Vacation 101

Somebody needs to write a book “How To Take A Successful Vacation” or maybe everybody but me knows intuitively how to create viagra generic

mbnail wp-image-3188″ title=”photo” src=”×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”112″ height=”150″ />that perfect holiday. Certainly, I have had to learn by trial and error. I’ve had vacations that made me swear I’d never leave home again or only travel alone. I’ve also had awesome vacations but, looking back on them, they weren’t accidental. Vacations are an art – not just the ‘planning’ but the actual ‘doing’ a vacation. I just returned from a great vacation week with assorted family members and this has obviously made me think about vacations – the good, the bad and the ugly – again.

So far, I think that there are 2 key points to consider (please write in and agree or disagree; maybe we will write the book). Point 1 is the ‘planning’ and point 2 is the ‘doing’.

1. Very basic – Everyone needs to agree on the type of vacation. For example, when I went to Rome with my daughters, we all agreed that we would see everything and eat everything and we did our best. We were up and out early and didn’t return to our rented apartment until late. This was terrific but what if one of us had gone into the trip thinking that we would be spending days at a spa, trying Roman facials. If I want a good facial, I know a dozen places in Chicago and Evanston; I don’t go to Rome. On the other hand, this summer’s vacation was in Door county, in a secluded, big, rented house on the water with nothing to do except snooze, ride the water floats and eat (notice that eating occurs in all my vacations). If anyone thought that they were going to visit archeological sites or museums, they would have been miserable.

2. Also very basic – Everyone needs to contribute. From each according to her ability… I never asked my children to drive the car when they were 10 but each person has a percentage of responsibility for the success of a trip. I noticed this on the family vacation that just ended. Whoever cooked could rely on someone else to clean up; if a couple of people wanted to visit one more adorable store in Fish Creek, the answer was, ‘sure’, if anyone wanted to nap or opt out of family

togetherness, no one commented or felt insulted. People took responsibility for their own good time and some responsibility to insure the good time of everyone else.

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2 Responses to “Vacation 101”

  1. July 20th, 2012 4:40 pm

    Sounds like I had a similar vacation recently. It was very comfortable and fun to be around family members who have become different as we have “grown up” and yet, have stayed the same.

  2. July 21st, 2012 8:28 pm
    Linda Edelstein

    Well Hinda, thanks for responding. You must have a family that is as much fun as mine!

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