My Dream Vacations

One of the perks of my husband’s job is the frequent flier status he’s reached by traveling so many miles. Through his frequent business trips, he’s achieved a status through a particular airline that entitled a companion of his choice to fly with him for free on any flight he booked. Of course, he picked me. So now I have the pleasure and privilege to fly free as his companion on any one of his trips, whether for business or pleasure, for an entire year.
With this privilege came the topic of where to travel. Then, I happened to see the topic for this week’s Friday Five so I couldn’t help but put it out there. Here are my five dream vacations.

dream vacations
1. California – For our honeymoon, we traveled the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to San Diego and visited Napa and Sonoma Valley. We made several stops along the way, but we didn’t have enough time to see and do everything we wanted. I’ve been thinking about going back for round two since we returned. I think the next time we go, I’d like to spend a little more time relaxing in wine country and less time in a car. The drive was beautiful, but maybe next trip I can schedule it around the Big Sur Marathon to merge the two???

wine country


2. Italy – I’ve talked about the fact that my family is from Italy – Sicily specifically. So, of course, I want to go see the country where we came from. We all know that villas in italy are some of the most beautiful in the entire world, and I hear that they make superb vacation destinations. We’ve talked about the Rome marathon being included in our plans, but I’m not going to turn down a trip to see the Colosseum, cathedrals, museums and historic ruins if it doesn’t coordinate with a race, just as long as I get to eat pizza and drink in the culture.italy


3. New York, NY – Even though I was just there for the marathon, I love Manhattan and I could go back tomorrow and not stop all day and night. It really is one of the greatest cities in the world. And the truth is, there’s so much to do. Between Broadway shows, the museums, shopping in SoHo and the plethora of dining options, I will never tire of this city. I would really like to spend a week in Manhattan just being a total tourist. Taking a bus tour through the city, visiting Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, running through Central Park (not after already running 23 miles) and taking in a broadway show are at the top of my bucket list for our next trip.ny tourist


4. Playa del Carmen, Mexico – I have been to Mexico three times already, but I’ve never stayed in PDC. A luxury hotel near the water with an infinity pool, a couple of hammocks on the beach and a tiki bar sounds like the perfect vacation spot. With the Mayan ruins nearby, I’d need at least a week to soak it all in. playa del carmen


5. Panama – So this one may come as a shock to those of you who know me well (mostly my husband). Panama is where my husband and his family are from, and I’ve visited the country a few times before. However, we have only truly been able to enjoy certain points of interest very briefly. I’ve been through the rainforest, driven through most of the country and have seen the Panama Canal, but the majority of my trips there have usually been scheduled around a big event like a wedding, so our time has always been limited for excursions. I would really like to take a trip to take in as much of the country as possible to, not only learn, but experience the country that my husband calls his home.bocas


Where is your dream vacation destination?

Have you ever visited any of these spots?

Do you like to travel for relaxation or for experience and adventure?

This post is part of the Friday Five linkup with Courtney, Mar and Cynthia. Please make sure to visit their awesome blogs and tell them I said hello.

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11 thoughts on “My Dream Vacations”

  1. Fantastic list! I’ve been to the Playa del Carmen for my honeymoon a while back. It was cool because we stayed at an all inclusive resort and also visited Chichen Itza. I would love to go to Italy too and see all the sites!

    1. Chicen Itza was gorgeous. I went during a college spring break trip in my late teens. I definitely didn’t get to enjoy all it has to offer, so that’s definitely a point of interest when we eventually go back.

  2. I’ve lived in California my entire life and just had my first Big Sur experience last month. It was amazing and not sure why it took us so long to get up there! You are right though, Sonoma Valley wine country is wonderful and so much good wine comes out of there. Love everything about visiting Rome and Florence and would go back in a minute if I got the chance. Only been to NYC once but my brother just moved there 🙁 so I will definitely be going soon. I have never been to that area of Mexico and have never been to Panama. Great list Haley!!

  3. My sister lives in Italy. I have been over there twice and would love to go again…so hard to schedule with school-aged kids, though. Your list is fantastic! Lots of great places.

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