The last time I took a vacation, I ended up at the Santa Fe, New Mexico Police Department after spending time in a hospital emergency room. I spent another pleasure trip checking out hookers holding up lampposts on one of Washington, DC’s many traffic circles. These weren’t your typical family outings. They were writer’s vacations.
The downside of a writer’s vacation is convincing those vacationing with you that they’re having fun. My experience has been that traveling companions can be less than enthusiastic (way less) about touring hospital emergency rooms, interviewing cops and otherwise veering off the tourist track for the sake of research.
Not to worry. With proper preparation, you can have your vacation and eat the fruits of a bountiful research trip, too.