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Old 10-10-2014, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Last night, in our horrible thunder storm I just laid awake and thought about so many things. At one point I started thinking about our very best and our worst vacations. Here is what I came up with:

We have been very fortunate: we have traveled to many great places, but 2 vacations are at the top of my list: the first: a 12 day vacation with our oldest daughter and her husband. We started out from Dallas and flew on a 747 to Tokyo. There were only 6 of us upstairs in first class. You talk about feeling like a queen, it wasn't our first time flying first on a 474, but our first time upstairs. No, we are not rich but we were lucky enough to have 2 daughters working for airlines at the time. From Tokyo we flew to Hong Kong. Again, I happen to work for Hilton corp at the time and one of our perks was free or discounted rooms anywhere in the world if space was available. We were escorted to our hotel in a red Mercedes and taken to our rooms on the top floor of the Conrad Hilton. For 7 nights that was our home. To this day I have never seen a hotel quite as nice, nor has anyone else in the family and we have traveled a lot. We sere on a whirl wind the entire trip; sight seeing and shopping everyday and eating at some of the finest restaurants at night. When we returned from Hong Kong, we took a few days just to relax and unwind in Saint Petersburg, Fl. This wasn't our first trip to Hong Kong, but our best.

The other trip that stands out is our trip to UK, and Krakow Poland for a week and then returning home via the north Atlantic on a 10 day cruise. The ship was sailing for the first time and what a wonderful experience. We had gotten to know several other passenger prior to sailing by signing on the roll call on Cruise critic. I recommend everyone do this before sailing. We planned tours together before we even met, we planned a couple of get togethers and generally just got acquainted before hand. it was a diverse group, many from the Uk. Everyone enjoyed each others company, even the crabby gal who bitched about everything, from the pre cruise hotel, to the food, the disappointment in missing a port because of weather and the fact she had to go back to work when we landed in the US. She gave us all something to talk about. When we disembarked in the USA we spent 2 days in NYC.

Our worth vacations, still with some positives happen to be cruises: One because it rained the entire 5 days, we had table mates that were so bad we asked to be moved. That was in the days of assigned seating and it was the only time we had ever done anything like that. Our cabin was the smallest we had seen or have seen since and our cabin steward didn't particularly think he should work very hard.

The other cruise that won't be remembered as a winner was a family cruise with 13 of us. Long story, but I can assure you we would never do that again. It would not have been so bad, but our younger daughter is one of those who made up her mind ahead of time that she didn't care how the rest of the family felt she wasn't going to like cruising and she didn't. Plus she insisted everything we did the entire week should be done by the whole family, including eating every dinner together. There were a few other issues as well; one being a couple of the family thought cruising meant being the first ones at the bar in the morning and the last ones at night. Don't get me wrong, our younger daughter is a delight, has a great personality, she just isn't the person you want to vacation with for a week or so and certainly not cruise with.
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:14 PM
 
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Best was a two week cruise in Europe on a Windstar ship.

Worst was a Royal Caribbean cruise. From the minute we arrived at the port things went wrong, and it just went from bad to worse before it was over, including having sewage back up in our shower.

One other sucky one was a west coast trip where I ended up sick with pneumonia and finally gave up even trying and stayed in bed for the final two days. Just luck of the draw on that one. I will say the Fairmont was fantastic and got a doctor to the room, brought extra blankets and ice, and checked in with my husband a couple of times to see if there was anything they could do to make me more comfortable.
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:25 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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My best vacation was also my longest. A 16 month trip between the ages of 18-20. Was in BKK most of the time but travelled SE Asia extensively during that period. My worst trip was prolly a short trip I took to the Philippines around three years ago. Was sick most of the time, to the point of coughing up blood for a while. Was a miserable trip all around. Also ranking up thetesailed down to the sea of cortez w a few friends of mine one time and was sick most of the way. Wasnt fun.
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Best - too many to choose from. The question would have to be narrowed down to best food, best scenery, best memories, best accommodations, best adventures, etc. (I'm very lucky to be able to say this.)

