Vacation Hassles? Take a Picture!

Written by Pauline Wallin, Ph.D.

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No vacation is perfect. Inevitably something will go wrong. Aside from real tragedies (which, fortunately, are rare) most vacation hassles are about inconvenience, bad weather and minor mishaps -- all temporary, none life-changing.

Predicaments such as delayed flights, sold-out attractions, small injuries and unexpected downpours can ruin your vacation if you allow your inner brat to gripe and grumble over every annoyance.

Instead, try this: Take a picture. Capturerepparttar mishaps. They may turn out to be your most precious and amusing memories.

I recall a sweltering summer day many years ago, when we ran out of gas onrepparttar 145695 highway because my husband was sure we had enough to bypass one rest stop and get torepparttar 145696 next. He was right - almost. We made it just pastrepparttar 145697 sign that said, "Fuel, Food: 2 miles." Instead of yelling at him with a thousand I-told-you-sos, I wish I had taken a picture of him standing in front of that sign, apologetically holding an empty gas can. It would have beenrepparttar 145698 perfect souvenir from our trip.

If you happen to encounter frustrations on your upcoming vacation, get out your camera and take a picture. Looking throughrepparttar 145699 lens will give you a less emotional, more objective view ofrepparttar 145700 situation. Plus, you’ll have a souvenir that will later remind you that crises have a way of working themselves out.

Copyright Pauline Wallin Ph.D., 2005

-------------------------------------- Pauline Wallin, Ph.D. is a psychologist in Camp Hill, PA, and author of "Taming Your Inner Brat: A Guide for Transforming Self-defeating Behavior" (Wildcat Canyon Press, 2004)

Visit for more information, and subscribe to her free, monthly Inner Brat Newsletter.

Old Sturbridge Village – Links to Our Past Guide, Part 2

Written by Cliff Calderwood

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Both a museum and educational resource, Old Sturbridge Village is primarily a place to explore for all ages. The centerpiece isrepparttar recreated New England town and outlying areas containing more than 40 buildings to visit, experience, and enjoy.

Sturbridge Village contains both residential homes, as well as a bank, printing office, and stores and shops. You’ll learn why banks didn’t do personal loans, but who did. And whyrepparttar 145636 buildings called Meetinghouses, weren’t called churches - even though each Sunday most villagers spent four hours worshipping in them.

Pay a call onrepparttar 145637 Salem household in their handsome Towne House, and then stop by and have tea atrepparttar 145638 Parsonage before visitingrepparttar 145639 Fenno and Fitch dwellings. These residential homes onrepparttar 145640 common in Sturbridge Village are full of surprises and homely comforts.

And if you need to stop for refreshment, Sturbridge Village has plenty of picnic areas if you’ve brought your own food, or you can purchase hot and cold fare at Bullard Tavern, or treats at Little Cakes. Options to eat change withrepparttar 145641 seasons so be sure to checkrepparttar 145642 guiderepparttar 145643 day you visit.

The vision ofrepparttar 145644 original founders of Old Sturbridge Village was for a place to learn by doing and direct experience – an active outdoors museum. I’ve always found Sturbridge Village a welcome change of pace and reminder that quality of life has nothing to do with a car orrepparttar 145645 latest wide screen TV.

Plan to spend at least 3-4 hours at Old Sturbridge Village. Remember a ticket to Sturbridge Village is good for two days within a 10-day period. For more information on schedule, events, and ticket prices, check outrepparttar 145646 official web site at:

Cliff Calderwood is the owner and contributing writer of . You can read other vacation articles and get a free travel report at his Online Guide to New England Vacations web site.

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