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Three last trip tips

Rocking chair and beach towel

Perfect vacation tip #12: Stay just long enough, but not too long

Some vacations leave you feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation, but this trip instead recharged our batteries.  Why?  We were only gone for four nights, which was just long enough to really get into the zone and then be happy to see home again.  (If you're less of a homebody, you might be able to stay longer.)

Road trip

Perfect vacation tip #13: Don't drive too far

Even though Mark does all the driving (because I hate it), hours in the car can be a drag after a while.  Seven hours seems close to the maximum amount we'd want to go, since much further would tempt us to stop for the night and would make the vacation too long for homebodies.

Swimming in the

Perfect vacation tip #14: Don't go too often

On the beachBefore this trip, I hadn't been in the ocean for about ten or twelve years.  When I walked out into the waves, I laughed out loud from delight and suddenly I was the person I'd been a decade or more ago.  I don't think I would have had such an extremely good time if I'd been to the beach last month or even last year, so even though Mark, Mom, and I all rated this trip a 10 out of 10, we probably won't go back to Pawleys Island right away.

Thanks for looking at all my gratuitous vacation photos!  Before I return you to your regularly scheduled homesteading posts, do you want to add any tips you have about creating the best possible vacation?

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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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I always adopt a musical "theme" for our vacations...playing little else whenever we listen to music on vacation...thus meshing together memories with the soundtracks.... our trip to Sanibel, Florida can be brought back easily when I replay a Danny Morgan song like "running on the beach"....
Comment by Anonymous Sun Oct 27 13:22:05 2013
If you are eating in restaurants, instead of cooking, food is less expensive earlier in the day. Lots of hotels have free breakfast. A big late lunch costs less than dinner menu prices. Then we can just have a snack for supper.
Comment by Jennifer Mon Oct 28 09:29:02 2013

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