My Story: 365 day blog challenge Day 10

365 Day Blog Post Challenge 2019
Day 10
284.  List all the vacations you’ve taken

It would be difficult to try and list all of the vacations I’ve taken in my lifetime with just one post.  So for the sake of this 365 day blog experiment, I am going to try and briefly list as many as I can think of.

Except for my one month long trip to France for work, I’ve never taken any overseas vacations.  Although I would like to and hope to in the future.  When I was a child, our vacations consisted of camping trips and trips to Disneyland and Universal Studios.  Except for some trips to Tahoe, Reno and Las Vegas, I never even left California until I was 18.

Over the years I have been to Hawaii several times, traveled to Disneyland pretty much yearly, as well as Disneyworld every 2-3 years.  We take regular camping vacations and have been to Texas a few times.  Once to Dallas so that my husband could see a Dallas Cowboys game during the last season in their old stadium (my husband is a born and raised Californian as well, so I’ve never really understood why he is a Dallas Cowboys fan).  I went to San Antonio for a week on a business trip so I’m not sure that really counts as vacation, but I was able to do a bunch of fun stuff like one of those open top bus tours, a cruise down the river walk and of course a trip to the Alamo. We go to Las Vegas yearly and have been on numerous cruises. We’ve also been to Seattle a few times.  I love it there.

1.) Places we have been on Cruise ships:
Alaska: Junaeu, Glaciers point, Skagway
Caribbean: Cozumel Mexico, Nassau Bahamas, Labadee Haiti, George Town Grand Cayman, CocoCay Bahamas, Jamaica, San Juan Puerto Rico, Phillipsburg St. Maarten, Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Mexico: Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta

I think that cruising is probably one of our favorite forms of vacationing.  I get that it’s not for everyone.  However, I would like to say that for those that are reluctant to cruise because they think they will be “bored” on cruise ship, please give it a try.  Cruise ships now are literally sailing cities.  You can do so much not just during the shore excursions, but on the ships themselves.  We have ice skated, roller bladed, zip lined, watched Broadway style shows, enjoyed comedy clubs, climbed rock walls and played miniature golf.  This all while sailing the high seas.  This does not even take into account the extraordinary shore experienced we have had when we stop at all the different port of calls.  We have snorkeled with turtles, swam with dolphins, swam with stingrays, zip lined through the trees of Alaska, taking train rides up into the mountains of Alaska, gone out on an “all you can drink” pirate ship in Mexico, walked waterfalls in Jamaica, and have taken numerous city walking and bus tours.
One of things we love so much about cruising (other than the food) is the fact that on a one week long vacation, you get to visit so many different locations. Usually each cruise has 3-4 different stops.  This is another reason some people are not fans of cruising.  They would prefer to pick one location and stay there.  We like to do that too, however, when you are limited on vacation time, sometimes cruising gives you the most bang for your buck.

2.) Disney:


I don’t think it’s any secret if you have read any of my other blogs that I am a huge Disney fan.  We got to Disneyland at least once a year.  We pretty much always go in October for their “Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween” party.  As adults, this is one of the few places where we can still dress up in Halloween costumes and actually trick or treat for candy.  We normally come home with many pounds of candy from our trip.  We like to say that we try and get as much candy as possible to offset the price of the ticket… but let’s be real.  We get the candy for ourselves.  🙂
We also take a trip to Orlando to go to Disneyworld at least every 2-3 years.
We are such Disney lovers that we have been Disney Vacation Club Members for about 10 years.  This is the Disney timeshare, which helps with the cost of Disney hotels since we can use our points instead of having to pay cash every time we go.

3.) Work?  France/Germany
I added this in even though it was not technically a vacation.  I went to France (28 days) and Germany (4 days) on a business/work exchange program.  It was officially a work trip, but I did so much tourist stuff, it sure feels like it should be considered a vacation.

4.) Camping

Does camping qualify as vacations?  I think it does.  I actually think camping is probably the most relaxing of ALL the vacations we go on.  Camping is the only vacation we take were you actually HAVE to just kick back and relax.  You can go on walks and hikes and other various activities, but for the most part, it is not like our typical vacations were we seem to be busy morning until night doing all sorts of tours and excursions.
The best part of camping?  Smores of course!

5.) Las Vegas

As I mentioned, we go on a week long trip to Las Vegas every year.  My parents have a time share and we’ve been going along with them for the past 15 years.  The time share itself is lovely.  It has a beautiful pool and a lazy river and has daily activities for all owners.  We don’t really spend much time at the resort though.  We seem to always be on the move.  Even after all of these years going, we always seem to find new and fun things to do.  People are often surprised that we can go to Vegas for a full week every single year.  I could see how that would be difficult for some to understand if you just think of Vegas as a place to gamble.  We do like to gamble, but we are “cheap” gamblers.  We play penny slot machines and that’s on a budget.  We don’t however spend all of our time at the slot machines or on the Vegas Strip.  We like to venture out and do different things other then your typical Vegas type of actives.  We’ve been on a Ghost Hunting tour, food walking tours, cruised Lake Mead on a paddle boat, visited old ghost towns (this is my favorite thing to do).  We also spend time down on Fremont Street which is the old Vegas.  We’ve visited the Neon Graveyard (where all of the old Vegas neon signs retire) and because I love anything mob related, I made everyone go visit the mob museum (which was extremely fun and interactive).  Then there is of course the shows.  Any and every kind of show you want to see, they have it and we’ve seen a good amount of them.  Although I am not a huge fan of the heat, the rest of the group loves it, so they are just happy to enjoy the heat.

There are so many vacations still left on my to-do list.  I hope that if I were asked this question in 5 years, I could add a lot more to the list.  Although I enjoyed Europe, I am really focused on seeing as much of the U.S. as possible.  There are just so many things and so many States to visit.

All of this talk about vacations is making me want to go and plan one right now.  I better get on that!  🙂

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