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Kauai Marriott Weather StationsWe’ve all shared our dream vacations, but what is your favorite vacation? What’s a place you absolutely love going to?

For me, my favorite vacation has to be to Hawaii (one of the reasons I’m a huge fan of my friend Sheila’s GoVisitHawaii.com blog, it’s an almost daily reminder of how beautiful and awesome the 50th state is). My wife and I went there for our honeymoon a year and a half ago. We spent a week on Kauai, half a week on the Big Island, and half a week on Oahu, and sometimes I feel as though our hearts never left. :)

If you’ve never been, Hawaii is gorgeous. Kauai is the least developed and least touristy of the main islands and we were big fans of that. We went whale watching and snorkeling near Poipu with Captain Tara (Kauai Sea Riders), who was a friend of a family friend, we went ATV riding, took a helicopter ride around the island, and did all sorts of hiking. On the Big Island, we stayed a couple days in Hilo (the verdant and more rainy side) and then a couple in Kona (the drier side); enjoying the beach, snorkeling, and such. Finally on Oahu, we visited the Pearl Harbor Memorial, where you could easily spend an entire day seeing the memorial, Bowfin submarine, and the Battleship Missouri.

What’s your favorite vacation?

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25 Responses to “Your Take: Your Favorite Vacation?”

  1. This one time I sold all my stuff and went to Cairns, Australia.

    Then we stopped by Townsville, Magnetic Island, & Brisbane.

    Hoped a flight to Auckland, New Zealand.

    It was fun… still is ;-)

  2. Back in 2001, when I was single, I embarked on a solo trip.

    It was the first major trip that I had planned myself, and I was quite excited. At 5 AM, I realized I would not be getting any more sleep. So I tossed my bags into the Taurus, headed to Denny’s for some breakfast, and headed out of town.

    I made it to Canton, Ohio just about the time that my hotel room was available, and I crashed on the bed from exhaustion (I think I had stopped driving for a total of 30 minutes all day).

    A bit later, I headed to Akron for an Akron Aeros baseball game. It was bobblehead night, and the place was packed. Luckily for me, I had purchased my ticket (right behind home plate, just a few rows back) months in advance. Great view of the city from behind the dish.

    The next day, I went to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Honestly, this was a bit underwhelming.

    Another long day of driving beckoned, and I drove to the small town of Cooperstown, New York. I spent parts of 3 days visiting the baseball Hall of Fame and walking the streets of town. I stayed at a small (10 rooms?) hotel. My ability to email updates from the road was hampered by a bad AC adapter on the old laptop I was using. However, if I held things in just the right position, the adapter would work well enough to connect to Earthlink at 28.8 and send a quick note.

    I reluctantly left Cooperstown to head back in a westward direction. I decided to make a short detour to Niagara Falls, which was about 15 miles off the interstate.

    I wasn’t expecting a whole lot (hey, it’s just water, right) but was absolutely blown away. The Falls are just amazing, and I wished I had more time to spend there, but I had plans in Ohio for the next day. (Note: I did eventually return, as my wife and I honeymooned in NF, Canada).

    The next stop was Sandusky, Ohio. This is home to Cedar Point, the roller coaster capitol of the world. If you like roller coasters, you MUST, at some point, visit Cedar Point. Every time of coaster imaginable. I was like a kid in a candy store, and I spend 1 1/2 days at Cedar Point before heading back to Illinois.

    This was also the trip that introduced me to audio books. I had not tried them before, but listened to Nelson Demille’s “The Lion’s Game” for 25 hours during the trip – it made time fly by.

    Some links:
    Niagara Falls review -> http://www.observingcasually.com/i-love-niagara-falls/

    Cedar Point review -> http://www.observingcasually.com/cedar-point-review/

    Lion’s Game review -> http://www.observingcasually.com/book-review-the-lions-game/

    What, no baseball Hall of Fame review? :) Yeah, I’m kind of puzzled by that, too. I’m not sure why I haven’t written one.

