What’s Your #GuiltyPleasure #Travel Destination?

In just 3 days I’ll be on my way to Seoul, South Korea!  All this packing and planning has me anxious and excited and strolling down memory lane of my other travels.  Allow me to share a few of my favorite travel spots.  And then please share with me your favorite places in the comments!  I’m always looking for more travel ideas!

1.  Gurnee, Illinois – Six Flags Great America

Waiting in line to ride The Viper, my favorite wooden roller coaster.

Before I’d ever left the country, or boarded a plane, I rode roller coasters.  This was the all day summer trip my dad would take us kids on, following along as we made him ride every roller coaster with us and checking out the shows.  My favorite time of year to go is in October during Fright Fest, when Six Flags turns into a full fledged ghost town!  There’s spooky music, haunted cities, and the whole park is decorated for Halloween.

2.  The Rainforest of Guadaloupe

Chutes du Carbet (source: arras-france.com)

I was incredibly lucky to be able to go on a Caribbean Cruise with a friend’s family in High School.  One of the most amazing things I did was swim under the Chutes du Carbet waterfall on the french island Guadaloupe.  And in true Jess form, I immediately injured myself climbing the shore back  up yelling at my friend he couldn’t get up the way he was going!  Wouldn’t you know it, I was the one who fell down in the mud and had some french stranger start brushing me off and chatting profusely fast.  *face palm*  Still a worthwhile experience!

3.  Italy

Trevi Fountain (source: freefoto.com)

There’s a legend about the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy.  If a visitor comes to Italy and throws a coin into the fountain from over their shoulder and never looks back at the fountain, than he or she will one day return to Italy.  The architecture, the food, the history, the food, the mythology,…the food!

4.  Aran Islands, Ireland

Aran Islands (source: aranislands.galway-ireland.ie)

When visiting the Aran Islands, you can crawl right up to the edge and overlook the water.  It’s one of the most peaceful and beautiful sites I’ve seen.  Plus it’s not far from Galway, which was my favorite city!  Walks along the boardwalk, pubs all around, and an ocean view most places you go!

5.  Voodoo Donuts, Portland, Oregon

These maple bacon bars made me want to move to Portland.  I still crave them.

6.  Seattle, Washington

Pike Place Market

The memorable skyline, the throwing fish, the Experience Music Project, and the city that brought you Grunge.  I love it!  Plus, you’ll get a workout in climbing those downtown streets!  Must do when visiting Seattle, an Underground Tour!  Learn the history of the city before it was built where it is now, on a guided tour just below the street.

7.  New Orleans, Louisiana

For those that love history and/or love the paranormal, New Orleans is the place to go.  Their tour guides are exceptional and they have plenty of tours to offer.  From Graveyard Tours to Garden Districts, Plantation homes to Voodoo Queens, Jazz Museums to Swamp Rides!  And don’t forget, Swamps are for Lovers!

8.  Boston, Massachusetts

Living History Held in Boston Common

More for the history buffs!  Take the Freedom Trail History Tour and visit places like Boston Common, Paul Revere’s House, the Old North Church, and the cemetery where Ben Franklin and Paul Revere are buried.  And after putting on so many miles walking around the city, might I suggest a trip to Little Italy for some cannoli?

9.  Toronto, Canada

Casa Loma

For the hustle and bustle of a big city, visit megacity Toronto!  There’s the Eaton Centre, which is the largest shopping center ever!  And there’s a Distillery District for the beer connoisseur.  Plus the grounds of Casa Loma are incredible to daydream about.  Not to mention, Niagara Falls!

10.  La Crosse, Wisconsin

View of the bluffs in Hixon Forest

Sometimes the best vacations are right in your own neck of the woods.  I’m fortunate to live in a city that is bordered by bluffs and the Mississippi.  Never fails to set me right again after a long walk through the bluffs.  That is if you don’t do this.

Those have been my favorite places so far, what are yours?  

18 responses

  1. Love the pictures and all the places you’ve been, Jess! I haven’t been out of the country, with the exception of Canada. I love Toronto, Niagara Falls and Kingston. In my home state, New York City, Alexandria Bay, and the Fingerlakes area. Elswhere, the coast of Maine, Newport, Rhode Island, Disneyworld, Las Vegas, Asbury Park, NJ, The Outer Banks, NC, Charleston, SC. I don’t think I’ve had a bad time anywhere we’ve traveled.
    Would love to go to Ireland, Australia, an Alaskan Cruise and Hawaii. If I can do 2 out of 4 of those before I’m too old to travel, I’ll be happy.

