Whenever my husband and I plan a vacation one of the first things I do after we book a reservation is start reading about things to see and do in the area. I lay out a day-by-day itinerary so we know each day where we are going and as a result we see and do lots of things in the course of a week. Over the years I have had friends and co-workers laugh at my intense planning, and was recently told that we are on vacation and need to relax. Of course those same people tend to say when we get back “wow, you guys see a lot when you go somewhere.” Absolutely, the planning insures that.
What type of vacationer are you? Do you go somewhere, lay around the pool or at the beach reading, or do you fill your days taking in the sights and sounds of the area you are visiting? For years we stayed in hotels when we traveled, but about three years ago we purchased a motor home and now stay at campgrounds, using the RV as our own mobile hotel room. We aren’t “campers” though. We get up in the morning, have breakfast and then head out for the day to see the sights and take pictures. We usually get back to the campground and fix a late dinner and then set up our laptops to download and view the photos taken that day. We were recently informed that we are missing the fun of hanging out at the campgrounds all day and then around a campfire socializing. We aren’t unfriendly, we chat with our neighboring campers, especially those that are there for the same length of time we are.
People have different views on relaxing and enjoying a vacation. Ron and I are not they type of people to hand around a campground all day. To us travel is for the purpose of seeing and doing as many things in the area we are visiting as possible. The planning of our daily itinerary guarantees that will happen. Our vacation this summer is to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We are photographers, and the possibilities are endless. The UP has 300+ waterfalls, 40 lighthouses and numerous nature preserves, historical sites and more. So far I have five different counties on our itinerary to do in that many days. While we won’t come close to seeing and doing all the UP has to offer, we will definitely see and do a large number of things and will each take several thousand photographs in the nine days we are there (seven days if you disregard the day we travel up and the day we travel home).
Have you traveled to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and have a suggested “must see” location? Please share what it is.
What type of vacationer are you , itinerary planner or sit by the pool and relax? Why do you feel that is the best way to vacation?