The WC – Your Worst & Best Vacation

January 27, 2014 12:00 pm · 45 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

News came out this week that over 300 people came down with some type of illness while on a cruise back east.

That brings up a good question: What is the worst vacation you’ve ever been on, and what is the best?

Talk about it….

Buddy January 27, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I dont beleive I have had worst vacation. Any time away from work is good.
I have had some really good ones but the best was probably Hawaii.
Its such an awesome place.

Killjoy January 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Worst vacation…..
A week in Grand Cayman with my then girlfriend. She wasn’t feeling very well, and didn’t want to explore the island. What the hell is the use of going to a tropical paradise if you are going to sit in the hotel room all damned day?
At least we were able to SCUBA dive every day as the boat was at the hotel docks.

Best vacation…..
Three way tie.
A week in Moorea with my wife (same person by the way). 😉
A week in Cozumel with my girlfriend.
A week in Bonaire with my girlfriend (yes yes, same girl every time).

Domestic CEO January 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM

WORST: Caribbean cruise. We were on the outskirts of a hurricane which made for a very very rough sail and visit to islands. Then we went to Florida afterwards and Hurricane Debbie bombarded us while trying to visit Disneyworld.

BEST: Between Hawaii and Reno… it’s a toss-up. However, we do have a timeshare in Lake Tahoe and that is the favorite ‘yearly’ get-away.

Anon January 27, 2014 at 12:20 PM

What’s a vacation? 😉

Uh, January 27, 2014 at 12:24 PM

what’s a ” vacation?”.

the reluctant farmer January 27, 2014 at 12:28 PM

3 month cross country USA driving back roads whenever possible after we retired. Americans are great friendly people…did you know in Lousiana, on back road of course, oncoming people wave their finger at you while still holding the steering wheel…great greeting!
In Georgia we ate a Buffet place and encountered a few things we didnt recognize. Other patrons were so helpful in describing what they were.
In Colorado we met a man driving and delivering a Zamboni…he was at same motel as we were and told us about his mission.
If any of you ever get the chance to make this kind of a trip…do it!
Locals will recommend the best places to eat and never steer you wrong

The Mamba January 27, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Hmmm, I went to Puerto Vallerta one time and was shocked that you basically can’t swim in the ocean, the timeshare we were staying in was a total dump and we all got Montezuma’s revenge on the last day and were a joy to be around on the flight home.

Best would have to trip to Whistler I made with my now wife on Valentine’s day and a trip through France I did with my brother and mom right after college, great memories.

Craig January 27, 2014 at 12:34 PM

@ Killjoy–2

Glad to hear you “sowed your oats.” What a player!

Best vacation—3 weeks in Europe (my wife, left the kids at home) or Caribbean cruise (honeymoon, same wife).

I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad vacation, but I did go down to Mexico with my drunk college frat buddies, and we ran out of money. That was memorable.

Anon January 27, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Worst: Honeymoon in Hawaii back in 1992. On our way from the Sheratan Makaha to the other side of the island (to visit my husband’s grandparents) we stopped at a popular beach for pix (for literally 15mins) and our rental car was broken into. Our luggage and my purse was in trunk but crooks broke lock. My husband was born/raised in Hawaii so he felt awful because he was familiar with tourists being targets in rental cars. I think I cried for 2 days :-(.

Best: Sunvalley Idaho for a week of skiing. The resort plus the people there were amazing. I put my husband’s wallet down in the lodge with all our cash ($800 back in early 90’s) and realized later that I lost it! Someone turned it in with the cash still in it. Best place and best vac because it could have been another disaster.

I have since divorced the bum – but have vacation memories!!

The Mamba January 27, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Oh, I forgot about 2 weeks I spent in New Zealand touring the South Island. Hands down, the most beautiful place I’ve ever been, great people and great food as well.

Cowellian January 27, 2014 at 12:47 PM

There were times when our only vacation was a day-trip to some place close, but we never had a bad one.

The best vacation was three weeks on Cape Cod. It was an awesome experience.

Worst and Best January 27, 2014 at 12:47 PM

The worst was taking the family back to the Midwest to visit my family and my mother died.

Best vacation was 2 weeks golfing in Scotland with my Dad and brothers. Played all The Open courses including Muirfield, (real snobs that make Augusta look like friendly place).

