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16 December 2013 @ 10:51 pm
December Blogging Meme: On Travel  
Today's entry is for matchboximpala, who asked whether I prefer to travel to new places or revisit ones I know well.

When I was younger, I definitely would have chosen new places. So much to see!

That still sounds appealing, but as you get older, the number of places you've visited and loved grows. I find myself thinking, "It would be wonderful to see Prague." But right on the heels of that comes, "Well as long as I'm over there, it would be a shame not to visit Venice again. And Florence. And Rome. And Paris." Pretty soon, there's no money or vacation time left!

For longer-distance vacations with my husband, I definitely prefer the new (though we also used to revisit favorite B&Bs a lot, back in the day). For family vacations, it's been hard to branch out. We've gone to Oregon every summer, where my parents and two sisters (one with kids close to my kids' age) live. I plan to do something different this year, if I can work around my daughter's internship/potential-foreign-study schedule, because the kids are older now and finally bored with the repetition. Plus, since we have to stay in hotels now instead of with my sister, it's expensive enough that we might as well go on a 'real' vacation. I don't regret how we've spent prior years, but we need a change (especially before the kids run off to college).

It's funny, with family trips our biggest impediment is my daughter. She doesn't want to look at nature (Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Glacier), or visit museums or old buildings (pretty much all of Europe). It wouldn't be such a problem, except that everyone else in the family likes those things, and has no interest in shopping or just people-watching (which are what she enjoys). My daughter's vacation limitations are like her food limitation, including the part where she complains that there isn't enough variety (and then hates what variety there is).

This is why I need to win the lottery, so we can Do All The Things (and hire babysitters)! But no movement on that front yet...

Thanks to matchboximpala for the topic!

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Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on December 17th, 2013 07:02 am (UTC)
That was a great answer and it made me laugh.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 17th, 2013 07:14 am (UTC)
The part about my daughter's sewing us up in various traps? I know she'd like to go lots of new places... but then not "do" much once she got there, or do the 10-minute version at best. For that kind of money, I want to look around at length!

Heck, if your goal is to sit at a coffee shop and watch the people walking by, it's a lot cheaper to do that in Oakland than in Paris. ;)

Thanks for the topic!
Sallyi_smell_apples on December 18th, 2013 08:36 am (UTC)
I lived and worked in the UK for two years and I traveled a LOT... but only to Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. Plus one day in Belgium and three days in France... but that was it. I saw a teeny bit of England and Wales but never made it to Ireland or Scotland. My problem being I loved those aforementioned three countries so much that when I had time to go somewhere it was there again!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 18th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
I've had 3 major European trips, so I've seen several countries. Morocco, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Scotland, England, and Wales with my parents, as a teen. Greece (honeymoon), and Italy, France, England, and Wales with my husband. Wales is my family's heritage, and Scotland's is my husband's, so he'll probably want to get there someday, and I'm sure also Germany/Austria and the Netherlands (I don't really like Germanic food at all, so that could not be the whole vacation!) There are parts of Eastern Europe I'd like to see, which were off-limits for so many years while behind the Iron Curtain.

But it would be hard not to go back to Paris! And Florence. And Venice. A situation like yours, where you were living closer to it all, would be wonderful!