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Friday Five: Vacation

It’s vacation season and I’m on mine. It’s been a nice week of being … well, not disconnected, but at least less connected. So for this week’s fun thread, list your five favorite vacation spots. As always, the rules are fairly broad. It can be a place you’ve been to or a place you would like to go. It can be five affordable vacations or five not-so-affordable. It can be five “you must see this before you die” or five “boy, this is relaxing”. And, as you’ll see below, just sitting around the house counts.

My five?

Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons: I went to a wedding in Bozeman and spent a day just driving around the two parks. They are everything that are hyped up to be. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see some idiot get mauled by the wildlife.

The Canary Islands: File under “if money were no object”. My way was paid by a conference.

The Great Barrier Reef: The first time we went to visit my wife’s family, we took a detour up to Cairns. It was off-season, so it was much more affordable. We only spent one day on the actual reef. The rest we spent driving around and hanging out on the beach.

St. Thomas: My wife and I went on a cruise for our honeymoon. St. Thomas was our favorite place (although St. Martin is a very close second). It was relaxed and beautiful and we got to snorkel with turtles. Sal 11000 Beta was born nine months later.

Staycation: Last year, I had a lot of unused vacation time and no money to go anywhere. My wife was between jobs and my funding was uncertain. So I just took a week to stay at home. I really enjoyed it. There was no pressure to do tourist stuff. I read a lot, wrote a lot, finished a bunch of home projects and splashed in the pool with Sal 11000 Beta. The staycation is massively underrated.

The place I’m currently stating — the Outer Banks of North Carolina — just missed the cut. It’s affordable and fun and we come here almost every year. But the five above would be my favorite places.