Saturday, January 22, 2011

My Dream Vacation

I have three friends with weddings coming up this summer. The more I hear about it or read about it (Facebook newsfeed is a cesspool of matrimony when you're 20-something), the more I realize I'm not ready to be bound to someone for the rest of my life just yet. I want to have fun first.

As soon as I come up with the funds (by way of either winning the lottery or selling body parts), I am going to take a two-part trip I have been planning for the past five years.

I want to spend one month in India.


...visit the Taj Mahal.


...become enchanted by the Ganges River.


...party on the beaches of Goa.


...visit my dad's hometown.


...stay in a tree house resort down south.


I also want to spend one month in Sweden


...see where my maternal ancestors came from.


..."accidentally" run into Prince Carl Philip. (A girl can dream, right?)






...stay in the Ice Hotel.

This is a trip I always imagined experiencing by myself. I know it sounds cheesy and ridiculously EatPrayLove-ish, but I feel like taking this trip alone would help me not only discover my roots but help me discover myself. I want to feel free before I get myself tied down.

But who knows...these trips are SO expensive (I often calculate the cost in my free time, looking up air fare and hotels and such). There is a good chance I won't be able to take this trip before I'm married. But I'm not giving up. I can't.

103 comments:

Cailin´s Place said...

great photos!kisses

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David L Macaulay said...

no, no - this is the trip that I want to make. Maybe I'll have to make do with a weekend in Philly.

Chic Geek said...

Taking a trip to india this year! My parents are contemplating going to Goa actually! I also want to go to Japan.

Josie said...

These photos are stunning! I hope you can take your dream trip soon, dear.
xo Josie
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OceanDreams said...

all of these trips look like so much fun! i love the idea of staying in a ice hotel (as long as i'm somewhat warm, lol} and living in a tree house?! i would love that! i hope you are able to get some traveling in before you settle down, xo!

Vivek Nanda said...

Amen...I wish your wishes come true :)

indianmakeupways said...

hope ur wishes come true

Andrés Corella said...

I totally back you up on this..I think everyone should take a trip like this is really or it could be really life changing...dream it and go for it girl!!
Oh butbe a little bit carefull on the Tah Mahal my best friend had a non very greateful experience there

xx
Andy

Jimmy De La Cruz said...

Those are some spectacular shots. A vacation to any of those places seems like a great adventure. Sing me up!

Jimmy
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Vanilla said...

It sounds so exciting :) a couple of my friends are off adventuring at the moment and are loving it :)

Love, vanilla

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ching said...

India would be such a dreamy place, i mean come on it's the Taj Mahal! :D

Sherin said...

I hate looking at wedding newsfeeds! I want to have fun before I settle down as well.

The trips sound really good. I'd love to visit Sweden as well.
You need to come to London as well!!

Love Bonche said...

Gracias por tu comentario!
tus fotos son muy interesantes!

Sarah said...

I know exactly what you mean about needing to take a trip away somewhere, I'm making a list as we speak!
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tanvii.com said...

If you do not dream then how will they come true ... Dream Big and it might just happen! :)

Eden said...

I hope you go to all these places!:))))

FashionJazz said...

Sounds fabulous! xx

Missy said...

wow that sounds lovely!

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Becky Jean said...

Ahhh! What dreamy photos.. treehouse resort for me i think!!!
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Leia said...

Umm... when you come to India you're going to visit me right??? If you need a place to stay in Delhi... stay with meee :D

Leia

Tabatha said...

I hear ya! I'm dreaming of a similar trip, but without the ice hotel *yikes* (way too cold for me!). One of my biggest wishes is to come to the U.S. one day, as I've never been there & there are so many place I want to see. But first I've to win the lottery, too *lol*

stonefox said...

this post is awe inspiring. I'm 22 and a few of my close friends are already married, its crazy. I agree on not being ready though, I'm in the process of planning a back packing trip through Europe, India is also on the list with Japan, South America...just add the entire globe. Best of luck with your travels <3

Kristal

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Cafe Fashionista said...

Ohmigosh you have just given me the biggest case of wanderlust, Jennifer! I think we need to go to India right now! :P

Audrey Allure said...

That sounds like an amazing trip! The tree house resort looks absolutely beautiful, and the ice hotel sounds fun to stay in. Hope you'll be able to go!

Couture Carrie said...

Me too!
Gorgeous post!

xoxox,
CC

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Jennifer said...

I think tickets are cheapest in oct/sept? What a fab trip that would be! I've been to Sweden for only a day and it was magnificent -- but omg ICE HOTEL!? I didn't even know it existed!

xoxo
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Jade said...

Wow, the tree house resort looks like such a peaceful place to stay. It does sound cheesy but it also sounds like an amazing experience. I hope you get to go before you're married! Or if not, go without your husband and pretend you're single? haha x

Dahl said...

I love to travel! Omigosh, your trip sounds totally perfect. The tree house in India and the beaches at Goa look beautiful. I'm Swedish too! I've always wanted to visit there! The ice hotel looks so cool (and the Prince is a hottie). http://thearcenciel.blogspot.com/

Enery Bida said...

wowo beautiful photo... thank u for ur comment, baby!
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enery

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Cheryl: Oh to Be a Muse said...

