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Mike Dwyer

Mike Dwyer is a former writer and contributor at Ordinary Times.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    1) Take the alarm clock
    2) Unplug the alarm clock
    3) Take the cell phone
    4) Call Friends/Family and tell them that you’re flying out to an area that gets no cell coverage, but they should feel free to leave a message
    5) Turn off cell phone
    6) Go to bed.Report

    • Avatar Kim says:

      This is why cellphone stays at home. If we’re out doing something, /leave us alone/.
      [This applies just as much to a walk in the park as anything else.]Report

  2. Avatar North says:

    Sleep, Gym***, Reading, TV, Board Games, Sleep*, RPG’s, Walking in the Parks, Cooking, drinking/clubbing, Sleep**. The only planes or long distance travelling vehicles I see are ones passing by overhead or in the street beside me. Bliss.

    *Yes it’s in here more than once on purpose.
    ** Also intentional.
    *** Only included because of a foul combination of health consciousness and soul searing vanity.Report

  3. Avatar Chris says:

    Snorkeling in clear water 12 hours a day. Sleeping, reading, dancing, and eating seafood so fresh you can still taste the ocean for the other 12.Report

  4. I’m notorious for needing to do something on vacation – I find that I’m generally less active at home than on the road.
    Because of that, my general preference is for vacations where I can do a lot of adventuring – whether it’s a city vacation with lots of museums, food, and shows, or (now that we’ve been able to do it) a camping vacation with lots of natural beauty to discover.

    That doesn’t mean I dislike beach vacations, just that I get stir crazy at the beach if we’re there for more than 3 or 4 days without something to do beyond lying on the beach. So if we’re going to a beach for a full week, I need it to be a beach with lots of stuff to do besides lying on the beach, whether it’s snorkeling, whalewatching, casinos, etc., etc.Report

    • Avatar Kim says:

      I could spend half a day on the beach. That’s roughly what I did last time I took a big vacation. Also spent a day in Austin, Portland, etc…Report

      • Avatar Kim says:

        Despite this, I do want a vacation simply geared around generating Vitamin E. Spend a couple of days, and be happier when I’m back home. Even if it drives me CRAZY while I”m out there.Report

  5. Avatar greginak says:

    I love to travel. Taking days off to do nothing would be hellish if i’d ever done that. When we/i travel we either go international to see and experience some place or if in the US we go to do stuff. Usually hiking or outdoor adventure/experience kind of stuff. If i felt my regular life was so exhausting i needed days off just to recover i would question how i was living my regular life. Of course having kids or some jobs is by there nature tiring, however i also think people often make their regular lives more chaotic then they enjoy. When i had kids we still always took active trips although those were certainly lower budget.

    I’m starting our 2015 vacation schedule ( well actually i started to think about it a couple months ago) We are likely to do New Zealand for our international trip, i don’t’ think i’m going to do a solo international trip this year. The wife’s grandfather is turning 100 so there is going to be a party for him in Florida (meh about Florida) but i do have a niece and nephew there who have kids. Seems hard to try to miss a 100th bday party, can’t really promise to make the next one. Not quite sure what else though, i’ll do one trip on my own and maybe another. Did i mention i love to travel.Report

  6. Avatar Damon says:

    I’m a big fan of mixing it up.

    Case in point. A few years ago, the now ex and I, and another couple, went to Ireland for two weeks. First week was in Dublin. We did all the tourist-ey things. Took the bus tour, distillery, Guinness warehouse, trinity college, etc. We also did some fine dining at some checked out some neolithic tombs in the area and a large park where we wandered around. Of course there was some souvenir hunting and shopping for Irish woolen garments. We alternated day trips to see stuff and a day or half day staying in town shopping and relaxing.

    Then we went to the west coast and did driving tours of the Ring of Kerry and Ring of Dingle. We explored some more touristy places, listed to music in pubs, etc.

    Net net: the best vacations are a mix. A day or two of activity followed by a day of less or little activity.Report