1. Don’t sleep the night before you fly. Worked for me. I’ve never slept on a plane before.  But on our early Sunday morning flight back to Nova Scotia I slept through the take off and woke up to see we were over Montreal.  I fell right back to sleep and woke up over the Bay of Fundy.   The flight felt like 5 minutes.
  2. Wow your husband by packing 1/2 of what you normally pack.  He won’t complain once about carrying your bag.
  3. Don’t expect to fly Air Canada and not have any complaints.  That is just their new way of mass marketing themselves. We verbally told their website to pound sand when they offered us the ability to pay an extra $20 each, and each way, to pre-select our seats.  Joke was on us when they said we were flying stand-by because we didn’t pay for a seat.  Luckily it all worked out.
  4. Pack in everything you can, even if you have 3 things scheduled each day.  There is time to relax when you return home.  I *almost* fit everything in.  We’re really lucky to have most of our family living within 2 hours of each other.
  5. Don’t hesitate to talk to strangers. That is how Grandma Stock, Mom, Julie, and I got a tour of our former Stock cottage.
  6. Don’t get your name on the rental car.  That means you can be completely irresponsible and will always be the co-pilot.
  7. Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet.  Shoes on, shoes off, doesn’t matter.  Vacations are all about the memories.  Sandy feet? It’s okay, it’s not your car.
  8. Eat everything.  Vacations are not about self control. They are about gluttony.
  9. Try new things.  I’m still on the fence on the canned coconut water, but at least I tried!
  10. Buy bottled water.  Not everyone’s tap water is spring fresh, and you’ll need the extra fluids after #8 .
  11. Hug everyone.  Just ‘cuz you can 🙂