QBS did this a few weeks ago, and I knew I had to jump on the bandwagon. B and I have often been out at dinner and done "tags" like this with each other. We'll do top 10 places to see, top 5 "events" we'd like to attend (usually sport related), top 10 restaurants we've been to, etc. We love to see what the other comes up with, and it definitely makes for fun conversation after we've created our lists.
Anyway, I've been very few places in my life. Due to the fact that we spent 8 weeks at the cottage every summer while growing up, we didn't have the typical "summer vacation" trip that a lot of others had. We also have a lot of family in Aspen (love that!) and so a lot of vacations were spent there with my mom's side (skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer). My first trip to Europe was for our honeymoon to Spain, and other than that, my only trip out of the country was to Mexico and one cruise. Since my traveling has been somewhat limited, I probably wouldn't turn down any trip that was presented to me, but as of today, here are my current top 8 places...................
After seeing this movie (my very favorite of ALL movies), it has always been my dream to head to Austria to take the Sound of Music tour (yes, incredibly cheesy, but I don't care!!!). Since I'm going to be "in the area", I thought I'd also just pop over to Switzerland as well. Really, these countries seem to be incredibly beautiful in all the pictures I've seen, and I'd love to go in any season.
3. Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, and Napa (Road Trip!)
While this would have to be a 2 week extended trip, it's definitely something that I think would be so much fun. I haven't been to any of the first 3 cities though I did do a day trip to Napa from SF once. I'd really like to do Napa with B though- we'd have a ball. There are so many things to do in all of these cities, and I'd love to see the coastline of the Pacific Northwest.
Truly, this is just because I want to eat Argentinian beef for a week or two and not feel guilty about it. I love steak pretty much more than anything, and this would be such a grand adventure in eating. Plus, Argentinian wine has really come onto the scene in the last 10 years, and I'd love to enjoy all of them with my beef!
A truly metropolitan vacation with wonderful sightseeing, great shopping, tons of walking, the ability to take the tube (I love figuring out subway systems, and B is great at it), thoughts of royalty, good theater, and Pimm's Cups every night. Plus I would also take a few jaunts to the English countryside- most specifically to Cornwall (my mother's heritage).
6. Madison, WI
Yup, I really want to go to Mad-town. Why? I love college towns, everyone that is from Madison constantly talks about how much they love it, it's really outdoorsy, it seems that there are tons of great restaurants, and I love the midwest with all my heart. It's sad, really, that I lived in Chicago for 8 years and never went there- it's sooo close. Now, we're just going to have to make a family vacay of it. B is all for going too, so we will hopefully go in 2011 or 2012.
7. Costa Rica
Specifically the Four Seasons in Peninsual Papagayo. Um, can you say GORGEOUS??? I suppose at $600/night it certainly should be!!! Costa Rica was somewhere we talked about going on our honeymoon before we decided on going to Spain. Perhaps for an anniversary one year? I wouldn't leave without doing a zipline through the rainforest. A friend of mine did this and said it was the coolest thing she'd ever done.
Seriously, incredible isn't it???
I've been skiing a lot in CO (in my opinion it's the best skiing in the west), but never in Telluride. It's such a PITA to get to, that you have to plan a vacation specifically to Telluride and know you're going to stay there the whole time. I'd love to go here for our next ski vacay (or Steamboat Springs- another one that is off the beaten path). I just love the small town feel of the Colorado ski towns and the huge mountains that surround them. Such glorious views! You can definitely feel God at work when you are on mainstreet looking up at the snowcovered beauties!
Tell me, what are your top one, five, or eight future dream trips??