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WQW #20: Vacations That Rock Your World

The fact that more people vacation in the summer months than at any other time inspired this week’s vacation prompt.

One more day and we’ll be free
From the house of misery;
No more pencils, no more books,
No more boys to play the hooks—
Ta-ra-ra boom de-ay, &c.

The Evening World (New York, NY) published this on July 1892:

The lyrics changed through the years, but the celebratory nature remained until two years ago when COVID 19 closed schools for over a year, that was a time of celebration. After the tragedy in Uvalde, it is a time of mourning.

Featured Bloggers for WQW #19: Memorial Day/Writer’s Choice

-A much-needed vacation from blogging for many WQW regulars. Thank you to those who participated.


This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday at noon. The only rule is to use a quote. LOL! If you want to participate, create a pingback to link your post. Not sure how to do that? See how to create pingbacks here. Be sure to link to the most recent post, not my page. I don’t see links to my page. 

For More Ideas about Vacations

Definition of Vacation

Everyone defines their own vacation!

Benefits of Vacationing

My Choice Quotes for Vacations that Rocked My World

”A mind stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes
Our second trip to Maui 2012

At fifty-something, I had never been to Hawaii, and never thought I would. We took a cruise around the islands with friends. When we owned a timeshare, we returned to Maui several times bringing friends to share it with us. The roots in this picture is a metaphor for the expanded synapses formed in our brain when we travel. The ocean stretches as far as the eye can see even beyond our horizons. Our lives become oceans of experiences that we can never fully share or even fathom their depths.

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

Douglas Adams
Our accidental vacation – Oregon Mystery Trees

Here are a few posts from our accidental vacation caused when our truck transmission died and we were forced to spend days in the most wonderful place on earth! It took ten posts to share about it.

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

– Gustave Flaubert
taken during the 2008 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Training Insitute – a view of farming in the 1700s

The teacher’s institute was a working vacation for me I will never forget. For one week we did something fun and educational every moment from 7:00 am when we went to breakfast in one of the saloons where the founding fathers debated the possibilities of a revolution to 9:00 pm when we quit for the day after a concert or dance or twilight walk to the armory where we reenacted stealing the arms stored there.

Now it’s your turn.

What vacations are you planning? Do you plan for months, or just pick a spot and go? Are your vacations fraught with difficulties (those are the most fun to write about) or is everything smooth sailing?

What about the weather? Do you want to go somewhere cold, hot, mild, or you don’t care because you have other reasons for going? Do you prefer adventure, cultural experiences, family fun, reunions, or cuisine? What makes your vacations memorable?

Ongoing on Always Write

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  1. Hi Marsha, I’m on holidays at the moment. We’ve driven up to Queensland for a month of warm sunshine rather than the snow they’re getting back home just 1500km away! I love your travel quotes and can relate to them all. I used a quote in my recent Sunday Stills post that could count for WQW – Don’t count the days, make the days count. So very true and can apply to life as well as travel!!
    My post is here –

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    • That is a great quote. Terri and her husband are coming to visit us in less than 30 days. Can’t wait to see them. But you’ve reminded us to make the days count, too. 🙂

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        • I am lucky. (So is she LOL). She only lived about four miles from me before we both moved. Now she lives hours and hours away. But she has a brother only about 90 minutes from me, and my brother is only about 4 hours from her. I’m very excited to see her again.

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  2. We’ve had our holiday this year in Spain. But we’ve other small trips planned.
    I’ve haven’t heard this quote before Marsha. Thank you. I love it!
    “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

    –Douglas Adams

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    • I thought that was a perfect one that described many of my journeys. 🙂 Spain sounds like a glorious place to visit. I’ll look forward to hearing about it.


  3. Running late. Here’s my link

    Loved your quotes. I really liked the one about ending up where we needed to be. I need to read your accidental vacation posts…those sound interesting. lol. I also really like the one about Travel making you modest. It’s so true!!!

    I’m 50 something and still haven’t been to Hawaii….I hope to go. My daughter has talked about living there for 6 months just to experience it.

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    • Hi Kirstin, Six months might be a little long, but it is an amazing place I never went until I was 50 something. It was well worth going!


  4. I read through our accidental vacation series. Crazy kids, both of you. Life is indeed an adventure.

    I absolutely love the Doug Adams quote. With all of our travel, people often ask where my favorite place is my response is always the same…exactly where I am at the moment. Thanks for including me here. Donna

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  5. I haven’t been on a vacation since we went to San Antonio TX in the fall of 2019. I’ve never ever gone this long without traveling somewhere, but thanks to Covid-19 I am a homebody. Probably for a while longer, too. As for repeat dream vacations, I’d like to get back to Hawaii and to London, England.

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  6. Anywhere…everywhere, but these days not so often. Retirement is one long holiday, isn’t it?… if you’re lucky. I love the quotes and the energy, Marsha. I worry more about the logistics than I used to do, but I just love being away from home.

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    • I love both. Vince loves to be close to what he knows. We have a condo in Scottsdale that we rent out. The most frequent guest is Vince. He just loves to go down there even if the weather is 101.


        • I know – early morning walks. I don’t mind that. There is lots to do there inside – even blogging. 🙂 He goes to play poker. There is a big tournament this weekend. I was thrilled to find out that he spends less playing tournaments than our best friends in CA spend golfing – about 1/5th.


          • Croquet is cheap. I used to play that lots when I was a kid. We wouldn’t have a place to play in our condo, but we could play in Cindy’s. Our grassy areas are on about a 7% grade slope maybe more. And the grassy areas are for the dogs. We hope everyone cleans up after their dog, but what if they don’t? Makes croquet rather stinky.

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  7. You used my all-time favorite Douglas Adams quote. I am bereft! I’m not sure how to move on with Douglas by my side. He is also my “birth twin,” the only “famous person” born on my birthday. If there had to be just one, he would be my choice.

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    • No worries, Marilyn. I don’t own your birth twin, just borrowed him for a second. Cee is my birthday twin. 🙂 I’m a bit older, of course, but it’s nice to have a connection to a famous person. When is your birthday?


  8. Marsha, I think I finally got the right link. Thanks! I love the Oliver Wendell Holmes quote. Travel expands our minds and how we think in ways we may not immediately comprehend, but eventually, the lessons reveal themselves.

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  9. I love reading vacation and travel quotes, Marsha! I linked my Wordless Wednesday post today to celebrate the fact that soon we’ll be heading south to Sacramento to spend a few days at the delta. I think Hans misses it more than I do because of the windsurfing, but I do miss seeing a few of my long-time friends there. 19-day countdown to our trip, which of course, includes seeing you!!

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    • Yay and yay! I think this will be a good week for WQW. Last week was good for me, but most other countries don’t celebrate Memorial Day when we do. I think several bloggers are on a break, too. So many people are running like crazy.

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    • Thanks, Cee. I thought I’d better shorten up or I’ll never get through everything. We are heading down to Scottsdale again Friday – in the heat. So I’m getting everything scheduled to focus on reading blogs. Take care. Lots of love.





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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