Readers Favorite Travel Destinations

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Readers Favorite Travel Destinations

My son in Hilton Head Island, SC where we currently live

I am so excited for this post!  You guys know how I love to travel, so I asked you to send me pictures of your favorite travel destination along with one to two sentences about why you love it so much.  I received some great responses and as a result, my "must see" list has grown extensively!  Read on to jump start your wanderlust!

 *I have included the traveler's name and blog link, so feel free to have a look at their blogs to learn more about these amazing ladies!*

Let's start with my favorite travel destination!

London, England

The beauty, the culture, the architecture, the theatre, the parks, the accents....what's not to love?  London is seriously my happy place.  It brings back so many wonderful memories for me and I cannot wait to go back.

And in no particular order (I have the traveler's words in quotes, and my thoughts are in italics):

Patagonia Region in Argentina and Chile

"We loved the Patagonia region in South America because of the diverse climate. While one day we were climbing on glaciers, a few days later we were at the beach in 70 degree weather.  Everywhere we went we were just overtaken with beauty. It was an honor to see the 8th wonder of the world while on our trip too."

To me, this place is just breath taking.  How did I not know a place like this existed....that I could actually get to??

Pictures sent in by Caroline of In Due Time

Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas

"Our current favourite vacation spot is Atlantis in the Bahamas!  Our 3 and 1 year-old had a blast exploring the beaches and trying out all of the different pools.  A definite highlight was their GIGANTIC aquarium — the shark tunnel is not to be missed!"

We just got back from the Bahamas ourselves, but didn't make it to Nassau.  Just look at that shark tank!  That alone looks amazing enough for me to want to go back for!

Picturs sent in by Kelly of

Rome, Italy

"Out of every country we have visited, Rome is by far my family's favorite. There is so much history, stunning architecture, and delicious food there. You will be walking through a neighborhood when The Pantheon just appears out of nowhere, it is the most amazing place."

Italy, especially Rome, is definitely on my must see list.  For one, I'm Italian, but two....can you imagine just walking around and then seeing the grandeur of some of these amazing places.  I feel like it's a place that can make you feel a good way, and realize what else is out there in the world.  Oh and....THE FOOD.  The End.

Pictures sent in by Kristen of WTF

Northern Scotland (Freswick Castle, Caithness Scotland)

"This incredibly remote and ancient castle is ideal for a place to find peace and serenity.  The beauty is evident from the vastness of the land and the North Sea surrounding the castle. My husband and I found it to be the perfect getaway from the fast-paced, busy lifestyles we live."

Another very high on my must see list.  Esther sent in a number of beautiful pictures that made it hard to choose the best two to show the peace and raw naturalness (is that a word?) that this place evokes.  I love the stone archway, the fence, the desolate beach....beautiful.

Pictures sent in by Esther V of A Beautiful Alarm

Costa Rica

"My favorite place on earth (so far) is Costa Rica.  I have been there nine times and I can not wait to go back.  I love the people of Costa Rica and also how you have so many options of scenery.  There are mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls, hot springs, beaches, the city, the country and pretty much gorgeous weather year round!"

Sunset at La Primera Fiesta Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica (

The Baldi Hot Springs, at the bast of the Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna, San Carlos, Costa Rica (

Costa Rica is another that has been on my list for a while.  That hot springs picture makes me want to be there right now!  I love a place where you can have so many changes of scenery in the same area.  I'm a sucker for nature, and I know I would love this spot.

Pictures sent in by Esther M of Chocolate Runner Girl

And last, but certainly not least- a nod to finding beauty everywhere we go.  No need to save a bunch of money or spend months planning.  Take Aleshea's advice and find time to take a little break every day.....

Corpus Christi, Texas

"Often times we spend so much time dreaming of the next vacation far away and how we can make it work that we forget we can explore our own backyards. 

This was taken in Corpus Christi, Texas. Water is so beautiful and a great weekend getaway. "

To me, I get a sense of fun, adventure, and freedom in this picture.  It's true that you can find wonderful places to explore in your own backyards, no matter where you live.

Pictures sent in by Aleshea of Glitz n Grits

 That brings us to the end of the list!  A big thank you to the ladies who shared their travel destinations with us!  I enjoyed each and every one that was sent. 

 I hope it sparked your inner travel enthusiast to get out there and plan some fun adventure for the day!  

Have you been to any of these places?  Do you have a favorite travel spot of your own you'd like to share?  I'd love to hear about them!  Tell me in the comment section below!

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  1. I want to travel to London so bad! I think if I went I would never want to leave. I would fit right with how much tea I drink.

    1. Hi Shelby! Oh my gosh, you have to go. I love it so much. Haha, very true about the tea! I don't drink it but saw it everywhere!

  2. so fun!! Love all these places too!! Costa Rica is amazing!!!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Caroline! Have you been to Costa Rica too? It looks beautiful!

  3. Great pics! I've been to Costa Rica and it's so lush and beautiful. Can't wait to visit Rome... We'll be there in 3 weeks!

    1. So excited for you Kim! 3 weeks!! How long are you staying?

  4. I loved London. We've been to Atlantis in the Bahamas as well. Another favorite place for me (besides Disney World which I love) was Edinburgh, Scotland.

    1. Hi Becky! Yes!!!! Edinburgh! I so wish I could have put that on there, but I haven't been yet, so it is on my dream list. Next time I go to Europe, that is the first city I will be seeing. What was your favorite thing about it?

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    1. Hi Wendie! Aren't they though? So many places, so little time, lol.

  6. Those are stunning. London is definitely on my bucket list! I can't wait to have the money to go around the world!

    1. Bring me with you!! I would love to have enough money to do a world trip one day as well. It would be amazing!

  7. Patagonia just seems breathtaking!! I would love to visit there! And of course, for a tropical getaway, Costa Rica seems just perfect.

    1. Right? Seeing the pictures and hearing about Patagonia has made it go on my bucket list when it wasn't on there before! I love learning about new places!



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