Monday, May 6, 2013

Your Vacation: New Adventure or Old Haunt?

by Kate Collins

I have several friends who take their summer vacations at the same small lake in Michigan every year. Another friend goes to Colonial Williamsburg for her vacation each summer. Yet another makes a pilgrimage to Disney World every spring, which she has done since her kids were little. They're now grown and still love to go annually.

Then I have friends whose goal is to see as many new sights as possible. They've been to so many countries, I've lost count. They never tire of adventure and hate going anywhere twice. I envy them. I would love to be a world traveler.

When my husband was alive, we would take an annual cruise to the Greek Islands (his ancestry) but there were always new ports added every year, so we had a mix of old and new. So I guess I'd classify myself as a semi-adventurer. We were always saying that we would try an Alaskan cruise or a Panama Canal cruise next, but then we'd look at our photos of sunny Santorini, the two of us at an outside taverna high on the cliff overlooking the aqua blue sea, eating a thick slice of moussaka and drinking a Mythos beer, smiling from ear to ear -- and we'd sigh wistfully and book another Greek Island cruise. They're great memories. I really miss going there.

What is your favorite kind of vacation? Are you the kind who seeks new adventures or do you revisit the same old haunts? Or are you like me, a semi-adventurer?

11 comments:

Book Dragon said...

I would like to be an adventurer but so far we're a semi-adventurer family. One year we head to the same beach house with extended family and the next we head to a family reunion on the other side of the family. This one travels each time so same people, different location.

I think my favorite way to travel would be by cruise ship. I haven't done many but have loved each one and am ready for more.

Aurian said...

I would love to visit the world, but finances won't allow for that. And now with an authors convention in Berlin, that will be my summer holiday. Some sightseeing and a weekend of talking books. Lovely.

And then a weekend now and then at my parents vacation home or at Texel, or somewhere else in the Netherlands. But I would really love to see more new places.

Sue said...

I'd love to go on vacation, but with girls in school sports our "vacation" is sports camps, league games, trips to the local pool and a picnic or two. Now that my oldest daughter is working it will be even harder to go anywhere.

Linda Cowan said...

I prefer new adventures, to places that I have not seen. There are places that I would like going back to, but new trumps previously visited most of the time.

There are a lot of scenic drives and state parks that make nice trips on a budget.

Kate Collins said...

An authors convention in Berlin sounds ideal! I love visiting Germany. You're fortunate that you have so many fascinating places just several hours away.

Kate Collins said...

I remember those years well, Sue. Make a bucket list. Someday you'll be free to travel.

Aurian said...

Did you never visit Holland? If you ever do, please let me know so we can have some tea together, or I can take you sightseeing in my city.

Toni at Woodhaven said...

I was going to say I am a semi-adventurer like you but my actions suggest that I am more of an adventurer. We go to the same place every year for our anniversary but other than that, all vacations are to new places. We often talk of revisiting favorite places from prior vacations but then a new idea of a new place to explore pops up and we go there instead. My husband and I are both very aware of how many states we have left to visit (2 for him and 6 for me) and I have this quiet goal of having my passport filled with stamps from unusual countries. So I'm not convinced we'll ever make it back to our favorite place in Idaho that we visited on our first vacation together over 20 years ago!

Mamie McBee-Harrison said...

Every year we try to go to Pigeon Forge, TN on our anniv. We rent a cabin, ride around Cade's Cove, & go 2 Subway.

Rachelle21 said...

We seem to go to conventions vs vacations. We have been to World Cons in Boston, Toronto, Florida and Pennsylvania. We have been going to Judy Bolton Days in Coudersport for the last few years in October and then Philcon in November. I do take bus trips and am going on a mystery trip tomorrow - the 7th.

Linda in MA said...

I would love to travel and see other places unfortunately with the few vacation days I have per year I wind up visiting my Mom and Dad if I am lucky or they come here. I keep hoping when I retire I can travel but I am beginning to realize I will then have the time but not the funds. So I read a lot and go to places in my mind which isn't a bad way to go.