I thought this particular month’s Ten on Tuesday is pretty appropriate with its travel theme, given that Nick and I are gonna jet set out West next Friday! Can’t wait to explore Portland and Seattle!
1. What is your dream vacation?
I feel blessed to say I am actually one of the lucky ones who feels like she TOOK her dream vacation. Having always wanted to go to Europe, getting there last summer with Nick was literally a dream come true. Sometimes, like, when we’re watching TV or something, I look over at him and am all, “Can you believe we held hands and walked to the Eiffel Tower together? How AWESOME was that?!!” Still reliving that one, friends. BUT…you know, since this question is about dreams, I’ll say other places I’d love to travel include Spain, Florence/Tuscany, Hawaii, traveling along Old Route 66, a cruise to Alaska, Thailand, Iceland and Australia. You never know!
2. What has been your favorite trip so far in your life?
Yeahhh…see No. 1. I will say, our honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas was pretty incredible too. I don’t think I’ve EVER been as relaxed as I was those 10 days we spent at an all-inclusive. I actually got a tan too! haha :)
3. If you and one of your best friends could go anywhere in the world for one week, where would it be and why?
I’d LOVE to take a group of girlfriends and go one of three places: 1) Napa Valley to hit up wineries 2) NYC to live it up and take in the magic of that city (from seeing shows together, to cocktails out in cute dresses to shopping like crazy!) or 3) Rent a house on the beach at the Outer Banks and just enjoy one another’s company for a LONG weekend.
4. Have you ever booked a trip using an online deal? How did it go?
Never an online deal, per say, but I use Travelocity.com for pretty much EVERY flight I book.
5. What’s your favorite thing to do while you’re on vacation?
Explore, explore, explore. I’m yin-yang with vacations. If a beach is involved, then the best combination is a deck chair, some SPF and a good book. Maybe a Corona and I’m set. If we’re city-bound, I want to know where I should eat, cool sites I should see, and the best museum in town so I can walk through its doors.
6. Have you ever missed an opportunity to take a trip that you regret?
I REALLY regret not studying abroad someplace in college. At the time, I remember thinking I couldn’t mess with graduating in four years because of my scholarship money. Plus, I hated the thought of leaving Nick behind. But college is the PERFECT opportunity to go overseas for an extended period of time. So I wish I would have taken advantage of that!
7. You travel far away from home and get stranded with no way to buy anything, what’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Oh man…these types of questions are SO hard to answer! My usual go-to? A book. It’d have to be a good one though if I could only get one! I should probably ask for a Kindle instead and hope this place I’m stranded has Wi-Fi.
8. What’s one of your favorite traveling memories?
Aside from ALL those Europe memories I spoke of earlier, I have a few other memories I cherish: 1) Sitting on the porch of a B&B with my mama in Asheville after a day spent exploring the city and Biltmore 2) Nick and I’s horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic district of Charleston 3) Watching Los Angeles light up beneath me as twilight fell at Griffith Observatory
9. All included resort or backpacking? Why?
I remember when we were taking the train from London to Paris and watching these girls who were, hmm…. maybe 5 foot tall, with backpacks strapped to them that literally went from their head to their thighs. They looked like they’d topple over at any minute! I thought, “No way….I could never do that.” I think the more stuff you lug around, the more cranky you get as you travel. We were cranky enough with the bags we had! Sooo…in that case, I’ll go all-inclusive (because it IS really nice not to have to carry anything with you except a beach towel and a magazine or book!)
10. Are you more of a lie on the beach kind of person on vacation, or do you prefer to see the sights?
I hit on this in No. 5, but I can do both pretty easily. My favorite vacation involves some form of exploring and copious amounts of good food, but at the same time, I love that in the past few years, we’ve kind of switched things up and I feel like we’ve gotten some great beach time in in between those trips we’ve explored cities. So it’s a nice balance….Plus, a beach usually always means great seafood so I’m in!