When does a vacation really feels like a vacation to me? Let me count the ways.
First, when the scenery in our adventures are different from home!
Sunset View from our Room @ Glacier National ParkSecond: I feel I am really in vacation when I do not really see the sunset because the sun is covered by snow capped mountains. I love this scenery. Next to summer, my favorite season is winter because it is the season where I can enjoy both ocean and snow capped mountains in San Diego. It's a big treat for me always to enjoy so much ice and snow in the summer whenever we take vacation.
Typical Vacation DinnerThird: Another thing that makes me feel I am really in vacation is when I ask for rice in the restaurant, and I would always get a sweet smile from the waitress telling me that they don't serve rice! :) Though I know potatoes and corn could give me as much energy as well, but somehow, my body looks for rice. I would have to eat twice or thrice as much as I would usually do just to feel full if I do not have rice on my plate. :(
Fourth: I know I am in vacation when I wake up in the morning and I do not worry about fixing the bed! We are always so active and on the go, that fixing the bed would take so much of our precious time away from exploring the outdoors! :)
I know we are on vacation when instead of fixing the bed, we are in a hurry packing for our day hike.
Typical Vacation Breakfast
Also, I know we are on vacation when our breakfast is heavier than our normal. We are on vacation from suffering from a minor physical discomfort from the lack of vegetables in our meal. Though there are steamed vegetables and salads, but still not enough maybe compared to our giant servings of vegetables at home. I just can't be specific here of the physical discomfort we have for the lack of fibers from green vegetable. I believe those who are used to vegetables and a high fiber diet would be able to guess what our problem is during vacation. :(
Aside from not fixing the bed, I know I am in vacation when I also do not have to do the dishes. :) I sometimes wonder in these remote places, where do the hotels get their Hotel Supplies & Catering Supplies. I am always amazed that despite the remoteness, they are still able to provide elegant Hotel Supply and a really very friendly and helpful service. I talked to one of the staffs in the front desk, and they told me that the hotel and restaurant shopping is mostly done online, where one of the leading hotel suppliers is PeachSuite Wholesale & Restaurant Supplier.
Fifth: I know we are on vacation when I hike on trails where the wildflowers are so different from San Diego. :)