Bosnia and Herzegovina
After talking with my brother about his plans to go to the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee, I lamented that I wished I could go. The next day, I decided I was going, but my husband wouldn't join me. Somehow I convinced my 68-year-old dad to go! I packed up the car with a tent, a sleeping bag, and some lawn chairs, and we were off the very next day. My dad had fun (it was his first time camping). Even though there was a lot of heat and dust, they couldn't squelch my giddiness at doing something so unexpected. Christina Paul, Coral Springs, Fla.
When I left Florence for Pisa, I boarded the wrong train. At the end of the line, everyone disembarked. I had no idea where I was, but a large number of teenagers carrying beach towels were headed in one direction, so I followed them. I had landed in a charming town called Viareggio. The next day, I changed my base from Florence to Viareggio, saving money on the hotel and going to the beach on my down days. Kelli M. Mallen, San Francisco, Calif.
Space Is the Place
When we heard that Bruce Springsteen would be performing in Orlando, my friend and I flew down to see him. We got there a day early, so we went to the Kennedy Space Center. A space shuttle was taking off that night. We bought tickets and watched it from a beach. It was a once-in-a-lifetime sight. Susan Poirier, Windsor, Conn.
Stamps of Approval
When it turned rainy in Croatia, we went on a crazy road trip. The goal: to get as many passport stamps as possible in three days. We visited Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina (above), and Slovenia. Denise Jones, Bellevue, Wash.
Wat Good Fortune
In Bangkok, some fellow volunteers proposed that we spend the weekend at the beach. I was living in Florida at the time, so I decided to go to Angkor Wat instead. I spent two amazing days in those crumbling temples. In the taxi from the Bangkok airport, the driver told me what I had missed--"big wave, people die." That beach expedition had dissolved under the burden of planning, mercifully, and my friends were safe at home. Spontaneity is wonderful, but make sure someone knows where you are. You never know when the State Department might call your mother. Erin Meyer, College Park, Md.
To Beach Their Own
One Thursday, I saw a four-night trip to the Bahamas leaving that afternoon. My husband doesn't like to fly, so I called his sister, with whom I'm close. Married for 20-plus years, she had never been away overnight, except to give birth to her three kids. It sounded great, she said, but her husband, a teacher, was at school. I challenged her to leave him a note and join me. Her family still can't believe she did it! Trina Ralls Williams, Franklin, Tenn.