Growing up, most of my family vacations consisted of either drive from Wyoming to Oregon to visit relatives for a week or taking a trip to the woods to go camping. Ok, one year we did take a road trip and hit Disney Land in California and went into Vegas when we were visiting some family friends near there. Let me tell you, there’s not a whole lot to do in Vegas when you are twelve.
When I moved to Nashville, I started taking vacations. These were the type of vacation where you would got to a city you’ve never been to before and explore, visiting the tourist attractions. I love these types of vacations. In the past twelve years, I’ve been to a few places I would have never been to otherwise. I have been to Destin, Panama City Beach and Miami, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; Memphis and Chattanooga, Tennessee; Little Rock, Arkansas; San Diego, California; and my absolute favorite so far, Chicago, Illinois.
There are still a lot of places I would like to visit in the United States (Washington, DC and New York City come to mind immediately) and I have not yet traveled out of the states, which is a goal of mine. If I could, I would travel all of the time but since travel is expensive, I have to have this pesky little thing called a job so I can finance my vacations. It’s a vicious cycle because you have to work to earn money for vacation but because you are working, you can’t take off at any time, you actually have to request your vacation time.
A friend and I are planning a quick trip to St. Louis next month and I am hoping to get up to Minneapolis sometime this summer to visit a friend up there. My absolute dream vacation would include England, the French countryside (I think I would like to visit Paris but just for a day or two) and Scotland. We’ll see if I get there some day.
So, what is your favorite vacation spot and where would your dream vacation take you?
Raquel Byrnes says
I would love to go back to Cozumel. My husband and I spent our 12th anniversary there. It was beautiful.
I’m jealous! I love to travel but don’t get a chance to very often. We do get to DC every year or two because of family up there. The drive up I-81 is beautiful! Some trips that I want to make (again) that seem do-able: St. Louis, Gatlinburg, Chattanooga, Orlando (DisneyWorld!). Domestic dreams: Maine, Oregon, New York City, San Francisco. International dreams: England, France, and Ireland… oh, and Canada, which seems more possible than the others.
Melody– DC is someplace I really want to visit. Since I grew up out west, I’ve been to most of those places–Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, California, etc now I want to explore the eastern part of the US.
The greatest thing about DC is that so many of the places you can visit are FREE! You can buy an all day metro ticket and visit the Smithsonians for hours. I’ve had several FB friends who have visited DC lately and have posted such wonderful ideas for sightseeing. I am lucky that we have the opportunity to go so often (free lodging + free sightseeing = a really cheap family vacation!) We went to St. Louis a couple of years ago and had fun, I think we stayed at the Drury downtown and really liked it if you are looking for good lodging. Stop at Lambert’s in Sikeston on the way there or back!
yvonne lewis says
I am coming to Nashville in June primarily to see my favourite singer at the Grand Ole Opry, but am staying the week. I lookforward to see part of the States I haven’t seen before,”2 yrs ago I went to CA and Vegas to name but a few and found how friendly you Americans are.
I enjoyed reading your post.
I really love to travel, too. I had LOTS of opportunities when I was in college, both domestic and abroad. My travels have certainly slowed down since I started a family. Just took my first vacation in five years last week.
Yay!!! I got a shout-out!! We’d looove to have you visit MSP this summer. 🙂