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February 16, 2016 / Retirementallychallenged.com

GratiTuesday: Home, sweet home

My husband and I just returned home from a trip to La Paz, Mexico. We enjoyed a week of lovely weather, beautiful vistas, wonderful food, and pampered relaxation. On most of our trips we tend more towards the Best Western or Hampton Inn-type accommodations. We are much more inclined to spend our money on our daylight adventures and less on where we lay our heads. This trip was different; some friends invited us to take advantage of a deal they found through Expedia and join them at a lovely beach resort near the tip of Baja.

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Our trip couldn’t have gone any smoother or our travel companions been any more compatible. The resort was lovely and, although it was off-season, we enjoyed picture-perfect weather and warm ocean water.

Tomorrow I will finish unpacking and doing the laundry. I will start having to plan meals and making lists of errands that need to be run. I will miss having fresh towels provided and our room cleaned every day. I will especially miss the pool that was just outside our door, and a nearly deserted white sand beach that was just a few steps further.

But, right now, I’m so grateful to be back in my home. I am always sad when a trip is over, but I love to return to my comfortable and familiar surroundings. No matter how interesting and beautiful the world outside my little bubble is, there really, truly, is no place like home.

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  1. Polly Huffman / Feb 16 2016 7:56 pm

    Wow, a devine trip! But, you’re right, home is the best place to be.

    • Retirementallychallenged.com / Feb 16 2016 8:23 pm

      The trip was great, but home is… well… home. I would like a waiter to bring me a margarita, though.

    • Polly Huffman / Feb 17 2016 12:40 am

      I meant divine!

  2. Shelley / Feb 17 2016 4:13 am

    I too love a bargain. If we can save on hotel, flight etc. that means we can travel more.

    • Retirementallychallenged.com / Feb 17 2016 1:37 pm

      I agree! Also, 4- and 5-star accommodations are lovely but they can be isolating since they often are located well away from the “real” world.

  3. laura bruno lilly / Feb 17 2016 5:29 am

    What a perfect combo: a bargain that panned out to be a bargain with all the perks of a great ‘holiday’. Keep wearin’ those vacay shades… 😎

  4. Keith / Feb 17 2016 5:36 am

    Welcome home Dorothy. I am glad your Oz was a great vacation, but there is no place like home.

  5. Kate Crimmins / Feb 17 2016 6:48 am

    Trips have two highpoints. One is going there and the other is coming home!

    • Retirementallychallenged.com / Feb 17 2016 1:41 pm

      Oh, yes! We met fellow travelers who were going home to snow so maybe they were not looking forward to that journey as much.

  6. Kristine Puzel / Feb 17 2016 7:52 am

    Glad you had a great trip and wonderful weather! But you’re right…. nothing beats sleeping in your own bed!! Can’t you train the “Mr.” to bring you a margarita?!?!

  7. joannesisco / Feb 17 2016 1:56 pm

    It is nice to go away, but it is nice to get back home afterwards. Yes, the amenities are gone and the casual, laidback feeling of vacation … but home is where all the memories are stored for safe keeping 🙂

  8. Terri Webster Schrandt / Feb 17 2016 6:08 pm

    I can’t wait to hear more about your trip! This is the best time of year for Baja! It is ALWAYS wonderful to come home, though!!

    • Retirementallychallenged.com / Feb 17 2016 6:59 pm

      I’ll be posting more soon. I think we picked the perfect time to go… just after Mardi Gras and just before high season.

  9. Barb / Feb 17 2016 9:41 pm

    Yes, I could never be a snow bird. I have learned that for most of my road trips, by the end of two weeks I need to be back In my own little space. Although right now the thought of three weeks on Padre Island instead of two is looking pretty good…

    • Retirementallychallenged.com / Feb 19 2016 8:23 am

      I’ve never been to Padre Island but your comment prompted me to Google it. It looks lovely! I think three weeks there sounds great!

  10. Carol Ferenc / Feb 18 2016 1:13 pm

    So glad you had a great trip ~ it sounds wonderful. It’s always nice to be pampered a little, but nothing beats the comforts of home.

  11. lisadorenfest / Feb 18 2016 8:44 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful, luxurious, relaxing week. But I know what you mean about ‘home, sweet, home’. One of the reasons I love to travel by sail is that wherever I go, I’m ‘home’, but even with that, I am still a bit homesick these days.

    Do you have another travel adventure planned in the near future?

    • Retirementallychallenged.com / Feb 19 2016 8:28 am

      We have a few trips planned… both long and short, here and abroad. I attended a travel workshop yesterday and it got me thinking about all the places I’d like to visit. We just sent for our passports to be renewed so, in about 6 weeks, we’ll be ready!

      • lisadorenfest / Feb 19 2016 6:27 pm

        Woo Hoo‼️ Watch out world, here you come 🛫

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