Best. Vacation. Ever. (Part 1)

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What do you care most about on a trip? A nice bed? Good food? A beach? Public transit?

What makes the best vacation ever? Do you and your spouse both have the same “ideal” for a best vacation? Are you sure?

Sometimes, you just need to talk things out and you’ll be surprised (as I was) by what your other half thinks make for a best vacation. Here are the rules: Discuss five characteristics of a best vacation (suggested conversation starter below). Then go through the list of places you’ve traveled together and spent at least one night together and each pick out your five best vacations. You might learn something new! Why pick five characteristics and not 10 or 20? Planning a good trip is like buying a house, you can’t get the in-ground pool, three-car garage and 3,000 square feet for $75,000. Pick some focus areas and stick to the plan.

20 characteristics to get you going:
Comfortable lodging/Diverse food options/Easy public transit/Pedestrian- or cyclist-friendly/Affordable/Luxurious/Relaxing/Active opportunities/Warm climate/Cold climate/Isolated/Thriving/Access to water/Good shopping/Quality cultural attractions/Driving distance/Spa access/Pet-friendly/Children-friendly/Romantic

Planning a good trip is like buying a house, you can’t get the in-ground pool, three-car garage and 3,000 square feet for $75,000. Pick some focus areas and stick to the plan.

Here’s how it all played out for the two of us:

Caitlyn’s five characteristics of a best vacation (in no order)

  1. Nice lodging (specifically, a nice bed and shower)
  2. Good food (including healthy options)
  3. Interesting activities
  4. Opportunities for rest
  5. Warm climate

Kris’ five characteristics of a best vacation (in no order)

  1. Good food
  2. Lots of activities – especially active adventures
  3. Easy to get around/good public transit
  4. Nice lodging
  5. Affordability
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I like to stay active. If only I could still kick this high …

As you can see, we differed in some areas. For example, clearly, I don’t care about resting on vacation, which is why probably always why I always need a “vacation from vacation” when we get back home. Caitlyn’s also much more focused on going to warmer climates than I. Thankfully, we have some things in common, like good food, lodging and diverse activities.

So, will we pick the same best vacation spots? I was surprised by one of our findings. Tune in soon for Part 2.

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