Since our theme for August is Destination: Vacation, we thought it would be fun to share our dream vacations with you. Read on for what our ideal vacations would look like:
Captain E. Hook (Erin L. Schneider)
I've always been a traveler - ever since my first solo flight at 2 years old, from Seattle to Palm Desert, CA. Okay, my Dad was piloting the airplane, so I wasn't exactly alone...but travel has always been in my blood.
I think I'll truly have lived life, if at the end I can say I've been able to travel everywhere. I want to see it all. And to me, my ideal vacation would involve a great book, amazing food, my camera, and someone to see it all with.
I've been to some pretty amazing places: Antigua, Guatemala; Machu Picchu, Peru; Rome, Cinque Terre, San Gimignano, and Venice, Italy; and Okinawa, Japan, to name a few. But I still have many destinations to go...and I can't wait.
Lady Byrd Bonebreaker (Sara Biren)
My ideal vacation involves water, a quiet beach, delicious food, used bookstores, and interesting historical sites, including homes of dead writers (I plan to write a series of travel guides on this topic someday). I'll require lots of time for reading, writing, relaxing, and enjoying the flavors of local beers.
I used to travel much more before I had kids. Some of my favorite places include Cape Cod, Door County, the Florida Keys, England, and my second home, Duluth, MN, which I visit about once a year. And I'll take a week at a cabin on a lake anytime.
Salty McScurvy (Jaime Morrow)
Can I say Lothlórien, Rivendell, or the Shire? No? (Sorry, my inner Hobbit is showing.) My ideal vacation would look like one I've already taken: a trip to the Scottish Highlands. My husband and I had the privilege of spending a few weeks in Scotland, and we would return in a heartbeat. The thing about this beautiful country is that though it's small in size, it's HUGE in culture, history, and amazing places to explore. The castles, cathedrals, cemeteries, craggy hills covered in heather...totally unforgettable. There's a reason Robert Burns wrote: "My heart's is in the Highlands, wherever I go."
Brunhilde the Black-hearted (Rachel Searles)
I've always loved traveling--the bug bit me at 14 when I went on a trip to Morocco, and since then I've been all over, from eating fresh sea eel at Tsukiji to sipping tea in Pondicherry, to trying kokoreç (don't ask) in Istanbul to taking a late tapas stroll in Madrid (note the theme here: FOOD).
But my idea of a perfect vacation always fluctuates--if things are quiet, I want adventure. Lately life's been hectic, so nothing sounds nicer than a plush recliner overlooking a sandy beach, with a cool drink in one hand and a book in the other.
Jas Ketch, Siren of the Seychelles (Kris F. Oliver)
I love exploring new places. I like landing in foreign climbs where you have to use stairs to get out of the airplane and there are chickens in the airport. I get a thrill from the disorientation I feel trying to wrangle a taxi in a language I don’t know and careening down busy streets at breakneck speeds behind the most insane cab driver that ever lived. I love the smells, the chaos, the food by the side of the road served in squares of paper and multi-colored fizzy drinks served in plastic bags. Then I love leaving all that hustle and bustle behind. Carrying everything I’ll need for the next two weeks in a battered backpack. I like getting so far beyond the things of man, that you don’t see another human for a week. I love sleeping under stars that look strange and bathing on beaches in the morning. I get a chill all over my skin when I stumble upon an animal in the forest and it stares at me and doesn’t run. Like I am the first human he’s ever seen and he doesn’t know what to make of me. Then I love sleeping for 14 hours straight when I get back.
Guppy Guts Skullcracker (Heidi Sinnett)
I've never been a traveler. My biggest vacations as a kid were one hour across the border so we could stay in a hotel for the weekend, and shop for cheap clothes to go back to school. As I got older, I'd equate a vacation with any type of hotel stay. It didn't have to be fancy---just a Ramada Inn or Howard Johnson---somewhere off the highway. As long as we could go out for breakfasts and swim in the hotel pool, I was good.
These days, the idea of jetting off to a foreign land, sightseeing and eating different foods, appeals to me a little bit more, but not for extended periods. I'm a homebody. I'm thrilled to just have a few days off, time to sleep in and get caught up on movies. Staycations are the best!
Neptune (Kelly Loy Gilbert)
My friends and I used to debate whether we were beach people or mountain people. These discussions took place in the Santa Cruz Mountains, which are the best of both worlds, really, except our Nevada-native friend scoffed at designating these “hills” as mountains. I always said I was a mountain person--beaches feel more limited, and I like places where there’s always a chance of getting lost--but really I’m happy traveling anywhere as long as it feels different from home. I like soaking in new places where there’s some history and charm and quirk to explore, where the people seem to lead different lives than the one I know, and where--most important of all!--there are delicious things to eat.
Curly McGee (G. Myrthil)
I love traveling, but my idea of an ideal vacation depends on my mood. Sometimes, I crave a week on a tropical beach doing almost nothing. Other times, I prefer more culture and adventure. My only real requirement is that there be delicious food and pretty scenery!
My favorite travel year so far was my junior year of college when I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. I had all of Spain and nearby European countries right at my fingertips. Weekend trips to London, Paris, Rome, and even Morocco were no big deal. I hope I'm able to travel like that again someday!
Dread Pirate B. (Bridgid Gallagher)
Although I love traveling to far-off countries and exploring new destinations, lately I've been craving vacations where the location would be secondary to the company I'd keep.
First, I'd love a family vacation; I don't see nearly enough of my parents, siblings, and my nieces and nephews - who just so happen to be some of the coolest people on the planet. Whenever I get time with my nieces and nephews, my face ends up hurting from smiling too much. They are funny, creative, wise, and oh-so-special to me. My time with them is always over too soon. A vacation with them would be AWESOME. :)
My second dream vacation at the moment would be a writing retreat with my favorite writing peeps. I imagine cozy chairs for writing, trails for brainstorming, wine for ... well, drinking, and a fabulous kitchen for fueling all that hard work. The location doesn't really matter. Just the people.
How about you? What would your ideal vacation look like?