I have a friend who likes to vacation in the same place every year. Each May, his wife and he travel to the Dominican Republic and stay at the same all-inclusive resort, the Bavaro Princess.Once, I asked him whether he ever thought of vacationing some place else. He said that ” Why would I want to do that ? We love this place, the facilities, the food, the climate. Why should I take a chance on another place that might not be as good ? Besides, over the years, we have made friends with some of the others who vacation there at the same time as us; it’s great to meet up with them again.”
Certainly logical and, obviously, it works for him. However, it isn’t my cup of tea. I like to go to different places all the time. There are so many places to see that it seems a waste and a bore to return to the same one over and over again. The new place might not be as good but it’s different, and that counts for a lot.
Besides, the second time around is never as good. We did go to Jamaica twice but we stayed in different parts of the island; once in Negril and the other time at Ocho Rios. On both trips however, we went to Dunn’s River Falls, one of the main tourist attractions there.It’s a rock strewn cataract that you can clamber up, or down if you so choose. On a hot day, the feel of the cold water against your skin is heavenly. The first time was wonderful, the second time also enjoyable ….just not as good.
At one time, time shares for vacations used to be popular. For a fixed amount of money , you could purchase one or two weeks at a resort of your choice over a 15 year period.. You would have to vacation at the same place at the same time each year. The condos were nice and those who signed up early got a terrific bargain; compared to hotel rates, the time shares were dirt cheap. Some people ( like my friend) loved the idea. But for many others, the idea of vacationing in the same place and at the same time every year was an anathema. Sure, you could exchange your time share with someone else but it involved a transfer fee and there was no guarantee that a timeshare in a place that you actually wanted to go might open up just when you wanted it. I think a lot of people have since soured on the time share idea because I see some companies and websites that have sprung up to buy the remainder of your contract , at a discount of course.
I feel the same way about restaurants and movies and books.We do have some favorite restaurants that we return to but when we do we make sure to order at least some new dishes that we’ve never had before. As I wrote in a previous post, most of the books I read are from the library. I do have some shelves of books but, except for the reference books and cookbooks, I know I’ll never dip into the others again. When it comes to movies, there are a couple that I’ll see again if they are shown on TV ( Christmas Story and Blazing Saddles are two that come to mind) but I can’t think of any that I’d see a second time at the theater. I can’t imagine sitting through Titanic twice, let alone eight and nine times as some young girls did. Once was quite enough.