Vacation in less than a month

Last modified on July 29th, 2007

In less than four weeks, I’ll be getting on a plane and heading to Ottawa for my friend Rob’s wedding. The last time off I took was basically back in February, and I spent that walking around rainy Seattle for only a few days. This trip, however, promises to be a lot more interesting, and hopefully more relaxing. The only real things that I have on my plate are my friend’s wedding, a trip down to Toronto to see a few people, and then a visit to Quebec City (since I never spent any time there when I lived out east).

I’m pretty sure I’m going to bring a suitcase with some dress clothes in it, and then a big backpacking bag with all my (small) camping gear. I’ll probably rent a car, and spend most of that week staying in the wilderness. I’m hoping to bring along a few books, and just spend the majority of it as far away from a computer as I can get.

The reason I know I need a vacation is not because I’m planning this one, but because I’ve actually started planning the one after too. I was thinking the other day that I haven’t been anywhere really warm or tropical in a few years. I was supposed to go to an all inclusive resort last November for a wedding, but thanks to the kick in the head, I had to cancel. I think I’m going to start thinking about going to somewhere warm in the winter when I get back so I can see something new and bask in the warm Caribbean sun.

I fly out the night of August 23rd, and am thankfully flying business class the entire way. Hopefully I’ll actually be able to sleep on the plane. If anyone is out that way, drop me a line and maybe I can swing by to say hi.

I want to also point out that I have a few friends working at Nokia in Finland. Those guys get *six weeks off* of vacation every year. In fact, the Nokia office shuts down for the entire month of July and everyone goes to Paris, London, etc. Rough Life.

We really have our priorities backwards here in North America.

8 responses to “Vacation in less than a month”

  1. Keira-Anne says:

    I’m thinkin’ you mean August 23rd.

  2. Duane Storey says:


  3. S says:

    Well I can see that you need a vacation… “in less than for works?” I guess you have been working too much :p

  4. Gregg says:

    Have fun!

    My wife and I are planning a tropical vacation in less than 3 months (end of Oct/beginning of Nov) and going forward will be discussing the wheres and whys in our blogs if you wanted to check them out for suggestions. Going when we will be going will make it a fraction of the cost, and while I know that isn’t as much as a factor for you, everyone does like saving money. We’ll of course blog and post pictures after we return, but who knows, maybe you’ll decide the price will make you want to go then instead of later.

  5. Duane Storey says:

    Actually, I’ll all about spending less. And i’m on the fence about doing an all inclusive or going somewhere where all inclusive isn’t even an option (like when I was in Costa Rica).. All inclusive sort of promotes you spending your entire vacation around a resort with like 50% of the people you’d meet back home, so it’s a bit lame that way.

  6. clay says:

    Are you planning on staying in the Americas or going long distance? My parents went to Spain and Portugal last year and loved it as a kind of warm sunny place to go. Thailand/Vietnam are always nice, and amazing food to boot. Or you could hook up with Dan O. and have him tour you around South America (or at least give you ideas)… To me Mexico doesn’t appeal much, except maybe Machu Picchu and the Mayan Riviera areas, but like you say…the all inclusive’s kind of reduce your ability to get into the culture of the place you’re visiting. Of course, if it’s just a “lie on the beach drinking Mai Tai’s” thing Mexico or Cuba all inclusive’s might be an option because they aren’t super expensive. Damn, I want a vacation now.

  7. Duane Storey says:

    I’ll probably stay here, mainly because I don’t want to spend two days travelling when I only have a week of vacation 🙁 But I think someday, maybe in a few years, I’ll take an extended leave of absence from wherever I’m working and go travelling for a few months, maybe through Europe and Asia.

  8. John says:

    You don’t have to go to Finland for lots of vacation time, Duane….two words: government job…let’s just say that I get more time off than a teacher does….

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