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5 Lies That Travelers Tell Themselves

NVR Guys

We decided it would be a good idea to have some different viewpoints here at No Vacation Required. While we're out exploring Kauai, enjoy this debut guest post from "the devil on the other shoulder." Aloha! Thanks, Kent and Caanan. Enjoy the beach. *door slamming*

OK.  Now that the NVR Guys have left the condo, here's the deal. Whether you're a new or a seasoned traveler, there are some truths we have to start admitting. These "truths" apply to nearly any location but are inspired by what I – the devil on the other shoulder – am witnessing here on Kauai. Don't hate me.

1) You did not get food poisoning at the luau.

Yeah... You got food poisoning from the food at the luau just like I got food poising from having chips, salsa and 10 margaritas last night. The kalua pig did not make you sick. The all-you-can-drink mai tais did.  You were stumbling drunk. Good for you! Own it.

2) Your excursion is not the only one to go 30 minutes longer.

Are you still believing that lie that tour operators tell?  I know, I know.... You did have a great group on the tour and I'm sure that the leader loved you all to pieces. Remember, though, that this guy is interested in making tips and getting referrals. I bet that most excursions run "unexpectedly" longer.

3) You are not the first person to see a whale this season.

I understand – that's what the tour guide told you (ahem, $$$). This falls in the same camp as #2, but it's gotta be mentioned. If I had a dime for every person who claimed to have seen the "first whale" this year, I'd be very rich. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that you saw a whale. Really.

4) You did not get an upgrade because you are cute and/or charming.

Tough love. You likely got an upgrade because 1) the hotel is not at capacity or 2) some people paid even less than you did. I am sure that you are cute and charming though. Keep workin' it - it can't hurt.

5) The bartender won't keep in touch.

Nor will the flight attendant, the cabin steward or server. They meet plenty of (incredible!) people like you and are doing their job. I'm sure your connection was special and that the bartender really got you. Just don't expect a call, an e-mail or even a text.

Enough said.

Any travel truths you want to add to the list? Leave a comment!