This is a conversation I have never quite enjoyed.
This year, alongside the usual "Disneyland" or "Disneyworld," I'm hearing "Paris" and "Scotland" and "China" and "South Africa" and "Australia" and "Thailand." Z even has a friend who will be traveling throughout Europe with her family -- again. That's how it came across, as in, "I have to run down to the store -- again", or, "My heartburn is acting up -- again." Europe. Again.
As for my family, our plans are usually the same: we stay at home and enjoy our vacation right here. Again. :) We do live in Hawaii, however, so it's not as if we're having a pity party. We may not travel, but we still have the beach and the blue sky!
Still, I wonder how people do it. Where do these travel funds come from, anyway? Do you have any idea how high a mortgage is here in Hawaii? "Disposable income" is not a term used very often 'round these parts, especially among teachers, so each time I hear about a teacher traveling, I always wonder whether she or he is subsisting on saimin throughout the year to save up for this travel budget, living rent-free in a house paid for by wealthy parents, or married to someone who earns three times as much.
I priced tickets to London the other day (just to see if my bucket list item could become a reality in the near future), and almost fell over from the shock. I have come to realize that yes, the whole wide world is waiting, but it's not readily accessible to just anyone.
So it's a staycation for us again this year, and I'm cool with that. I am all for sleeping in and trying new recipes and lazing on the couch reading books and heading to the beach whenever I feel like it. That's not a bad way to spend a summer, am I right?
Z and I had some practice staycationing back in April, when we stayed at the Hawaii Prince Hotel for a weekend. I documented our little adventure in a layout from this week's Garden at Two Peas in a Bucket.
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