Where would you want to go?

In the spirt of travel, tell me, where would you want to go? If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go? What would you want to do? Who would you go with?

I do have a few places on my travel list, including some I will be visiting in the next twelve months. But, when I think about places I’d want to visit that are not on my list – mostly due to costs, I can think of a few.

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Fiji! Because it’s just beautiful. I honestly thought it would be more expensive to visit. When I was writing this, I looked it up. It would cost me $3000 for a week in Fiji, with flights! Might need to add this to the list much sooner than I thought! I’d love to scuba dive here and just relax on the beach. I’d try some water sports out for sure, but the swim up bar and I will be best friends.

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Next one list is Iceland. I do prefer warmer weather, but this place is gorgeous. And honestly, it can be affordable. I’d want to make the most of this trip and see everything I could see.

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At the top of my “wish” list would be Bora Bora. I’d love to visit the Four Seasons there and stay in a bungalow over the water. The blue water is just stunning, and the views from the bungalow aren’t too shabby either. Care to know the cost? The lowest cost bungalow was $1400 per night! If I went? I’d want to bask in the sun and enjoy myself. Go see the sights and take everything in I can!

 

So, where would you want to go?

Hawaii: Wild Side Speciality Tours

Here is my second post on the plans for my Hawaii trip, coming up this fall. I’ve never seen dolphins the wild. I’ve never seen whales either. I do scuba dive, so I’ve seen some sea turtles. I wanted to do some sort of snorkel trip while we where on Oahu, but I didn’t want to do an overcrowded one. A lot of the ones leaving from Honolulu looked like they had over 40 people on the tour at one time. I’d feel more like a herd of cattle than a girl on vacation.

After some searching on Trip Advisor, I ended up booking a tour with Wild Side Specialty Tours. I booked their Best Of The West tour. My mother won’t be going with me, she hates boats. I’m pretty excited – there were almost all positive reviews. This company only allows at most 6 people on a tour at once and they have well educated crews they are all about conservation.

The tour is 3.5+ hours long and includes snorkeling, whale watching as well as dolphin swims. Hope the weather is beautiful that day! I’ll be sure to take photos as well as video to share.

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I have the travel bug.

So, I did something crazy today. I booked myself a trip to London and Paris, crazy right? Well, I love to travel. And I haven’t gotten to do a lot of it. But now, why not?

I booked the trip with EF College Break, as long as you are between 18 – 28, you can book a tour with them. I’m not going anytime soon, its actually next August – and I made sure my birthday was right in the middle of it!

Let me tell you about the trip!

We spend 3 days in London and 3 days in Paris. It’s a guided tour for the most part, the first and second days in London are guided days, the first also includes your arrival and a welcome dinner. The second is a city tour. The third day is a free day to do whatever you want! The next day you travel to Paris via the Eurostar.

What’s the Eurostar? I asked the same thing. It’s a high speed train that travels between London and Paris, as well as some other cities. From what I’ve read, it will take a couple of hours to travel to Paris. The rest of that day we will be sightseeing then ending the evening on a river cruise and seeing the Eiffel Tower.

The next day is more sightseeing and guided tours, and the final full day we are allowed a free day! I did opt for the excursion to the Palace of Versailles – because why not? And then, finally, we head home.

How amazing does all that sound?? And honestly, it didn’t cost that much. It’s about $2800 for the entire trip. Granted, I still need spending money for food and anything extra – but that $2800 includes flights, travel and all accommodations.

And with EF College Break, you can pay monthly, with no interest as long as you do Autopay. So I’m paying a little over $200 a month for the next 12 months to pay for my trip – again how cool? (I did pay some upfront.)

So I’ll keep you posted on this. I do plan on taking at least one more trip with this company after this one, I turn 27 next year during this trip!

(Which means I turn 26 here in a month!!)

Countdown to Hawaii, 69 Days To Go!

So, I’ve you’ve been reading, you know I’m headed to Hawaii in October. In anticipation, I’m going to share some of the cool things we have planned! I share them over the next couple of months. Today I’ll share the helicopter tour!

3912e8_small_OahuYes! A helicopter tour! How awesome? Hawaii is such a beautiful place, with so much to see. So why not see it all from the air? I did some researching on Trip Advisor and ended up booking a tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.

We will be on Oahu for the trip and booked the complete island tour. That little image gives you a good idea oh the area we will cover on the tour. The area that is highlighted is covered. The tour is supposed to take about an hour, so it’s a lot of ground to cover in an hour!

I’ve never been in a helicopter before, but the reviews for this company were amazing. People really seemed to enjoy it! Here are some photos taken on Oahu!

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Pearl Harbor
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Waikiki Beach – The farthest hotel to the right on the beach is where we will stay.
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Makapu’u Point – A Lighthouse trail we plan to visit
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Kualoa Ranch
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Koolau Moutains
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My Hawaii Countdown!

73 Days! I did mention briefly in my last post that my mother and I are headed to Hawaii this October, in 73 days to be exact! I’m pretty excited. I love to travel, I have been a few places. I went to Europe about 9 years ago, more recently I’ve been down to the Florida Keys, Chicago, Boston, NYC and the Outer Banks in North Carolina. I’ve never really been to a beach with palm trees. Sounds silly, right? The outer banks were gorgeous, but it wasn’t your picturesque white sandy beaches. The keys were beautiful, but there are not a lot of beaches, it mostly rocky coastline.

I’ve seen beautiful places, but cannot wait to see Hawaii. We’re traveling to Oahu and staying in Honolulu. I didn’t want to stay anywhere crazy expensive, but wanted to stay some place as close to the beach as we could. My mom won’t be going on some of the excursions with me, so I wanted to be sure she was close to the beach.

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Here’s a photo of the hotel. Now, I know this doesn’t nearly do it justice. So let me share some more. The hotel has a couple of restaurants, and here is the view from one of them!

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You just can’t go wrong there. How beautiful is that view. But it gets better. Just wait. Here is the view from the room, not the exact one, but we are in an Oceanfront room.

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Also amazing. So I’ll be post somethings periodically about the trip, like our plans and things we have booked for the week. Here’s to the countdown and my on going weightless in preparation!