We need some fun in our lives...

By imsuzie2 Latest Reply 2010-02-21 01:33:45 -0600
Started 2010-02-17 05:12:43 -0600

Things are rough for most of us. Let's have fun and plan our vacations…We have 3 weeks. We can go where we want and money (in DC land) is no object…so plan your ideal vacation…I thought a road trip to visit my friends here on DC Connect would be fun. If someone came to visit you, what would suggest they do in and around your city…

80 replies

evbaker 2010-02-20 06:17:39 -0600 Report

My dream vacation is to visit Alaska. I have wanted to take an Alaskan cruise for so long now. I have been saving for it for about a year now and maybe next year I'll get to do it.

As for what we would do if you came to visit me? Our city was listed at #15 on Forbes list of most miserable cities so I would suggest we go visit someone else lol.

imsuzie2 2010-02-20 06:38:20 -0600 Report

LOL, Ev, where do you live?

We did a cruise from Vancouver to Seward. We saw more animal life in a 3 hr cruise of the bay or whatever in Seward than the cruise. The big thing on the cruise were the glaciers. You might want to look into flying into the cities and doing the ferry to the glaciers (smaller ships, still a cruise atmosphere) and one like we did in Seward…then we took the railroad with the glass dome windows that takes about 3 hrs to Anchorage. For us, the cruise was too much "water" time with not much to see. The Alaska tourism board has great info on all this stuff…takes a few weeks to get from requesting online. Start to plan what you want to do before it is time to actually pay for it.

evbaker 2010-02-20 06:41:50 -0600 Report

Suz I'm in Toledo, OH. And what you described for Alaska sounds more like what I want to do. Guess I'm going to have to request some info.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-20 21:35:13 -0600 Report

I've always wanted to go to Alaska too. When all my friends would say they wanted to go to Hawaii, I was singled out in wanting to go to Alaska. I live in the south, but I have northern blood and if it really stays cool there all year round :) I'm good to go!

Sweet Mo
Sweet Mo 2010-02-18 18:55:22 -0600 Report

"They say your Heart never Leaves, Once you've been Down to Belize!"

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2010-02-18 19:53:34 -0600 Report

My wife and I have talked about a Carasbien Cruse. I would like to take to Old San JUAN Puerto Rico. She said she would enjoy going to Puerto Rico to see where my parents were from. Dan

mythiclover62 2010-02-18 12:31:39 -0600 Report

My great escape would be to the mountains. I want to stay in a cabin on a stream or lake. Nothing but nature and my family. I want to be able to hike through the woods, fish, swim, ski, and take pictures. At night, sit around a campfire and gaze off at the stars and listen to the natural music of nature. This is how I plan on spending my retirement years, also.
Now, for around my city, what to do and see. There is a lot close by. I live just west of Chicago and I love all the museums, blues, jazz, and comedy clubs. The lakefront is great for walking and sightseeing. Now that the Sears tower has the decks with glass floors, I want to take my kids there for a really unique view of the world around. I would also take a visitor to visit the different ethnic communities for some fantastic cultural experiences, especially food. Who can forget Chicago style PIZZA!?

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-18 21:18:39 -0600 Report

The mountains, a cabin, a lake and a stream, hiking…that sounds nice. I love the camping seen, with or without a tent.

rankearl 2010-02-18 21:23:40 -0600 Report

hi all how did i forget about campfires the are magical hugs julie

imsuzie2 2010-02-20 03:20:46 -0600 Report

Before our trip to China, I actually went to a no-longer discount store and bought a "portable toilet seat" that sat on prongs. I wanted to be prepared for China. Mike and the family ROFL so badly, I ended up returning it. I only was in 1 bathroom with "feet on the floor", and I was surprised at how clean it was. Still didn't make it any easier to use, but I was much younger then and didn't have bad knees. :)

cc9 2010-02-20 03:51:07 -0600 Report

oh oh i can remember some of the toilets in Indonesia.:( i was terrified the kids would lose their footing and slip into them. they were slimy!!!! yuck.

