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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?  

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