For the Dog Days of Summer, host Jeremy Bates said it was okay to do just one post for the three-day blog fest. However, I have decided to do three - one for each day, answering each of the questions, though in a slightly different order. Here are Jeremy's questions:
1) Describe your favorite summer activity thus far.
2) What activities do you plan before summer is over?
3) If you could have the ultimate vacation ever, where and what would it be?
It's not too late to join the fest yourself. Go check it out and be sure to visit the other bloggers participating. I shall begin with Question #3.
I've done a fair amount of traveling in my nearly 40 years. I've been to the vast majority of the 50 United States as well as 12 foreign nations, including one that doesn't exist anymore. I can say without reservation that whether you're going across the road or around the world, it's the company that makes the trip. As luck would have it, I live with the best traveling companions I've ever had.
Therefore, the ultimate vacation should be as close as possible to ideal for all three of us. I wrote a few basic travel preference questions for each of us to answer. I've compiled our responses below. Perhaps you can help us come up with our perfect trip.
1. What is your favorite mode of travel: car, boat, train or airplane? Why?
- Our Girl (8 years old): Plane. You get to look down and see so many things.
- My Wife: Probably train. To me it combines the pleasures of car travel, seeing scenery with the advantages of plane travel, you're not doing the driving.
- Squid: Plane. All four have their advantages but as we're discussing the ideal, air travel gets you the furthest in the shortest time.
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2. What was your best vacation trip ever?
- Our Girl: Prince Edward Island. Because there was lobsters and lots of seafood. And it was fun.
- My Wife: That's hard. My trip to Budapest and Prague ranks pretty high. Any trip to Cape Cod and surrounding area ranks high as well.
- Squid: Before having a family, I'd have said my favorite was a trip with friends to Boracay in the Philippines. Since having a family, our trips to the Philosopher's Island (not its real name) in Massachusetts have been the best. Apart from involving islands, the trips have a surprising amount in common. More on that in a bit.
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3. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
- Our Girl: California. Because I've heard lots of good things about it.
- My Wife: I'd like to go to Spain to see Moorish architecture, Italy for the food and there's family roots trips I'd like to take - to Lebanon for my maternal grandfather's family, Poland for my paternal grandfather's family and maybe Denmark/Ireland for my maternal grandmother's family.
- Squid: I've spent five years of my life in Japan - three as a child and two as an adult. As much as I love the idea of going some place new, I yearn to take my wife and daughter to show them around my old haunts. I'd want to spend ample time in the Tokyo/Yokohama area where I lived but I'd also like to visit a part of the country that would be new for all of us. Hokkaido would be my choice.
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4. What is the longest you'd want to be away from home?
- Our Girl: Two weeks.
- My Wife: Depends on whether we could bring [the cat] or not. I'd still like to spend a year living and working abroad. If not, 3 weeks.
- Squid: Tough call. I love Vermont in the summer time. I hate to miss any of it, really. Assuming none of us had work or school responsibilities (this is the perfect world we're talking about), the ideal trip away would run from mid-October when the leaves fade to brown until mid-May when everything turns green again - seven months.
- Our Girl: One week.
- My Wife: Again depends, I'd be happy taking a week stopping in other places to get to the final destination. If you're talking just straight traveling, I'd prefer no more than 24-36 hours.
- Squid: I don't like feeling as if I've spent most of the trip in transit. As long as there are fewer travel days than non-travel days, I'm happy.
- Our Girl: One place.
- My Wife: I like having a base to use to go out and explore different places in the area.
- Squid: One place where there's a variety of things to do.
- Our Girl: Go to museums and have fun.
- My Wife: Sight see, eat good food, find a good cafe or porch and watch the world go by.
- Squid: Boracay and the Philosopher's Island are both enjoyable for the fact that one can be equally happy doing things or not doing anything. Both also involved hours of little more than staring at the ocean in wonder. As long as I have plenty of reading material, I'm content.
8. Would you want to see people on your ideal vacation? If so, whom would you like to see?
- Our Girl: Yes. My cousins. [Ed. note: My Sister and her family live in California. See Question #3.]
- My Wife: One of the things that was nice about the Budapest/Prague trip is my travel companion was interviewing people for a magazine piece she was doing and I got to listen in on interesting conversations about how people felt about the direction of Eastern Europe at the time. I like encounters like that. Really overall though I think in my ideal vacation I don't want to see anyone.
- Squid: No one but the three of us. I write this knowing full well that there are important people in my life whom I would never see unless I travel to them. On the perfect trip, we would have social obligations to no one but ourselves.
Please stop by tomorrow for Part II. You can link to the blog list on Jeremy's site either through the graphic on my side bar or this link. Happy hopping!