Of travel destinations and time away from home.
I just had my vacation time off approved for the week between Christmas and New Years. Jean is off the same time because her company shuts down that week anyways. As such, we are discussing the possibilities of taking a fairly substantial vacation.
So far we have discussed taking a train to Chicago, a train to Seattle, a trip to Napa or Sonoma, or a trip to Dublin, Ireland. So far we have entirely discounted only the trip to Chicago because I don’t want to only see white on my trip (the north route train ride is spectacularly beautiful in the spring, fall, and even summer months, but winter would prove to be fairly dull). Of all the possibilities thus far, each choice is roughly going to cost the same.
If we go the Dublin route, I will have to send a message to my counter-parts in the Dublin office to see what the good hotels are and if anything will even be open during that week. It could be that the week between Christmas and New Years is the worst time in the world to visit the city. Mind you, we have done traveled to Monterey, Ca. around the same time of year and LOVED how quiet everything was. Quiet and closed, however, are two very different things.
Of course, I am sure we’ll come up with even more ideas as time passes. But we do need to book the trip soon to get the best rates. Hmmm, what to do….