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Hunter S. Thompson; Puerto Rico
Is there a writer more different than Virginia Woolf than Hunter S. Thompson? If there is, I can't think of one. And thus his vacation spots are pretty much the polar opposite from an idyllic Cornish fishing village. In 1960, after having been fired in quick succession from jobs at both Time magazine and something called The Middletown Daily Record, Thompson moved to San Juan to pursue journalistic work there. He was ultimately unsuccessful at working much down there (so, that counts as a vacation, right?) but did find inspiration for his novel, The Rum Diary, which wasn't even published till 1998, so take heart aspiring writers! Anyway. Puerto Rico. You might not want to travel down there to work on a sports journal called El Sportivo like Thompson did, but you might want to go down there and drink massive amounts of rum and ride around on a motorcycle. Here's a quote from The Rum Diary: “With the palms zipping past and the big sun burning down on the road ahead, I had a flash of something I hadn’t felt since my first months in Europe - a mixture of ignorance and a loose, “what the hell” kind of confidence that comes on a man when the wind picks up and he begins to move in a hard straight line toward an unknown horizon.” Now doesn't that make you want to head right on down to sunny San Juan? I thought so.