94598 January 27, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Too easy— best vacation is the perpetual vacation in my day-to-day life- started the day I divorced. Cheers to all!

Love My City! January 27, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Worst: A week in Puerto Vallarta decades ago…got tourista the next to last night…though we would die! Made it on the plane, but we were sick for two weeks afterwards. It took us years to look at our photos of that vacation and we’ve never been back to Mexico.

Best: Where do I start? First trip to Paris twenty years ago? Last trip to Paris two years ago? Alaska land and sea trip? Rhine River cruise? Hiking in the Italian Alps? Wine walk in Languedoc region of France? 48 hours in London? It doesn’t seem to matter where we are…the key is that I am with my best friend and favorite travel companion…my husband!

Incognito January 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM

I don’t think I’ve had a “worst” vacation, but some have been better than others…

BEST: About 20 years ago…. took a three-week vacation on a motorcycle, visiting all our National Parks in California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona! From the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley…. and the list continues! America has some wonderful sites to see! A great vacation it was, great memories!

Mitch January 27, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Worst—-Hawaii in the 70’s with my high school sweetheart. We were teenagers in love, Concord High style, but we were going off to separate colleges and thought we’d “say goodbye” to each other on an island. I was an athlete, and she was a cheerleader and homecoming queen candidate. She wanted to get married one day. Needless to say, it didn’t go very well. We were both 18. You never forget your first true love.

Best—-My wife and I are well traveled, but I would go with Australia in the 90’s. Had our kids with us, and had a great time! She would tell you all the cruises we go on. Those are a lot of fun as well. Everything’s paid for. A lot of new people to meet.


Me January 27, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Worst: no offense to my husband but Jamaica isn’t the best place to be if you’re not staying in a resort. The 100+ roaches watching me use the bathroom each night or the one crawling on my chair while eating breakfast were not appreciated. Also being locked behind multiple iron fences and doors for safety all day, every day is hard to take.

Best: Maybe one of my HI trips with my college friend. I definitely had my best Thanksgiving there–no dishes to do, dinner outside at sunset with a man quietly and beautifully playing his guitar in the background. HI has always felt like my home away from home. I don’t feel like a tourist when I’m there.

ClayDen January 27, 2014 at 1:15 PM

I can’t think of a really bad one. Maybe a camping trip to Pinecrest many years ago when we wound up in the Sonora emergency room with our 1 1/2 year old daughter in the middle of the night (turned out to be “non-serious” result of a fall earlier in the day).

Best: 11 weeks in Europe, arriving on our second wedding anniversary and going all over. We got as far southeast as southern Italy and as far northwest as Bergen Norway. Last year to Hawaii with all of our kids, their spouses and our grandchildren – 14 of us. A couple of memorable road trips too: Oregon, The Okanagan, Canadian Rockies, Glacier, then home via the Columbia River Gorge. Another was Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone and the Tetons. There are more planned that should prove to be memorable.

7 day cruise from San Pedro to Panama January 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Everything went perfectly, the food was great……but, it was the most boring and mind-numbing experience of my life.

The worst vacation was at Sandals Royal Caribbean in 1990. The place was a sewer. My wife and I were the only guests with teeth.

cf January 27, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Best – the three cruises where we sailed around Tahiti and other French Polynesia Islands e.g. Bora Bora, Moorea, etc. Knock on wood, we have been on 20+ cruises have been lucky so far as Noro virus goes.

Worst – Fort Bragg in the winter when power went out along the Mendocino Coast. No lighting, no hot water, etc. Finally left the Inn a day early.

Shelley January 27, 2014 at 1:49 PM

So I LOVE to travel, and my husband can’t stand it. We’re happily married, and we can afford it, but he travels out of town a lot for business, and can’t stand the sight of an airport.

We thought we’d better “work this out” because sitting around getting on each others nerves when we’re both on vacation isn’t my idea of a good time. Nor is it fair to our co-workers when we return to work.

So we go camping. Or take a drive along the coast. Nothing enviable, but as long as we get away together, that all that counts.

anonononon January 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Best: Three weeks driving a new Volvo around Europe and then having it shipped home. 140mph on the autobahn

Worst: One week in rented house on Hanaleii Bay with 6 friends who suddenly didn’t get along. Thanks god for Valium. Truly hell in paradise.

