Sitting still is not for me, I’m the type that returns home to get a rest from my vacation. I recall a Hawaiian vacation in 2012 where my wife, my kids and I couldn’t wait to get to the beach on our first day, but two hours later we couldn’t wait to get off the beach and find things to do. A few years later, we sent our 15-year-old daughter with her best friend and her family to an all-inclusive in Mexico. My daughter came back so disappointed because day after day all her friend wanted to do was sit by the pool. We joke with some close friends that the best way to stop being close friends would be to vacation together because they wouldn’t be pleased when I got up at 5am to make a smoothie and then head out to find the sunrise. In Carcassonne last year, my fellow travelers on an RS tour looked at me like I had two heads when I showed up for breakfast at 7:30 and tried to show them my photos of the sunrise that I had taken 90 minutes earlier. Personally, they’re the ones with two heads, it was a great start to the day; me and a woman from New Zealand had Carcassonne to ourselves, she took the north side and I took the south side.
One thing that I enjoy on this forum is how different everybody can see the same thing, whether it be a piece of art, a location or how we vacation. Because of my early schedule I was amused recently by a question on the Forum about what to do in Rome. The questioner stated that they could easily be ready to begin their day by 10:30. I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. That late of a start would have me stressed out that I was wasting a valuable vacation day. For me, a good vacation day starts at the crack of dawn by wandering around by myself while my wife sleeps until the horrifically late hour of 7, then breakfast together and off exploring. Usually we have something scheduled in the morning and then we keep the afternoon open for unscheduled exploring, a brief break back at our hotel, an early dinner around 5:00 or 6:00 and then wandering again until we’re tired. Bed by 10 and back up at 5 the next day-rinse and repeat.
Without being specific about locations, what is the template for your perfect vacation day?