For the last few years, I’ve been on some great adventures for which I am grateful: hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, road-tripping through Denmark, and being helicoptered out of Everest Base Camp. In fact, I would say I’m drawn to worldwide adventures! So when someone would mention an all-inclusive vacation, I would often say “I don’t think it’s really my thing these days”. Granted, I’ve been to Cuba and the Dominican Republic for one week stints of pure relaxation, and I loved those vacations! But with so many treks and hikes around the world that remain on my to-do list, should I choose to use precious vacation days to lounge on a beach? I’m not exactly great at sitting still. Well, after spending a week at Akumal Bay Beach and Wellness Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, I have concluded that sometimes an all-inclusive vacation is exactly what I need.
"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." - St. Augustine
I may have had 4 exciting and techie days of SAS Global Forum, but you may be asking: Did you get out and do anything else? How Is Dallas?
Well yes, I do like to travel and explore, so it wasn’t all just SAS nerdery. This was my short non-conference experience in a nutshell.
Everything is bigger in Texas… that’s a saying, right? Now I can’t claim that I had a true Texan experience (whatever that means) in the few days I was in Dallas, but I will say that SAS Global Forum 2015 was the largest meeting of SAS nerds yet. With the number of registrants nearing five thousand, we took over the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Centre for four days of keynote presentations, hands-on workshops, breakout sessions, and lots of SAS tips and tricks.