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Perfect vacation tip #9: Buy souvenirs for somebody else

This tip really speaks for itself.  I've always found it's much more fun to pick one or two gift recipients and buy for them instead of for yourself.  Of course, if you happen to get a book, you can read it before gifting it....

Fish counter
Perfect vacation tip #10: Splurge a little

One of Mark's fondest memories of Pawleys Island was going to an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet.  The prices have risen considerably since then, though, and even eating out at the cheapest of the non-fried seafood restaurants felt like something we didn't want to do more than once.  However, buying fish from the upscale Fresh Market was a great compromise, since most selections came prepared to the point that even a seafood know-nothing like me could cook them easily.  And dinners on our porch overlooking the ocean were vastly preferable to a restaurant meal for us three introverts.  Given the ambiance, a little splurge felt like decadence!

Beach breakfast

Perfect vacation tip #11: Bring vegetables from home

"Now I understand why Mark won't eat vegetables away from your house," Mom said as she bit into a homegrown tomato.  "And these sugar snap peas might as well be fruit, they're so sweet!"

I packed the car up with summer squash, peas, tomatoes, apples, and green beans from home, not so much to save money, as to ensure we had delicious, nutritious meals on the road.  After you start growing your own, even the vegetables at fancy restaurants seem subpar, and vacation is all about excellence!

Dive into Weekend Homesteader this month with season extension in the garden and vegetables you can store on a kitchen shelf.

This post is part of our Gratuitous Vacation Photos lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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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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