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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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.