Friday, July 17, 2009

Introducing Travel Tip Thursdays

You don’t have to travel to feel like you are on vacation.

Sometimes travel is a mindset. I mentioned at the beginning of the summer that I could not get off the rock this break. I longed to. ROAD TRIP has been a siren song serenading me 24/7.

Since I could not travel, I have made it a goal to take a “staycation” day at least once a week.

Whenever I host a vacationing family member or friend in my home, I noticed we take advantage of the perks of living in Hawaii much more so than I do myself on a regular basis.

However, when I do live outside the four walls of my home and the comfort of the normal routine, it always ends up being the kind of day that will stick in my memory and not get swallowed up by the amorphous blob of normal.

Those days are also excellent blog fodder. With that in mind, I am introducing Travel Tip Thursdays.

Isn’t the badge cuter than all hell and back? A friend made it for me. Ah, that I should have skills like this.

Every Thursday will feature something about living life like a person on vacation. For now, from me, that means featuring the best days of life on Oahu and occasionally the outer islands.
Hopefully, these posts will offer ideas not only for those who are planning a visit here, but also plant the seeds of ideas for similar activities wherever one may live. Or just make someone feel like they came here for a few minutes through their computer.

I invite anyone inclined to do so, to join in the virtual travel fun. Between now and next Thursday, I will figure out how to put up Mr. Linky. On Thursday, if you post a Travel Tips post, grab the Thursday Travel Tips badge’s code in the sidebar, put the badge in your post, come back here and add your name to Mr. Linky. And let the virtual travel extravaganza begin.

May it inspire our weekends.

Ideas for posts…

What you do close to home to feel like you are on vacation? Like this post of Jan’s where she takes us to Ohio’s Amish area. Or Movie’s trip to the mountains only a few hours from her home. If you live someplace exotic to the rest of us, like Braja in India, or Michel in Sudan, just about any post could become a Travel Tip post.

Actual travel too! Smart Mouth Broad’s biker trip stories (look in her sidebar – amazing photos accompany a narrative that makes you feel like you are on the back of the Harley with her) or Mama Dawg’s day by day virtual tour of Disneyworld.

Anything and everything that makes us feel like we were there.

Hope to see you next Thursday!

40 comments:

Hit 40 said...

I could use travel tips for Hawaii. It is way up their on my list of places to visit.

My Aunt on Hilton Head never goes to the beach unless she has company!!!

Hit 40 said...

there not their!!!! DAMN IT!!! I hate grammar mistakes.

♥ Braja said...

Michel's not exotic, she's just addicted to fiction. That so-called life in Sudan? It's all a story---she's living at 3233 West 75th in the Upper West Side.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

only a movie said...

Oh, I love this. Now to figure out where to go between now and next Thursday!! Ha.

xxoo
E

JennyMac said...

Great post and yes, that badge is cute as can be.

Kristan said...

What a great idea!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Great idea! I love stay-cations. :)

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

THAT...is a very cool badge! And this....is a very cool idea!

Hope you have a wonderful Hawaiian weekend!

Jan said...

I dunno what I'll post next week - maybe talk about going to Cleveland? - but the week after, I'll write about our weekend trip to the cabins in Hocking Hills State park.

I'm soooo looking forward to this.

Nanc Twop said...

ooo, great idea.

I'll have to think of something good that doesn't involve a lot of driving...

And if you write about your own, can you give us a clue what beach you were on in your 'Unawareness' post? I'd like to spend a few hours being 'unaware' myself...

:-)

Creepy said...

oooh....I have an F You post in the works about living in a vacation destination.. I may have to find a way to combine the two...

Amy said...

This sounds fun. If you e-mail me I will show you MckLinky which is easy to use also...

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

This sounds like lots of fun!! Now I'm going to have to use some brain muscles to think of something interesting... ;)

darsden said...

sounds like fun Thursdays...

Braja-HAHAHA Michel is going to get u

Melissa B. said...

What a great idea! And I have LOTS of tips for those traveling in the DC area...

Michele said...

