Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Vacation? Moi? Yes!

by Leann

Between my kids getting married, the arrival of grandchildren, the need to promote each book, all my trips away from home in the last ten years have involved visiting relatives. Not to say I wasn't happy to travel to Seattle or NYC or Sioux City or Fort Worth or Washington DC for all these wonderful things, but there is a certain amount of work involved. With my fatigue issues, traveling is tiring all by itself. Add in arranged events and I'm energy deprived almost at once.

But next Friday, my husband and I are traveling to South Carolina to visit friends. What's fun is we are taking the dog and the new kitten, too. A real vacation! YAY! (If I left 6 month old Wexford with my two oldies-but-goodies cats, he might give Archie and Agatha heart attacks!) The petsitter will take good care of my senior citizens and they may actually enjoy a vacation themselves away from the youthful Wexford. He thinks he's hugging them when he wraps his paws around their necks. They are not amused.

We have some lovely lake property where we hope to build a home in the near future in SC, so I consider this the first baby step toward getting our dream retirement plans started. I have some boxes already packed to put in storage there. I've discovered there is one problem. My husband has already started his pre-trip questioning. I'm not sure if he thinks I'll forget to take my clothes or what. It's really pretty amusing because I am not the forgetful one in this relationship.

Then there's the need to book a pet friendly motel for a night. Easy enough. I found one chain that does not charge a pet fee and got excellent reviews. I booked it while my husband kept looking for a better deal. He finally gave up because the "pet fees" are almost as expensive as a night in the motel. Why bother looking any further when I've found a good deal with free internet and breakfast and NO PET FEE? Guess he just had to do his usual thing. Funny how this would have annoyed me ten years ago. Now it doesn't bother me at all. With age comes patience and acceptance, I guess.

What about you? Has it been a while since you took a true vacation? Or do you make sure to take "time out" on a regular basis?


Book Dragon said...

for a long time family vacation involved family reunions and/or national parks until our oldest finally asked if we could go somewhere else!

Many years later....we've learned to extend any "vacation" to family reunion by going somewhere on the way home. That happens every other year.

It's been a while since we had a non-reunion related vacation but we're going somewhere soon, just because :D

Have a good time!

Aurian said...

I try to get away each year, if only for a week. It is ofcourse my own fault that I can't afford much, as I prefer spending money on books. I can enjoy books each day, and my vacation to a limited amount of days.
But yes, it is good to go somewhere nice, clear your head and just recharge.

Sue said...

the most vacation I take is on Sunday morning when I take my coffee, my laptop, and my kindle into my bedroom and enjoy a nice quiet morning in bed. Being a single mom of 2 girls ages 12 and 14, who are very active at school and church, there is very little time for a real vacation. So my vacations are to different places in my books. I have visited a few places that are haunted thanks to some of the authors I read. Enjoy your well deserved vacation.

Debra said...

Hubby and I go away for a week every year at the end of summer. We rent a house in Southern Vermont. Last year we went there in February too and it really helped me get over the winter doldrums.
Leann, maybe you an go twice a year to get to know your retirement area?

Lori Cimino said...

I have taken 2 vacations since 2008. Both times involved moving. so not really a vacation.

Barbara said...

Before my husband was ill we traveled a lot. Some of our best vacations were: Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, the Outer Banks near Kitty Hawk, and best of all England and Scotland one autumn. The last was my dream trip of a lifetime and we took it just in time while Dave still felt well.

Dru said...

I definitely make time for a vacation or two. Sometimes I just need to leave the state.

Enjoy your upcoming vacation trip.

Angela Hood-Ross said...

My husband and I try each year to book at least a 3-4 day vacation for our Anniversary (March 4th) and at least a 3-4 vacation to the beach. Every other year we travel to Ohio for Christmas to be with his family who can't make it to Alabama. It's fun but so exhausting considering we are staying in a hotel the entire time and we are expected at so many parties.

Next month we've decided to break tradition. We've book a cabin in the mountains of Tennessee, which is also dog friendly, and are secluding ourselves (along with our furbaby Shih-tzu) for 4 glorious nights. A much needed vacation with no agenda! I'm counting the days.

Linda McDonald said...

We always make time for vacations. This past August we took a road trip to Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, and then on up into Alberta, Canada to the national parks there. It was beautiful and a wonderful trip. Whenever we get back home I start planning a new trip! Have a great time in South Carolina! And yes, it is always great to find a pet friendly place that does not charge pet fees. Yay!

Nancy said...

My last vacation was over 15 years ago, so I understand the longing to go somewhere. But, like Sue, I travel in the books I read.

ev said...

We bought an RV when the youngest one left home. We go as much as we can and take the dogs with us. The cats get their own vacations when we do!

We just came off a week of vacation but due to health reasons with hubby couldn't take the RV out for a last trip as planned before we put it into winter storage.

Oh well there is always next spring and those trips have already been reserved!