Monday, April 27, 2009
Vacations from Hell
This is the time of year when our hearts and minds turn to a summer vacation. Ah, the beach, the sun, refreshing adult beverages, dining out, sightseeing, all the things we associate with a vacation.
I am currently planning a trip to the UK to roll lazily down the canals above Oxford on a narrowboat accompanied by my husband, my sister, my daughter and my Swedish cousin and her boyfriend. We will be navigating the boat ourselves at about 3 miles per hour and basically living on the boat for 3 days and 4 nights. The boat is navigated from the rear while standing outside.
Here is what a narrowboat looks like.
Let's contemplate this for a minute. Six adults of varying ages and backgrounds living in tight quarters, navigating a boat outside in a country not known for its endless sun. Mmmm, now this could turn out to be the most relaxing vacation ever or it could turn out to be....dun da dun dun...The vacation from hell!
I have been fortunate so far in my treks in other parts of the world. No real disasters, except for that time in Italy when there was a last minute train change (the announcement was in Italian),and we missed the train while my son and his fiance ended up on the train with no tickets. But that's minor considering what could happen on vacation.
What about you? Share some vacation stories. What was your worst vacation?
Of course, you know how to avoid disastrous vacations, don't you? Planning. You can't control the weather, but if you know what to expect at your destination, you are more apt to have a good experience. The library has many resources to help you plan.
Here are some vacation ideas:
Hassle Free Walt Disney World
How To Rent Vacation Properties by Owner
Traveling Solo: Advice and Ideas for more than 250 Great Vacations
RV Vacations for Dummies
Cruise Vacations for Dummies
Fodor's South America
In addition to these, Sno-Isle Libraries has a wide array of travel guides from Lonely Planet to Frommer's to Fodor's to Rough Guides. So when planning that next great vacation, you need to look no further than your local library. And if you are like so many of us and feeling the pinch right now, there is always this alternative.