"Great, we went on vacation," she replied sounding chipper.
"Vacation? Where did you go?" I had no idea she was planning on going on vacation. I just spoke to her a few days ago.
Annie laughs, the laugh that means she was up to something.
"We went to a local hotel, in the next town over." She laughs again. "My husband and I took the girls to a nice hotel with a pool that had a slide. They didn't know the difference. We didn't sit in any traffic, we had fun, it was fun for the whole family. And since it was so convenient, we didn't have to pay for pet care, John drove home a couple of times a day to walk and feed the dog. I got to go to the spa, John, played a round of golf. I didn't have to make any beds, or cook. Then we came home."
Brilliant, I thought to myself. What a great idea. How often do we stress about how we are going to get a week off, at the same time, to travel? Some of us want to head for the mountains, while others want to go to the beach. The thought of spending hours in the airport with todays security rules makes me cringe.
Perhaps breaking vacation time down to just an overnight stay or long weekends makes more sense. Visiting local places that are easily accessible instead of the far away places we dream about may result in more time to relax and spending less too.
It's summer! Where ever you go, don't forget to pack a good book. If you'll forgive the self promotion, I hope you will check out my women's novel, 'I Know You're There'. It's perfect for a short getaway trip being only 234 pages.
Where will you be vacationing? I hope you have fun!