imsuzie2 2010-02-20 05:57:58 -0600 Report

Ok, you have had Indonesian food. Mike introduced me to it when I was pregnant with David. At the time, we had a restaurant in Westwood, near UCLA. After it closed, we found 2 in the San Fernando Valley, north of LA that we went to until they closed. After moving to Vegas, we really missed it. We heard of a restaurant opening up here, and went to it 4 or 5 times, but it is closed now too. I love a good Rijstaffel! Sigh

cc9 2010-02-20 20:05:54 -0600 Report

oh well i can cook indonesian food. but my cultural food is much nicer and only available home cooked. pity about the restaurants.

imsuzie2 2010-02-19 17:26:12 -0600 Report

And, you are not too far away from the baseball field from the movie "Field of Dreams" in Iowa, right? I would love to go there, and to see Mt Rushmore in SD.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-02-20 06:03:44 -0600 Report

Mt. Rushmore is great - so is the Crazy Horse figure they're sculpting out of a nearby mountain. (One family at it for like 50 years. Incredible.) All surrounded by the Black Hills - some of the most beautiful forests! Sacred to native Americans - and I can see why.

imsuzie2 2010-02-20 06:32:16 -0600 Report

I'd get to visit the area sooner if there was a baseball park there. Mike will go to a baseball park. We have been to 26 major league parks and 1 minor league in our 39 1/2 yrs together.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-02-20 06:43:13 -0600 Report

Well, then, you've gotta come to Kansas City - our baseball stadium has just been renovated and it's beautiful. Tell Mike he HAS to come see it.

Unfortunately, our team sucks big-time.

imsuzie2 2010-02-20 06:50:00 -0600 Report

We did both KC and St Louis on the same trip…like a "World Series". We might have a chance to get back…

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-02-18 05:10:14 -0600 Report

Now when I win the lottery (we're in different states, Renee, so you win in NC and I'll win in MO - OK?) I'd travel all over the place - but my first stops would be in Australia and New Zealand.

My husband and I have made rest and relaxation our priorities when vacationing the last few years. We especially like Hot Springs and Eureka Springs - both in Arkansas, and both in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. Both towns offer bath houses so we'll schedule plenty of baths and massages, rest, and enjoy the mountains.

We always have big plans for traveling, but when it comes time to really decide where we're going, R & R has been the priority of late.

dietcherry 2010-02-18 05:44:33 -0600 Report

Deal, Pam! Let me know when you'll be near the coast and I'll take you out on the yacht! Renee :)

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-02-18 06:01:17 -0600 Report

How many carbs in Dramamine? :) I wanna be prepared.

imsuzie2 2010-02-18 06:16:56 -0600 Report

The Transderm Scopolamine patch is better, stays on for 3 days…I just love them. Use them for flights too. If you use them, DON'T touch the patch and then your eyes, or it will dilute the iris like in an eye exam! Been there, done that on a cruise, and the doc on the ship put me in anaphlactic (sp) shock! 3 days into the cruise and 7 more to go with NO sea sickness meds. According to fellow passengers, I was to eat sugar (pre diabetic) or keep food in my stomach at all times. Not as much fun as you would think!!! :)

Roy531 2010-02-18 06:41:33 -0600 Report

My parents are both from Arkansas, still have some property from the homestead at Magazine AR. They have a lookout for the rangers on top of the mountain and it is beautiful. property has been in my Dad's family for over 100 years, even had a road named after their family name.

rankearl 2010-02-17 12:48:37 -0600 Report

all of us on a cruise would be great!! i went on a cruise to the bahamas once they had a all you can eat buffet by the pool that helped my eat every two hours schedule!! being on the boat they had everything it was like a little world all its own i love the sun and water i sure could do that again!! i am from ohio we have alot of covered bridges, indian lake is great if you go back in the channels with all the lilly pads you feel like your in another world ceaser creek lake is also nice there is alittle island where we stop and let the dogs get of the boat and run money is so tight now we will probalby have ti sell the boat this summer but we had alot of good memeories yes but if i had money i would go on another cruise! hugs julie

donna13 2010-02-17 14:18:55 -0600 Report

I am going on a cruise next month, my first one. I sort of wondered if it would be hard to manage my diet. But you sound like you did ok. I'm looking forward to it.

