Family Vacations to North Carolina:
In 1988, my family started renting a beach house on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina at a place called Emerald Isle. It was pure heaven!!! Back then it was not too well known, and not very crowded. Pretty perfect! We went there for years and years and years and I loved it. Each year, our crowd got bigger and it made it that much more fun. These past few years though we've gone to the Outer Banks. It's about three hours closer. (Still a 10 hour drive, but that better than 13! Ha!!) These days just my family alone fills up the house!! We've come a long way since 1988!
I've been on lots of cruises. I started going on cruises after college. They were affordable on my measly catholic school teacher salary (especially when you go during hurricane season!) and lots of fun. Ironically, my favorite days cruising are the super relaxing days at sea! It's really hard to beat a beautiful day, laying out on the top deck, looking out and seeing nothing but beautiful, blue water. But I've done lots of awesome exscursions too! Swam with dolphins, para-sailed, swam with sea otters, zip-lined in Belize. took a Mexican cooking class (where the margs flowed like water!). Such awesome stuff!! Actually one of my best vacations was when I went on the Mexican Rivera cruise out of Cali! We broke the bank that trip!! Went out to California a few days before the ship set sail! Stayed in West Hollywood and toured Hollywood Blvd in a red convertible, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Disneyland...the whole nine!! So fun!!
High above Labadee!
Nashville: One of my favorite places ever!! I love country music and one day my bestie and I just decided we would go to the CMA festival, the 4 day music festival they have each June for fans. We got an awesome deal for the event, so we jumped on it. That trip was a lot of fun, but it was the hottest June ever there and we pretty much died. Like the sun was down and it was still 100 degrees. So the next time we went in April, and that was more bearable. The CMA trip was packed with so much to do, when we went in April, we basically did the touristy things, went to bars and listened to music...pretty perfect! Oh and we took a road trip to Dollywood!! It was further from Nashville than we thought (and a different time zone!) but it was so much fun! And we ended our long day with Sonic!! My first Sonic (and only so far) experience ever!! I will return to Nashville one of these days!!
Just wanted to end with a little funny!!
Is it bad that I've been to Disney so many times and loved it each time, but my favorite was probably when I was 8 or 10. My whole family got to go with my dad on a business trip. We probably stayed in one of the nicest hotels I ever remember staying in The Lake Buena Vista something. At that hotel they had the BEST waffle cones ever!!!!!!! I got one every night!! I wanna say my that 10 year old self thought they were free, but they probably weren't. I know that probably pretty pathetic that my favorite part of that trip were those waffle cones, but that seriously was the best ice cream I've ever tasted!!
I just love traveling...it's one of my favorites!! I hope to travel somewhere in 2015....
Can't wait to read about everyone's travels!!
Have a great Thursday and thanks as always for spending some of your day with me!!