. I may stay longer in a place I like and shorten the visit where I'm not liking it as much.  I do not cover a lot of area but I enjoy not being rushed and take in details of where I am.

The 13 countries in 15 days tours are not for me and neither are resorts, I would feel too cramped.  My sister loves those types of vacations.  We have very different comfort levels, so there is no right or wrong way of traveling.

This, this, this!!!!  That's what's making it so hard to plan my and Son's European adventure.  The Eurail pass is good for (24?) countries, and I would like to see every one of them.  So would he.  However, I told him we need to narrow down an area so we can really *see* things.  He is most interested in the ancient world, the old Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian, and of course, both World Wars.  We have to meet up with my parents in Spain, a country he could take or leave.  I am trying to work out a way we can do the Spain meet-up and then travel through the Balkans and Greece and to Turkey.  But, I also think it's important we see Auschwicz in Poland.  In fact, that is sort of non-negotiable for me.  I think I kinda/sorta know how we can do it, but we literally will have just over two weeks to do all this.  Thankfully, I have a long time still to work all this out.  However, in my heart, I realize that the most important part is that I will be spending two weeks of wonderful time with my favorite human being in the world, probably my last chance before he goes off to college and then on into life.  And, he will love every second of it, no matter where we are or what we do or see.  He also told me not to stress if we don't get to see every important thing on the list, as he will most likely be working on his PhD somewhere in Europe, in years to come.    :P  At least he is beginning to recapture his goals and enthusiasm.  High school had sort of sucked that out of him.

Coralreef, it sounds like you have great travel experience.  I love it that you go by yourself. 
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Coralreef on March 25, 2014, 03:01:32 PM

The 13 countries in 15 days tours are not for me and neither are resorts, I would feel too cramped.  My sister loves those types of vacations.  We have very different comfort levels, so there is no right or wrong way of traveling.

This, this, this!!!!  That's what's making it so hard to plan my and Son's European adventure.  The Eurail pass is good for (24?) countries, and I would like to see every one of them.  So would he.  However, I told him we need to narrow down an area so we can really *see* things.  He is most interested in the ancient world, the old Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian, and of course, both World Wars.  We have to meet up with my parents in Spain, a country he could take or leave.  I am trying to work out a way we can do the Spain meet-up and then travel through the Balkans and Greece and to Turkey.  But, I also think it's important we see Auschwicz in Poland.  In fact, that is sort of non-negotiable for me.  I think I kinda/sorta know how we can do it, but we literally will have just over two weeks to do all this.  Thankfully, I have a long time still to work all this out.  However, in my heart, I realize that the most important part is that I will be spending two weeks of wonderful time with my favorite human being in the world, probably my last chance before he goes off to college and then on into life.  And, he will love every second of it, no matter where we are or what we do or see.  He also told me not to stress if we don't get to see every important thing on the list, as he will most likely be working on his PhD somewhere in Europe, in years to come.    :P  At least he is beginning to recapture his goals and enthusiasm.  High school had sort of sucked that out of him.

Coralreef, it sounds like you have great travel experience.  I love it that you go by yourself.

It appears that time is your limiting issue.  If you have to cover a large area, you will use a lot of time in going from point A to point B.  Check distances on a map, that will give you a general idea of the time you will need in transit as Greece to Poland can be quite long, so an overnight train may be to your advantage. I would suggest that you and your son choose only a couple of "must" and the rest can be in the "if we have time" list.  Since he's still a student, get him an international student card, you will save a LOT of money as he will be able to get major discounts when visiting or in public transport.

I traveled with my DD after she graduated high school.  We backpacked in France for a couple of weeks and she was hooked!  Two years later, we did three weeks in Spain.  Years later we still go "remember when...?" 
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on March 25, 2014, 04:26:32 PM
When I was a teen and took a trip with school through Europe we took an overnight train from Paris to Pisa and it was quite nice really.  You could smell the jasmine as you went through southern France.  Mind you the quarters were pretty tight but then we had tried to fit I think six girls in one cabin that could sleep that fine if you put up the middle bunk. (it was set up so the back of the seats would swing out to form a bed but as some were claustrophobic they didn't (can't really blame them) and slept sitting up.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: lilfox on March 25, 2014, 04:52:20 PM
Now I really want a vacation.  Any kind will do!

