Where should I go on vacation?

I know it’s hard to believe that I don’t make a living from my blog.  Maybe it would be possible if I lived off-the-grid on a tiny island where I could sustain myself on fish that I caught with a reed and string, along with native plants.  However, life on Long Island takes lots of cash, so I have a real job.  I work at home and lately have been getting a little stir-crazy.  This has led me to a search of where to go on vacation this summer.

Where to go?

A couple of factors go into the decision:

1)  If my 25 year-old son will still go away with me.  Since he is older, I think he does it just to please me (or maybe because I pay).  I usually try to get a hotel room with separate bedrooms or at least a bedroom with separate living room and sleeper.  This is not as expensive as you may think; it just takes some investigation.  I will write an article about places we have stayed that fit into this category and include prices.  What also makes this work is that we are not attached to the hip when we travel and usually take a day or two and go our separate ways.

2)  Money and Location – these seem to go hand in hand.  If you have only $200, you’re not going to Tahiti.  Even though I love Europe (yes, I know there are many wonderful places in the US to visit!), we went to Berlin and Munich last year and Amex has asked me to take a cheaper vacation this year.

Next choice is the Caribbean (we live on an island, but it’s not the same).  I was checking out the Dominican Republic and still can’t decide about that.  If anyone has gone there, please comment below as to how you liked it and where you stayed.

The Decision:

We’ve finally decided that we’ll put some money back into an economy that can use it and go to New Orleans.  It sounds like a really cool place with a lot to do – the history, food, architecture, music, walking tours.  We can take a side trip to a plantation or airboat trip on the Bayou.  I’m sure the ghost tours are fun (does anyone ever see a ghost on one of these tours?) and even though I don’t believe in voodoo (read The Serpent and the Rainbow, A Harvard Scientist’s Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombis, and Magic by Wade Davis), there’s some voodoo shops, a museum, and Marie Laveau‘s House, all of which sound interesting.

French Quarter, New Orleans (by Falkue: gnu.org/CC-BY-SA-3.0/WikiCommons)


We’re thinking of going in September even though it is hurricane season, and stay in the French Quarter.  I’d like a hotel room with 2 bedrooms or one with sleeper and balcony facing a fun street.  Any suggestions? September will be hot, but then again every time we’ve been to DisneyWorld, it was in August, so it can’t be worse than that.

This is the plan for now.  If anyone has any tips on the Big Easy, please let me know.

August 10, 2011

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