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What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
« on: March 22, 2014, 12:50:10 PM »
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
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Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2014, 01:11:12 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.

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2014, 02:01:12 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. 
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Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2014, 02:29:59 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. :)
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Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2014, 02:38:35 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.

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2014, 03:27:42 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.

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2014, 03:56:50 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.



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Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2014, 04:51:19 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.)    :)
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Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2014, 04:52:07 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.


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Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2014, 04:52:19 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.

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2014, 05:08:52 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.

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2014, 05:21:40 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.

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2014, 05:30:21 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.

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2014, 05:31:01 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.

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Type Of Vacation?
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2014, 05:33:35 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.