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What would you do with 4 months of vacation?

Beach? Porch? School? Talking to friends? What would you do with 120 days?

The question is simple: what would you with 4 months of vacation? The answers were all over the place. Travel and actualizing aspirations seemed to dominate the answers. Read on. What would you do? Where would you go? How would you feel?

Carissa Newton I would pack my flip-flops, music, lots to read and head to a beach!

Melissa Higgins piece of cake. I would spend the 1st three months working and one recuperating. month 1: kenya, because it’s rapidly becoming a second home to me and I want to nurture and grow my company’s economic dvlpmt projects there. month 2: haiti. for the past year I’ve been yearning to get to know the country & its people, and dig my heels in there. the need is higher than ever & before too much longer the focus will turn to rebuilding villages & economies. I want to play a role in that. month 3: afghanistan. I’m mildly obsessed with the country and am seriously entertaining tackling farsi & pashto so I can better learn how to empower women there. month 4: round up my beloved but geographically scattered family on the beaches of southern thailand. this will be my chance to unwind with them & come full circle as I connect my new discoveries with my roots. that’s all. 🙂

Heather Blume I’d write a book. Wait… that’s what I’m doing 🙂

Melissa Halpern Here’s my selfish answer: Follow U2 on the 2nd leg of their 360 tour which begins June 6 in Anaheim and runs through October 8 with a show in Rome. And since I’m assuming this is paid vacation, I might actually be able to afford tickets for one third of the 36 shows. Wait, better yet, I’ll use the money to make a generous donation to help end world poverty and Bono will ask me to travel with the band to show his gratitude. It will be then that he falls madly in love with me and decides to…sorry, you didn’t ask for our wildest fantasies, did you?

Benjamin E Sutton Easy! I would pack up all of the music gear and head to my cabin in the middle of the woods and spend a month recording an epic album. I would then drive to Kentucky and go on another bourbon tour…. hit the places I missed last time. That will probably take a week or two. I would head back to the album for 3 weeks (bourbon in hand) and finish the Mini-Wood-Album. I would fish for a week, followed by a week of nothing. Absolutely nothing but taking it easy. I would head home and feed my dogs. (Not that they were not fed while i was gone, but I would like to do it for a bit.) While back, I would sit in front of the office I work at and eat popcorn while I watch people come and go. I would not rub my extended vacation in their faces, but simply want to eat popcorn in front of the office. Let’s see, I have a little under 2 months left. What would I do? I have some family in Canada so I will head that way and spend a week in Toronto before heading to Sudsbury for a few weeks. I would try to find a bear to pick a fight for. If I find the bear, I will run away; if not, I will tell stories of how I tracked bears in the woods to fight. I would come home and hang with friends and family until I had to return. Oh, and I would probably try to hang out with the girlfriend on the last day and apologize for not taking her with me on my epic journey.

Sindy Thompson Wolthoff I would catch up on life! Talk to people, see things, orgainize my house and everything else. And at the place I am in life right now..it would take 4 months!!

Vonda Skinner You need to specify 4 months paid or unpaid vacation. If it was paid, there would be an endless amount of things to do. If it was unpaid, I would be counting the days until my “vacation” was over, to go back to work. 4 months vacation, sounds like unemployment.:)

Anil J N Shukla Do what I do…. I travel to far off distant places. Lonely Planet and a backpack to get you around. Make friends with the locals and see the country the way they do.

Renee Lewin Williams Go to Haiti, and help however I can!

Sarah Zike Finish my Master’s.

Christophe Samuel a month each with family in India, US (touring LatAm / East Africa) Australia & NZ; and a month rehearsing for a new play

Serge Bhachu Train for and climb Mt. Everest.

Sudipta Banwar Karnik eat, drink, sleep, travel …

Jeanine Gresham Cater Spend the time to seriously map out my own business – not sure what exactly;) but a supplementary business that could grow and allow me to be my own boss.

Rajina Utreja-Lustig Travel to many exciting destinations. Eat, drink, and be merry! No stress and no obligations.

Emily Chew Off the top of my head, I would: spend quality time with my family & record some of their stories & music; totally take advantage of experiential learning (Spanish language immersion, sea kayaking, swimming, drumming or piano lessons, etc.); volunteer, garden, cook; visit friends and go on spontaneous adventures in their cities; write about and photograph it all. Hmm, maybe I’d need 4 months a year for the rest of my life. Is that an option?

Annie Hernandez Agree!

