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Pawleys Island

Perfect vacation tip #7: Go outside your past experiences and be wowed Coquinaby the ordinary

I think we all have a tendency to want to recreate past joys, so many of us go to the same vacation spot over and over again.  But I've found that my second time with the same vacation often doesn't hold a candle to the first.  That's why I was so glad Mark recommended we go to Pawleys Island instead of my family's traditional beach haunt of Ocracoke.

Field of cotton

Mom and I got excited before we even approached the ocean.  She had never been this far south in her life, and I'd only seen a field of cotton once before.  "Look at the cotton!" Mom and I exclaimed as we whizzed down the highway.
Roadside wildflowers
And while my favorite event of our first vacation day was the instant we got to our rental house and I walked out on the porch and saw the ocean for the first time in years, Mom's fondest memory was stopping at a gas station and walking over to a weedy margin to look at wildflowers.

Sand dunes


Which isn't to say there wasn't plenty of extraordinary on our vacation too.  But if you get a kick out of the common, everything else is icing on the cake.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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