Anon January 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Worst: Jamaica- not safe to leave the resort. Drug dealers are waiting outside the grounds and at all the popular tourist spots- even outside the airport. It was many years ago so granted it could have changed since then.

Best: Big Island , Hawaii- beautiful beaches, Volcano Nat’l Park and not overcrowded like Oahu or Maui. Also really enjoyed NYC- so much to see and do.

Me January 27, 2014 at 3:25 PM

@ Anon 23
Nope, it hasn’t changed. I suppose the resorts aren’t the safest either but better than elsewhere. I’ve only spent a few nights at resorts. I’ve been both fortunate and unfortunate enough to visit other places.

anonanonagain January 27, 2014 at 3:28 PM

I have fond memories from all my vacations. A few of them had “moments” or incidents that I could have let ruin the trips for me, but thankfully I have a pretty good attitude.
One of those “incidents” is when I flew from SF to London, Heathrow and had to take an hour long bus ride to Gatwick airport to catch a plane ride to Allicante Spain. Trying to use a restroom on a bus was disgusting. After waiting in Gatwick for 5 hours for our departing flight, we finally left. Landing we were met by a cab driver who ripped me off in the cab fare. At our destination in a small city of Mutxamel outside of Allicante, there was nothing open. Nothing. Hungry and tired I checked into my room. the pipes leaked and when I used the restroom in the middle of the night, I noticed that the kitchen had water all over the floor. I had a miserable nights sleep. Fortunately, I was able to get a better room,

Danielle January 27, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Best vacation would be honeymoon in Paris. Very romantic, and oh so long ago!

Don’t know that we’ve had any bad vacations. We’re well traveled, and travel domestically and internationally.

Won’t bore you with all the details. Travel safely!!

steve January 27, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Best is hard to say been to many places in my 55 years. But two that stand out are the two years I went to Burning Man. Really cant come up with any bad vacations.

Worst-Las Vegas; Best-Camping January 27, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Worst-definitely Las Vegas. Although I love hot weather, I do not enjoy being indoors, do not enjoy cigarette smoke, and hate air conditioning, and crowds and gambling. The food and shows were good, and the morning walks outdoors before everyone else were out and about. And the drive and tour of Hoover Dam were good. Don’t have any desire to go back.

All other vacations have been great, and especially the ones spent entirely outdoors camping or skiing. Favorites probably backpacking and camping on the east side of the Sierra where there are few people.

Killjoy January 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

@Craig at post #8

Read my post at number 2 again. I stated that all my trips were with the same girl.
My wife and I have been together for 29 years (not married for all that time). So your comment of my sowing my oats does NOT make any sense.

Lots of great ones January 27, 2014 at 5:36 PM

-Camping with family in the Sierra
-Backpacking in the Sierra
-Touring the US by car
-Washington DC and the Smithsonian and all the museums
-Skiing in Mammoth, Utah, Whistler, Tahoe
-Camping/off-roading on USFS roads in the mountains
-Fishing in the Sierra
-Mountain biking at Tahoe
-Chichen Itza and Cancun
-Touring Bryce, and other Utah parks
-Driving/camping along the Calif. coast

Worst: Las Vegas – too many people, too much smoke, too much a/c.

Larry January 27, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Vacation? Cant’ afford one,to many on welfare depend on me to go to work everyday so I can support them.

Mark January 27, 2014 at 6:04 PM

@ KIlljoy (30)

Craig was being SARCASTIC! You’re being overly sensitive. Stevie Wonder could see that you’ve been married a long time to the same woman. Re-read his post, and Craig obviously has been too. I’m not even 29 yet, but I’m happily married, so I know how you feel. I hope my marriage lasts as long as yours. I SOWED MY OATS!

Jojo potato January 27, 2014 at 6:12 PM

It wasn’t really a vacation but I got a trip to a symposium in DC. I only went to one session. My hotel was right near the Mall and I spent the week in the museums. Great stuff! What a life, get up late and cruise the exhibits all day. By chance that was the last week that the Feds allowed T-shirt sales on the Mall. Got a bunch at cheap prices for me and my family. A real geek vacation for sure.

Marcus January 27, 2014 at 6:38 PM

After reading Killjoy, Craig and Mark’s posts, I’ve forgotten all about my vacations. I saved myself for marriage. Taken a trip or two. Different lady every time. Separate hotel rooms. Don’t remember much else. Probably Canada. Maybe Jamaica. No bad ones come to mind.