imsuzie2 2010-02-18 03:55:59 -0600 Report

Donna, you'll be fine. You can have the travel agent advise the cruise line that you are diabetic…many many choices at meals, and if you don't like what is on the menu, there are other options like room service, midnite buffets, etc. If you go to the website of the cruise line, you can look at sample menus. I do well on cruises, and even my Jewish orthodox nephew was able to eat fish, salads and fruit. He did not go hungry! What cruise line, length, and where are you going? I may have some tips for you…Caribbean?

donna13 2010-02-18 16:13:19 -0600 Report

We're sailing on Royal Caribbean. 1st stop Belize, then 2 stops in Mexico. No islands. My daughter and her husband go on at least one cruise every year, and take their children with them. They started this because her husband is an OB/gyn and she wanted to get him away from all phones, etc. so he could relax. They're taking 4 of their 6 kids ages 10 - 18. I opted for a cabin by myself, which made it quite expensive, but I figured What the h***. I deserve it. Besides, grandma snores and none of the grandkids want to bunk with me. lol

imsuzie2 2010-02-19 01:00:20 -0600 Report

Then, your daughter told you about the 1 formal nite…one thing my doc told me when he let me go back to Mexico, besides not drinking the water, using ice cubes or eating fresh fruit…even money is extremely dirty, so take hand sanitizer of towelette to wash your hands after touching it, before you touch you mouth! Also, some meds are cheaper in Mexico and sold in the pharmacies. Taking Rx's with you to compare the price might not be a bad idea. Also taking extra meds, batteries…I take bottled water and diet soda as they can be expensive on the ship and are handy for nite or on shore. We rarely buy shore excursions…with so many of you, you can share a cab…you can print out the cruise line's shore excursions (like the menus) and then decide if you guys wanna go there on your own…Was in Belize 20 some years ago, probably more…great scuba and snorkeling. An underwater camera might be an idea…probably Cancun and Cozumel in Mexico.

Royal Carib is a great line. You'll have a blast!!!

donna13 2010-02-19 08:43:15 -0600 Report

My daughter asked me to check to see what excursions I want to see. Her kids and husband are going to do some tubing at one stop. I told her that even as late as 5 yrs. ago I would be right there. But I don't think I want to try it now. She and I will go sight seeing. I feel bad about taking her away from her family, but she assured me she wanted to spend time with me. I have great kids.

imsuzie2 2010-02-20 03:17:29 -0600 Report

That is great, Donna. Have you checked the RCCL web site yet to see them and menus? One we decide to go somewhere, I am all over the internet researching the area, etc, even if we sleep in and go no where! :)

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-17 15:17:54 -0600 Report

I never been on a cruise, but never thought much about it. However my sister is finally getting married this year and wants to either get married at Jekyll Island where we have alot of great memories or on a cruise. So maybe I will be able to see what it's all about.

Blue Angel
Blue Angel 2010-02-17 11:14:19 -0600 Report

It's funny because I just had this conversation with two of my friends. They both were saying that life is to short and they both need to get out of the house more. One is in the house because her man don't like to do anything but fish, play golf& his yard( my dad)so she need to do something else. I don't blame her. Other one just lost a young family member. She too says she need to do more. S that's way I say this was funny.

Roy531 2010-02-17 11:08:05 -0600 Report

If anybody visits Oklahoma we have The Cowboy Hall of Fame and Indian villages, those are my favorites

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-02-18 04:57:04 -0600 Report

LOVE the Cowboy Hall of Fame - a great collection of Western art and the "End of the Trail" statue/sculpture is magnificent. And Tahlequah - the capital of the Cherokee nation - loved that, too.
We drive thru Oklahoma regularly to visit relatives in Dallas - what a beautiful state!

dietcherry 2010-02-17 10:40:24 -0600 Report

WHEN I win the lottery, I am buying a yacht and traveling to all the tropical ports! I am a water sign so there is no way I take vacay anywhere but near (or on) the water!!! I lived on a boat when I was in my early 20's and will never forget the feeling of being rocked to sleep! Renee :)