Roger Williams Beat Borderlands on my Xbox.

Laura Johnson spa and once I’ve recouped from daily life, prolly adventure!

Colleen Daugherty Asia

Roger Williams Emily, it is Europe!


What would you do with $10 million?

I decided to do a story with real input via Facebook. So I posted the question and here’s the reactions. Clearly people are still focused on bigger things than themselves. Bravo!!

Passionati Question of the day: If you had $10 million dollars what would you do? Answers to be featured in a story!

Jenni Edwards 1. Pay off my debt/student loans. 2. Give away money to AIDS research. 3. Set up an annuity for living expenses. 4. Travel for a year or two. 5. Provide for my family/friends.

Bandana Singh I would help the ones I need to and then save some and spend some. Watch out now!

Lisa Mowry Trosien Right now, I’d definitely be giving a lot of it to Haiti.

Lisa Mowry Trosien As you eat your food, drink your clean water and rest your head on your pillow in your home tonight, think of the people of Haiti and say a prayer for their safety.

Tracy Shannon I’ve always had a soft spot for kids and there are so many worldwide who are in desperate need of help. I would probably start in China where girls are thrown out at birth – and i mean thrown out- like garbage! Too many places to start. How sad is that!

Justin Keller $1m – Buy a lighthouse. $1m – Travel around Europe and write a book. $2m – Assorted shenanigans. $1m – IRA. $5m – set up a fund to encourage rock and roll in the schools.

Andrea Webster Johnson $4M off the top goes to the tax man. Let’s be realistic. $4M invest to by food, wine, golf club memberships, annual cruise around the world and other basic living expenses (10% of investment income goes to help those who can’t afford it get an education). $1M house in the mountains. $1M house in the desert. Done.

R.J. Anthony Wall Truthfully I would first spend 2 years covering the globe and exploring as many cultures as I could. I would return to start an organic farm the sustained 2-3 bistro styled cafes that offered up cultural dishes from all over the world. I would try to employ ex-convicts and homeless individuals who are trying to make a positive change in their lives as that I have had success with this in the past. I would also purchase a Land Rover and a vintage Triumph.

Jean Claude Garay First I would get a tax lawyer so I didn’t get screwed on taxes. Then I would pay off all my debt. Then I would pay off the debt for my brothers and sisters but just to bring them up to zero. After that, they are on their own and my debt to them is done. I would set my daughter and grand daugher up with a trust fund. I would then donate a substantial amount to the chemistry Department at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. Then I would go back to work and be the biggest asshole at work. I would pay my coworkers to do shit for me and pay them to take time off with me to go hang out. I would declare that I would pay anyone’s salary for the rest of the year if they quit with me, to threaten the boss for minor things like flavored cream in the break room. I would have so much fun at work!

Angela Alney 10 milion! I would first and foremost take care of my loved ones to include giving my Mother her Dream house and Cadillac. Next I would put money into my business Air-Tan as it is my passion. Also contributing to preventing skin cancer (as this is the most deadliest form of cancer). I would save some money for the future. I would have to travel the globe, can’t really think of a place that I would not want to see. This would allow me to discover new yummy foods, music, art and culture.  Given my personality I would get bored after awhile if I was not contributing in some fashion so I would be trying to make a difference some where with (if there is any) the rest of the dough.

Serge Bhachu Take half and invest it in a few start-up companies, keep the other half in more conservative investments, and see how long it takes for me to grow it to 100M.

Tami L Siewruk 3/4 to Smith Barney and the remaining 1/4 I would give to my team

Jennifer Wallace Chapman I’d give a lot of it to charities involving children. Compassion is one we support now by sponsoring a child. I’d also like to start some sort of house for women who are trying to get back on thier feet after tragedies/abuse or just life in general…especially women with children. I would also give a big portion of it to fund books in schools where they have a big need. As an elementary teacher in a high poverty area, I see soooo many needs I would like to help with. I’d also do something selfish and pay off my student loans from grad school. I don’t want to live a wealthy life so I wouldn’t spend much on buying lots of things. I’d prefer to do something to make a difference.

Floyd Marie as much good as possible…then disappear…

Andrea Cranfill Kick start the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s endowment campaign

Lee Rodgers Pay off my mom and I’s bills. I’d then invest most of the remaining in Urban Revitalization Projects here in Indy.

Carissa Newton Take 1/4 and help a ton of kids, 1/4 secure school/money for my own kids, and finally take last 2/4 and sit on a beach.

– Duncan Alney