  3. Keith says:

    Jim,
    I am with you – Hawaii. My wife and I have been there 3 times (twice using credit card miles). We have been to Oahu (basically, Chicago on an island), Maui (heaven on earth), and Kauai (close 2nd). We love the laid-back attitude of the islands. You can be active or just lounge around, it is up to you.
    The worst part is the trip. This basically kills 2 days of a vacation.

  4. Bill says:

    Hawaii is nice, but the best vacation I’ve ever had was a week in Rome, that place blew my mind. I can’t wait to go back and see more of Europe.

  5. Jason says:

    Our family loves to visit Disney World. I know I know a typical touristy place but we all love going and have such a great time. While it can be expensive there are ways to make it more affordable and when you go more often the temptation to buy stuff isn’t quite as strong.

  6. Will says:

    Hawaii, specifically, Maui.

    I had a day in which I woke up very early to watch the sun rise. We then surfed for a good few hours. After lunch, we drove 30 min to the northeast side of the island and hiked through the rainforest. It rained :P After dinner we went to a luau and then danced at a hotel party until bed.

    I’d have a hard time topping that!

  7. ChristianPF says:

    I think I will take anywhere in the Caribbean – sand, soft waves, and palm trees. I feel more relaxed already ;)

  8. Carla says:

    Its been a long time since I went on vacation and I havent been to many places in my life. I like driving up the California coast line and staying at random spots. That is second to NYC.

    I need to get out more!

  9. My wife and I honeymooned in Hawaii as well, although on the island of Maui. That is still one of my favorite places, although we took a Mediterranean cruise last year, and after visiting several countries, we definitely had plenty of places we fell in love with there. Our favorite? The small picturesque town of Positano, Italy. Look it up on google images, and you’ll see why we loved it so much.

  10. Dave says:

    Hawaii is pretty fun, but I think my best vacation was in Ireland. Nothing beat drinking only Guinness for 2 weeks straight.

    • Jim says:

      We were just in Ireland last week, we fell in love with Bulmer’s Cider. Guinness is awesome too, our tour of the St. James Gate Storehouse was a ton of fun.

  11. lostAnnfound says:

    Ireland & England. I have been there several times, starting from the time I was 9 months old, because my mother was born & raised in Ireland and has family there. The best trip was in 1991. I went to London for a couple weeks for a cousin’s wedding. One of my other cousins & I decided to go to France. We took the bus to Dover, got ferried over to Calais, and then went to Paris (traveling overnight on the bus). We got to Paris at 6:00 a.m. and saw the sights for the day. It was fabulous! That evening we got back on the bus and went back to London. I have been back to England since, but not to France. I would like to go again, but for a few days this time, not just one!

  12. It sounds cliche, but Disneyworld is hard to beat. It’s the total vacation package, built from the ground up as vacation heaven, and beaches not too far away. (Of course the fact that I have kids is a contributing factor).

    Just about anywhere on the California coast is near the top of the list as well. That combination of ocean and mountains, quaint towns and endless beaches, wow…

  13. Fairy Dust says:

    England. Always England :) I used to live there and I attended a semester of college there, and I’d go back in a heartbeat for just about any reason – LOL!

  14. Kirk says:

    Tobago, a place where you can actually afford to go on vacation. Planning a Scotland trip right now and scratching my head thinking I could’ve gone to Trinidad and Tobago for way less than that, for way longer than that… and it would’ve been warm, with much better food.

  15. Andrew says:

    Depends. If I want to relax and enjoy sunshine, Maui. If I want urban adventure, New York City. If I want to lose myself in the British Museum, that would have to be London (duh), and if I want raw beauty and solitude, Newfoundland.

  16. StephaniePTY says:

    (First of all, it’s utterly hilarious to me that the contextual ad that was served up in the RSS feed with this post was for that new movie, “A Perfect Getaway,” where couples on their honeymoons are murdered on a Hawaiian island or something. HAHA!)

    In my short life, I’ve really only been on a few vacations. When I was little, my mother used to take me down to my grandparents’ winter home in Sarasota, Florida. Whitest, prettiest beach I’ve ever seen! I’ve also been to Disneyland, but I wasn’t highly impressed, actually (I hear Disneyworld is better… I hope so!)

