Deciding on a vacation spot is always difficult. There is no perfect spot, but many nice ones.
We did Florida last year, so I do not want to return to the US, especially during a Presidential election year. Merely trying to avoid headlines and news clips in the foreign press is difficult enough. I could not endure the bombardment of campaign advertising.
We like Asia, but summer weather is either too hot or too wet. This is a great region during all other seasons.
Europe offers much choice, but one must weigh the pros and cons or, rather, the cons. Scandinavia can be nice, but weather is a crap shoot. We like France, but finding a good place to stay is difficult. Hotel prices go through the roof, because most must earn their annual income during the summer months. Good rental houses are few, far between, and usually not vacant. We also like Switzerland, but do not want to remain two weeks in the same mountain village. Austria has never been on our favorites list, for a number of reasons. Spain is too far, too hot, and suffering too many economic ills.
That leaves Italy. There are many large lakes to choose from. We have been to Lago Maggiore many times, but have not found the perfect spot to which to return. Lago di Garda is plagued by campgrounds and overrun with Germans. Lago di Caldaro is too small and clogged with algae fed by pesticides running off adjacent vineyards. I have a few prejudices agains Lago di Como, but...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.