I haven't done extended camping or a real cruise, but have done just about every other kind mentioned, I think, and I'm realizing I don't have a strong preference.  There always end up being things I love about a trip and things I would change or didn't like.

I'll speak in favor of guided tours though - my family went on several when we lived in Europe and always found them educational (in a good way!).  Recently we did one in Egypt and the biggest selling points were that we had basically a personal guide and driver and all the tickets for the attractions, in-country transportation, etc, were managed for us.  I don't like crowded situations so having someone else deal with all that felt like a luxury.

There are some things I would spend more time doing if I went on my own - more time in museums, aquariums, and people-watching from outdoor cafes come to mind.  And if I'm visiting a big city, I like just walking.  No real agenda, not even window-shopping, just brisk walking around like I belong there to see how it feels.

Right now my ideal vacation would be to stay at a posh resort at the beach, lounge around all day with all the seafood and tropical drinks I want, and just recover from 4 months of baby-related sleep deprivation.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on March 25, 2014, 05:38:44 PM
I also enjoy just going to parts of the country I've never been to before.  I seem to amuse people at times by my excitement, especially if they didn't find a place all that exciting. Like when I went to visit DH at 29 Palms for the first time. "It's just desert and sand and swamp coolers..." but I loved looking at the landscape around as there were some hills that were quite beautiful when the sun hit them just right. 

I really perplexed people in my former town when I was excited to visit a friend in Iowa, as I was really excited to get to see my friend, but also to see what Iowa's like.  I got a lot of snarky (and I think rude) remarks of "Here let me clear up the mystique for you.  Flat and covered in corn fields."  ::) But it was a lot prettier than that and I loved it out there, so much that I very nearly was ready to pick up and move to friend's hometown.

I dunno, I just think beauty can be found anywhere if you're really keeping your eyes open.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Coralreef on March 25, 2014, 06:28:51 PM


I dunno, I just think beauty can be found anywhere if you're really keeping your eyes open.

That is so true! 
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: iridaceae on March 26, 2014, 03:26:01 AM
A guided tour done well is nice- we have been on 3 Caravan tours and took a Monograms tour to Italy. That was great- accommodations chosen for us, picked up at the airport, taken to the high speed train and retrieved from it when changing cities and one half-day guided tour of each city. The rest of the time we were on our own.

And of course some places you must book a day tour to see- like the DMZ.  That was very interesting. Also we saw Manchurian cranes while at the DMZ.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Klein Bottle on March 26, 2014, 06:26:59 AM
I also enjoy just going to parts of the country I've never been to before.  I seem to amuse people at times by my excitement, especially if they didn't find a place all that exciting. Like when I went to visit DH at 29 Palms for the first time. "It's just desert and sand and swamp coolers..." but I loved looking at the landscape around as there were some hills that were quite beautiful when the sun hit them just right. 

I really perplexed people in my former town when I was excited to visit a friend in Iowa, as I was really excited to get to see my friend, but also to see what Iowa's like.  I got a lot of snarky (and I think rude) remarks of "Here let me clear up the mystique for you.  Flat and covered in corn fields."  ::) But it was a lot prettier than that and I loved it out there, so much that I very nearly was ready to pick up and move to friend's hometown.

I dunno, I just think beauty can be found anywhere if you're really keeping your eyes open.

