Speaking of traveling

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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 8:04am

1). Two weeks, $5,000 dollars.  You have to spend it at least 500 miles from your usual home, and you can't keep any when it's done.  Where are you, who are you with, and what are you doing?

2). How many of the fifty states have you visited?  Airport transfers do not count, nor do drive throughs unless you stopped for at least an hour and saw some stuff.

3). Most memorable trip, either good or bad

4). Any trips planned for the rest of 2013?

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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 9:08am

1). Two weeks, $5,000 dollars.  You have to spend it at least 500 miles from your usual home, and you can't keep any when it's done.  Where are you, who are you with, and what are you doing?

Touring the Republic of Ireland, with my daughter, before she goes to college.

2). How many of the fifty states have you visited?  Airport transfers do not count, nor do drive throughs unless you stopped for at least an hour and saw some stuff.

49, never been to Alaska, though I don't remember much of Mississipi or Idaho.

3). Most memorable trip, either good or bad

Round the world business trip, Sydney. Singapore, Beijing, Bangalore, Warsaw, Vienna, London.

4). Any trips planned for the rest of 2013?

No

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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 9:19am

Two weeks, $5,000 dollars.  You have to spend it at least 500 miles from your usual home, and you can't keep any when it's done.  Where are you, who are you with, and what are you doing? I"d love to think that would get me and my wife to Australia but I have a hunch we might need more than $5K for that but since this is hypotehtical lets say it does -- so we are in Australia visiting my awesome friend Rachel in Melbourne for one week and my friend Carina in Perth for another and exploring absolutely every thing we can... the outback, barrier reef, Sydney and the opera house, the whole 9 yards. I have always always wanted to go to the land Down Under and having friends there makes it even sweeter (although as Rachel says "It's gorgeous but pretty much the entire continent is out to KILL YOU").   If that $5k won't take us to Oz then I would spend it doing the British Isles - finding my father's family in Ireland,  doing London, Stratford, the whole shebang

2). How many of the fifty states have you visited?  Airport transfers do not count, nor do drive throughs unless you stopped for at least an hour and saw some stuff. Ok Let me think, all New England States obviously (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT) ,  All Mid-atlantic states (NY, NJ PA, Delaware MAryland)  Of the southern states really only Virginia, West Virginia and Florida,  Of the 'west"  Texas, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, California,  Oregon and Washington State.    My big gaps obviously are in the middle of the country. 

3). Most memorable trip, either good or bad My brother's wedding in El Paso texas when I was 16-- it seemed so exotic to go "over the border" to Juarez... and my sister in laws mom was an actress and she took me to this amazing outdoor production called "Viva El Paso" that was just stunning.   It was such a joyous time of celebration

4). Any trips planned for the rest of 2013? Taking the girl and her bestie with us to Hilton Head for a week and plan to do side trips to Savannah and Charlston and Beaufort (so I can check of South Carolina and Georgia on this trip!).  That will probably be it other than weekend getaways for the rest of the calendar year

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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 9:35am

1). Two weeks, $5,000 dollars.  You have to spend it at least 500 miles from your usual home, and you can't keep any when it's done.  Where are you, who are you with, and what are you doing?

I'm wth DH and the kids and we are in the southwest US-- AZ and NM.  I've never seen the Grand Canyon, so we'd do that.  I'd like to see Santa Fe, NM and Sedona AZ as well.  

2). How many of the fifty states have you visited?  Airport transfers do not count, nor do drive throughs unless you stopped for at least an hour and saw some stuff.

West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Texas, California, Florida, Maine, New York, Ohio, Colorado, & Washington DC.  

3). Most memorable trip, either good or bad  

Probably the family trip we took when I was 12.  We drove to Montana, stopping at a bunch of places along the way and headed up through Canada to see some things there as well.  My trips to Germany were also amazing, but they were for much longer amounts of time, and the trips I took while there were also great. And Chile was also a lot of fun.

4). Any trips planned for the rest of 2013?  

I may go to DC this summer to see some friends, and I may have a conference to attend at some point this fall.  But, we don't have any family trips planned.

