I write this to you from the late-sun-drenched porch of a blue-shuttered white bungalow on the shore of Pleasure Bay in Stone Harbour, New Jersey. I took two days off this week to come up here with Amanda to her family's beach house, and I am utterly relaxed. We've beached, we've biked, we've beered, I slept 10 hours last night. In a word, vacation.
I realized the other day that if I don't have to use any other days for random occurences, I'll have 5 or so days left of vacation between now and the end of of 2012, so I've been plotting ways to use them. A yoga retreat in Costa Rica? Camping in West Virginia? A jaunt to Chicago? I definitely want to use these days, because if I don't before the end of the year, they go poof.
So I turn towards crowd-sourcing for vacation ideas. Requirements: It has to happen between October 8 (after my marathon) and early November, or after November 12, but before Thanksgiving (November 11 is the wedding of a dear friend in Austin, Texas, which I'm pretty psyched for. I'll be there for a couple of days before the wedding if anybody wants to hang ). I will also probably be doing the traveling solo, so somewhere that's welcoming to solo female travelers would be good (I'd love to do the aforementioned yoga retreat, but most yoga retreats in 2012 are in December, and my company has a vacation blackout between Thanksgiving and December 20). August is out as I'll be in Glacier for a big chunk then, though I could do late July/early August, I suppose.
That's pretty limiting! But I'm hoping somebody out there has a brilliant idea. Where would you go?
*Any typos in this post brought to you by two glasses of prosecco