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Livin' la Vida Lacy - Thinking about vacation spots
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Per usual, I’m already planning and dreaming about new places to visit. This year, Ross and I have agreed to stay in the states. I’m happy about that considering our last long and turbulent plane ride home from Italy had me crying and feeling extremely anxious. Kuddos to all my flight attendant friends, who experience that sort of thing on the regular. 

This year, we’re considering a couple of weekend trips – a possible revisit to New York or new cities like Salem or Charleston. After all, I’ve got to meet my bestie’s new baby, Graham, so what better excuse can one have to visit Charleston? 

That gives me a year to decide our next international endeavor. Friends drop their recommendations, mostly European destinations but I’m still undecided. Do I want to see the lush green countryside of Ireland? Do I want to dip my toe in the beautiful turquoise waters of the Mykonos? Do I want to hike to Machu Picchu in Peru?

So where do we go? Do we choose our explorations based on climate, interesting activities or time of year? Perhaps we should hang a map up and throw a dart? Not likely. With my luck, I’d hit the wall of my own home so we’d wind up with a staycation by default.

One thing’s for sure – I’m not on board with the whole cruise option. Ross has been trying to convince me, but I’m not a boat person so it kind of freaks me out. After all, we only get so much vacay time so I don’t want to waste it being miserable.

OK, so where are your favorite spots to travel or do you frequent the same places like Florida and Gatlinburg? Hey, I get it. It’s nice to return to a familiar place that’s affordable, fairly convenient and the planning minimal. 

I’ve googled top countries to visit out of curiosity. According to Lonely Planet, the best in travel 2019 top 10 countries primed to capture travelers’ imaginations are:

1. Sri Lanka

2. Germany

3. Zimbabwe 

4. Panama

5. Kyrgyzstan

6. Jordan

7. Indonesia

8. Belarus

9. São Tomé & Príncipe

10. Belize

None of these countries were even on my radar before my Google search. Some of the places from Lonely Planet’s list are appealing as they may be less densely populated with other tourists, but I’d have to do more research.

Right now, Ross has suggested Cotswolds so that’s on the table. Again, as “The Holiday” is one of my favorite movies, I’m totally down to stay in a honey-colored Cotswold stone bed and breakfast in the remotest of villages. I can already visualize myself scribbling into my travel journal or reading a fictional novel in a cozy corner of a window seat. 

This is just one option, but we’ve got plenty of time to decide. If you have any suggestions, shoot me an email along with a few details. 

Standard reporter Lacy Garrison can be reached at 473-2191.