Antler January 27, 2014 at 6:41 PM

BEST: Every vacation in Germany and every vacation in Northern Italy.

Worst: Family camping at Lake Pillsbury one summer… details, just toooooooo wretched!

Claire January 27, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Best……Definitely Europe! Way too fun and exciting!

Worst: I took Greyhound to see a friend in San Diego. My flight was cancelled, and Amtrak was booked, so I didn’t think it would be a big deal. WRONG! The bus broke down on 1-5 in the middle of the night. This was way before cell phones, and we were relying on a “truck driver to drive by and help us.” We got there eventually…..

Masta G January 27, 2014 at 7:43 PM

WORST- Cabo, Mexico….
BEST- Maui, Hawaii!!!!

BCuzItzClaycord January 27, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Worst – Rifle Colorado. Have any of you ever been to Rifle….Don’t go!!!! It was an ex-boyfriends grandparents 60th anniversary, Really sweet people but awful town/area
Best – 6 weeks traveling around Greece and the Greek Islands. #2 best – 6 weeks traveling around Italy

Yolanda January 27, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Best vacation- Taking the Eurail and touring Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. The scenery was amazing, and even though we were “warned” about traveling in December, we had beautiful weather.

Worst- Trying to get to Ireland, only to be stuck in Chicago for 3 days. The volcano in Iceland had erupted and no flights were getting in or out of Europe at all. On the positive side, I’d never been to Chicago before, so I did get to do a little site-seeing there. Also, the airline did refund our flights from Chicago to Dublin, so I can’t complain. Typically they won’t do that for weather or other “acts of God”. They also paid for 1 night’s hotel fare and 1 meal. It wasn’t much, but more than I had expected.

Well.. January 27, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Best- my trip to Australia and New Zealand

Worst- I don’t think I have ever had a bad trip. I don’t usually make plans, just kinda get there and then decide what I want to see, based on what looks good. That way there is no disappointment because I didn’t get to see something that I had planned to.

Roz January 28, 2014 at 6:18 AM

Just started getting the travel bug 4 years ago, Hawaii, nice,..Maui, better.
But the best so far was Puerto Rico last November.
Our Son-in-Law is a Coast Guard stationed in San Juan.
Our Daughter was a great tour guide, packed week.
Bat Cave, Rain Forrest, Beaches, Zipline,…plus great food & weather.
Would go again,…should learn some Spanish.

Suburban Dad January 28, 2014 at 6:57 AM

My most memorable vacations are;
19 days rafting and kayaking down the Colorado river through the Grand Canyon. It’s truly an amazing place and there is no better way to experience it.
Costa Rica, My wife and I rented a Jeep Wrangler, no reservations. We went where we wanted to go, stayed in some beautiful places and it was pretty cheap!
Yellowstone and Glacier road trip. Yellowstone is amazing and Glacier is even better. Close encounter with a Grizzly bear while hiking we’ll never forget!

Worst vacation; East coast trip, Washington D.C., Virginia and up to New York City. Would have been great except it started raining an hour after we got there and stopped raining a hour before we left.
I agree with #29 about Las Vegas. I know some people love it, I’d rather have a root canal.

Shulla January 28, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Best: Alaskan Cruise (inside passage) in 2000. Very quiet and relaxing. Lots of blue hair, no hair and walkers. Nice break from stressful career. Met nice people. Wonderful memories.
Worst: Camping with our small children at a State Park in Santa Cruz. Rude, immature, unsupervised teenagers at next campsite played loud stereo music all nite. What a nightmare. So much for enjoying nature.

RanchgirlCA January 28, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Camping in Yosemite for my birthday years ago, before the campgrounds were taken out by floods. NYC while back east for a wedding, Maui for my honeymoon are some of the best. Even back in the day when I couldn’t afford to go anywhere, I was still happy to be on vacation and get to sleep in and putz around. It’s all good.

spinner January 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Worst: My very first and last camping trip which
was on Mt. Diablo. It rained and I was
“uphill” in a leaky tent. Rain ran
directly downhill to wet my sleeping bag.

Best: A sailing trip up the Sacramento
River to Lost Slough in the Delta. One
week which included anchoring at
Angel Island for the July 4, 1976,
Bicentennial fireworks and many other
secluded, beautiful anchorages in the delta
with fresh-picked wild blackberries for

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