Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Time for a Travel Confession


Aquinnah Cliffs, Martha’s Vineyard, via photoholic1

I have a travel confession to make:

I’ve lived in Massachusetts nearly all my life, and I have never been to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard.  Not ever.

Hell, I’ve barely even been to the Cape!

I have no excuse.  It’s incredibly easy to get to the Vineyard from Boston.

Nantucket sailboat, via jonathaneric – ITS HOT

Some say it’s a North/South thing.  I grew up 20 minutes north of Boston, and my fellow Massholes and I  joke that the North Shore and the South Shore might as well be different countries!  People from the North don’t go South, and vice versa.

Northerners stick to the beautiful beaches of Gloucester, Ipswich and Plum Island, while the South Shore crowd heads for the Cape.  Personally, my family chose lakes over oceans and stuck to New Hampshire.

Both Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are home to gorgeous beaches, wonderful views and cute towns.  Nantucket is incredibly high-end; Martha’s Vineyard is upscale but more affordable.  While both are billed as family destinations, my friends have told me quite a few scandalous stories from the nightlife scene on each island!

Martha’s Vineyard beach, via Professor Bop

Every summer, I tell myself that this will be the year that I finally make it to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket.  But I don’t even know if I can make it happen this year — I’m currently in super-travel-saving-mode, sacking away two-thirds of my salary for the next big adventure (and many of you now know what that is!).

It probably won’t happen this summer.  But I will make it to the islands someday.

So, what’s your travel confession?

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11 Responses to “Time for a Travel Confession”
  1. zoe zolbrod says:

    Ha! Thanks for the confession. I lived in Chicago for years without ever exploring any of the driving-distance destinations people around here love—Door County, Starved Rock, Galena, to name a few. I was always saving my money and time for more exotic locales. But now I’m becoming acquainted with the closer-by pleasures. Anywhere can provide a place for discovery if you have the right attitude.

  2. jim says:

    I think this isn’t as uncommon as you’d think, we live a stone’s throw away from Washington DC and we haven’t been to half the museums and monuments in the city. While it’s a pretty big city with lots to see, I think being so close makes us complacent. We could “go” anytime we want… but we don’t, maybe it’s a good reason for a staycation. 🙂

  3. JoAnna says:

    I think it would be true that most people haven’t explored their own neighborhoods as much as they should. I really make it a point to check out everything in and around Las Vegas when I have the chance, but I grew up in Wisconsin, and I didn’t make it to Madison until I visited a friend when we were in college. I’ve also only been to Milwaukee once. It’s a shame. Both are interesting cities.

  4. Kate says:

    I think you all said it — we all need to explore our hometowns more. Maybe we should make it a project! A travel blogging project…

  5. Christine says:

    I’ve never driven Pacific Coast Highway down South–even though that is apparently THE thing to do in California. Even though I really want to travel around the world, one of my next big goals is a road trip across the US–I’ve never been back East or down South!

  6. Erica says:

    It happens to the best of us! Shaun (hubby) lived in Arizona for 13 years and never went to the Grand Canyon. I always ask, “How did you miss a GAPING CHASM?!?!”

  7. bridget says:

    I’ve never been to Nantucket, either! (Vineyard, yes, many times… Nantucket, not so much.)

    Oddly, I was talking to someone else about this the other day. We concluded that when you live somewhere, you see very little of the cool things. (Really, how often have y’all been to Tanglewood?!) Travel somewhere, though, and you make the effort to walk the Golden Gate Bridge or drive down PCH (which I did the one and only time I went to San Fran!).

    • Kate says:

      Nope, haven’t been to Tanglewood. 😉 I don’t think I’ve even been to Western Mass (excluding a brief UMass Amherst visit in high school) since summer camp at age 13!

  8. Holly M. says:

    so where iare you going on your next big trip? 🙂


  9. Sabina says:

    Oh, wow, if I lived so close to the Vineyard I’d go every weekend. Or probably not. It’s true – your own backyard can seem boring. And we can’t be going south when we’re supposed to be going north! Well, I hope you make it to the islands some day.

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