Expect Some Disappointments

Expect Some Disappointments

This is one of my favorite tips from the Tips for the Trip tab:
More than 20 years ago, while trapped by a parade at a very popular theme park, we wandered into one of the last original animatronics exhibits of the park. I felt sorry for the little birds perched high, who were clearly past their prime, as they clammered and clanked their dusty metal beaks and sang their silly tunes. We still laugh about that to this day. Now we expect at least one “Tiki Bird” on all of our trips, because hardly any trip goes perfectly. Don’t ruin your vacation by complaining. Remember a bad day on vacation is still better than a good day at work!

Do you have one of those memories from a trip that just sticks with you? One that makes you smile every time you think about it? Please share in the comments below. I know, you have to sign in, but it will be fun, right?

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Barbara Olson

Barbara Olson


  • Irene Taylor

    While exploring Seward, Alaska on foot, my husband and I tracked down a much anticipated restaurant, only to find it boarded up.
    Then we overhead one roofer shouting to another to go get him a fish sandwich. We literally ran after the roofer, street-after-street. I can’t recall the name of the restaurant, but it was the best grouper sandwich we’d ever had in our life.

    September 14, 2015 at 4:42 pm
    • Barbara Olson
      Barbara Olson

      Thanks for your comment! I agree – sometimes the most unexpected things can turn out to be the best parts of a vacation!

      September 14, 2015 at 5:21 pm
  • Ruth Roblee

    Oh my gosh Barb, we did the same thing and marvelled how stupid those birds looked and how we loved them the first time we saw them. My Dad always said ” don’t expect perfect and you won’t be disappointed”. Not sure if that is a direct quote, but you get the drift. He said it one year after my kids came down with Chicken Pox at Christmas and we had to miss the festivities. He said be glad you have “otherwise healthy” children and there will be other Christmas’ to celebrate. Of course, he was right. I have learned to take it “all” now, the good and the bad, but only remember the good!

    September 21, 2014 at 7:23 am
    • Barbara Olson

      All of life’s events – good and bad – make us who we are today, or so “they” say. Ha ha!

      September 21, 2014 at 11:59 am

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