Vacation Closer to Home

So often in this travel game, we are looking to book exotic vacations.  Collecting miles has been so easy the past few years, which has made it more affordable to take those kinds of vacations.  However, we shouldn’t forget about vacations we could take closer to home.  Maybe it’s just for a quick weekend getaway.  Most of us live within driving distance from locations that people all over the world use their hard earned vacation time and money to travel to.

As I’ve mentioned before, I grew up outside of Buffalo, NY.  We lived about 30 – 45 minutes from Niagara Falls.  This is a dream destination for people all over the world.  However, I don’t think that I visited it until I was in college.  If I did visit before then, it was once or maybe twice when I was a kid. 

I was talking with my sister a few weeks ago about this concept.  She lives in North Carolina and was spending Thanksgiving at the Outer Banks.  We talked about how many people don’t think about the wonderful places near them when planning a vacation.  I can say that I’m certainly guilty of that.  I’ve lived in Connecticut for over 10 years and have yet to visit Cape Cod. 

Now I will say that I have been focused on visiting places that take a long time to travel to.  My mom has told us that as we get older, we won’t want to travel as far.  While I’ve heard of people in their 90s still traveling to Europe, I figure it can’t hurt to get some long distance travel done when we’re younger.  Still that is no excuse not to have visited Cape Cod.

Think of all the great places to visit in the US – Cape Cod, NYC, Revolutionary War and Civil War Battlefields, Washington, DC, the Outer Banks, so many southern cities, the Great Smoky Mountains, the Florida Keys, Wisconsin Dells, Chicago, the Lake Erie Islands, Niagara Falls, Las Vegas, LA, California wine country, the Gulf Coast, New Orleans, Nashville, Austin, the Alamo, the Grand Canyon, the Rockies, all the National Parks, Disney World/Disneyland, the Pacific Northwest and so many more.

Think of places you might not have thought of visiting before.  My husband lived in central Mississippi for a year and a half.  I don’t think I would have thought of putting Mississippi on my travel list, but I will tell you that we had an amazing time when he lived there.  The people are incredibly nice.  One of the guys at the mill he worked at decided that my husbad looked like one of his nephews and treated us as such.  Every time I came to visit, they would have us over for supper (lunch in Northern terms) as we headed back to the airport.  Glenda’s cooking was unbelieveable!

We also traveled around the state.  We stayed at a bed and breakfast that were former plantation in Nachez, MS.  We visited the Gulf Coast at Biloxi and also went to New Orleans for a weekend.  One of my favorite memories from Mississippi was a party we were invited to in the countryside.  The person throwing the party had a chef come up from New Orleans to cook the crawfish for a crawfish boil.  The “tables” were a piece of plywood held up by 2 garbage cans.  There were holes cut out over the garbage cans.  They cooked the crawfish in an outside building.  They then put it into a cooler to carry it over to the tables.  They dumped it out on the table and everyone stood around the table eating the crawfish and throwin the shells into the holes.  It was one of the best meals I’ve ever had.

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One Response to Vacation Closer to Home

  1. InACents says:

    I couldn’t agree more! There are so many wonderful places within driving distance that we sometimes take for granted.

    We knocked Cape Cod off our to-do list last year, and had a wonderful time there! The food was all amazing and fresh! Hopefully you can fit in some time to swing down there in the future.

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