Grand Cayman... Dating my husband at the time and we'd reached that stage where you either take the next step or break up. He suprised me with this trip and we truly fell in love. It's the best time I've ever had.
Id love to go to HI. Jiggys pic threads have sold me. It's so far from the east coast tho. My friend was telling me it takes a couple of days just to get over the jet lag. Guess it will have to be a two week trip.
Well, this is a long term vacation goal. I'm not pulling the trigger on anything now, but all the package deals leave from LA so that's nice - no extra airline tickets to buy. I think I will definitely feel like I went someplace!
I don't get the jet lag thing. I left from ontario to go to hawaii, the first day is rough, you push through, go to bed early and you're fine. Same thing when I went to London and another time greece from Vancouver; Day 1 rough, rest of the time you're good.
For beachy vacations, Hawaii was freaking amazing. It's paradise. I yearn to go back. And yeah, hanging with Jiggy was awesome.
I haven't done much else in terms of beach vacation (Although I went to the island of Majorca in Spain for a weekend, i don't think that counts)
And seriously, don't let the distance scare you. Squid mentioned the south pacific, it takes longer to get there than it does to get to europe. Italy is fantastic and hot. Florence and Rome are my favourites, but I haven't had a chance to go through the Cinque Terre yet.
South of France - Nice is more than nice. ~rolls eyes at self~ Where I was the beach was rocky, but I'm sure there are sandy parts.
Greece was good. Of course I was also robbed, followed (twice), caught in a riot, and had plans changed because of strikes.
Away from the beach, Prauge was amazing. the culture, the people, the buildings everything was fantastic.
ETA: ok, i just looked up flight times from LAX to Australia and then Italy... both come in at about 15 hours.
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San Fran has some pretty epic chowder, though, I must say! I've never had it on the east coast so I can't compare. DC is the only east coast city I've really spent time in. Well, and Florida, but I hated it.
I would really like to take a foliage trip. That was one of the reasons I was thinking about pacific NW in October. I know there may be places that are better, but keep in mind I live someplace with NO seasons whatsoever.
Maybe PG has a different experience in the fall, but I would warn against coming here to see fall colours. Most of what we have here are evergreens. And the trees that do turn, mostly just turn yellow.
I know you weren't thinking of coming up all this way, but my experience is similar for seattle. Portland/Oregon may be far enough south to get some different foliage going.
best vacay ever was one of my trips back to England. It had everything. I can't do 'do nothing beach vacays' or be shuffled about so much that I'm exhausted.
This trip we did the old London theatres, ate at The Savoy, partied with the relatives, peed roadside on a stinging nettle when our car ran out of 'petrol', hung out with punks and Hare Krshnas, did High Tea in Devon while touring around the narrowest roads ever flanked by hedgerows keeping in sheep
and wild ponies, had a Concorde buzz us while driving over hills......awesome memories.
We stayed in this 14th century thatched roof Inn in Lynmouth. Poet Shelley stayed here as did Dickens, 'The Rising Sun'..don't think Jim Morrison hung here tho ..
Anyhoo, tiny crooked-so-you'd-tip stairwells. And no bathrooms in your rooms. Srsly. There was a very ornate pottery bedpan in each room, gah.
All I have to say is.... the best Vacation I have ever had is with my father befor he died . But I was 15 years old at the time and he rented a boat to go fishing at some Vacation place for the summer ! GOOD TIMES! ...I Miss you DAD!