Writing Prompt: Your Favorite Vacation Spot

By Dalia Martinez

After traveling around, you’ve reached the conclusion that one place prevails above all others. Only you understand why Fort-de-France Bay during the late summer is where sand castle dreams are built. 

Some of us are wired differently. Lounging like sand crabs on an exotic white sandy beach isn’t appealing. But before you tell me I’m not right in the head, a few Writing Pad announcements. . .

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Writing Prompt:
This week Marilyn is on vacation in French Canada. She’ll be back next week ending her sentences with “eh?” As for you, did you visit you favorite vacay spot this summer? Was it the Caribbean, Europe, Australia, Hawaii? Or maybe it was in the middle of a continent where you finally spent time away from humanity in a land far, far away. . .

For this week’s writing prompt, make a list of 3 of your favorite vacation spots. Pick one. Add a sensory detail to it (smell, taste, sound, touch). Now write about that place and time making sure to include that sensory detail. Then, post your results in the comments of this blog!

While gameshow contestants hope for a prize that includes 7 days and 6 nights outside of the US, some of us prefer home as our vacation spot. Adventure seekers like myself often end up taking “vacations” in places where people live on less than one dollar a day. These are the places the Center for Disease Control warns you about eating street food or brushing your teeth with local water.They’re often in very hot and humid environments. Capitals are muggy with black smog from dense out-of-control traffic. Trash bakes on the streets as smells of rotting debris fill your lungs. You have to keep your wits about you–even when lounging on the beach. Skirmishes between political factions could erupt at any moment. These are the places that I usually end up on “holiday.” They build character and test my endurance. That’s why home (Los Angeles) is my favorite vacation spot. It’s the one place on Earth I can relax on my version of a real vacation.

Write about your favorite vacation spot for ten minutes. Then post your story below. You could win a free writing class!