    Enjoy your trip to Seoul, be safe and come home with stories!

    1. My parents lived in Newport Rhode Island when they were first married. I’d love to check out the city sometime!

      Hope you and your hubby get a nice getaway in soon! All your wish list destinations sound amazing! And if he won’t take you, I’ll go! 😉

  2. My favorites:

    British Columbia’s Inside Passage from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert.
    Cruising Alaska’s Coast
    Butchart Gardens near Victoria, BC
    White Pass leading out of Skagway

    Good luck on your far-eastern trip.

    1. I haven’t heard of many of those, will have to look online. I’d like to check out more of Canada. Joe and I met a couple last summer who took a month off to travel across Canada. I’m jealous of their time off, but I’m sure the trip was fun!

  3. Jess, I’m curious to know why you are off to Seoul … purely for the travel experience or do you know someone there? Travel has been a big part of my life and it truly is my addiction (ok, next to chocolate …). You may know from my blog that the south of France is tops on my list and we’ve been fortunate to frequently spend time there. But really, IMHO, any trip is a good experience. It’s a wonderful world and having the opportunity to visit some place new, even if it’s an hour’s drive from your house, can be an opportunity for discovery, fun, pleasure, whatever you want. Just do it! Can’t wait to hear about your adventure. Safe travels!

    1. I’m visiting a friend there who’s on her second year teaching english in an elementary school. I’m so excited to see her!

      Haven’t been to France yet, but it’s on the list!

      P.S. Your book is in my kindle awaiting take off! 😀

  4. What awesome places you’ve been, Jess! And wow—S. Korea?!? Can’t wait to hear about it. Some of my favorite travel spots include Austria, the countryside in the outskirts of Paris, Mammoth and NYC. I also love visiting MN…preferably when the temperature rises above freezing. 😉

    1. Minnesota huh? I’m right on the border. Cross one bridge downtown and I’m in another state. Let me know next time you hit the midwest area; I’d love to catch up with you for some coffee!

  5. You just can’t go wrong with the wonderful SPAM Museum in lovely Ausin, Minnesota! Although I doubt August had that particular place in mind when she commented.

    Not sure why, but I keep missing your updates on my subscription feed. I wonder if it’s a case of operator error – or just too damn many Bloody Marys??

    Have fun in Seoul! Hope you can blog from over there.

    1. AusTin, MN. Forgive me for leaving out a letter in John Madden’s hometown. Yes, that’s a fact!

    2. I uses the magic interwebs. 😉

  6. My favorite:

    I’d love to go to Paris and Beirut.
    Have fun is Seoul! Can’t wait to read about your trip!

    1. Yah, between you and Patricia, I’d love to visit France too! Maybe we can convince her to give us a tour! What if we sweeten the deal with wine and baguettes???

  7. […] weeks ago I asked you all what your guilty pleasure travel destinations were.  Your call outs included the New England coast, Australia, Alaska and Hawaii, British […]

  8. Some of my favorite places to visit were Houston,NYC, Toronto, and Spain. I’d love to go
    back to Spain! I’d also like to visit Boston, Washington D.C., Switzerland, Austria and Maui. I for got to add that I always loved visiting a small town called Fort Atkinson, WI!!!

    1. LOL. Go to Boston, skip Fort! Joe and I loved Boston, so much history, plus it’s really close (hour train ride) to Plymouth if you wanted to see the living museums of our ancestors! I’ve never been to Washington D.C. but would like to also. Why Austria? You’re the second one who named it, am I missing some great attraction/culture?

  9. Belize. First, last and always, Caye Caulker, Belize. Our family had the perfect vacation there a few years ago, and when I need a quiet place in my mind, that’s where I go back to.

    I also love a quiet cattle pasture outside Keswick, England, a beer garden in Florence, Italy, and Buckingham Park outside of Boulder, Colorado.

    You’re already back from Korea, and I’m loving your pics, Jess. 🙂

    1. Oooh, I’ll have to add Belize to my list. Sounds amazing! If you loved Italy, did you read the Freshly Pressed post on Positano. Her pics were gorgeous!

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