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It's that time of year, when parents of overscheduled children everywhere look at their calendars and go "Crap!! If I don't book summer camp NOW, they'll be home alone and bored all summer!"  Which means that parents also have to start planning summer vacations, as well. For some of us, that means staycations and trips to the local beach or park; for others it's more involved. Tonight, I want to take us all on the kind of vacation we dream of... follow me below the dingledoodle squigglie dKosagnocchi dividerthingie fold after a word from our sponsor...

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I have a suspicion that for most of us, the vacations we WANT to take aren't always the ones we get to take... if there's time or money to take one at all. Either it costs too much, or would need to happen at a time when it's not possible to take time off from work, or the people that we'd want to accompany us would absolutely hate the plans. So, much like fantasy football, let's play Fantasy Vacation. Here's the rules:

1. There are no financial barriers. Pretend you've got enough funds for whatever your Fantasy Vacation will require.

2. There are no work barriers. Pretend you've got enough vacation days to use, and that you can take them in whatever season you need to. Teachers, June is now yours. Accountants, go wild and travel that first week of April. You get the drift... :)

3. Your intended travel companions aren't going to complain about your Fantasy Vacation choice. Pretend the spouse who hates camping or the teenager who hates anything that involves Family Time are all on board with your Fantasy Plans. You can also take the FV alone, or with the Traveling Companion of your choice.

4. It's got to be a real place accessible via current modes of transport. No Fantasy trips to the moon or alternative universes, please. Oh, and for those of you traveling with a Companion... the TARDIS is not yet common transport. Sorry.

Ready... Set... Embark!!!

Having set the rules, I now find myself torn between several different FV's. Figures I can't even decide on a FV ::grin::

The First FV: I'd like to take a month or a summer, and tour Europe. Places I'd like to see include London, the Scottish Highlands (only made it as far north as Inverness the one time I visited), Paris, Rome, Venice, Germany and Belgium (three days was NOT enough time to experience it all, and there's this bar I'd like to revisit, as I only made it through 2.8% of the beer menu :-)). I'd like to sample food from all over, visit museums, find B&B's or small hotels to stay in and find the local music scene wherever we were. This probably would be a two-person vacation.

The Second FV: Mr. Brillig and I honeymooned in French Polynesia, and I'd love to go back for a return trip with the kids as the first part of this FV. I'd like to spend time in the water snorkeling (presumably this would entail everyone but me snorkeling down below the water while I floated around on the surface because I'm terrified to go underwater :-)), boating, biking, eating the delicious food, and enjoying the tropical weather.  From Tahiti, we'd continue on to Australia, where we'd start in Sydney and travel all over. I'd like to see Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef (this FV better happen soon if that's going to happen, sigh), go wine tasting and watch the kids as they see kangaroos and other animals they only see in zoos.

I'm ignoring the little voice within clamoring for a FV entirely within US borders, driving all over the country seeing the sights. Because asking for THREE fantasies in one diary seems, well... greedy :).

What's on your Fantasy Vacation Bucket List?



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