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-17 15:14:52 -0600 Report

Wow, how long did you live on a boat for??

dietcherry 2010-02-17 19:06:09 -0600 Report

A couple of years-iit was the most carefree time of my life and I can't wait to do it again! (soon, I hope!) Renee :)

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-18 21:17:13 -0600 Report

That's pretty cool Renee! My mom said she wanted a house boat…I have a slight phobia of the ocean, yet I can see how it can be peaceful and relaxing.

cc9 2010-02-19 07:01:28 -0600 Report

there are many house boats on the river at noosa, queensland. and no where near the ocean so pretty safe.

imsuzie2 2010-02-19 17:23:28 -0600 Report

I think there are a number of "River" houseboat rentals in the States…Lake Mead for one…I don't like a lot of boat time…

ptsparkle 2010-02-17 10:16:54 -0600 Report

Actual stories provided by travel agents:
1. I had someone ask for an aisle seat so that their hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window.

2. A client called in inquiring about a package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost information, she asked, "Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii?"

3. I got a call from a woman who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information when she interrupted me with "I'm not trying to make you look stupid, but Cape Town is in Massachusetts." Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, "Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa."

Her response was "click."

4. A man called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that is not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, "Don't lie to me. I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin state."

5. I got a call from a man who asked, "Is it possible to see England from Canada?"

I said, "No."

He said, "But they look so close on the map."

6. Another man called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas. When I pulled up the reservation, I noticed he had a 1-hour lay over in Dallas. When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, "I heard Dallas was a big airport, and I need a car to drive between the gates to save

7. A nice lady just called. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:20am and got into Chicago at 8:33am. I tried to explain that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois, but she could not understand the concept of time zones. Finally I told her the plane went very fast, and she bought that!

8. A woman called and asked, "Do airlines put your physical description
on your bag so they know whose luggage belongs to who?" I said, "No, why do you ask?" She replied, "Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said FAT, and I'm overweight, is there any connection?" After putting her on hold for a minute while "I looked
into it," (I was actually laughing) I came back and explained that the city code for Fresno is FAT, and that the airline was just putting a destination tag on her luggage.

9. I just got off the phone with a man who asked, "How do I know which plane to get on?" I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, "I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these darn planes have numbers on them.

10. "A woman called and said, "I need to fly to Pepsi-cola on one of those computer planes." I asked if she meant to fly to Pensacola on a commuter plane. She said, "Yeah, whatever."

11. A businessman called and had a question about the documents he needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded him he needed a visa. "Oh no I don't, I've been to China many
times and never had to have one of those." I double-checked and sure enough, his stay required a visa. When I told him this he said, Look, I've been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express."

12. A woman called to make reservations. "I want to go from Chicago to Hippopotamus, New York." The agent was at a loss for words. Finally, the agent asked, "Are you sure that's the name of the town?"

"Yes, what flights do you have?" replied the customer.

After some searching, the agent came back with, "I'm sorry, ma'am, I've looked up every airport code in the country and can't find a Hippopotamus anywhere."

The customer retorted,"Oh don't be silly. Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!"

The agent scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, "You don't mean Buffalo, do you?" "That's it! I knew it was a big animal!"

Sue, did any of these ring a bell when you were an agent??…Jim :) :) :)

Harlen 2010-02-17 09:55:52 -0600 Report

Why not rent a ship an take us all on a vacation lol
Best wishes

imsuzie2 2010-02-21 01:21:46 -0600 Report

Cruise ships used to give discounts for groups…1person free for every 16 booked or a free cabin for 32, I think…or was it 1 cabin for every 16 people? Anyway…if we want to do a group cruise, we could take whatever free cabins we get and use the $$ as a discount for everyone. I would be happy to work with a cruise line if we could all decide on when, where and which cruise line…next summer or fall so we could save for it? Lat cruise we were on, Carnival gave a great discount for Vets…and, we can open it up to friends and family. The more we have, the cheaper it will be, and the more extra's the cruise line will give us!

