Summer Vacation Bucket List…..by Michelle Major

An official end-of-summer milestone occurred in my house yesterday when my kids went back to school. The start of the new school year always signaled a changed of seasons for me, although not as much when it’s still mid-August and we have another six weeks or so until it even begins to feel like fall around here. It feels like we spent our short summer trying to cram in as much fun as would fit on the calendar. We went to the beach in South Carolina at the beginning and ended summer break with a long weekend in Minnesota visiting old friends.

But I’ve also been thinking about other places I’d like to visit if time and money weren’t a factor. I could do a mile-long list of vacation destinations but here are three that would definitely make the cut:

  1. Bora Bora: This island, part of French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean, makes my list because of the over-the-water bungalows. How cool would it be to stay in a room on stilts surrounded by the turquoise ocean? If you’ve seen the movie ‘Couples Retreat’, this is where it was filmed. To me it would be the ultimate beach getaway.images
  1. Switzerland: It’s no secret that I love the mountains and I’d love to visit The Alps. To ride the rail through the countryside, visit the town of Zermatt, hear all the different languages and history there. I don’t love to ski, so I’d definitely want to go in the summer.Unknown
  1. Galapagos Islands: Who remembers studying Charles Darwin and his research on the Galapagos Islands in school? The blue-footed booby? It would be amazing to visit these famous islands and see some of the wildlife there first hand. Although I’m a little torn because I’ve read that the tourism industry is one of the things contributing to the environmental problems on the island. But this is my fantasy list, so I’m keeping it!galapagos-islands

How about you? Where would you go for your dream vacation? Is there some place in the world you’ve always wanted to visit? Or maybe you’ve already checked off your top bucket-list vacation? Share a comment below (or tell me where you’ve vacationed this summer). I’ll draw a name for a copy of my August release, A KISS ON CRIMSON RANCH and a Starbucks GC as well.

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20 Responses to Summer Vacation Bucket List…..by Michelle Major

  1. Laney4 says:

    Ya know, I’m not into visiting “places”. I’m into visiting “friends” (including family). I am blessed to be able to visit most of our friends/family locally, but for long vacations, we have gone to my sister’s home 2000+ miles away. While there (or with them visiting here), we visit the library, walk the trails, geocache, check out museums and plays, and hit an occasional restaurant or two. This summer, we had them visit for two weeks in June (on their way from the west coast to the east coast) and one week in July (on their way home), so that was our “staycation”. It was wonderful.

    • Laney – You’re exactly right. Our trip to Minnesota this year, while not geographically exciting, was so fun with friends. And we went to Hilton Head to meet family which was lovely too. In my dreams, I’ll be bringing all my friends along! Glad you had a great summer!

  2. That’s an awesome list, Michelle! I’m game for any of those…you know…in case we want to plan a writers’ retreat? ;) I would love to visit Ireland – definitely on my bucket list!

  3. Jenny Stallworth says:

    When the Bora Bora trip happens, I better be in the seat right next to you! Next year I want to go East and see Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. I don’t like going hot places in the summer so I think this will be perfect. Also need another trip to Colorado for sure!

  4. Jennie Marts says:

    I think a writers retreat in Bora Bora sounds perfect! Fun blog to start me daydreaming…the canals of Venice are on my bucket list of dream places to visit! Can’t wait to read your latest book!

  5. Michelle says:

    I would love to go to Alaska, Ireland, China (not picky on location, I would love to go to one of the orphanages I volunteered for) and Moscow.

    After being in Cape Cod last week, I would love to go back for an extended period of time. There was WAY too much to see for the short time we were there…did get to see some of the historical elements – where the Pilgrims really landed first in the US before heading over to Plymouth.

    • Hi Michelle – I’d like to explore Cape Cod and our nation’s history at the same time. What a cool reason to want to go to China. Alaska is on my list as well. Thanks for the comment.

  6. bn100 says:

    Tahiti would be fun

  7. Marcy Shuler says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland (kilted men!) and Greece.

  8. Tammy Y says:

    We stayed home this summer, but it was a great summer.

    My highlights –

    Meeting Lynne Marshall at the Authors After Dark this month. She is a sweet and classy lady

    Seeing Fall Out Boy, Elton John and Phillip Phillips in concert for the first time. All were amazingly great shows.

    Guardians of the Galaxy – An unexpected gem. My favorite movie this year. And I love the Soundtrack too.

    • Hi Tammy –

      We have one of our highlights in common – I got to meet Lynne at RWA along with some of the other SE authors – a fantastic group all around. My kids and I saw Guardians – I thought Chris Pratt was so cute and funny in that role – and I also loved the music. Glad you had a good summer!

  9. I have a couple of big vacations I would love to take within the next few years – Ireland – at least 2 weeks there, and Scandinavia, again, I’d need no less than 2 weeks there.
    I’m ashamed to admit I’m not crazy about exotic places because I’m spoiled and old, and I gave up camping and roughing it when I turned 55. From now on it’s pamper, pamper, pamper – oh and one day it will probably turn into real Pampers…sigh

  10. Penney Wilfort says:

    I would love to go to the redwood trees and spend a couple of weeks their in a cabin, I love the forests.
    Penney