I love vacation. As I get older, I appreciate vacation more and more. Maybe it is because my kids are getting older and we are able to do more things. Also, I know that my kids won’t be going on vacation with me forever so I put a higher priority on the vacations we do have. (Of course, my kids will always be welcome to go on vacation with my husband and I, but not so sure my kids’ future spouses will be excited to spend their downtime with their mother-in-law.)
So now I find myself pondering where to go on vacation this summer. I have decided that we will be driving, not flying, so that limits our possibilities somewhat. I am currently contemplating somewhere in South Carolina, as none of us have been there before, and then a side trip to the Smoky Mountains.
When I think of the Smoky Mountains, I think of the first vacation my husband and I took after we were married. We both had jobs, but we still had very little money. We had debt from our wedding, debt from my student loans, car payments, etc. Therefore, we knew we had to be cheap. So we bought a tent and went camping in Mammoth Cave Kentucky and then the Smokies in Tennessee. We got quite a few comments from my husband’s side of the family about how we wouldn’t like camping and such. We then had to hear all their camping horror stories and I believe we were told we would never do it again. Well that trip turned out to be one of our very favorites of all time, and we have been married almost 19 years now. As an added bonus, the entire week cost less than 300 dollars.
What made the trip so good? Well, we went to places we had never been before. (By the way, the Smoky Mountains are named that way for a reason. We took a hike to the highest point in the Smokies to see the sunset, only to be greeted with fog/mist, whatever it was and could not see a thing. It wasn’t smoky, but the air was thick as smoke.) We learned how to cook outside, which was fun too. But one reason I think it was so enjoyable is that we were outside, without a strict schedule or any form of electronics. It was just us on our own, going wherever we wanted. There wasn’t a laptop to check emails or cell phones to look at the latest news. Actually, I think we did have a cell phone that was in a giant bag that could be plugged into the cigarette lighter in the car. Minutes were so expensive that we didn’t even think of making phone calls unless it was absolutely necessary. However, that vacation was a real vacation. We got away from our everyday lives and experienced a totally different life, and it was wonderful.
This year, I think I may just leave the laptop at home. People survived for thousands of years without the ability to constantly connect with everyone and everything. I think I have gotten so used to information always being available that I have become too dependent on it. But I don’t think I need to know of all the troubles in the world while on vacation. I think I will just bring a stack of books instead.
So, what was your favorite vacation? Feel free to leave a comment and share!