Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Travel Dreaming

Sooo to say I was upset about not going to Chicago would be the biggest understatement that was ever understated.

My husband and his logic and plans cancelled my our wonderful trip to Chicago for our anniversary. Poor husband broke this news to me on Friday, right after I started my period, poor man.

First, little tears.


Then full blown sobbing at work. Not pretty.



Acted like it was the end of the world. I will NEVER FORGIVE YOU HUSBAND.


Realised I was overreacting the most of all the overreactings.


Sorry husband. Note to you: don't break plans during my period because I am all of the emotions.

My husband is definitely the logical one in our relationship, and I'm the 'act now think later' kind of gal. Luckily he keeps me grounded while I dream a million plans. The fact is, we just took a huge trip around the other side of the world, we bought a house, went to Vegas and Disney in the last year, so I think we did ok. Just need to take a bit of a break, and Chicago is like, right around the corner.

However, silly husband mentioned taking a little trip in the winter. The planning part of my brain went into overdrive. I have some miles to burn. It has to be something small, because Europe has to happen next summer.

Wanna help me decide?


1. New York.

Number one contender. It's close, I have always wanted to go in winter / christmas time. I have enough miles to cover both of our flights, holla. We would not stay for NYE cause we're not crazy like that. I have wanted to do all the touristy things ever since seeing the movie Serendipity. John Cusack was my #2 crush, after Howard Keel of course.

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2. Orlando.

Disney World + Harry Potter! Right?! Though I've heard Disney is caahrazy around Christmas.

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3. Seattle.

KC and I both want to go to Seattle, San Fran & Portland. We might be better off saving this for a longer trip, or not... what do you think?

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4. San Fran.

San Fran is so high up there on my 'must see' places it's not even funny. But bloody hell, why is it so expensive? A girl can dream. We might have enough miles to cover both flights, in a month or two (just might have to shop a bit more..).

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5. Roxboro, North Carolina + Charleston, South Carolina

Roxboro to visit KC's dad and family. 8 hour drive. Last time we took an 8 hour drive, I asked KC about World War 2 and he talked about it the.entire.time. Man loves his history.

Charleston because, well, Charleston. Only a 5 hour drive from the NC visit. 9 hour drive home. (not sure how that math works, Google maps). I think KC mentioned once that it's something to do with how the interstates are. Ok.

Or we could fly into Raleigh and then hire a car to get to Roxboro, and drive down to Charleston and fly home from there. Do-able, and miles cover the flights, holla. Or we can drive and save the miles. We should probably do this because we have never visited KC's dad. Well, I haven't, obviously KC has.

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6. A Cruise.

I am slightly terrified of ships (Titanic, Poseidon, Ghost Ship...) but I think I could do a 3-4 night cruise to the Caribbean in the middle of winter.

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Now I don't know the US very well, of course. Do you have any must see perfect in the winter suggestions? Hit me. Help a girl dream. 

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  1. I'd def say to save for a longer trip to the NorthWest and aim for NYC this winter! Though all your destinations are awesome so you really can't go wrong!

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  2. Being practical is tough. NYC is pretty in the winter but really cold. I vote FL or NC since it's warm!

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  3. I would definitely do NYC because it is great in the winter / around Christmas. There is so much to see & do and then you can also save up for a bigger trip next year!

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  4. NYC is beautiful during Christmas, but if it's a winter like last year it would be freeeeeeeeeezing. Cruises usually run really good deals this far out and I think they are a lot of fun. Getting a tan will make everyone jealous :)!

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  5. Being a Southern girl myself, I definitely recommend Charleston. And you want to hit anywhere in the South in the winter, so you can miss all of the humidity. ;)

    D and I went there for our first anniversary trip and we LOVED it. If you decide to go there I can definitely give you some pointers.

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  6. I say the Carolina's or FL in the winter. Cruises are nice in the winter, but waters are a little choppy because it's winter and cold everywhere else. Just a suggestion :)

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  7. I went to NYC for the first time right after Christmas and it was beautiful. I would suggest that!

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  8. I lived in Seattle for many years, and you do not want to visit in winter! It is best seem in all it's summer glory! Christmas time in NYC is my absolute favorite! There are Christmas trees galore and the city just sparkles a little more with all the Christmas lights! Also, ice skating in Central Park! It's way better than the Rockefeller Plaza rink, and it is where they filmed the scene in Serendipity!

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  9. Umm... ORLANDO duh?!?! ;) Ok so in all honestly Florida is SO nice in the winter but the parks are ridiculously packed around Christmas. Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom are absolutely gorgeous during Christmas time with the lights but you wait hours for everything. I'd vote NYC just because you'd get a real Christmas-y feel in my opinion!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blgospot.com

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  10. Im going to say NYC because that's my dream...to visit there one day. :-)

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  11. I love Charleston!! (ps you sound just like me when honey announced we should stick around the house for our upcoming first anniversary..umm what??)

