Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Where are you taking your kids this year?

It's vacation planning time.  Where to go? When to go? What to do? What to spend? What to expect?

Which brings me to ask, "If you really don't have a desire to go anywhere special, should you just save the money and stay home?"

Educators say we should be immersing our kids in another culture.
The government says we should be giving money back to our own economy.

Everyone you ask has an opinion on THE BEST VACATION EVER.
 There's even a book

Okay, maybe that's not going to be of much help.

A dinner discussion brought up Greece, France, Italy,  Croatia, Spain and Portugal. And if time and money were no problem: Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Dubai and Fiji.

What do you do when you want to please everyone, and yet not repeat other trips, in the fear that they won't stack up and you'll be the one crying in her Pernod and speaking bad french to old men in a cafe in Nice, wishing you'd just stayed home. because you know what's going to happen. It's going to be the Mom making all the plans, and taking time away from her stuff to do their stuff- just like it was with Ireland and Scotland and England. Just like it was with the West Indies, and the Dominican Republic and the Carolinas and NY and all those Floridian adventures. sigh. When you travl alone, it's no problem- you can change plans with a snap of the fingers... it's all those other grumpy pusses- with their NEEDS and their movie screen expectations. ~sigh~

Don't you miss the days of the corner store travel agent? Walk in, grab a brochure, leave a credit card and the whole vacation s done for you. It all comes to you in the mail in a few days: tickets, maps, hotel reservations.. and yes-- someone to blame.
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