Create the Vacation YOU Want

Chilling out on the bed in your hotel room watching television, while wearing your own pajamas, is sometimes
the best part of a vacation.
— Laura Marano

Your time away should be invested in the things you want to do.

If you go to Whatever Town you do not have to do The Usual (as conventional wisdom would have you do). For example, Panama has the Panama Canal and that’s a great place for geek overload, watching the trains and water and ships going to and fro. But Panama has world class wildlife viewing opportunities and great beaches too. Santa Fe, NM, has wonderful art shopping, museums, and open air opera. But it is in easy distance of great hiking and camping opportunities too. Peru has archaeology, indigenous crafts, museums, and history – but it also has Amazonian wildlife and is an emerging food destination.

What do YOU want to do with your time, energy, money, and personal space? Make your trip your own!

I recently had great success reshaping what would have been seen as a slam dunk history trip into what I really wanted to do.

The Governor's Palace is wonderful but we did not need to see it again. Photo © Wangkun Jia |

The Governor’s Palace is wonderful but we did not need to see it again.
Photo © Wangkun Jia |

My sister and I live far enough apart that getting together for quality sister time takes planning and commitment. She has an abundance of timeshare credits. We both like the atmosphere of Colonial Williamsburg but have visited the shops and official buildings enough that those are not as great an attraction as they once were. We both enjoy sewing but neither of us needs new garments or sewn gifts. Lastly, we both like to dine well.

Was there hope for us to be away from home and spend fun, quality time together? Yes!

Sister Judy reserved a week for the two of us at one of her timeshare connections in Williamsburg, Virginia. Judy is an avid seamstress (much more committed than I am) so she brought her sewing machine, her serger, and an abundance of necessary tools. I brought directions for making Little Dresses for Africa. We both brought fabric from our personal stash. In the timeshare apartment, we pressed, cut, stitched and created variations on the very easy pattern. At the end of the day – or whenever we needed a change of pace – we would go out for a wonderful meal, often in CW (as the locals call Colonial Williamsburg).

Here are three of the dresses we made. Photo by J Emmons

Here are three of the dresses we made.
Photo by J Emmons

For me, this was a very satisfactory revision of the standard trip to historic Virginia. During the week we completed seven dresses, each with a variation that kept us entertained. Now seven girls have a new dress and we have a week’s worth of usefulness and shared sister time.

I realize that sewing vacations are not for everyone but you probably have a personal passion which could be shaped into a wonderful escape to suit only you. Go for it! Let me know if you need help planning.

Boundaries divide. Travel unites.

7 July 2016

About Travel Unites

A travel agent since 1994, I want people to get together for greater understanding across boundaries.
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