Magazine article Sunset

From the Editor

Magazine article Sunset

From the Editor

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IT'S EASY TO GET INTO A VACATION RUT when you're busy. You visit a place one summer, discover you and your family love it, and want to repeat that surefire pleasure next year. No hassle, less investigative work--it's more relaxing for you. Trouble is, it's a little like always ordering the same ice cream just because you liked the first flavor you tried. Imagine if that were vanilla.

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My guilty rut is a week at the family cabin in California's Sierra Nevada, but I also want to spend a few days or a week every summer in a place totally new to me. There's nothing like embarking on an adventure into the unknown to pull your family closer together.

My favorite memories of my own family surround the unexpected and sometimes challenging trips we've taken to do something different: Our first visit to Mexico, when my husband and I won a stay at a posh condo but had to take the bus everywhere to save money. The time we camped with people we barely knew and had no equipment except a tent and sleeping bags. …

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