Long vacations

@2timothy (794)
Philippines
December 26, 2007 9:50am CST
How long was your longest vacation and what lessons have you learned from such a travel? Kindly share your brief itinerary. Do you plan to have such long vacations again in the near future? Any tips you would like to share with the community? My longest travel vacation was in the summer of 2005 when we island-hopped around the whole Philippines through the nautical highway for 19 days staying a day on each small island and a day in each city on the bigger islands. From Baguio down to Batangas, ferried to the beaches of Puerto Galera and Boracay, drive to Iloilo, sailed to Ozamis, drive to Oroquieta, Dipolog, Dapitan, then to Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, then went northward to Cebu, Tacloban, Legazpi, Naga, Lucena, Los Banos, and finally to Manila. I found out that students have the time for long vacations but lack the money while working ones have the money but lack the time. Teachers and retirees have both luxuries.
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@kykidd (6819)
• United States
26 Dec 07
Great discussion you have started here. I have been on a couple of trips that were 10 days long. First of all, I have found that if you are with someone who is open to suggestions, the trip is a lot more fun. Also, try to stay within a budget as it is easy to spend money on a trip and if you are using credit cards you may not realize how much you have spent until the bill comes.
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@2timothy (794)
• Philippines
27 Dec 07
Though planning ahead is necessary especially for budget constraints, local people know their place best, so long as you trust them not to take advantage (deceive) of your money as tourist. Having a credit card is sure handy especially for emergencies and safer than to carry all the money around.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
27 Dec 07
MY longest vacation was a bit over 3 months. That was quite a long time ago. I was still in high school and there was this inter rail that wasn't that expensive and we could go on a train all over Europe with that same ticket. It was a great time, so good I did it twice :) The first time I planned on going north all the way to Norway and then come back down and end up in Greece. But there was so much to see and do that I ended up not having that much time in the south of Europe, so the second time I spend most of the time in the south. I"m not sure if my idea was actually to learn from it, but I"m sure I did. Lots of history on each place, lots of different cultures and people, THe inter rail pass did help because the trips would have been way too expensive if it didn't exist - I am told that it still exists in Europe. - and they allowed many students to have a wonderful vacation.
• China
27 Dec 07
Till now, my longest vacation is the holiday after my graduation from the university. I learned a lot about human beings, about human relationship and something about work and the society. I think it is important for us to do as we can to fullfill our dream. i think we should cherish every opportunity to live happily and achieve our success.
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@maximax8 (28490)
• United Kingdom
26 Dec 07
My longest trip overseas was my around the world journey in 1993. It lasted just over a year. I bought a plane tickets from Virgin Atlantic and Qantas as well as got a working holiday visa for Australia. My route went London to Los Angeles to Honolulu to Fiji to Sydney to Adelaide overland to Cairns to Darwin to Singapore and back to London. It was amazing seeing the palm fringed beaches of Hawaii and Fiji. I so loved working in the beautiful city of Sydney, seeing the wildlife on Kangaroo Island and going to stunning looking beaches. I had quite an adventure hopping over to Indonesia and Malaysia. I developed my patience, understanding of other people and found out much about the world. It changed me into a calmer person and I began teacher training after enjoying my work in Australia as a children's nanny so very much. So the journey changed my career. I look back on it with many happy memories and I treasure my photos. Your trip in 2005 sound lovely. Thanks for sharing. I would love to go island hopping and do some snorkeling the coral reef in the beautiful Philippines. Yes, when I was a student to took cheap trips and when I became a teacher I was able to spend more on travel.
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• United States
26 Dec 07
actually my very first vacation was really nice and it was very relaxing. we went to arizona to visit my motherinlaw in the middle of june and it was hot. we mostly stayed around the pool or stayed indoors.
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@lucgeta (925)
• France
26 Dec 07
My longest vacation was 2 weeks in March 2004. The prices were good as it was off-season. I planed a lot in advance. I was living in Toulouse (France) and took a British Airways flight to Brazil passing thru London - the cheapest option. Once inn London I stayed there a weekend, something BA allows you to do before completing my travel. I spent a week in Sao Paulo and surroundings, visiting friends and checking some business - I am Brazilian. From there, a flight to Fortaleza, one of the most incredible places in the coast. It was a bargain and two days in Jericoacoara. And then back to Toulouse passing thru Sao Paulo and London. I learned not to do such a thing anymore, it is better to go some place and stay there with some visits to the surrounding. Once you arrive somewhere, you discover so many new things to do and it gets rushed so you make the next plane. The long travel back might have increased the impression. It was worth, man, so great :) could do all again ... lol
@solson (406)
26 Dec 07
I have long vaction for a month i think was my longest it was fun but i get tired of it wand want to go home.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
27 Dec 07
The longest vacation I ever had was back in 1974 and it was one month. Instead of a regular honeymoon, my new husband and I decided to start at the very beginning of the Appalachian mountains (somewhere around Georgia)and hike and camp our way up to the end of the mountain chain. We got as far as into New York state and I became ill and we had to head for home. I don't ever plan on another long trip like that, I don't think my back could take that many nights sleeping on the ground lol.
@2timothy (794)
• Philippines
28 Dec 07
You literally had a honeymoon, one full moon cycle. You may bring an inflatable air mattress the next time you go camping. In that way, you may be able to go around the US and end in Florida. I just wonder how long that trip would take, no Guinness record on file yet. :)
@nandans (1161)
• India
27 Dec 07
My vacations are usually short.. Its within 7-10 days max..
@youless (92252)
• Guangzhou, China
27 Dec 07
When I just graduated from college, I had a long time travel with my family. It spent us nearly 3 months and we have been to many places in China.