Sunday, June 27, 2010

Road Trip

As we approach the mid-point of summer (the dreaded July 4, not a favorite holiday with its insistence of get togethers, fireworks, and way too much heat), I think about vacations -- the good, the bad, the ugly. I don't travel well, tending toward the opposite inclinations of my family who all loved to go places. From my earliest memory, I recall my mother combing the Saturday travel bargains in the newspaper (remember the days before Cheap Tickets when you went to travel agents? I do. I'm old, and it's cool.) But I've always been more inclined to the staycation (as Charles pointed out, an overused term -- anything involving a day off work is a staycation now) and dread being pulled from predictable routine, my great love.

So best vacations? Ones that include urban centers, lots of excess money, and no pressure or expectation. Worst vacations? Too many people (I don't particularly favor traveling in groups), too many plans crushed into a small space, and limited resources that have to be continually stretched. I'd rather go somewhere for two days and not have to worry about money than a week with a continual eye on dwindling funds. I also love when someone you love shows you the old haunts (ala Charles and Lana story) or early in love road trips (ala Jason and his lovely KittyKitty Bang Bang). So anyone going somewhere wonderful this summer? Share!

Cocktail Hour
My very favorite show, Hung, premieres tonight!

Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Sunday!


jodi said...

Michelle, OMG! I have HUNG on dvr and can't wait to enjoy him-I mean it! Travel? Most def, Costa Rica. The laid back country negates my hatred of germy airports. The weather, people, scenery and food are untoppable! xox

G said...

Unfortunately, no vacation this year.

However, the last road trip vaca I took was to Indiana to visit a friend from the chat rooms.

Got to see the lower Midwest and learned that Spanish is not a universal language.

the walking man said...

I am all dressed up with no where to go.

Lana Gramlich said...

I recently found out that I'll have 6 days off altogether toward the end of the month. We sat around, thinking of what we could do to take advantage of it, but Charles doesn't want to go far & it's too hot to do much here. We might go for a hot air balloon ride. Other than that, we're considering spending a couple of days in Baton Rouge, enjoying the art galleries, science centers & such. Truth be told, though, I should visit my aging mentor in NYC or my bro & his family in Fla.