Susie624 2010-02-17 07:23:14 -0600 Report

Two places I have always wanted to visit is Australia and Alaska,so I guess I would head for one of those places.As for anyone visiting this area we have The Great Smokey Mountains National Park,Dollywood,Chattanoga.

cc9 2010-02-17 08:27:53 -0600 Report

well come on down over. the tropics up north from northern western australia, northern territory, north queensland. swim in luke warm clear water . reef life. down south we have temperate climes such as new south wales, victoria and south australia. and tasmania. an island state. lots of strange animals.

donna13 2010-02-17 09:02:00 -0600 Report

I worked for a global corp., and had reps in Aus. One time my boss was having a difficult time getting a visa to go down there for a meeting. I jokingly told one of these reps that since Aus. was founded by convicts, we were amused that the boss had so much trouble. Thank heaven he didn't take offense, just laughed and said it was a badge of honor if you were descended from one of the convicts. He then asked me if US had any penal colonies. I said I thought GA was originally a penal colony.

MAYS 2010-02-17 09:11:34 -0600 Report

You are correct about Georgia originally being a penal colony of the British Empire for the " worthy poor " aka debtors, whether they actually settled it with debtors has always been debated.

donna13 2010-02-17 10:21:17 -0600 Report

In other words, they couldn't send them to the US anymore, That's interesting. If we had stayed part of the British Empire, who knows what the country would be like. Of course we might be like Aus which would be ok.

Roy531 2010-02-17 11:05:56 -0600 Report

Use to have a pen pal in Gympie

cc9 2010-02-20 03:03:50 -0600 Report

gympie…lol thats in queensland. land of the cane toads. what happened to her?

Roy531 2010-02-20 07:05:12 -0600 Report

She quit writing for some reason we had an Austrailian Sheperd we named Gympie, loved that dog.

cc9 2010-02-20 19:59:48 -0600 Report

oh they are such beautiful dogs. and very intelligent. btw gympie is a slang here for someone with a limp.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-17 09:50:55 -0600 Report

I live right outside of Savannah,Ga, Savannah is beautiful and has alot of history so if someone were to come down here I'd take them there and go on all of the cool tours that I've been wanting to go on myself. There's a famous graveyard that during the war, the North switched the headstones around.
But that's not where I'd take my personal vacation..
Since I was a young kid I always wanted to go to Ireland, Scotland and Australia. When I was 8 I chose to do a report on Ireland and another one on Australia and I've been in love since.

dietcherry 2010-02-17 10:34:13 -0600 Report

Danni, I love Georgia! I am just above you in North Carolina so have made my way many times to GA! And Savannah is the icing on the cake! I love my South…period! Renee :)

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2010-02-17 11:00:37 -0600 Report

Renee, looks like a lot of us on here are neighbors…I love my south too…I am in Choo Choo City!!! And have been to Savannah many times…It is a beautiful city and has a lot to offer… I have visited that graveyard, it's really neat!

dietcherry 2010-02-17 11:15:29 -0600 Report

Hey Sue! You just reminded me of the song Chattanooga Choo Choo-loved it as a kid and knew all the words! I have visited Tennessee only once and it was freezing cold so have never gone back! LOL Seriously, I will return someday…in the summer! :)

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-17 15:14:10 -0600 Report

I like the south, but I have alot of northern blood in me, I was born in Syracuse, NY and later moved to Jersey, but half my life has been spent here.
Sue, I have never been to TN, but I heard it is so beautiful. My sister lived there for a few months but I never had the chance to visit her.

imsuzie2 2010-02-18 03:29:34 -0600 Report

I've always wanted to go to Daufuskie Island after seeing the Jon Voight movie "Conrack"…but it would mean taking a boat and I get seasick! Have family in Savannah and have been to Hilton Head several times while visiting the family in Beaufort and Savannah.

imsuzie2 2010-02-18 03:18:14 -0600 Report

Susie, saw a Lookout's game last June. Had a blast. Drove thru town and walked along the River Walk, but had to drive back to Villa Rica, GA and had to leave town after the game. Drove by the Choo Choo, but couldn't stop. This didn't land where it was sposed to!!!

Next Discussion: Missing members... »