Things You Should do on Vaca — Life According to Steph

Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day, y'all! As y'all know, I'm on vacation, and I thought it would be fun to have some of my favorite bloggers guest post for me about traveling while I'm away from the blog. Today, Steph is sharing what all vacations should consist of! I promise you'll love her posts, so head over to her blog after reading what she has to say about what we all should do on vaca!


I’m Steph. You can find me Monday through Friday at Life According to Steph, blogging about my weekends, sharing tips and tricks about cooking and hausfrauing, discussing books and life in general; and posting many gratuitous photos of food, drinks, the sky, and my two pugs on instagram (follow me here). Much gratitude to Joy for letting me fill in for a day while she’s off enjoying a fabulous vacation!

Vacation… Isn’t vacation a favorite thing everyone in the world has in common?

I try to make the most of every day, and vacation is no different. I research the crap out of everything before I even leave. I want to have the best time ever, be it a short weekend getaway or a week-long trip.

Here are five things I always do on vacation:

      1) Do the touristy things. They’re popular for a reason. I like to strike a nice balance between doing the tourist thing and striking out to discover hidden treasures on my own. I’m from Philadelphia, and if you come to visit my town and don’t eat a cheesesteak or soft pretzel and avoid the Art Museum steps and the Betsy Ross House when you visit just because you don’t want to do tourist things, I’ll call you a fool and say good day. Get your picture taken in front of the statue!

San Francisco sights: Lombard Street, Alcatraz, and to the North the mighty redwoods

      2)  Sample food and drink that you won’t make at home, or can’t get in your area (and don’t worry about the calories).

Rum punch, French pastry, and Guavaberry punch in St. Maarten

      3)  Be spontaneous. I plan my vacations meticulously, but if the opportunity arises to do or see something that will throw everything else off but may be worth it, I jump on it.

      4) Schedule relax time too – especially if you’re doing a lot of sightseeing and visiting. Know yourself and what you need – If you’re someone who needs alone time, you still need that on vacation too. If you get cranky after four hours of being on the go, make time for a little siesta. Taking a nap, reading a book by the pool, eavesdropping on strangers’ beach conversations: all good use of vacation time.

I do my best relaxing on the beach

      5) If possible, give yourself an extra day at home before returning to work to ease back into post-vacation life. I like to come home on a Friday.

What do you always do on vacations?


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  1. I just always try to pack way too much into my trips. Then it becomes more work! :) I like the idea of coming home Friday to have the weekend!

  2. My favorites are number 4 & 5. Sometimes it is so hard to finally unwind from normal life that I have to make my myself schedule time to do nothing. Then when I finally do unwind it is hard to get back into the swing of things, which is why I like an extra day before going back to work. Based on this, I motion that we move all weekends to be a minimum of three days please ;-)

  3. I love trying food where ever we travel to!!! It is also so important to take an extra day when you come back...otherwise it is exhausting!


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