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  12. I'd say NYC for sure, it would be really pretty during the Christmas holidays and it's not too far. :) OR a cheap Caribbean vacation to get out of the cold.. you could probably find a great deal. Good luck deciding!! Trip planning is sooo fun. (And sometimes depressing, maybe just for me.. because I'll research trips that I know I can't go on) LOL. xo

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  13. Ahhhh such a hard choice. I would say NYC but are you prepared to be solid amounts of crowds the entire time you are there? As much as i love going to see the tree i can NOT STAND IT. my suggestion would be to go AFTER christmas while the decor is still up and the hype of the holiday dies down (call me grinch, sorry!! its just that nyc is SO SO freaking ridiculously busy, but i'm sure all big cities are). Call me biased, but i vote for the 3-4 night cruise!!!!!!!! i'm terrified of ships as well but i am thinking of doing the same for me and my husband in the winter :)

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  14. NYC around Christmas, YES please :) That is what I would pick for sure haha!

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  15. If it is definitely going to be a winter trip, I say New York. How seriously magical would that be in winter time?!?! Do itttttttt!!!!

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  16. NYC will always be my pick for the holidays! We went for Thanksgiving last year and I think it will go down in history as one of my favorite holidays ever. It really is magical!

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  17. Those all sound amazing although I'd be seriously tempted by a cruise or New York. Just imagine all that shopping and the musicals!

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  18. NYC at Christmas time is so dreamy! Crowded -- but I just love being in the city for Christmas. It is so beautiful and decorated, and luckily it snowed when we were there last year! xo!

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  19. This is too funny! And my vote's for NYC in Winter!
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

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  20. I'm all about a cruise. I was a dancer for Disneyland during Christmas one year and I can honestly say it is THE most MAGICAL place during the holidays. Every time I walked around the park and saw the decorations and heard all of the music I would seriously cry huge baby tears of happiness.

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  21. NYC is gorgeous at Christmas and definitely worth seeing! I think you have your answer from blog land, at least!

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  22. Orlando for me everytime... but I want to go to New York so badly & the hubs refuses. I also want to get to the Rocky mountains!!!

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  23. I'm with everyone else on this, NYC is a perfect getaway for like a long weekend! :)
    I would definitely keep san fran and seattle and the whole shebang for a longer period to really enjoy the whole thing!

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  24. I'm a little biased because I live in SC but Charleston is gorgeous! However, it might be a little cold in the winter. We've been there in January before it was like 70 degrees but you never know. NYC at Christmas is on my list too! Would love to see all the lights and trees! But then again, a cruise to somewhere warm in the winter would be heavenly. So many good choices!

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  25. NYC just to see it during the holiday...though it is crazy busy that time of year. I would save the West coast for when you can spend a little more time there...it seems like a waste of a flight if you are only there a long weekend (but maybe you have more time to spend). I've given up on planning a trip to Italy next year, since we are moving and I'm going to try to take advantage of our new location and go to Hawaii and/or Thailand.

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  26. All of these are wonderful!! I vote for either Charleston or San Francisco!! xo

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  27. You MUST see NYC around the holidays!! I lived there for the fall semester and it is just so much fun and everything is decked out. It's magical. I would save Seattle/NW area for summer since that is when the weather is really nice there. We went to San Fran during the summer too, but I imagine it's just as nice in the winter too. But omg NYC. That's my vote.

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  28. So sorry your plans were redirected. I vote West Coast / Seattle / Portland !!! <3 For selfish reasons of course.

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  29. bah blogger keeps eating my comments! I vote DC (duh) butttt maybe not in the winter...NYC at Christmas time is incredible. This December we are going on a cruise out of Orlando for a few days with friends then stopping by Disney for a few days for CHRISTMAS AT DISNEY!! Come join us! haha!

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  30. i don't know if you know this or not, BUT Jessi and I live in pdx just sayin' .....

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  31. I think NYC would be beautful at Christmas time! or if you're looking for an inexpensive cruise you can go to the Bahamas out of Ft Lauderdale or Cape Canaveral for less than $300 for 3 nights.

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  32. NYC around Christmas time is insane. Busy, cold, slushy, and all around gross. BUT. There are some great perks to being there, too, especially if you get a chance to see the tree and also a show. You can't go to NYC and not see a Broadway show.

    That said, if it's the winter, go somewhere warm. Christmas at Disney is wonderful. We're trying to do that next year. Unless I magically come into extra money and then we'll go this year. So next year, really.

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  33. You KNOW I gotta vote for my city Charleston, but San Fran would be amazing, too. Yay for options!

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  34. I would do NYC -- but only because I've been dying to go there during the holidays! I'm actually trying to plan a December trip myself!! We can meet up at Serendipity :)

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  35. Oh man, how can you choose!? I have always wanted to do NYC at Christmas - I hear it's amazing!! Seattle, Portland and San Fran are all great, but I feel like they might not be that pleasant when it's cold. I have done two cruises, both in December, and the weather is nice and they are super affordable. So hard to choose!

