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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I love to travel and our kids are great ages for it—9, 12, and 15. Old enough to remember and young enough to be grateful for a free trip.

We’ve done the whole Florida thing, and a few years ago we travelled through the New England states where I did research for Surrender Bay. We’ve spent the past two summers tooling around the western half of the United States. We’ve been in more National Parks than Smokey the Bear (if you have to ask who that is, don’t you dare do it on this blog.)

Now that we’ve pretty much exhausted the things we wanted to see in the contiguous US, I’ve been dreaming of far away places. Mainly Alaska. What is it about that great expanse of wilderness that intrigues me? I’m not sure, but I want to go and I want to set a book or a series there eventually. Can you say tax write-off?

So, if you could beam yourself anyplace on earth, free of charge, where would you want to go? Australia, Ireland, France, the Holy Land? What’s your dream vacation?
Denise Hunter  
posted at 8:52 AM  
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At 9:25 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

Free of charge? (Does that mean unlimited vacation time too?) Hmmm. I think I would get a suite on a luxury cruise ship and take a trip around the world.

Oh, and I highly recommend Alaska. Cruises there right now are very reasonable and it's a GREAT experience.

I'm 37 and have been in all 50 states. It's easier to tell you which ones I'd rather not visit again than to tell you which ones are my favorites. :)

At 9:27 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Funny you should mention this, D! I've been dreaming of a cruise to Alaska! And I SO want to go to Australia someday!

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Becky said...

An Alaska cruise is a true experience. If you are writing about tourism, it will do, but if you want to really experience Alaska, schedule a multi-day interior trip. I wish I had done that.

It hasn't really been my dream destination, but I am planning to go to the Holy Land next January.

I'd love to tour through all of Europe. And I sure want to see the Grand Canyon some day.

At 10:26 AM, Blogger Tricia said...

oh, oh, oh I LOVE this game! :o)

I'd want to take the family to Ireland and see where my people came from.

Then I want to take the family to Scandinavia to see where dh's people came from.

Then I want to go to Papua New Guinea with the family so they can see where dh grew up (Missionary Kid)

Can they all be free of charge please?

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

Canada. I've seen pictures of Lake Louise and parts of western Canada that are just gorgeous.

And I'd love going back to Colonial Williamsburg.

I'd also like to go to England and Ireland.

At 10:44 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Tie between Holy Land and creating a World War Two tour through England and Europe. We've covered London, but that barely scratches the surface. Eric and I have to get to Normandy. And I want to be confronted with the utter reality of the Holocaust and the concentration camps. Reading about it isn't the same...and while the Holocaust Museum in DC is amazing and sobering, I want to get Auschwitz or similar and get to the museum in Tel Aviv (I believe).

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Becky, the Grand Canyon is amazing! We were just there again at the end of March. I can't wait until the kids are old enough that we can take the mules to the bottom and spend the night. To be so surrounded by God's amazing creation would be breath-taking and humbling.

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Cara, you are one sick puppy. LOL

At 11:06 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Italy! Belissimo! My sis-in-law's parents have a villa there, so it just may happen :)

I've heard Alaska's fabulous though.

At 11:25 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

My dream vacation is with my girlfriends to Italy. No offense to my hubby and children. But I want to shop great leather, and see the Amalfi Coast and be with my people!

I have a picture of my kids in that same spot Denise. LOL

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

I've been to Ireland twice and Scotland three times (Dad was born in Scotland, and his dad in Ireland...) and even though there are a gazillion places still to see, THOSE are the places I'd return to!! And the next time, I might be able to justify that tax write-off thing!!!

Katy McKenna

At 1:21 PM, Blogger Laurien said...

I'm writing a book set in 1940s France, so I'd have to say Paris. But unfortunately I don't speak French.

At 2:49 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

We were at LeStroufhoff, a WW2 concentration camp in France a few years back. I cried through the whole exhibit (and we didn't even go to their "ovens" because I was crying too hard). I cried through the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, too. It's pretty grim stuff. Especially difficult and memorable was the memorial to children who had died--a light reflected in thousands of mirrors positioned all over the room. Very sobering stuff.

My dream vacation? I'd like to visit Prague again. Love that city.

At 2:54 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Oh! Laurien! Paris is fantastic! It would be my second choice, after Prague. Despite all the negative comments I've heard from people about Parisians, we found them to be helpful, courteous and delightful. I would go there in a heartbeat. My favorite place in Paris is Saint Chapelle. I also liked the Sewer Museum, too--but only because it was unique.

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

We have a French "son" Julien Chantry that we love. He's sweet, thoughtful and a darling young man. Married now with two baby girls too. We've invited him to Kara's wedding in Hawaii and I so hope to see him there!

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Gracie said...

My list of places to see is extremely long, but here are my most longed for:

Northern Cascades National Park in Washington. I saw it on a news special, and the scenery is breathtaking.

Ireland. The green landscape, rich history -- ahhhh.

Austria would be a beautiful place to visit, and the dining there is great. Someday I'd like to take my parents there for a two week vacation.

Those are my top picks, but I'm not opposed to Israel, New Zealand, or Alaska. If you Girls ever go to Alaska, please let me tag along. ; )

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I want to visit New Zealand and also Prince Edward Island at some time in my life!

At 6:41 PM, Blogger Brittanie said...

The two I's. Ireland and Italy. I can't pick just one. Since I was little I have wanted to go to Ireland. My favorite color is green and I did reports on it and of course the books I have read. ;) Italy for the food and environment and I took Latin I and II in high school and became interested in it.

At 7:09 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

I've been blessed with two dream vacations that have left me well travelled. Italy, Switzerland, Germany, London, Austria, Thailand, Taiwan, Nepal, and China. The problem is: IT DOESN'T SATISFY! It just makes me hunger for more! LOL ... and unfortunatley it wasn't free. My husband told me no more :) - I guess I can't argue!

And Cara, I toured Dachau in Germany and your WWII/Holocaust tour sounds fascinating. However, after being in Dachau there is still an unbelievable heaviness and grief that hangs in the air there. But, totally worth going and remembering ...

At 7:39 PM, Blogger Annie said...

ok, so here's my top 3... i can't narrow it to just one place!!

1: Ireland... i have an obsession with irish culture, music, literature, language, BEER. LOL. everything irish... and it's a tiny percentage of my own lineage!

2: go back to Paris, France and the southwestern french countryside. I loved it when i visited when i was 17 and I would love to go back and live/work/write there.

3: New Zealand...would love to see where Lord of the Rings was filmed! LOL... plus do research there for my own book! :-)

At 8:26 PM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

Oh I would Love to go to Alaska (intrigued by the huskeys yet scared of dogs) but white fang and those stories made want to go and the aurua borialis. I have seen alot of Australia but there is still so much to see but i figure living here i can see it sometime. I have been to every state and territory.
Colleen you will have to look me up when you come.

But if i could go on a holiday right now It would be Hawaii or Canada/alaska. I would also love to go to Gettysburg sometime.

New Zealand would be cool to seeing as its our neighbour and rival the Kiwi's do have alot of rugged beauty in there country.

At 6:38 PM, Blogger judy said...

I have travelled throughout the states and the Bahamas. I now live on the Emerald Coast... the World's Most Beautiful Beaches is really very hard to imagine some place better. I feel my vacation is really a part of everyday because of the beauty of the water and the sand...especially at sunset holding my husband's hand while we walk.

At 1:58 AM, Blogger Bethanie said...

Everyone should come to Australia.

I can give you a tour of my city!


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