Eric’s work schedule for the past five months is a schedule I wouldn’t wish on anyone — or anyone’s significant other. His final deadline is on Monday, and I couldn’t be happier for life to return to normal. Five months is a long time to be a supportive girlfriend. (Although, admittedly, sometimes I was less supportive than he would have liked.)
But the good news is, he realized last night that the best way to bounce back from five months of stress is with a vacation!
And…I need your input on where to go!
First, I’m not a beach person. I’m not opposed — I enjoy a day at the beach — but it’s not my first choice. Not only do I not really like the water, but it’s 80 and sunny in Houston right now, so I don’t feel like hot weather is synonymous with vacation anymore. But if we’re doing something hot and sunny, I’d prefer a great pool to a beautiful beach.
Second, I like my vacations to be a little bit busy. (That is probably the main reason I’m not a beach person.) The reason I love traveling abroad is because there are so many historic sites to visit, tours to go on, and things to do all day. And at night, there are a lot of drinks to be drunk and foreigners to flirt with.
- Sleep in later than I ever would at home (because I was out all night the night before).
- Sober up and/or rehash the shameless behavior of the night before.
- Go out to lunch and then do one or two cultural/historic/touristy things in the afternoon.
- Grab a snack from a street vendor or cafe and something to make for dinner from the grocery store and head back to the flat/hostel/hotel.
- Take a late disco nap.
- Have dinner and lots of drinks at the flat/hostel/hotel. (Go out to dinner at least once or twice during the trip.)
- Go out all night. Do something shameless with someone forgettable.
Now, as fun as that agenda is, it is probably not the way I want to do vacation with my boyfriend, especially since we’re over the age of, um, 22, so let me update that a bit to express what I’d like to do on this vacation.
- Don’t set an alarm, but naturally wake up kind of early. (Except for a few days when we were up all night the night before. In that case, sleep in late, have some morning sex, check the itinerary, and say, “Ooops, we missed the tour!” Then do nothing but read in bed until dinner.)
- Go do something fun/relaxing (shopping, going for a walk through downtown) OR something cultural/historic/touristy.
- Go out to lunch.
- Do something cultural/historic/touristy OR something fun/relaxing.
- Grab a snack and then head back to the hotel to change for dinner and have a couple drinks. Maybe work out if there is time, but probably not.
- Go out to dinner someplace delicious and drink a little too much.
- Go to a cool bar or do something cultural (show/concert/comedy club).
- Have lots of sex.
My main thing is that I want to be sure we go some place with enough to do that I don’t feel bored, but I have no desire to be overscheduled. I’d rather be out and about in town than reading by the pool, but I’m sure Eric will want a few totally lazy days, in which case I’d like to go someplace where I can go off on my own when I want to.
And we definitely don’t have go to a big city; I’m mostly concerned with what there is to do and what the weather will be like in April (not very warm is fine; cold and rainy is not).
Oh, and two more things to keep in mind! We’re sticking to the US and we’re looking for something that would work over about five days (like a Wednesday to Sunday trip).
So, with that in mind, do you have any fabulous US cities to suggest? (And I mean US cities that don’t just happen to be your city. It’s not that I don’t want to hang out with you…it’s just that I only want to see you on this trip if you happen to live some place that fits in with all the other criterion! We haven’t decided if we want to go somewhere where we have friends to see, but if we do go that route, I’ll be pushing hard for D.C. or New York.) I have a few destinations in mind, but I’m not an experienced US traveler and I don’t know enough about all the great things to do here.
Oh and if anyone can tell me why I feel like Stacey McGill right now and where said baby-sitter decided to go when faced with the same situation, you’ll win major bonus points.