Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Thursday 13 v. 58 - You Answer Vacation One

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Thirteen Questions About Vacations for You to Answer
I freely admit I stole the idea for the question 13 from Goofy Girl. Answer the questions in comments so I can get to know you better. My answers in italics.
  1. Where are you going on your next vacation? Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
  2. How many vacation days do you get a year? A measly 16 days. Waaaaaah!
  3. What's the best vacation you've ever taken? New Years Eve in Sydney Australia.
  4. Are you a beach vacation person? Occasionally. I actually don't like the sand much, and I can only sit around for so long.
  5. Have you ever taken a Disney vacation? I went to Disney World for one day in college. I have Mickey's autograph!
  6. How long will it be until your next vacation? What does the countdown say at the top of the page? It keeps on ticking down! Woo hoo!
  7. What is your dream vacation? To go back to Venice or Paris - this time with a special someone, to view it in a more romantic fashion
  8. Are you a light packer, or a pack rat? I try to fit as much as possible into my carry-on bag, having had my luggage lost twice now. So I'm a pretty good packer.
  9. Do you have a passport? Oh yeah! And I track people down in airports when they don't stamp mine. I need PROOF people!
  10. Do you like to fly? Believe it or not, travel nut here is scared to fly. But it's nothing that a little valium won't cure.
  11. Have you ever taken a train trip? I had to take the train home from NY unexpectedly once, when my flight was cancelled for weather. It was awful. I think I'll avoid trains if I can in the US. But train travel in Europe was really nice.
  12. What's the most expensive trip you've ever taken? Same as the best one. Australia. It was expensive, but worth every penny.
  13. What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done on vacation? Hot air ballooning in Australia, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia.

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28 comments:

Anthony said...

I'd have guessed you had more than 16 vacation days!

I like the Amtrak from Philly to D.C. A nice trip that's shorter than driving - time-wise. I don't know if I'd like to go any further, though. Not without a bar car! :)

Goofy Girl said...

1 Where are you going on your next vacation? Hrm I have no clue... probably somewhere nearby. $$$ all went to saving Wolfie!
2 How many vacation days do you get a year? When I begin 3rd year 2 weeks
3 What's the best vacation you've ever taken? Hawaii!!
4 Are you a beach vacation person? Ya I like the beach!
5 Have you ever taken a Disney vacation? In high school or marching band
6 How long will it be until your next vacation? After I finish boards- June 7th, but probably not going anywhere.
7 What is your dream vacation? Hawaii again!
8 Are you a light packer, or a pack rat? Medium i'd say
9 Do you have a passport? Yup
10 Do you like to fly? I wish that airplanes were bigger/had $$ for 1st class!
11 Have you ever taken a train trip? yes
12 What's the most expensive trip you've ever taken? Hrm, not sure! Hawaii most likely
13 What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done on vacation?
Doing that trapezee thing, I'm terrified of heights!

Joan said...

I've been visiting your blog without commenting but, after reading your 13 Vacation answers, I just have to ask you a question...how the heck to you pack everything you take on vacation in just a carry-on??? I'm going to Ireland next month for 11 days and I'm frantically trying to figure out how I can fit everything in one medium-sized checked bag AND one carry-on. Help!!!

YellowRose said...

I like this TT!! Might have to "borrow" it in the future! ;)

I figured you had more than 16 vacation days...it seems like you travel all the time!! LOL I'm jealous!

Happy TT!

Red said...

Where are you going on your next vacation? Still undecided, but probably Sicily.

How many vacation days do you get a year? I'm self-employed, so it varies. But certainly fewer than when I was working for the man.

What's the best vacation you've ever taken? Honeymoon in Koh Samui, Thailand.

Are you a beach vacation person? Absolutely.

Have you ever taken a Disney vacation? No, and I'm not likely to, since I'm allergic to children.

How long will it be until your next vacation? Three months, three weeks and one day...

What is your dream vacation? A beach, crystal-clear waters, good food and a vibrant city within easy reach. And *, of course!

Are you a light packer, or a pack rat? If at all possible, I like to travel hand-lugagge only.

Do you have a passport? Yes.

Do you like to fly? Not much, but I don't let it stop me.

Have you ever taken a train trip? No, but I wouldn't mind an old-fashioned train trip, Orient-Express stylee...

What's the most expensive trip you've ever taken? Honeymoon in Thailand, probably.

What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done on vacation? I went horse riding on a beach in Antigua on the craziest (and most flea-bitten) horse in the world. It started flying like a buckin' bronco... with me on it. Not a pretty sight. On the same holiday I also tried waterskiing and climbing a coconut tree. I failed at both.

Darla said...

Oh, very cool idea for a TT! I'm stealing it for next week. :)

Toni said...

I agree with Darla- cool list- might have to borrow this one day!

Skittles said...

Hello Carmen! It is such a thrill to visit your blog. It is always new and fun! Hope you have a great trip.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. ;)

lulu said...