We love to take day trips. When we do I'd be happy to post on Thursdays about it. Great idea in this less than stellar economy.

Michel said...

Braja is right. My whole blog is an elaborate scheme. I imported dirt piles to put on the roof tops and adopted some stray dogs from a random third world country for photo ops.

It was a LOT of work, but it was totally worth it.

PS that was Braja's address. She just googles india for her info. She doesn't even LIKE cows. I saw her one day wearing a leather suit.

darsden said...

rotflmfao...tooo funny a leather suit for Braja...bawhahahah you going to get smoted Michel!

midlife slices said...

What a great idea!

Did you have a better day and find something laugh about today? I hope so. HUGS

Captain Dumbass said...

I knew something was up with Michel's stories. Oh well, Braja's actually a 50 year old bail bondsman from Missoula.

Joanie M said...

Great idea, Pseudo!

mo.stoneskin said...

Put an ice-cream cone in my hand and I feel like I'm on holiday.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

The comments have taken up a life of their own ; -)

fun stuff

Christy said...

OMG you LIVE in Hawaii?! Lucky girl! I do try to live like I'm on vacation especially during the summer - so I'll participate in your thursday round up -- though not next week, because I'll be at blogher!

The Redhead Riter said...

Short trips are definitely vacations. Actually, every SATURDAY is a vacation in one way or another because I'm determined to always make it that way!

Stopping by from SITS.
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blueviolet said...

I'm looking forward to this little series. It'll be fun to get fun ideas and a peek at fun places.

shaunna said...

okie dokie... i'm sure i'll think of something. (and you already know this is a brilliant idea.)

Oz Girl said...

What a wonderful idea! I'm looking forward to reading future posts. Not sure I will be able to participate, only because I feel like I'm buried with a full-time job right now, but we'll see. Never say never! :)

Since I've only been living on our 26 acre homestead for a year, I guess my staycation is right here! ;)

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Very cool idea, Psuedo! I realized we were missing opportunities to staycation too. A visiting friend asked while we walked on the beach, "So, how many timesa month do you come here?" A month? More like a year? That's when I started doing my weekly (doesn't always happen) beach walks. It reminds me that I live in Florida.

Pouty Lips said...

Staycations are big in Arizona right now. We don't have any tourists so the locals are trying to support the local business owners. I would really like to do this. It would be fun. I'll see if I can pull something together by Thursday.

Joanie M said...

I can't seem to get your button to work on my homepage.

Eternally Distracted said...

Oh, you are so right. I have a swimming pool in the garden that is hardly ever used. I can see the sea from my front door and never go. the sun shines daily and it would be most people's dream. I am surrounded by loveliness but rarely appreciate it unless people are visiting. I will make more of an effort. Promise. Really promise. I WILLLLL!!!

Dreamgirl said...

I would think every day living on Hawaii would feel like vacation *dreaming*

When I'm working hard (high school teacher too) and the sun is shining I will bring the kids and hubby to a beautiful small lake just minutes from our house. We'll bring hot dogs, swimwear, blankets and lots of goodies and just spend the long evening having fun together. Feels pretty great!


Just stopping by from SITS to wish you a wonderful Sunday and a sunny week!

Take care!

Greetings from a Norwegian in Spain (on vacation now for 3 weeks - 4 more to go! The joy of being a teacher....)

bernthis said...

did a staycation many years ago in NYC it was awesome. Ellis Island, Bronx Zoo, Statue of Liberty. had a great, great time

Grumpy, M.D. said...

We go to waterparks when we can't get away.

Sprite's Keeper said...

I love this idea and hate that my reader didn't update your post until tonight.
Very good idea and I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the attractions in your own backyard!

Momma Chae said...

I go to Farmers' Markets and buy flowers and other odds and ends. It makes me feel like I'm on vacation... I guess because I'm spoiling myself and bringing some sunshine into my home. :)

Casey said...

I guess you could consider my current situation a staycation since I'm holed up in the bedroom away from my family....

Casey said...

I guess you could consider my current situation a staycation since I'm holed up in the bedroom away from my family....

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