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  36. I don't know how you would choose. I think SF would be cheaper than NY as far as hotels go. As long as you don't come out here in Summer you'll be good. September and May are the best months to see the city. Portland is awesome but also more quaint then all of your other places. I haven't explored enough there but I plan to later in the year when I have to go for work. I actually really love Seattle and went 3 times for work last year and ended up taking my bf for one trip and a friend for the other and it was great. Have you considered Cabo for some nice warm weather? :)

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  37. Aw man! That sounds like me when I get upset!! All these places sound amazing! Of course I'm going to say Orlando for the selfishness of meeting up haha! Although, Charleston is amazing if you love food and pretty history! NYC is always fun but a little pricey. Cruises are super easy and inexpensive and always a good time too! Never been to SF or Seattle so I got nothing there! Anywhere will be so fun!!!

    <3 Shannon
    upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  38. Seattle & Portland will be my next big trip, I want to go there so bad! San Fran too but that'll be a separate one. Howeverrrr... I VOTE NYC BECAUSE I LIVE 20 MINUTES FROM IT!! Seriously come to NYC at Christmas time and do the tree and all that and I will come into the city and we will run through Central Park together and then get frozen hot chocolates and it will be SO AMAZING!

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  39. I dont think anything could beat a NYC Christmas honestly! haha Ive never been at Christmas but from family and friends pics .... its perfect! I hope you choose that one!

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  40. I vote for Orlando because I'm selfish and it's closer to me!

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  41. I love tropical areas but man... NYC in the winter would be AMAZING!!!!!!! That's the one place I'd actually go TO in the cold!

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  42. #5 is my vote. I've been to Charleston once & I want to go back so badly!

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  43. As a former Seattle resident (and I've spent a LOT of time in Portland as well), my advice is GO THERE IN THE SUMMER. The city comes alive in July & August. It's a different place. It's gorgeous, the weather is great, there is SO MUCH TO DO. It's awesome. The winter...notsomuch. The same stuff to do is there but the vibe is different. Summer rocks. Winter...you will never question another Nirvana lyric after a winter in Seattle.

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  44. I've never been to any of those places, so take me with you! Lol.

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  45. ooh, for winter it's tropical for me. i can't help it!!

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  46. I lived in the city so I have to vote for New York! BUT it is crazy busy during the wintertime and there's always the possibility of getting hit with a major snowstorm.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  47. Good luck choosing! I go to NYC every winter because it is absolutely magical! The decorations, the sites, the feeling in the air... I could go on and on. Especially if you haven't gone to NYC before, I would suggest going in the winter. It just makes your experience all that special.

    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  48. Aww, sorry your trip didn't work out, but it sounds like you have something fun in the works to make up for it. You have so many great choices on that list...lol, I'm no help at all because they all sound good!

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  49. Bahahaha! Girl you crack me up! Damn that husband of yours! But it sounds like it's totally understandable why the Chicago trip didn't work out. I feel like my husband pisses in my cherrios like that all the time too. Us women like to LIVE! :) :) All of those locations you listed sound pretty amazing! My husband has worked out in CA a bit and he says that the cost of living and just basically everything about that side of US is outrageous! Just for shits and giggles I looked up real estate in that area before and I about shit a brick! Lol. I think NY in the winter would be really super awesome! However I think since winter sucks so bad, a short carribean cruise would be the greatest idea! :) If he's not interested, I'm totally down. ha! :)

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  50. Bummer about your Chicago trip :( BUT if you get to go to NYC around Christmas time then it definitely makes up for it! The next time I go to NYC it will be in the Winter when the tree is up and there is ice skating. Serendipity is one of my fav movies!

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  51. Great picks. I hope you can visit San Francisco soon!

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  52. Ok...so since I'm from the Caribbean...and haven't been to half of those cities listed above, I'm gonna say hit the cruise. Warm, sunny skies...blue, crystal clear waters...as opposed to white, freezing, windy days of snow and more snow. Um...this is not rocket science. :)

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  53. I dont see Alabama on that list, WTF? LOL JK! But like if you came to Atlanta...I would totally drive over there and visit you :) Wink wink.

    In all seriousness...I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Disney World/Harry Potter World and NYC. Those would be my picks. Cruises scare me!

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  54. Aww I would have cried too!! And how about Pennsylvania? haha but I vote either San Fran or Disney!!

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  55. Omg you poor thing!! I live 90 miles southwest of Chi! Such a great city!! I'm gunna vote for cruise because they are fabulous!! Been on 3, my favorite was to Bermuda for scenery and water, but also St. Thomas and St. Maarten, just absolutely stunning!! It's a great way to see a few places and maybe find one that you love so much you want to go for a destination vacation.

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  56. Disney World would win every single time for me!!
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  57. Obviously I'm going to say NYC. If you come right after Thanksgiving - all the Christmas magic is in full effect and the crowds aren't as crazy yet because kids aren't off of school :)

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  58. My top choice of your list would be NYC - I've only been for a couple of short day trips one summer when we were in New Jersey and would love to be there for several days.

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  59. COME TO SEATTLE. And then I'll go to Portland with you! It's really not far at all. Another option is driving north to Vancouver, BC where they have amazing Dim Sum and good shopping ;)

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  60. Seattle, Chicago...those are both on my list. I'd love to see Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in person once. In December Orlando is awesome! It's not any crazier than the Summer and it's wonderful weather with awesome Christmas decor and outlet shopping! We used to go every year to Epcot to see my brother sing with his HS group and I miss going at Christmas.

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