Planning My Winter Vacation Destination

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The following is a guest post brought to you by Amanda Green.

There are certain things in life that are necessities – food, water, clothing, transportation, and shelter immediately come to mind. Beyond that, there are all those things that we ultimately don’t need but would still like to have. We don’t need a car, a bread maker, or a surround sound stereo. I don’t need a pearl necklace and my husband certainly doesn’t need one of those rings for men. These things are all wants, not needs.

But sometimes, gradually over time, a want turns into a need. I suppose I could bike to work and take the bus to the grocery store, but I really can’t ever see myself pulling that off. In order to get my food and make money so I can buy my other necessities, I need a car. Similarly, after years of escaping the brutal Midwestern winters for a warmer vacation locale, I simply don’t know how I could make it through months of cold, slush, and snow without a one-week respite.

With this in mind, then, it’s that time of year again: vacation planning. Every fall, as Halloween recedes into the horizon and Thanksgiving rapidly approaches, I come home from work every evening, sit down at my computer, and resume my nightly obsession – where to go on vacation this winter?

To determine a location, I started with a long list of options and gradually narrowed it down. My husband proposed a ski trip in Colorado, which I considered but ultimately eliminated. Remember what I said about needing warmth? Then I looked into some more exotic locales: Chile, Mexico, and Spain. Chile and Spain have been on my must-see list for several years now, but I decided that neither one is going to happen this winter. Chile is just too far and would use up too many of our airline miles. Spain, although warmer than a ski trip, still does not provide the kind of climate I seek. March-like weather in Barcelona is not a warm enough antidote to a Midwestern winter. Finally, I ruled out Mexico based on price – all the nice hotels were already overbooked or overpriced for the peak travel season.

So what was my final decision? After a week of back-and-forth, I decided to go somewhere domestic and low-key, yet also warm enough: California. More specifically, we are spending a few days in Los Angeles and then driving up the coast to Carmel. It’s not the hottest or most exotic location, but it should give me the break I need. Until next year.

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  1. I wish I could go on a vacation this winter.

  2. I so want to visit California.

  3. I need a visit anywhere warm at this point!

  4. I think that's a great place to decide on. Have a great time!

  5. California's great! I'd avoid Mexico right now especially with all of the drug wars going on - so scary!

  6. I would love to go to Disneyland :) That would be fun :)

  7. I travelled to Florida for a week in January. It was amazing! The weather was so mild and lovely. Definitely wasn't fun going back to chilly Kansas!

  8. Oh I would love love love to go on a winter vaction especially since this is lay off season for hubby the furthest we get is Wisconsin Dells

  9. Jealous! I need a vacation & Cali sounds perfect!



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