Post # 1
I’ve wanted to write this post a few times before but kept forgetting.
I started thinking about this again after responding on the post about honeymooning in Hawaii. It’s interesting to me how here on the West Coast of the US, Hawaii and Mexico are our go to spots for vacations. But many many of us have never been to the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, etc… ON the east coast, it seems the caribbean, Dominican Republic, etc are your go to places.
We also don’t make it to Europe much. It’s an extremely long and expensive flight. But I do wonder if I lived on the East Coast, and the flight was cut practicaly in half, if I’d have been more often.
So I’m curious, wether you live in the US or in another country, does it seem that people vacation in certain areas that are close and easily accessible? Where do you live and what are the places you’d love to visit that are difficult for you to get to?
For us, like I said when we plan a random tropical vacation, we tend to stick to MX or Hawaii and probably take those places for granted, but I would love to do the caribbean. It’s just much more of a jump for us from the WC, and it’s more expensive!
Post # 3
I think budget is probably the bigger issue for most people and destination plays into this. DH and I would love to visit places like Asia or Australia, but we haven’t yet due mostly to the lengthy travel time and expensive flights (we’re in the mid-Atlantic). Flights to London last ~7 hours — isn’t HI about 6 hours from the west coast? Pretty comparable as far as long-haul flights go. We’ve been to Europe several times as well as the Mayan Riviera, and our domestic vacations likewise have been east of the Mississippi. So I guess we support your theory 🙂
Post # 4
@nanilani04: Yup Hawaii is about 6 hours from here. London however is 12 or something like that and costs about 1300 bucks per person round trip!
Post # 5
I live in Colorado now but, when I lived in NY I travelled to London (lived there for awhile) and went to lots of islands (Bermuda, Bahamas, Antigua, Turks and Caicos, Barbados).
Post # 6
Im from alaska and first trip we went to the yucatan mexico.
Then to hawaii. he picked mexico and i picked hawaii. its funny cuz he would love to go back to mex. and i would love to go back to hawaii but actually either is fine.
for our honeymoon he got to pick and picked flordia. So that will be a new place for him (ive been there but not as an adult) i would have picked europe. but we will prob take a cruise to the bahamas from there. 🙂 i actually think our next trip will be brazil but only because my mom is from there.
Post # 7
I’m from North Carolina. Internationally speaking, next year, DH and I are going to Costa Rica and Ireland. I’m going on a cruise leaving out of Charleston to the Bahamas with some girls later on in the year too.
Domestically, we tend to stay on the East Coast. We did go to California on a family vacation last June-July though.
Post # 8
Airline miles are super easy to get without flying – makes going pretty much anywhere affordable. We’re going to Argentina for free this winter (their summer) – we’ve done China, New Zealand, and Namibia on free airfare, too. We usually go pretty far afield for longer vacations, but when it’s just a long weekend, we stick to Tahoe, Yosemite, the CA desert, etc. Places that are driveable in less than 5 hours, usually.
Post # 9
In western Canada here, and Mexico is THE cheap, quick place to go for tropical vacations. I’ve been twice.
These days we like to go to Phoenix, AZ, and Las Vegas a lot. It’s quick and easy and warm.
We go to England once a year or so to visit my FI’s family.
Post # 10
We drive on vacation a lot. Don’t like to take what we have nearby for granted. When we fly, it could be anywhere. It’s true that Europe is a really long expensive flight from the midwest. We’re not really tropical vacationers, so our next big trip is China – I’ve never been. Then maybe the UK? Be nice to go across the ocean and understand the language. 🙂
Post # 11
I’m in the middle. Overall, the caribbean is cheaper (think close though-Mexico obviously) and Europe is probably the most expensive (typically over $1k). I would put Hawaii and more expensive Caribbean tickets in the same price range though. I flew to Hawaii out of Florida my ticket was about $800-900. It’s cheaper if you’re already on the West Coast because you can typically fly directly out of your airport (almost). It’s all about the gas and distance and how many flights it takes to get there.
Since I’m in the middle I don’t find I’m swayed either direction. I do think a lot of people around here to go Mexico or Jamaica, simply because it’s the cheapest place to go (ticket wise and hotel/resort wise).
Some places (Asia, Australia, NZ) are the farthest away for most of the US so it’s why they’re the priciest. $$ definitely plays into people’s travel budgets.
Oh, my favorite place to travel for a cheap vacation is Colorado because I love to hike and ski and I love the mountains. I can drive, have my own car, and camp if I want during the summer.
Post # 12
I mostly travel to other places in California, within driving distance or a cheap flight to the LA area. I can’t afford to fly to Hawaii, let alone other countries. But there’s a lot of beautiful places in Northern California!
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
Travelled all over the place – for me it is mostly about what my budget is at the time. I live in central Canada and have more recently travelled closer to home because of school but I have travelled to Europe, California, and Florida from here. When I lived in Australia I travelled to Hong Kong, Fiji, and New Zealand. The last big trip I took was to Cuba and we have plans to go to the Carribean soon, then Hawaii for our honeymoon a few months after the wedding (he is from there so we will visit with his family for a bit before doing our own thing – we only have so much vacation time each year and have it already spent for next year due to wedding and already planned week-long vacation. I really think budget and amount of vacation time has a lot to do with where you decide to go …
Post # 14
Destinations are chosen, for us, based on why we’re travelling (ie: skiing, visiting family, sunshine trip, etc.) and then budget and vacation time allowed.
We go to Europe once a year, minimum. But its to visit family/friends. I’ve also done a European ski trip (because it cost less than flying to the Rockies.) I’ve travelled a lot, sometimes for months at a time, with that much time available you can go a lot further.
I live on the east coast, but my family members have timeshares in Hawaii and go every year (and have since the late 70s.) I think budget probably determines more as well as proximity to a major hub. If you can fly out of the hub and save yourself the connecting flight and the layover it makes the trip a lot more tolerable.
Post # 15
We live just north of Fargo/Grand Forks so that’s a popular spot for ‘mini’ vacations. Same with Minneapolis (it’s about an 8 hour drive). There’s a bunch of stores in the US that we don’t have here, and prices are often better, so it’s nice to get away and do some shopping! My mom and I both LOVE dress barn. On our last trip to Minneapolis we stopped at 4 different Dress Barns and my mom bought at least one dress at each one! Heaven help us both if they ever expand to our city!
Orlando is a really popular destination for longer trips, especially with families. Way more so than Disneyland. Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic are popular southern vacation destinations, especially Cuba. It’s really funny how some of my American friends react when I tell them we’re thinking of going there for our honeymoon. It’s always “Cuba? You can’t go to Cuba! That’s like illegal or something!” Well not for Canadians!!!
Post # 16
@MsJ2theZ: Hi. I live right on the Atlantic so I’m definitely easternly situated. 🙂 I have travelled all over, both near and far and I have to say, that we typically do go to east coast Mexico or the Carribbean for cheap treats. We do frequent Europe about once a year and have fancied going to Iceland for a long weekend since it’s a pretty short flight from Boston. In the amount of time it takes to fly from Boston to LAX, we could be in London so we went to London this past summer for two weeks. I definitely like living on the east coast for easier access to western Europe.
ETA: I have no real desire to go to HI because of the long flight time and the fact that I have beautiful beaches and vistas much, much closer. If I could time travel, I would definitely visit but honestly, my butt hurts just thinking about sitting for 12 hours. Yikes!