We are so alike!  I also love going anyplace "new."  Regardless of where it is, how big or how small, there is bound to be something unique, or plain beautiful, or quirky.  And, I love the Great Plains, also.  Iowa is lovely, but I love Nebraska in particular.  Every time I have been through Kansas or Nebraska, there has not been a cloud in the sky, just miles of golden fields, and the most friendly people.  The only part of the US I didn't enjoy was that stretch in between Las Vegas and Arizona, (can't remember the route; I was pretty young.)  It was summer, family vaca. and the AC in the family grocery-getter died.  There was this desolate little town called Glendale, Nevada, and I remember being miserable.  Heat, boredom, teenager.  I'm sure it's actually lovely, (and probably developed now, sadly), but in 1978, I disliked it.    :o  We kids, however, were amazed that there were slot machines in diners and gas stations everywhere in Nevada! 
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Team HoundMom on March 26, 2014, 10:45:44 AM
A race vacation!  A half-marathon or something in a different city.  I'm not a big Disney fan but their races are really well done.  A little pricey but totally worth it.  My first half-marathon was at Disneyland on my 37th birthday.  My full marathon was in Victoria, BC last year.  I've got a half-marathon in Alaska coming up this June and I'm planning for The Dopey + The Avengers (for the Disney Coast-to-Coast Medal) in 2016.
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Post by: Thipu1 on March 26, 2014, 10:59:35 AM
One of the things we love about a cruise vacation is the ability to have a 'sea day' while in port.  We've been to the Caribbean so many times that we actually plan our itinerary for these. 

Once the passengers taking tours have all left,  we'll take a little walk around town for a change of scene, then go back to the ship and enjoy the pool when there are only a few like-minded individuals there.

  It's far more restful than going to a beach and coming back with sand in everything. 
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Post by: SamiHami on March 26, 2014, 07:24:03 PM
Give me a tropical island, a sandy beach and a fruity rum drink and I'm in heaven. I have a fantasy of making that my retirement plan but I'm not sure that DH is entirely on board with that idea. We'll see.
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Sirius on March 26, 2014, 07:31:17 PM
My favorite place to vacation is the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport Oregon, which is a couple of hours from where I live.  All the rooms are decorated on the motifs of different authors, and there are no phones or TVs in the rooms.  The place is designed for people who like to read, and that's both me and MR. Sirius 100%.  We also go to a lot of used book stores that area in the area, and come home with a trunk full. 
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Post by: Lynn2000 on March 28, 2014, 10:39:15 AM
My favorite place to vacation is the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport Oregon, which is a couple of hours from where I live.  All the rooms are decorated on the motifs of different authors, and there are no phones or TVs in the rooms.  The place is designed for people who like to read, and that's both me and MR. Sirius 100%.  We also go to a lot of used book stores that area in the area, and come home with a trunk full.

That sounds really awesome! :)
Title: Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
Post by: Baby Snakes on March 28, 2014, 01:47:54 PM
When our kids were young we would go to Ocean City in Maryland. Now that it is only DH and I we try to go someplace diffey summer. This year is our 25th wedding anniversary and we're going to the Florida Keys and especially Key West. I can't wait!!
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Post by: Klein Bottle on March 28, 2014, 08:18:12 PM
When our kids were young we would go to Ocean City in Maryland. Now that it is only DH and I we try to go someplace diffey summer. This year is our 25th wedding anniversary and we're going to the Florida Keys and especially Key West. I can't wait!!

I am green with envy!  Key West is a place I have always wanted to visit. 

My favorite place to vacation is the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport Oregon, which is a couple of hours from where I live.  All the rooms are decorated on the motifs of different authors, and there are no phones or TVs in the rooms.  The place is designed for people who like to read, and that's both me and MR. Sirius 100%.  We also go to a lot of used book stores that area in the area, and come home with a trunk full.

That sounds really awesome! :)

What a great theme for a hotel!  As an avid reader, I'd love it, too.
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Post by: gmatoy on March 28, 2014, 10:07:38 PM
I like travelling with my sister to places that strike a note?

Last summer, we went to the Quilters Museum in Paducah, KY and drove to Metropolis, Illinois (the city has a large statue of Superman and Lois Lane).

This Summer, when I visit family in NJ, Sister and I will be travelling in New England. We both are intrigued with the Haskell Library and Opera House that was purposely built that half of it is in Derby line, VT and half in Stanstead, Quebec.
We are also planning to take the ferry from Cape May to Delaware, and tour the Zwaanendael Museum.
I went to Cape May for a day 38 years ago and have always wanted to go back! (Sister was taking Coast Guard basic training and I spent longer on the bus coming and going than I spent with her! But it was worth it because no one had come to see me when I took Army basic training in Alabama.) Truly a beautiful city!