One thing that my husband and I learned the first year we were married was how difficult a vacation can be if you have different expectations of the time away. On a brief trip we took, he was exhausted from work, and I was bored that summer, so when we went on the trip, we had a nice time, but nonetheless, there was tension when he wanted to sleep in, and I wanted to go go go!
Twenty-one years later, we know to check in on what kind of vacation we’re both up for (sitting on the beach and reading, or heading to a city where we want to go go go), but we also have developed our own vacation style. Luckily, we are very compatible travelers. We both like to pack as little as we can, but as much as we need (I learned not to over pack on my first trip to California. . .I must have brought enough clothes for a year, and hauling it all was a pain, so I learned the first time). We travel very easily together, and every trip is a learning experience to do it better the next time.
In general though, I’d say our mutual vacationing style is that we are explorers. While we like a tour now and then, mostly we want to strike out on our own and wander, exploring all the nooks and crannies of our new territory. We like to do some touristy things, but we more often get off the beaten path. We like to stroll through neighborhoods and find surprises, talk to locals, and get a real feel for a place. We usually like to stay somewhere out of the main tourist areas as well. We don’t rush from one thing to the next, but tend to walk a lot and take public transport more often than not.
We took our first resort vacation this past January and I have to say, while the beaches were pretty and the sunshine is never something to complain about in winter, we hated being trapped at a resort. By day two, all we could think of was getting out to explore. Somewhere. Anywhere. And we did, one day, and that was the best day of the vacation.
So that proved to us that a cruise or anything that has regimented schedules or itineraries would not be for us. We would very likely miss the boat, as we got lost exploring!
In March, we head to Paris — with the help of friends, as always, we were recommended to a great apartment, and we can’t wait to spend five days exploring. So exciting! I will admit that the one way my husband and I are different when traveling, is that he doesn’t seem to feel the jet lag as much as I do. He bounces back very quickly, but I tend to really get plowed over by it. I hope the more I travel, that will get easier.
So, what kind of traveler/vacationer are you? Do you prefer to rest and relax, or go go go, or a mix? Do you like a structured vacation, or do you want to set out on your own and explore? Or what other styles are there?
Share your thoughts, and I’ll choose a winner to receive a souvenir I will bring back from Paris, and a copy of ROCK SOLID, my current Blaze.