Ideal vacation; how best to use some personal time

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    Dec 29, 2008 1:02 AM GMT
    Hello fellow RJers:

    I have taken a week of vacation time in February and need to plan what to do with it. It has been over 3-years since I took a full week solid off. I get a few weeks a year of vacation time, but I always nickel and dime them. What would you do?

    I do not want to go to a beach; I want to do something productive. A fitness boot-camp perhaps, something spiritual, maybe go abroad or a guided tour of Yellowstone? I am unsure, but I want purpose assigned to the activity. I bum around from time to time as it is so relaxation in it basic form is not what I seek. I have a little coin to drop on it, so I am not stressing over that dimension (yet). Any suggestions?

    I plan on going solo. Joining a group tour or something is an option, but I want escape and engagement at the same time. I’m eager to hear what you might do. Hugs and tugs studs, thanks for your thoughts icon_idea.gif


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  • Timbales

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    Dec 29, 2008 1:21 AM GMT
    For my next vacation, I want to go to Washington DC and spend time at the Smithsonian, the Museum of Natural History, etc.
  • B71115

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    Dec 29, 2008 2:07 AM GMT
    timberoo i did that in july and had a great time
  • B71115

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    Dec 29, 2008 2:10 AM GMT
    first of all, i think you are misjudging the beach. if you have been nickel and diming your vacation time, a good stretch of doing nothing could be a great boost for you. your profile says your body is falling apart, so that could help you restart

    to answer your question, i've been to yosemite and it's beautiful. i am talking to my best friend about going to san fran this summer because there is so much there to see i could spend a week easily. if you've never been overseas, what about italy. i would love to spend a week there and see the different areas of the country (and the different foods).

    but after looking at your pics, if you just want to spend the time making out, i'm up for it.

    choose wisely
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    Dec 29, 2008 3:23 AM GMT
    lol - Thanks b7. I've traveled abroad quite a bit, most recently Italy so I am amused that you brought that up. I have been tot he beach several times and I just don't care for it. it is pretty, but overrated for me. I have also been to Yosemite, and agree it is beautiful. I have been looking for something akin to a college program for students looking for guidance, but on an adult level. no luck yet, and I am not certain about what kind of guidance. I am looking for summer camp for adults I think, lol.
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    Dec 29, 2008 3:28 AM GMT
    Timberoo saidFor my next vacation, I want to go to Washington DC and spend time at the Smithsonian, the Museum of Natural History, etc.


    You Will enjoy the Smithsonian I love it
  • Bunjamon

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    Dec 29, 2008 3:48 AM GMT
    Look up a volonteer vacation, where you go to some exotic place and teach English or help count endangered species or build houses or any other number of different, "productive" things. Plus, since you're volunteering for them, meals and accomodation are often paid for, you just have to get yourself there.

    Check this out, for example: http://www.volunteerabroad.com/listingsp3.cfm/listing/12867

  • xysx

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    Dec 29, 2008 4:09 AM GMT
    I'm thinking in the same vein as bunjamon,, try something like an eco-tour vaca. so you get a sense of purpose and give back without being as strenuous as something like an outward bound type of trip. Google some. heres one to start with.
    http://www.ecotourdirectory.com/
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    Dec 29, 2008 1:04 PM GMT
    Guys, these ideas are great! Thank you!!
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    Dec 29, 2008 1:46 PM GMT
    Try gapadventures.com for some ideas.

    I've been thinking of going to a surf camp in Costa Rica or some such.
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    Dec 29, 2008 2:15 PM GMT
    I think Mexico is a country that has a really good vibe, and many interesting places to visit, from big cities to distant places where you can hike in the middle of nature. I have heard that Tepoztlan, a town not very far from Mexico city, is a great place to visit. It is on the edge of a valley, therefore surrounded by mountains. It offers some eco tourism (which is organized enough for you to do activities such as rapel with other tourists), guided hiking in nature, getting to know the valley (some call it sacred valley), among other attractions. There is a site that shows it well - its link to Bed and Breakfast shows you can easily stay in a hotel with backyards that have great view and also big swimming pools. http://www.tourbymexico.com/morelos/tepoztla/tepoztla.htm
    So it seems like the type of place where you relax, have activies to choose from, and is not likely to be left alone. Enjoy your travels!
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    Dec 29, 2008 3:12 PM GMT
    you might want to try Buenos Aires, Argentina or Montezuma, Costa Rica. Buenos Aires is a great place, with lots to see and do and Montezuma is great for relaxing in a remote village with a jungle that goes all the way to the beach.