Worst - easily, a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg ten months after the government fell. Just a nightmare of gray - gray buildings, food, sky, the skin of the people. Even the expression on the faces of the Russian people was like they were still in shock. I still remember taking a breakfast roll from the bread basket and bouncing it off the dining room table, finding that not a single piece of crumb even got knocked off the thing. It was like a rock (although we stayed in pretty nice hotels). ONLY time I've ever taken a vacation and lost weight. The armed guards who accompanied us on the overnight train were a real treat too.

Yet, I still have one good story from that trip: At the time, I was working in a high level position in a divisional headquarters of The Salvation Army. Although I am not a Salvationist (in fact, I'm half Jewish and not even remotely religious), the Commander asked me to visit the first Salvation Army Church that had been open in 30+ years in the USSR. He had a small gift for them. I was honored that he asked, and honored to deliver his gift. That day, during their church service, was the only time I saw a group of smiling, happy looking Russians.
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Northern Ireland
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Favourite - this year to Florida.

Least - well that would be my horrible atrocious pathetic disastrous trip to the dump of Rome. YUCK. NOT EVER AGAIN.
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Sanford, NC
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Worst was Disney World aka hell on earth, never again!


Best have always been to Florida for the Daytona 500 and to Alabama for the Talladega races. There is so much to do on those trips and never enough time. A close second would be my day trips to shoot trains, love those!
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:32 PM
 
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I'm European living in Dallas, TX now and have traveled a lot all over the world, I have so many favorite vacations it is almost impossible to choose. But I will put down a couple of hidden pearls that people don't normally consider.
Bonito, Brazil- heaven on earth, crystal clear rivers, lakes and waterfalls, caves, adventure sports, lots to do even though it's a tiny tiny town. Pantanal as well, we fished for piranhas while standing in the water and I felt the little ones nibbling my legs, later we cooked them on camp fire and had them for dinner
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, secluded beaches, yoga on platform on top of the rainforest, howler monkeys to wake you up at 4 am.
Cayo Largo, Cuba- for affordable all-inclusive hotels with most amazing beaches, but not crowded.
Uluru, Australia- bit expensive to fly out there but you can go greet the sunshine on a camel, well worth it, amazing.
In Europe I love Bruges, it's like going back in time a couple centuries, food is amazing too. And I loove London, I lived there for 7 years and it's the best place on earth for me.

The worst holiday is Varadero Cuba, it's just hotels and clubs, no Cuban atmosphere, crowded, dirty, ugly, very greedy and rude people at the hotel and I got a 4 day long food poisoning from the hotel buffet to top it all off.

Now I am at home with a baby and can't travel for a while plus the holiday system in US is really bad compared to Europe's normal month of paid holiday per year.
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Old 10-11-2014, 04:29 AM
 
Location: Northern Ireland
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Worst was Disney World aka hell on earth, never again!


Best have always been to Florida for the Daytona 500 and to Alabama for the Talladega races. There is so much to do on those trips and never enough time. A close second would be my day trips to shoot trains, love those!
I have to say I liked Florida but was not really ecstatic about Orlando.

People told me that Daytona beach was a dump aswell.
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Old 10-11-2014, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Best - too many to choose from. The question would have to be narrowed down to best food, best scenery, best memories, best accommodations, best adventures, etc. (I'm very lucky to be able to say this.)

Worst - easily, a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg ten months after the government fell. Just a nightmare of gray - gray buildings, food, sky, the skin of the people. Even the expression on the faces of the Russian people was like they were still in shock. I still remember taking a breakfast roll from the bread basket and bouncing it off the dining room table, finding that not a single piece of crumb even got knocked off the thing. It was like a rock (although we stayed in pretty nice hotels). ONLY time I've ever taken a vacation and lost weight. The armed guards who accompanied us on the overnight train were a real treat too.