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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 9:45am

That's a tough question as I don't spend too much time dreaming up vacations.  But I guess I would pick somewhere out west, Yosemite, Rocky Mountains.. I would like to go as far as California once, We'd go as a family and we'd go as north as the Napa Valley and as south as Los Angeles.   That $5,000.00 would get eaten up in flight fare alone for the five of us, How much additional do you plan to lend for fun? 

I have not been as far west as Arizona.  I've lived in and traveled a lot of the midwest, I've visited and lived in a lot of the southwest, The mid-atlantic and new england too but only lived in one state there. 

West Point stands out as pretty memorable as a kid and I remember those beautiful views.  There was always a purpose behind vacations as a kid and that was a class reunion for my dad.  Disney was actually a very memorable vacation too, We took that trip in 2009 and decided to not stay on site despite the many suggestions and advice from friends.  It was so worth it, We spent one day at Disney and the rest of the time touring Orlando then driving 40 miles away to the ocean.  We went there without expectations and without one plan and that resulted in a lot of memorable fun! 

With the exception of a planned water park, No. 

 


 


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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 9:52am

My brother got married in his wife's hometown of San-Antonio and my cousin got married in his wife's hometown - some city in Georgia when I was a kid.  I forgot about those trips, They were pretty fun weekends. 

 


 


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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 9:54am

1). Two weeks, $5,000 dollars.  You have to spend it at least 500 miles from your usual home, and you can't keep any when it's done.  Where are you, who are you with, and what are you doing?

My husband and I have always wanted to go to New Orleans. I don't know if $5k is enough to hook up Mardi Gras, but if so, put us down for that. What are we doing? Why, we're visiting blues bars and going on vampire and ghost tours, that's what! Also, eating.

2). How many of the fifty states have you visited?  Airport transfers do not count, nor do drive throughs unless you stopped for at least an hour and saw some stuff.

Not many.

California (visited family in SoCal), Nevada (if Vegas counts), Florida (Disney), New Jersey (my parents took me to Atlantic City on my 21st birthday), Tennessee (Nashville for a weekend, eastern TN lots of times to see the stepkids), Kentucky (my mom wanted camp on the side of a mountain), Ohio (Cedar Point, about a dozen times), Illinois (spent a day at the Gurnee Mills mall), Indiana (family there), Virgina (family there), Maryland (work travel), Indiana (Shipshewana). I have photos of myself in a Quaker bonnet at age six, somewhere near Lancaster, but I don't remember enough of Pennsylvania to claim it. I should probably get half-credit for going to the upper peninsula of Michigan on purpose and another half for Washington DC (twice.)

3). Most memorable trip, either good or bad

High school senior trip to Germany and Austria. A friend and I got lost in Munich and went on a fabulous adventure through the city trying to find our way back. Talked to a lot of strangers that day. Ate a banana split consisting of vanilla ice cream smothered in chocolate and pineapple-flavored schnapps. 

4). Any trips planned for the rest of 2013?

Just local ones.

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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 9:56am

1). Two weeks, $5,000 dollars.  You have to spend it at least 500 miles from your usual home, and you can't keep any when it's done.  Where are you, who are you with, and what are you doing? If I don't have to bring DH, I might go around the Baltic or Norway by boat.

2). How many of the fifty states have you visited?  Airport transfers do not count, nor do drive throughs unless you stopped for at least an hour and saw some stuff. Not many: NY, CA, OH, VT. I think that is it, oh and the District of Columbia, which doesn't count.

3). Most memorable trip, either good or bad. Atlas mountains by car in the 70s.

4). Any trips planned for the rest of 2013? Yes, we have NY and Berlin lined up, time permitting. Maybe Moscow as well. We thought we could combine Berlin and Moscow.

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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 9:58am
You should be able to get five people coast to coast round trips for $1500 or so, Jambles! That leaves you $3500 to play with!
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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 10:14am

Utah would be an interesting destination, We had neighbors in Texas that grew up there and their two kids attended BYU, I think they ended up returning there for retirement actually.  Utah seems so peaceful to me. 

 

 

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Sat, 06-29-2013 - 10:21am

Our family of 5 went to Ca in April for a week, tickets were just over 2K. Wish we had the other imaginary 3K for everything else ;-), though we spent a little less than that.

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