Magazine article Sunset

Anticipation

Magazine article Sunset

Anticipation

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I wish I were one of those people who could decide on a Monday that I want to take a week's vacation starting Thursday, find a cheap airfare, then jet off to Barcelona or Vegas or Jackson Hole. But I'm not one of those people. I'm one part planner, one part opportunist.

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The planner: At the start of the year, I set aside time for at least one fishing-and-hiking getaway and at least one vacation to a city or a place with good cocktails and beaches. I know from experience that if you don't commit to taking breaks and blocking out your calendar, little obstacles will always creep in. Suddenly a new year arrives and you're still dreaming of getting away "someday." But life is short, your work isn't your whole life, and some of the best memories are made by traveling.

The opportunist: When a friend invites me to take a quick weekend to Carmel, or work beckons me to a distant part of the West, I say Yes as much as I can. …

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