So it’s been a week of dreary, grey, rainy, dark and damp weather. I don’t think I’m alone in the January blahness. Like I said on Monday – give me a real winter.
And while I admit it’s been a little torturous to open and save the stream of sunshine pictures from my sister’s vacation this week on Nevis … I kinda really love it. And it makes me want to go back to this perfect Caribbean paradise sometime soon. It’s my Friday favourite because it’s a long time family favourite.
It doesn’t have to be much, even one night away can feel like such a vacation. The change of pace, different mug for your morning coffee, new scenery — it’s all good for the soul.
This week, we got away for a few days to Martha’s Vineyard, including a visit with this great piece of public art. It’s my favourite change of scenery this week.
When you travel with family, you know what you get. It has taken me to places I wouldn’t necessarily have made it on my own. Hiking in Cinque Terre. Riding the gondola in Venice. And eating cheese fondue in Gruyere, Switzerland.
It’s great when you find friends you can travel with too.
I just got back from an annual golf/no golf trip to Naples, Florida. I golf a little, but love the bird watching at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary so much more. And it works with this group.
I travel with another group of friends to cottages to work on our bridge technique and logging more hiking miles.
Here are a few things I’ve learned that make travelling in small groups work so well – with family or friends.
- Talk about what everyone might want to do, before you go. Not to plan every second, but to have a basic idea of what might happen each day.
- Pool the money. On most group trips I do, somebody pays for each expense (groceries, lunch, liquor store, car rental) and we add it all up at the end and divide evenly.
- Know what you need. It’s taken me a long time to realize I need the first few days of my holiday to work on unwinding. I know I don’t want to be really busy, not every day. Figure out what will make your vacation a memorable one for you, and balance it with what the group is doing.
- Keep the group small. Well, that’s just our preference. Multiples of four work well. And every new group of four usually means another rental car (depending on where you are).
And always leave time for impromptu activities…like sunset on the beach.