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Old 10-15-2014, 09:35 AM
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
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Best: Ocean City, Nags Head, Reno, St. Petersburg FL. Been to all of these, many more than once. Always have good vacations.

The only one I would say was the worst was a trip to New Mexico when I was 5. The plane's fuel gauge broke. We were stranded at the airport for over 12 hours trying to find a flight back to Baltimore.
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:45 AM
Location: NoVa
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If best means the place you go back to again and again, I would have to say Pensacola, FL. Simply because that's the place where I can just 'be' and do absolutely nothing. So when life becomes too much for me, I just go there for a few days or a week to just relax.

I've had other memorable vacations and the one I remember the most is when I spent 1 year backpacking across China during my college years, staying in college dorm or hostel type places in each city, working my way from north to south. I started off speaking no chinese beyond thank you and how are you, and by the end of my second month, I was able to converse pretty easily. Sadly, my chinese is mostly forgotten now due to lack of use (it's been almost 20 years ago, mind you!). This was a turning point trip for me, an eye opener who changed the way I view the world. It was also the trip that started my love for Asia.

The worst trip for me was probably Bermuda. I went at the wrong time (May) and it was still chilly. The food was just ok (did you know they import all their seafood there?), and the people were kinda standoff-ish. Despite of that, we were still able to have a good time, and the highlight was riding on a scooter all over town.
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:15 AM
Location: Oregon
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My favorite vacation was probably my worst vacation. On a road trip to California, my buddies car broke down and we had quite the adventure get back home to Oregon. Lots of stories were born out of this adventure.
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by njkate View Post
Wow and that was the absolute worst place I'd ever been to, so bad I coughed up the extra money to change our flights and flew back home 3 days earlier than planned.
Over hyped, over priced boring place on the planet.
We too rented a jeep but truth be told you could do the entire island in a day with plenty of time to spare.

Glad you enjoyed...different strokes for different folks
I disliked Orenjastad. If I'd only gone there, I would have had a whole different perspective on what Aruba was like. But we stayed at Manchebo Resort and Spa and then traveled from the North to the South, taking roads that weren't even really "roads" and explored areas that looked like they'd not been seen in decades. It was right up my alley. I don't like crowds, don't like casinos, don't care for shopping, and I hate touristy crapola. I found beaches that were gorgeous and didn't have a single person on them, which is my idea of heaven. It's meditative and I'm the type of person who makes my own fun... I seek out beach glass, stones, "beach treasures," etc. (Probably not everyone's idea of fun, but I love stuff like that.) If I had sat at that resort the whole time, I would have ended up screaming. They would have kicked me off the island. My husband just asked if I'd like to go back to Aruba and I exclaimed, "YES! I DO!"
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Old 10-22-2014, 06:42 AM
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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My best vacation: A road trip to the northern coast of California. The redwoods are beautiful, and I got to see parts of California that were completely new to me. It was a LOT of driving, because we also went across the state to Lassen Volcanic National Park, which was gorgeous.

My worst vacation: England in May 2010. I stayed with my aunt, and although she was very generous and kind, it was a case of "whatever can go wrong will go wrong":

1. I caught a cold, probably due to my stress right before I left on vacation, trying to get all of my work done.

2. Because of my cold, I left my wallet on a train. A very nice man turned it in to the train officials, but apparently the wallet had to go to some central location for pick-up; it didn't get there until I had already gone back to the U.S. Due to my missing wallet, I had no cash on me, so my aunt had to loan me some money.

3. When I was leaving, my aunt was also taking a flight out to Jamaica (or so we thought). However, her flight was canceled and mine was delayed due to:

4. A volcanic ash cloud in Iceland! (This is after the initial eruption and debacle, so I didn't get caught in that mess! My cell was low on battery life, so I couldn't even call my aunt to see about the status of her flight. I had spent most of my British money on gifts (thinking I wouldn't need British money here in the States, of course), but if the flight didn't take off at all, then what?! I had visions of myself bedding down at the airport for two or three days! I found out later that my aunt's flight had been canceled.

5. After a delay of several hours, my flight finally took off and had to go WAY out over the North Sea. (Thank God for a long range airplane - a Boeing 777!) This meant we had to land in Chicago and go through Customs there as the plane was refueled and a new flight crew took over. Going through Customs led to:

6. An obnoxious Customs guy who pointed out that I hadn't signed my passport. I signed it, and then he asked for I.D. Umm, what I.D.? My wallet was still back in England! He let me pass, anyway, but I swear I would have completely lost it and burst into tears if he had detained me. The flight from London to Los Angeles, which was supposed to arrive at 3:00 p.m. didn't arrive until 1:00 a.m.! Luckily it was a Saturday night, so I didn't have to drag myself to work the very next day. I've never been so tired in my life; I can't sleep on airplanes.

I got home, and didn't fly again anywhere for another three years. I'd love to go back to England, but under very different circumstances, of course!

It was a real shame, because I had been looking forward to that trip for at least a year!

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Old 10-22-2014, 07:13 AM
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Worst vacation: Wales, don't even want to get into it

Best vacation: Costa Rica, hiked Corcovado National Park and went to La Selva biological station as well
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Old 10-25-2014, 04:26 AM
Location: on an island
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Originally Posted by Summerwhale View Post
I have to say I liked Florida but was not really ecstatic about Orlando.
I wouldn't be either. The only reason I ever set foot in that place was when my kids were little, before I lived here in north Florida. The only way I'll ever return is if I become a grandma. The various offerings of Orlando (Disney World etc) are okay but not my cup of tea.

Originally Posted by nmnita View Post
I have to say exactly what you said: even the worst have not been bad.
I've never been that excited about Dallas, Texas but have had to travel there 3 different times for family visits.
Seeing family was nice. Dallas, not so much.

Favorite vacations--many. Stonehenge when you could still walk among the stones, Hogmanay in Edinburgh.

Tikal in Guatemala.

Perhaps my absolute favorite was a family road trip across and down Spain for Christmas. We traveled along the Bay of Biscay, had Christmas in Oviedo, and then drove down to Madrid for New Year's Eve.
It was a moveable feast with our adult sons and their girlfriends. The weather was great, the scenery beautiful, the history fascinating and we ate and drank very well indeed.
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