I am one of those people that almost never goes on vacation, and when I do…I just stay home and clean my place. Don’t get me wrong, I am not averse to taking vacations. I am just too budget conscious I guess. There are, however, times when it is necessary to take trips – like when a close friend or family member gets married. So, I find myself and the family getting ready to pack up and head to San Antonio in a few weeks!
My in-laws moved to Texas about five years ago, and my sister-in-law is getting married next month, so it is a good excuse-free reason to take a vacation. My son is thrilled about getting to go to a Spur’s game while we are in town, and I am looking forward to some new adventures and lazy days (amidst the craziness of a wedding, of course).
I am getting more and more excited about the trip as it gets closer; mostly because I have heard nothing but good things about San Antonio. I cannot remember a different place I talked about visiting where people don’t say something like, “Oooh, watch out for X.” or “Make sure to avoid…” or something else negative that they experienced when they went there. When I have talked about San Antonio, all I seem to hear is that it is beautiful, the river walk is a must, and people have generally loved visiting there. My main concern (as it always needs to be when I travel) is about finding places with gluten free offerings that I can eat at. Not everywhere is as GF friendly as Seattle, so it takes a lot of planning to travel with celiac disease!
So, world, I am putting out this call: what things should I make sure we do on our trip? Anywhere to go/see/visit/experience when we are in San Antonio? And, on the off-chance that anyone reading this has been there and is also gluten free…any suggestions on places to eat?
My name is Melina Young and I am the director of marketing at Verity Credit Union. I love everything to do with marketing, advertising, public relations and social media – especially all the research that goes into making a product or service really work for our members and making sure the right people hear about it. In addition to my time spent marketing, I have a blog and write about celiac disease, which I was diagnosed with in 2010. Basically, I can’t eat any of those foods we all love that are made with wheat, barley or rye.
I have also recently started running and completed my first 5k in 2011. Some people may not know that I used to do a lot of acting, dancing and singing in my life. I was in a Nike commercial with Gary Payton in junior high (if anyone ever finds the footage please send it my way!) and I used to compete as an opera singer in high school. I almost majored in musical theater in college, but I’m very glad with my decision to study marketing!