What’s Your Favorite Vacation Memory?

Have you gone sky diving, scuba diving or swimming with sharks on your vacation? Did you play fun games during a road trip or watch sunsets with your family? Share your favorite vacation memory in today’s Throwback Thursday.

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kt September 21, 2015 at 9:29 am

The first time I went camping was a doozy. It was with my BFF and her mom and grandmother. We had two tents and two tarps. As teenagers, we thought we knew it all and we argued over where the best place was to put the tarps. We insisted they belonged over the tent in case it rained. They insisted it belonged under the tent for the same reason. We set our tents and tarps and in cooking dinner over the fire and setting up camp we completely forgot about the tarp issue. Until it rained. HARD. It was a rolling thunder kinda storm with lots of lightning and even more rain. Turned out that our tent had a hole in the bottom of it and rain seeped in and flooded us out. Their tent had a hole in the top and they got flooded out too. We lasted until 2:30 am by the clock in the car and we packed up and left in the pouring rain. It was a 90 minute sopping wet drive to BFF's house. We each took ten minute hot showers so we each got a chance to warm up and then went to bed at 6am. It was crazy and miserable but it was fun. There was a lot of yelling and confusion because we packed up camp in a drenching downpour with naught but the headlights of the car to see by. I think I laughed like a madman at the ridiculousness of it. I still hate camping but cherish the memory that caused my dislike of it 🙂

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Clara August 27, 2015 at 10:57 am

My favorite time on vacation was with my three grandchildren. We were on a flight to Florida, this was there first time flying. On descent my husband told them the plane was getting ready to land and to get ready for the landing. He told them he was going to count down from ten and exactly when he said zero the plane touched the runway and they all screamed, to the delight of all on the plane!!!! I have never laughed so hard. They asked him how he knew the plane would land at that exact moment.

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Yvette August 27, 2015 at 10:45 am

Spending a 4th of July on Pine Island in the Gulf of Mexico-absent the fireworks and other hoopla that normally accompanies the holiday, it was just a simply fabulous setting sun on the beach with sea turtles and private homes on stilts and just listening to waves wash gently ashore and watching the quiet awe on the faces of the (very) few children who were there with their families observing the sea life. That was the absolute best. Another was being on a cruise and being the only one on my side of the ship deck to spot a pod of dolphins cavorting beside the ship--when I shouted "look! Dolphins" it seems EVERYONE ran to that side to take a look...I was afraid then of the balance of the ship with so many folks looking and leaning over the rails trying to get a look at the dolphins, but it was fun and the day turned into a stellar evening complete with moonlight and later sitting on the little patio outside our stateroom and sipping wine, everything else about the trip paled in comparison to it.

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Robert O'Connell August 27, 2015 at 10:02 am

@Paul same with me, except I lost my friends for two days, and while in college.

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Susie August 27, 2015 at 9:56 am

In 1990 my daughter and I spent 5 months with Mercy Ships; 3 months onboard a ship (the Anastasis) crossing the north Atlantic visiting ports in the Faroe Islands, Norway, Scotland, and Germany, and 2 months land-based performing street drama (I portrayed Satan!) in Germany, Greece, and Albania. My daughter celebrated her 6th birthday in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and graduated from Kindergarten when we were docked in Kristiansand, Norway. We were among the first legal missionaries in Albania, arriving just a month after the borders opened on a country that had been "closed" for 40 years. Quite an extended vacation for us both! 25 years later, my daughter still gets the photo albums out to re-live her memories from that trip whenever she comes to visit.

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Lori August 27, 2015 at 9:49 am

Riding around on a motorbike in Mykonos 1981, then stopping at a beach for a swim in magnificent clear water. Fresh fish at a Taverna on the beach, dancing all night. How's that?

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Yasmine August 27, 2015 at 9:45 am

My favorite vacation memory is as a child. We use to fly to Greece in the summer to see family on one of the islands. To get there we had to take three flights. Here to NYC, NYC to Athens and then a small jumper to the island. The flight from NYC to Athens took something like 12 hours and I remember sleeping on the floor of the plane desperate to find some place to stretch out and sleep. I probably was uncomfortable and not pleased with having to resort to sleeping on the floor of the plane then, but now it is one of my fondest childhood memories!

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Terri Day August 27, 2015 at 9:03 am

My husband and I had gone to Treasure Beach campground in OC. We were in our tent and woke up to a bad rain storm. We slept on lounge chairs. The storm eventually made our tent spikes come out of the ground and our tent collapsed on us... We laughed and laughed...

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Debbie August 27, 2015 at 9:01 am

Barely remember any of them because it has been that long since I have been on a vacation. Have the time, just not the money (on what I make here, lol), to go on one.

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Karen August 27, 2015 at 8:56 am

One of my favorite vacation memories was taking my two children whale watching. Taking vacation was a luxury for me and my children, so when I had the opportunity, I took them to Grand Manan Island (part of New Brunswick, Canada) for a few days. One morning we got up early to go whale watching in the Bay of Fundy. It was about 90 degrees inland and about 50 out on the bay. We saw so many right whales, puffins, and dolphins. It was so much fun and I was so happy that I could show my 7 and 10 year old the beauty of our province. All three of us had so much fun on that vacation - waking up to the waves crashing against the rocks, walking the beaches and exploring. Being that Grand Manan is an island, we had to wait in line to get our car on the ferry boat that takes you to the island and back to the mainland, but that was all part of the fun.
http://www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca/Products/G/Grand-Manan-Island.aspx

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Audra August 27, 2015 at 8:48 am

My cousins and I took our kids to Disney and stayed at a vacation home. The kids decided to do a Amazing Race themed vacation. Each time we returned to the house the last one in the front door was eliminated. The kids and a couple of adults took this very seriously even jumping out of moving vehicles as we pulled into the driveway. It ended when we arrived back home. The first one on my front porch would be the winner. My two nephews paid their shuttle driver $20 to beat our shuttle driver and then tried to out run each other. One of them drove for the porch. It was a insane but fun vacation.

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Paul Schley August 27, 2015 at 7:19 am

The year was around 1968 and I was about 10 yrs old. I got lost in Ocean City, Md. from around noon until, oh, about 10:00 at night. I walked the streets looking for something familiar. Finally, I saw my dad and brother by a soda machine. Not a fun vacation but an interesting story to tell!

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