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15 Random Vacation Thoughts

July 1, 2011 · 113 comments

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Well, by the time you read this, we will be on our way home from our vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I thought I would share some random thoughts about our trip…

1. Myrtle Beach is a lot of fun. I was a little nervous that it would be a little boring since we are not golfers. However, I think just about anyone can have a good time in Myrtle Beach.

2. South Carolina is incredibly humid. Next time I visit, I will make sure my hair has been recently cut. I am sure I have scared many people with my frizzy and unruly hair that has gotten too long.

3. Jellyfish are plentiful along the shores of Myrtle Beach. Three of us got stung during our trip, but it was really no big deal. Felt similar to a bee sting, just a little scarier when pain is caused by a floating pink blob.

4. Many people on vacation are either illiterate, or just choose to disregard signs posted everywhere that say “No Smoking” (among other things).

5. I am so glad I chose a hotel with laundry facilities. I was shocked that the washers and dryers were always available given how large the hotel was. Am I the only one that likes to wash clothes that have been lying in sand? I do despise sand, so maybe it is just a personal thing…

6. Don’t ask for late checkout on the Friday of a summer holiday weekend. When I called the front desk on Thursday asking for late checkout for Friday, the desk clerk literally laughed in my face. I figured the chances were slim, but I thought I would be able to get past the word “late” in my question before the chuckling began. Needless to say, no late checkout for us.

7. Vacation is never long enough.

8. Once we leave, I can never get home soon enough.

9. I am so glad I brought my flat as a board pillow. Hotel pillows are always too thick, and I have such a hard time sleeping in hotel rooms. Especially when housekeeping starts vacuuming the hallway at 8:30 in the morning.

10. I can never have enough towels. We each took a couple showers a day because of all the swimming. So, whenever I saw the housekeeping cart unatteneded in the hallway, I helped myself to a few extra towels, just in case.

11. Never underestimate the importance of keeping fruit and yogurt on hand in the hotel room. It is very easy to eat a lot of snack foods when on vacation. After awhile though, the body can start to not feel so good after a steady diet of Cheez Its. Yogurt and bananas saved us all this past week.

12. Salt water can really burn your throat.

13. It can be hard to keep up with teenagers when you are 43 years old.

14. Always pack dental floss.

15. Having multiple rooms in your hotel ‘room’ makes traveling so much more pleasant. For example, my husband had to make a few work calls early a couple of mornings, and he was able to just go in the living room section and talk away without waking us up. Plus, cramming all five of us into a tiny hotel room is awful for more than a night or two.

I hope everyone had a great week, and has a wonderful Fourth of July weekend. What are your holiday weekend plans?

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Niki July 1, 2011 at 8:03 am

I love being able to wash our clothes on vacation. Less to do when you get home. I don’t like sand either.

Hope you have a great weekend too.

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Kris July 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Sand is the worst. Have a fantastic holiday weekend!!

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Nicole July 1, 2011 at 8:26 am

I am SO going to sleep. And I’m going to go to Barnes and Noble to get the newest Gail Carringer, Heartless. That is assuming I survive the three big work deadlines I have today.

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Kris July 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Don’t you just love Barnes and Noble!

Enjoy your break when it arrives!

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Little House July 1, 2011 at 9:13 am

I completely agree with point 7 and 8. My husband and I love going on “vacation” even if that means camping, but it’s never long enough but as soon as we start heading home, we can’t wait to get home. It’s quite the conundrum. 😉 Have a safe trip home!

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Kris July 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I like camping too, although I am a little skittish since I picked up Lyme Disease a couple years ago. Now I am a little nervous about ticks.

I wanted to pull over on the way home and go white water rafting in West Virginia, but I got voted down. In the end, I think I am glad we came straight home. Although I would be on a fun river right now instead of typing on my computer!

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Krantcents July 1, 2011 at 11:11 am

I always wonder when vacation time is enough! You could takes months and it would not be enough. I always enjoyed family vacations at the beach. It is so rejuvenating!

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Kris July 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm

KC, you are right, it is so rejuvenating. Got a great night’s sleep when I got home, and I just feel so great!

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MoneyCone July 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm

You cannot hate the sand Kris! I moved from a ‘sandy’ state to a state with no beaches! I’ll take sand any day!