#9 and #10 describe me to a tee!

Great list!

Robin said...

Where are you going on your next vacation? San Francisco, Seattle, and BC Canada - we leave in 5 days!

How many vacation days do you get a year? I work from home, so as much as I want, but average in Israel is about 3 weeks, plus Jewish holidays.

What's the best vacation you've ever taken? Thailand, hands down

Are you a beach vacation person? Only in short doses

Have you ever taken a Disney vacation? Not since I was 12

How long will it be until your next vacation? 5 days!!!

What is your dream vacation? Back to Thailand and Southeast Asia

Are you a light packer, or a pack rat? pack-rat I'm afraid

Do you have a passport? I've got two - American and Israeli

Do you like to fly? Sure, because it means I'm either going somewhere or just returning from somewhere. Plus, I've got 3 generations of pilots in the family - it's in my blood.

Have you ever taken a train trip? Many times, mostly in Europe, but I did take the (22-hour!) train from NY to Florida the year we went to Disneyworld. My grandparents were taking us and didn't book flights early enough. All that was left was the train.

What's the most expensive trip you've ever taken? Probably the one I'm about to leave on.

What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done on vacation? Eaten "Hmong mystery dessert" in a small village in Thailand. I had no clue what it was, but it looked awful. I later found out it was just jellied seeds of some kind, in some sort of weird jello type stuff.

Fun questions :).

colleen said...

That was fun to read and makes me want to get out more! I think the beach is best near sunset when everyone is gone and it's not hot. I hardly ever check bags either. I don't trust them.

I fell off my chair doing mine.

jenny® said...

how cool! u've been to Australia! that's one of the places i'd love to go someday! we are going for a trip soon too! find out where on my T13!

Christine said...

What a cool theme for a TT? When I'm ready for our next trip, I'll have to borrow this one.
Paris in Springtime with someone special sounds like the trip of a lifetime.
Great TT.
Happy Thursday Carmen.

Julia said...

1. I wish to go to Maryland, where my friends will be when Nora Roberts have her July Anniversary *grin*
2. It really depend
3. I went to Maryland 5yrs ago for booksigning event.
4. I love to go to the beach. But it rarely that we go, since we always end up vacation somewhere else.
5. Nope, and that is one of my dream someday
6. Not sure yet
7. Going to Scottland, Ireland or Paris
8. pack rat
9. Nope, I never fly before in my life!
10. Nope, scare as chicken *LOL* *Grin*
11. Nope, but that would be fun, I think, to ride on
12. Maryland
13. Dance!

This was fun! Happy TTs! I hope you have a good day!

Janet said...

1. Where are you going on your next vacation? Las Vegas, baby!
2. How many vacation days do you get a year? 3 weeks
3. What's the best vacation you've ever taken? Hawaii, Oahu to be specific
4. Are you a beach vacation person? Very much so, but as I get older, I like it much better in the off season.
5. Have you ever taken a Disney vacation? I've been to Disney quite a few times...I enjoy it, especially the Orlando one!
6. How long will it be until your next vacation? 42 days!
7. What is your dream vacation? I'd love to spend more time in Paris!
8, Are you a light packer, or a pack rat? Um...total pack rat!
9. Do you have a passport? Yup!
10. Do you like to fly? It doesn't bother me.
11. Have you ever taken a train trip? Yup, from Boston to VA...I enjoyed it, curled up with a good book :-)
12. What's the most expensive trip you've ever taken? Hawaii!
13. What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done on vacation? Hmmm...good question! But my lips are sealed ;-)

Nancy said...

I don't go anywhere. WAHHH!!!! I got married and had kids and that was it. The only place we seem to go is Vermont.

I would love to go to Austrailia or New Zealand.


I have moved my blog!

Joan said...

Thanks so much for your help on travel packing. We do use Ziploc bags (I'm too cheap to buy the fancy SpaceSaver bags) and normally I could probably pack light. Unfortunately, we have to bring some nice dinner clothes this time around (I hate to dress up when I travel) so I'm struggling with keeping things to a minimum. Sigh...

Dragonheart said...

Fun list! My mom says the Dominican Republic is great. :) Enjoy! I'll get her to answer your questions:

Where are you going on your next vacation? Short - Regensburg, Germany; Major - Egypt
How many vacation days do you get a year? - N/A as I'm currently a student
What's the best vacation you've ever taken? 2 weeks in Mexico for our weddingmoon
Are you a beach vacation person? It depends. I burn easily, so I'm not one for lying in the sun, but I enjoy visiting warm places and snorkelling
Have you ever taken a Disney vacation? Been to Disney in Florida once when I younger with my family
How long will it be until your next vacation? Regensburg - May 20th; Egypt - in November
What is your dream vacation? To return to Maui with my husband
Are you a light packer, or a pack rat? In between. I tend to pack a little too much, but I try to keep what I bring to a minimum
Do you have a passport? Yep, two - a regular Canadian passport and a special passport since we are in Germany because my husband is a member of the Canadian Forces and so we travel under Government of Canada passports
Do you like to fly? I don't mind flying, but I really hate being stuck in an airplane for long flights (anything over 6 hours) because I have periodic limb movement disorder (like restless leg syndrome) and so being cramped in an airplane seat is very uncomfortble for me.
Have you ever taken a train trip? Yep. I like travelling by train, since you have much more room than on an airplane.
What's the most expensive trip you've ever taken? Going to Maui for a friend's wedding
What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done on vacation? Parasailing in Mexico and paragliding in Switzerland

Cheysuli said...

