Summer Vacation

Published April 16, 2012 by theprioritymale

By Jenna Raulerson

Summer is on the horizon, and that means several things. For all of us who write on this blog, who just happen to be teachers and school employees, that means time off work! But it also means time to plan summer vacations.


In my house, this is a little bit of a daunting task, mostly because my husband and I have conflicting tastes in ideal vacation destinations. I’d like to spend my vacation taking in gorgeous natural scenery, breathing in fresh air, doing a little hiking or riding bikes on the beach and possibly taking in a man-made shopping mall hear and there. He would like to spend the days in a fast-paced city with flashing lights everywhere you look. Probably playing lots of golf. One thing we do agree on is really great food.


So this year I came up with a solution to avoid a possible World War III (ok not really) when deciding on where to go for summer vacay. We would get 10 slips of paper. Each of us would do thorough research and write down 5 places we would like to go for vacation. Then we would draw one out of a bowl!


Here were the rules:


  1. They had to be places we could reasonably afford to go by June 2012.
  2. They had to be places we had never been before!
  3. They had to be within the continental U.S.
  4. Thorough research needed to be conducted.
  5. They had to be awesome.


It took us a while to come up with 5 places each. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. But it was a lot of fun, and fun to keep mine secret from my hubby until the end! When we both finished, we put them in a big box and shook it all around. My husband insisted he draw the slip out (man thing)… and the choice was… Scottsdale, AZ!!


Here are the other choices that were in the box:


  1. Chicago, IL
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Santa Barbara, CA
  4. New Orleans, LA
  5. Scottsdale, AZ


  1. Dallas, TX
  2. Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  3. Miami/Key West, FL
  4. Hilton Head, SC
  5. Scottsdale, AZ

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