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Why summer trips stink

I’m swearing off the headaches—and the pressure.

IT HAPPENS EVERY YEAR around Memorial Day. “What are your summer plans?” someone will inquire. “Going anywhere fun?” And every year I do the same thing: suck in my stomach and panic. Summer vacation is fraught with expectations. What am I doing? Gee, I don’t know. I should have thought to rent a house or book a plane ticket or at least do a few sit-ups before hitting the Old Navy bathing-suit rack.

Alas, even if I had my act together, where would I go? Yes, New England is home to gorgeous beaches and lakes. The problem is, New England is also home to approximately 14 million people, all of whom apparently need to use the restrooms at Good Harbor Beach at 4 p.m. on a Saturday in mid-August.

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