My human will be with you in Paris. She so wants to go back. The male says the dollar is doing too poorly to really go there for a honeymoon so maybe another time. Oh well.

Anyway, my best was when Latte rented the entire Carribbean Island for our honeymoon with 5 servants per cat!

Amy said...

hrmph....i want to go to vegas! I'm going to south carolina in august though!!!!

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Sparky Duck said...

I think Goofy Girl should be getting some kind of royalties.

1.Im not counting this weekends Ocean City trip, since its not relaxing, but honestly I dont know whats next.
2.The fun of unemployment, every day is a vacation
3.Hawaii, hands down no question
4.Sometimes, though I dont think I would want to do a whole week of nothing but beach
5.Four of them actually
6.Summer i think
7.Hawaii again and Tuscany
8.heavy packer, I hate not having enough
9.No, but I hide from the govt :)
10.No, but I can get over it pretty easily
11.Just to NYC, that doesnt count
12.Hawaii, though worth it, almost made my eyeballs fall out
13.you know, its scary, nothing is coming to me.

Ctina said...

I am so jealous that you get to go on vacation! I get a summer vacation (3 months since I'm a teacher) but I won't be able to go anywhere fun like the DR! One of my dreams would be to go to Dominica though.

Kimo & Sabi said...

Hmmmppffft! We have never been on a vacation!

Teena said...

Good one! I played too :)

Where are you going on your next vacation? I'm meeting my sister in St. John's, NF, for a long weekend next weekend
How many vacation days do you get a year? 21
What's the best vacation you've ever taken? London, England in the summer of 2004
Are you a beach vacation person? I adore the beach!
Have you ever taken a Disney vacation? No
How long will it be until your next vacation? 7 days
What is your dream vacation? Tough question as there are so many things I want to do
Are you a light packer, or a pack rat? I always take too much!
Do you have a passport? Yes
Do you like to fly? Yes
Have you ever taken a train trip? Gord and I go to Stratford twice a summer to see a play. We take the train (two hours each way) down and back in the same day.
What's the most expensive trip you've ever taken? Veradero, Cuba, for New Years 2002

julia said...

I've taken three 27-hour train trips between Toronto and Halifax, in coach. I love it. You can really experience the country because you're cutting through backyards and towns, unlike the relative monotony of highway driving. One Christmas trip, I was very touched by all the Christmas light displays set up specifically for the train riders out in fields in Quebec, because the train rolls through that province overnight.

she said...

1. Where are you going on your next vacation? No idea, but I'd love to return to Singapore (with the hubby in tow
2. How many vacation days do you get a year? When I was working, I had 25. At the moment, every day is a vacation day and it's driving me crazy
3. What's the best vacation you've ever taken? Driving through the rocky mountains with my parents, the hubby and the dogs. It's the only non-work or non-family event (ie: Wedding) related travel we've done together in the past decade and it was the last time we were all able to vacation together prior to my dad's death.
4. Are you a beach vacation person? Nope. I'd rather be someplace cooler - like the mountains.
5. Have you ever taken a Disney vacation? Does Euro Disney (pre reinvention as Disneyland Paris) count?
6. How long will it be until your next vacation? No idea
7. What is your dream vacation? To return to India with my hubby
8. Are you a light packer, or a pack rat? I'm a really light packer when I leave home, but by the time I get back, I've got bags weighing a tonne. Gotta bring gifts back for everyone and their dog *sigh*
9. Do you have a passport? I'm on passport #4 since I was a teen. Our passports are only valid for 5 years and when you're travelling internationally, you need to have 6 months validity past your intended date of return for some visitor's visas. I've had to get new passports a few months before the old ones have expired for that reason before.
10. Do you like to fly? I LOVE to fly. There's a reason I'm a Gold Worldperks member a few years in a row ;)
11. Have you ever taken a train trip? When I was in university (before Via Rail started most of their cut backs) I used to take the train from Fred'ton Junction to Montreal, switch to Amtrak and take the train down into Baltimore or DC to visit friends in Annapolis a few times a year.
12. What's the most expensive trip you've ever taken? One I had to pay for? - I visited the UK over Christmas in 2004. Of course, the cost of that trip was nothing compared to the cost of my trips to India or the Philippines when I was traveling for work.
13. What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done on vacation? Climbed to the top of Whistler's mountain. Huge feat for someone terrified of heights.

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