Yet, I still have one good story from that trip: At the time, I was working in a high level position in a divisional headquarters of The Salvation Army. Although I am not a Salvationist (in fact, I'm half Jewish and not even remotely religious), the Commander asked me to visit the first Salvation Army Church that had been open in 30+ years in the USSR. He had a small gift for them. I was honored that he asked, and honored to deliver his gift. That day, during their church service, was the only time I saw a group of smiling, happy looking Russians.
I have to say exactly what you said: even the worst have not been bad. BTW how was your MSC experience?
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Old 10-11-2014, 06:21 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Last night, in our horrible thunder storm I just laid awake and thought about so many things. At one point I started thinking about our very best and our worst vacations. Here is what I came up with:

We have been very fortunate: we have traveled to many great places, but 2 vacations are at the top of my list: the first: a 12 day vacation with our oldest daughter and her husband. We started out from Dallas and flew on a 747 to Tokyo. There were only 6 of us upstairs in first class. You talk about feeling like a queen, it wasn't our first time flying first on a 474, but our first time upstairs. No, we are not rich but we were lucky enough to have 2 daughters working for airlines at the time. From Tokyo we flew to Hong Kong. Again, I happen to work for Hilton corp at the time and one of our perks was free or discounted rooms anywhere in the world if space was available. We were escorted to our hotel in a red Mercedes and taken to our rooms on the top floor of the Conrad Hilton. For 7 nights that was our home. To this day I have never seen a hotel quite as nice, nor has anyone else in the family and we have traveled a lot. We sere on a whirl wind the entire trip; sight seeing and shopping everyday and eating at some of the finest restaurants at night. When we returned from Hong Kong, we took a few days just to relax and unwind in Saint Petersburg, Fl. This wasn't our first trip to Hong Kong, but our best.

The other trip that stands out is our trip to UK, and Krakow Poland for a week and then returning home via the north Atlantic on a 10 day cruise. The ship was sailing for the first time and what a wonderful experience. We had gotten to know several other passenger prior to sailing by signing on the roll call on Cruise critic. I recommend everyone do this before sailing. We planned tours together before we even met, we planned a couple of get togethers and generally just got acquainted before hand. it was a diverse group, many from the Uk. Everyone enjoyed each others company, even the crabby gal who bitched about everything, from the pre cruise hotel, to the food, the disappointment in missing a port because of weather and the fact she had to go back to work when we landed in the US. She gave us all something to talk about. When we disembarked in the USA we spent 2 days in NYC.

Our worth vacations, still with some positives happen to be cruises: One because it rained the entire 5 days, we had table mates that were so bad we asked to be moved. That was in the days of assigned seating and it was the only time we had ever done anything like that. Our cabin was the smallest we had seen or have seen since and our cabin steward didn't particularly think he should work very hard.

The other cruise that won't be remembered as a winner was a family cruise with 13 of us. Long story, but I can assure you we would never do that again. It would not have been so bad, but our younger daughter is one of those who made up her mind ahead of time that she didn't care how the rest of the family felt she wasn't going to like cruising and she didn't. Plus she insisted everything we did the entire week should be done by the whole family, including eating every dinner together. There were a few other issues as well; one being a couple of the family thought cruising meant being the first ones at the bar in the morning and the last ones at night. Don't get me wrong, our younger daughter is a delight, has a great personality, she just isn't the person you want to vacation with for a week or so and certainly not cruise with.
This was an interesting question. I really had to think about my vacation experiences, as I love to travel and have generally loved my vacation trips. As an adult, I have taken a number of great vacations in the western US plus gone on a Caribbean cruise and made several trips to Europe (Germany, Rome, Ireland, England, Belgium and Amsterdam). Every singe trip was enjoyable and I would repeat them all if I could.

I love to vacation in England and London is probably my favorite vacation. Good gin, fantastic live theatre, great history, and the London Walks combine to make London a great vacation destination.

I had to go way, way back (sort of dating myself here) to a family vacation we took when my father was stationed in Wiesbaden during the early 70s. We had intended to spend several days in France, but encountered so many rude, unfriendly people that my father ended the trip after one day and we drove back to Germany.
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