    In high school, I took a tour of the west coast of Italy and all of Sicily. That was great! My favorite part was Pompeii… but that’s because I’m a dork who spent four years in high school studying Latin!

    But my favorite vacation was probably going to Scotland with my mom while I was in college. It was very pretty, and I wish we could have spent a lot more time there. I liked it just as much as Italy, only it had the added bonus of being an English-speaking country! ;) As nice as Italy was, it was sometimes very stressful to try and communicate. In Scotland, I could just relax and giggle when guys with awesome Scottish accents hit on me… *grin*

  17. Mardee says:

    One of my favorite vacations was the two weeks I spent in Turkey in 2007. Some of the most incredible (and diverse) scenery I’ve ever seen, very friendly people – one man went 5 blocks out of his way to help me find my way to the bus station – and delicious, inexpensive food. It was also one of the cheapest places I’ve visited – my Istanbul hotel, which served a free breakfast on a glorious rooftop terrace overlooking the Marmion Sea, was only around $50 a night. And it was the largest single room I’ve ever been in.

    The Cappadocia area was incredibly scenic and filled with ancient history (imagine the wonder of walking through caves filled with drawings by the early Christians?), and my time spent in Fethiye, on the tranquil and beautiful Turkish Riviera, was one of the most scenic and relaxing stays I’ve ever had.

    And nothing compares to Istanbul – rich in history, filled with scenic and ancient treasures, it is also wonderfully modern and stimulating. The Spice Market alone is worth a visit – any chef would go crazy while walking through this perfume-laden treasure house of rich-colored spices.

    All in all, it was the best vacation ever – and certainly one of the most inexpensive!

  18. Damon Day says:

    My favorite place is Lake Powell in Utah. Growing up my family would take a week long vacation there every year at the end of the summer. We would get a houseboat and spend all week out on the lake. Sometimes enough friends would go that we had 2 or 3 houseboats.

    It always marked the end of the Summer for us because school usually started the week we got back. It was a great memory growing up. If you ever have a chance to go, I highly recommend it.

  19. Eric says:

    I suddenly want to be in Hawaii. :)

  20. I did a lot of traveling when I was in the military, but to be honest, my favorite trips are the ones I take around my own home state with my family. A lot of people tend to overlook the great vacation spots in their own backyard. Check out your own state’s tourism web site and look for locations you may not even know about. I have found some really cool vacations spots that way, and sticking to home is cheaper!

  21. Patrick says:

    I haven’t taken too many vacations yet, but my favorite so far has to be to Puerto Rico. I stayed in a hotel on the eastern part of the island and got to experience some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and see one of the coolest sights I have seen in my life, a Bioluminescent lagoon.

  22. Marika Resnik says:

    Favorite has to be China before 1980 before the Boom. All hazy and historical, old. Such a place doesn’t exist anymore. All vacations are my favorite, a Month vacation every year should be mandatory. Bicycling in Europe. Lingering in small hotels, trying your hand at shopping and cooking the local cuisine. Other favorites: Rent with captain & cook go Sailing Puget Sound & the San Juan islands, Washington. Sleeping on a boat in the moonlight, water quietly lapping the hull, like being in the womb. Later sailing the coast of Mexico, waking at sunrise surrounded by exuberant dolphin and hundreds more coming from every direction,as if to greet, leaping and diving beneath the bow, trailing irridescense at night. Watching whales with calves broach(leap&dive) just a few yards away. Later approaching land, white sandy beaches, anticipating. Coming ashore from the ocean, immediately you’re a local, so different from flying in and renting a hotel room. We shop the Mercado for fresh local fish or lobster, to barbeque back on board, later a refreshing dive, wafting smell of barbeque, the setting sun, fine music, fine wine, boat gently swaying. Filling the senses. There is NOTHING as romantic, unforgettable, lifechanging.(Just leave me here!) Okay enough of that. Go pack.

  23. Marika Resnik says:

    Agreed, of course. thanks mr

  24. I love Costa Rica. I lived there for a few years and enjoyed visiting the volcanoes, beaches, waterfalls, and rainforest areas. The country is small, but packed with amazing things to see and enjoy.


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