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do you prefer to :
1. relax & stay in the hotel room a lot, lounge by the pool
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2. go sightseeing, walk as much as you can until you're super exhausted visiting 6-10 places in a day cramming your itinerary?

I'm definetely number 1! My daily life is already hectic with long work hours & long commuting
the last thing I need on a vacation is to jampack my itinerary forcing myself to see 10 places in one day.
I prefer to relax in the room, order room service or lounge by the pool & go to a nearby walking distance restaurant to catch a bite.

which type are you?
 

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I am one who like to go sight seeing not one who like to stay in room very long.
 
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That second type was stated a little negatively... it's a loaded question. :umbrella:

I like to see things when on vacation, we generally go camping and include riding, hiking, kayaking etc. It isn't a case of 'cramming everything in' but a case of getting some variety and having new experiences.

I do see people who walk (or more often drive) to some 'sight', dash out, grab a pic, and run off to the next item. That's definitely not for me, and I love a day or two lazing on a beach or in a park - but like to do active things too.
 
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I'm definitely the #2 type! I'm on vacations after all! I want to see everything the city has to offer.

In June we met my entire family in Myrtle Beach. I loved being with my family and had loads of fun. But I realized I'm not a beach person! After an hour of sitting and looking at the ocean, I was ready to move on and do something else. I need to plan better for next time!
 

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I can't imagine going somewhere like Yellowstone or the Black Hills and just sitting around the trailer not seeing things. There wouldn't be much point in leaving home and spending all that money on gas and campsite fees to sit and do nothing and see nothing. We can stay home for free and do that.

Then again, we live on a 2,500 acre lake where it's quiet and peaceful and relaxation is as close as our nearest chair. I suppose if we didn't live in a nice place with a nice house and spectacular view in a vacation paradise, I might feel differently.

 

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I can relax at home....on vacation, I like to see as many things as possible! We generally go, go, go until we're flat out exhausted. If we need to, we'll take a day off in the middle to recover, but yeah, generally we go like maniacs and love every minute of it!
 

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I am a #2 type vacationer but we do not cram our itinerary or exhaust ourselves. I have a plan but it is not strictly followed, it is a guide so that time is not wasted doing nothing. We do stop and rest throughout the day. We often find a park to have our lunches.
 

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We do the same, KimB. We work out an itinerary of things we want to see and do. Otherwise, it wastes time and money and we miss out on too much. We do plan in some down time. One of our most favorite vacation memories was the day we pulled into Yellowstone, set up camp just ahead of a rain shower, and then laid in bed for an afternoon of listening to the rain on the roof of the camper, resting up from all the driving we'd one the days before that.
 

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We camp. So we sit around the fire at night,we visit small towns and mom and pop restaurants by the day.We arent the type to go to a city and see a vegas show or go dancing and bar hopping all night though.
Our idea of a good time is to visit the local craft store,walk on the lake,eat local hm pie,cook on the motel grill,fish,make cob corn on the fire.
 

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We also camp a lot and love to explore wherever we might me. Even when we do vacations where we stay in hotels we like to see as much as we can. I tend to plan big but we do what we can and don't sweat it if we don't get to everything!
 

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Definitely

2. go sightseeing, walk as much as you can until you're super exhausted visiting 6-10 places in a day cramming your itinerary?

If I wanted to lay around inside I could do that at home for free.
 

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I'm sort of a mix. I love the ocean and love taking long walks on the beach and swimming in the warm water. I also enjoy seeing what the locals do. I'm not one for group tours. When I go to a new place I ask people who live there where they eat. In past days, when I was able to be more active, I usually did things like scuba, parasailing, surfing, biking, and hiking. I was very active and took advantage of all nature had to offer. The other thing is that I like nice hotels with great service. Some of my best vacations have been at health SPAs.
 

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I guess I'm a #2 as well. But I slow the pace a bit. We plan ahead what we're going to do, but leave room for plenty of down time and for changes in plans. Things are never what they appear to be. Once on the ground in the real town/city, things are different and we might find more interesting things to do.

I'm the type that likes the art galleries, live theatre, symphony, etc. A culture vulture. Hubby does not. Nor do either of us do pubs, bars, dances, and that sort of thing. I would not have the stamina. Hubby is a #1 type of vacationer. He likes to lay around and read and write on his laptop.

The other way I like to vacation is by camping. But that has been ruled out since hubby and I have back problems and gave away our tent. :(

Our solution to this conundrum of vacation styles is to take separate vacations with family members and friends, or to build in a lot of flexibility so I can do my thing while he hangs out at the hotel doing nothing. I try to make sure we visit family and friends or take them with us, as I hate to do things alone.
 

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I am defo number 2. Vacation is to explore places we visit. So we should use our time wisely to explore. I usually left my hotel very early and went back very late at night.
 

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More of #2, although I'm not going to do so much that I'm exhausted. Depending on the vacation, there will probably be some of #1 thrown in as well.
 

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~A mix of both on a trip. I plan things for us to see and do and may do 2 or 3 things in a day(and with kids that is a pretty big feat, 10 things would be crazy). Then we have planned days on the same trip where we do nothing but hang out and talk/play games/eat/read/use park amenities if available.
Of course, the see and do stuff I plan is pretty low-key most of the time because that's what I like and what I can tolerate. A hike, visiting a historical site, U-Pick, and specialty shopping are a few things I consider things to see and do as a family. Anything that requires tickets or dressing up would be limited to one thing in a day. So I probably lean very heavily into category 1. I would not be a good Disneyland person. :lol: ~
 

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I prefer to stay home than to go on a vacation but IF I were to go on a vacation, I would choose #2. If I have to leave home, I want to see or do something new.

When our three kids were ages 9, 6 and 3, we went on a 3 week road trip to the west coast. We rented a motor home and took family: DH's parents, my grandma, DH's sister, BIL and their two kids ages 4 and 1. We drove out the southern route and back the northern route. We had each adult pick two things or places they wanted to see and we went to all of the choices! Another of DH's sisters and BIL lived in CA and also two of Grandma's nieces which we visited also. It was a packed trip and I had planned it down to the minute. We were never more than 30 minutes off my itinerary until we passed South Dakota coming home. SIL and BIL keep saying we need to do that again but I'm not ready for that!
 

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For me, it really depends on where I'm going. For example, I've never been to Europe. If I somehow was able to manage a trip to London or France or wherever, I would likely be walking all over the place. However, if I went somewhere like Mexico or the Bahamas, I'd likely just lounge by the beach and the pool.

For a trip to Disney, I do a combination of both. I relax at the hotel in the morning, enjoy the pool and whatever else the hotel has to offer. I take a little nap if necessary, and then I get to the Magic Kingdom around 5pm and walk around until they close, which is often 1am. The crowd is much smaller, the heat isn't as bad, and the wait times are much lower.
 
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