vacation styles

May 26, 2010

heading out!
i can hardly believe that 5 days from today, we will be here:

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there are many different styles when it comes to deciding how to best use one’s time on vacation. some travel far and wide, while others enjoy returning to well-known sites that aren’t too far from home.

some make color-coded index cards detailing a plan for each day, while others seem to go for more of a casual freestyle experience.

josh and i usually tend towards caroline‘s (beautiful!) index-card school of vacation practice, with planned activities most days, even if those activities are as simple as ‘visit friends and drink wine’.

example: last year’s visit to northern CA
■ day 1: sonoma bike tour
■ day 2: massage + champagne tasting
■ day 3: into SF: visiting friends + the science museum
■ day 4: family + friends in silicon valley
■ day 5: davis with (38.5 weeks pregnant) S + J (followed by a lame-o trip to the napa valley ER!)

action packed and planned to the nines, it was a wonderful vacation and we loved it. but all this planning took some time — something that has been relatively scarce recently for both of us. and so, we are headed to st. martin on monday with very little planned aside from our flight, hotel, and rental car.

i think it is going to be okay and hope that this will mean maximal relaxation and minimal stress! but a tiny part of me is worried we will get bored or miss out on fun opportunities because we didn’t plan ahead. (i should probably tell that part to shut up and grab a mai tai, but — i can’t help it. i alphebetize my spices.)

what is your vacation style? are you a planner who thinks about how you will spend each day or are your vacations more about relaxation? and, any tips for anyone who has recently taken an island vacation? i would love to hear them!



workout: 6 miles on the TM after clinic (speeds 8:57 – 9:13/mi, 0.5% incline). the treadmill at the hospital gym was actually quite comfortable and my hip felt okay.

reading: i finished putting together the board review packet for genetics! success.