There are many different types of vacations to take, and many of these types are influenced by anniversaries, special events, and the simple desire to escape the doldrums of the everyday routine. In this blog, I break down vacations types into four main categories, mapping them to the four evolutionary steps enterprises take when maturing their security posture — something that Sam Curry will discuss in greater detail in tomorrow’s blog, titled “You Can’t Get There From Here.”
Vacation Type 1: The Checklist Vacation. This is the type of vacation where you make a list of all the things you want to do or see, and plan the entire holiday experience around “the list.” When it comes to vacations, part of the experience should be about letting go and immersing yourself in the local environment. This was not the case for a colleague of mine who went to Paris for a business trip, and extended her stay by a couple of days to explore. Visiting Paris was one of her top 5 places to visit. In typical fashion, she did some research, made a list of everything she wanted to do, and then mapped out the order of places to see, maximizing her time there. My friend accomplished a lot. She visited the Louvre; she went to the top of the Eiffel Tower; she walked by Notre Dame, through the Place de la Concorde and along the Champs-Élysées; she took a picture of the Arc de Triomphe and visited the Conciergerie. The problem was, she skipped experiencing a meal at a café, or visiting a Patisserie. She got to see a lot of great Paris sights, but she didn’t get to experience her visit, or immerse herself into the Parisian culture. It was a trip of checking things off “the list.”
Vacation Type 2: The Compliance Vacation. I like to sum this type of vacation up in two words: Vacation Tour. This vacation is often used for individuals who are traveling to destinations that are completely foreign to them, preferring to have their plans arranged for them. My parents, for their 25th wedding anniversary, went on a tour of Italy. It was their first time outside North America and they figured it would be best to have the logistics planned for them. What they did not take into account was that they would be 2 out of 60+ people all doing the same thing, going to the same sites, staying at the same hotels, and eating at the same locations. There was comfort in having a lot of this taken care of for them, but it limited their ability to have a unique experience, and every time they chose to separate from the tour group to do something different, they were still limited to the allotted time. In fact, this time limitation caused them to miss the tour bus when it made a stop at the Borghese Gardens of Rome. My parents chose to visit a small nearby Plaza instead to have lunch and a bottle of wine. By the time they made it back to the bus location, the bus went on without them, and they missed the tour of the Vatican City Museum. Compliance Vacation fail.
Vacation Type 3: The No Plan Vacation. Beyond selecting a destination, you go without a list or an idea of what you would like to do. Now these types of vacations are often phenomenal at helping you relax, but no plan can also get you into serious trouble. A colleague of mine, along with his spouse, decided to take an extended weekend trip to Florida. The Monday prior, they booked flights from Boston to Panama City, Florida, where they planned to rent a car, driving to Mexico Beach, Florida to stay at a small motel they found years back when they lived in Atlanta, GA. They took off to Panama City, and, upon landing found out that there were no rental cars available. They had to hire a car service to take them to Mexico Beach, which is about 60 miles east of the Panama City airport. Once they arrived, they were told that there were no rooms available (since they did not plan ahead with a reservation). The owner, who remembered them, made a couple of calls, finding them a small house off the beach about 20 minutes down the road in Cape San Blas. The hotel owner drove them over to the house and introduced them to the realtor who was managing the rental property. The manager gave them the keys and left. Fortunately, a small grocer was across the street, and the house was absolutely adorable. Unfortunately, that evening was the beginning of a beach reclamation project that would go on for the next 3 weeks. They were now renting a house that was sitting right in front of a massive pump and tractor that was blowing sand in from the water. Needless to say, there was no relaxation or quiet time to be had the entire trip. And, the vacation ended up costing them twice as much as planned.
Vacation Type 4: The Family-Centric Vacation. I do not have a horror story for this type, because this is the optimal vacation type for vacations consisting of large groups or families. This vacation type takes into consideration that everyone has different wants while on vacation. Instead of defining and enforcing the different things to be done during a vacation, everyone has time to do what they want, and it is combined with things to do as a group, ensuring that the vacation is spent together as well as doing things that each individual wants to do.
In this fourth vacation horror story blog, we took a look at the different types of vacations people take, and although each one has its benefits, each one also has its disadvantages, too. Type 1 is difficult when many people have different lists. Type 2 can be problematic because you have limited time to fully experience the locale, and a lot of time is spent on the logistics. Type 3 has no structure which can lead to boredom…or worse. Type 4 is ideal for a family vacation because it establishes parameters everyone works within, but allows each vacationer the ability to do what they want, experiencing the trip uniquely, and enjoying things at their own pace.
Check out tomorrow’s blog titled “You Can’t Get There From Here,” where Sam will walk you through the four evolutionary stages of security maturity. Perhaps you can draw similarities to these stages with personal experiences or family vacations (and vacation horror stories) of your own!