And yes, vacations are never long enough. Maybe because we live in a ‘low-vacation-days’ country? I need to ask my European friends!

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Kris July 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm

MC, I do hate the sand. The feel and sound of sand (when people sweep it) just bothers me. One of my quirks I guess. However, I love the beach. Actually, the ideal beach for me would be grass leading up to the ocean. Still haven’t found that combination though.

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Money Reasons July 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip!

We’re going to barbecue at my wife’s parent’s house, then the next day we’re going waverunning (and maybe boating with friends) with my dad, then the typical fireworks (for the kids, I’m so over fireworks…)

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Kris July 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

MR- I get what you mean about fireworks. I do like them, but reserving a spot and then the traffic afterwards gets tiresome for sure.

Enjoy your weekend!

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101 Centavos July 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Vacations are nice, and so is coming home. And, very true about packing healthy snacks. Cheetos and Doritos will lead to slow death by Red #5.

For the 4th, I’m plotting a BBQ at my in-laws’ house. Perhaps brats and EZ grill bread. Fireworks over lake St Louis. Very nice.

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Kris July 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I am so happy to be home!! Loved my vacation, but I also loved sleeping in my nice bed.

I don’t know what I will do for the fourth yet, but your plan sounds nice. Didn’t you provide that bread recipe on your site?

The fireworks in Detroit are always the week before. Yet again, people got shot this year…

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101 Centavos July 3, 2011 at 8:36 am

Same one, but done in the grill. Although having now tried my BIL’s propane grill last night, I’m not sure how it’s going to turn out. That was my first time cooking with a gas grill, and it took a little adjustment.

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Kara July 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm

“10. I can never have enough towels. We each took a couple showers a day because of all the swimming. So, whenever I saw the housekeeping cart unatteneded in the hallway, I helped myself to a few extra towels, just in case. ”

Please please please don’t do this. Call the front desk or housekeeping and ask for extra towels to be delivered to your room. Housekeepers are sent out to clean rooms with the exact number of towels they need plus *maybe* one or two extra. When you just take them randomly from some maid’s cart in the hallway, it means that they’re going to get near the end of their assigned rooms and run out of towels. This causes problems because the housekeeping staff is usually timed on their room completion – especially in hotels where there’s high daily turnover of rooms. Now they have to go back and get more towels to finish their rooms and it can seriously screw with their timing.

Also, hotels keep very strict counts of linens so they can track loss. When you take towels randomly, it means that cart count comes back wrong and some hotels can and do penalize the maids if they repeatedly have missing items.

I don’t mean to be strident about this, but I put myself through college working in hotels and it was stuff like this that could really totally ruin my shift and get me in trouble.

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Kara July 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Also, really do you need fresh towels for each shower? If you’re just rinsing off sand and seawater, can’t you just use the towel you hung to dry that morning?

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Kris July 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Kara, I appreciate you providing perspective from a former hotel employee view. The problem we had this trip is that housekeeping kept just leaving us 2 towels, and there are 5 of us.

Regarding needing a clean towel after every shower, yes I absolutely do. Our room was so humid that the last thing I wanted to do was ‘dry off’ with a used, damp towel. (Nothing ever totally dried out.) Considering all the sunscreen, sand and saltwater, a ‘rinsing off’ just wouldn’t do!

Thanks for sharing

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Financial Samurai July 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Find a job you enjoy, and you will wipe away the sadness of vacation ending with the anticipation of getting back into the flow!

Dental floss is a LIFE SAVER! I keep one in each bag I own haha.

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Kris July 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Ah, but work has nothing to do with loving vacation! For me, it is about having time with the whole family without all the usual distractions and eating whatever the heck I want! 🙂

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Lindy Mint July 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm

We’ll be going on our summer trip in a few weeks. That’s a good idea to have fruit on hand. I get so tired of eating icky foods while traveling.
I am also a hater of sand, and I’ve never spent extensive time at the beach with my kids, so this trip should be interesting sand-wise.

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Kris July 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I love to swim, but having sandy feet truly disturbs me. It is a difficult situation! 🙂

Have a great trip!!!

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Loved your post! All 15 were funny AND true!

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