India looks lovely. that damn Ice Hotel! i find it to be so unusually interesting. guess i'd want to stay there a night or two as well.

hope you will get to go on these adventures this year!

Oh to Be a Muse

Kara said...

The tree house hotel looks so cool! I hate that too.. that facebook is all about marriage in your 20s.. eh. Hopefully you get to go on your trip, it looks amazing. I'll cross my fingers that you end up running into the prince! :)

JUST ME said...

I have ALWAYS wanted to honeymoon in a treehouse resort. It's the best of both words: natural and posh.

Ah. Heaven.

Angy said...

I would so much to visit some of these places!
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Vivas said...

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Sophia's Lover said...

Welcome the goddess of the moon and the night,
Bless us with wisdom, bless us with might.
Give us tonight, the power to heal,
The power to release the magick so real.

...thanks!...lovely girl!

Vintage Vixen said...

Tell you what I'll go to India for a month and blog about it then you can pretend you've been and save yourself a fortune! xxx

Courtney Erin said...

I really really hope you get to pull this off - it sounds so amazing!

xoxo ~ Courtney
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Barry said...

That's a good idea going alone.

Just take me with you.

Beverley said...

India sounds like a dream vacation spot! i actually knew someone that went for a month, she backpacked, rode a bike EVERYWHERE, ate a ton of rice and LOVED it.

i hope you get to go this year!

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Kathryn {Sweet Tea and Champagne} said...

I know EXACTLY what you mean about being a 20-something and the never-ending talk of matrimony on facebook. I have 5 (as of now) weddings to go to this summer! Wooaahhh. Can I join you on your trip? :) xo

Kathryn

http://sweetteaandchampagne.wordpress.com

Catherine said...

Thanks so much for your nice comment on my blog!

I am obsessed with the Ice Hotel. Definitely on my list, too! It seems so magical— right out of Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen . . .

- Catherine at Littlehouse of Style
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CINCHED AT THE WAIST said...

thank you for the sweet comment! This is quite the dreamy vacay, jaja i love the part of running into the prince!

great blog-just started following,
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Beatrice said...

Wow! Amazing ice hotel! I would like to go there too, but my hair would probably disagree hahah! My dream vacation this year would probably be to Norway (visiting the incredible mountains and lakes) or maybe to Greece :)

QueenDesi said...

i never visit India although it so close with my country, but you have to visit that country oneday.
i have friend that live in India, and she always told me about India and the other things all the time..sounds exciting you know :)

i hope you can get a chance to realize your "dream trips"

THE SECRET LIFE OF "D"

in Love&Light
Queen D

Pratishtha Durga said...

A girl can dream? NO! A Girl MUST DREAM!!!

I hope all your dream vacations become your life's cherished experiences. If you come to India, do drop me a line. I'd love to show you around in Mumbai.

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Nicole Richie Anonymous said...

I really want to go to the Ice Hotel!

Thanks for your lovely comment. Love your blog xx

Michaela said...

I'd love to take a trip on my own. Sometimes I get an urge to just run off to the airport! Sounds like it would be amazing!
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Daniela said...

Hi,thanks for your comment on my blog..I just found it! I like your page,too. I'd also like to meet the prince of Sweden..ahah,it's a real dream..

Margaret said...

god you have me dreaming!
great blog!
loving the posts
stop by some time xx

margarita ts said...

amazing pics!

F. said...

So cool!

I wanna go there too..maybe one day..

xoxo F.
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Vicki said...

Thanks for your comment! Great pics, I wanna do that vacation too :D What about following? xoxo

The Queen Of Mambo said...

Thank for your really nice comment!!! I like your blog alot too! nice pics.

I am now your follower, hope you do the same!!!

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andrea said...

an amazing trip I think! :D

Bonnie said...

The Ice Hotel looks absolutely incredible. If you ever get the chance to go to India or Sweden (hopefully both!), you must take and post pictures. Then, I can be insanely jealous of you. :)
I can see why this is a trip you want to take alone. That way, you can focus on YOU and not split time with anyone else. I can imagine that it would be a great meditative, reflective journey.

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marialε said...

Hey Jennifer, your blog is so great, very inspiring!!! Love your trip, I wish I could have a trip like that too. I understando you... my friends are also getting married, I think I am the only one left.
And yes in my post I am talking about Vampire Diaries... I am in love with Damon !!! jejeje
Ok, too much talking now...

xx
mariale
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Stylison said...

thanks for dropping by my blog=)

the photos of the ice hotel works wonder and it charms me away, offering me the temptation to stay there for nights!


xoxo
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Mitsie said...

i wish i could stay in the ice hotel its such cool place... and thanks for commenting on my post.... it was a real comforting comment...:)

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Laura said...

Great photos! I hope you can take your dream! Kisses!

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martiita said...

Very nice spot. I've really enjoyed reading it.
Thanks for comment me, I follow you.
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zizi bloom said...

i wish your dream come true!!!

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Whoop it up! said...

thx so much for your lovely comment !

and very beautiful pics !!! <33

xx, nati and tany

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Melissa said...

fabulous photos! i would love to visit india, those photos look so beautiful!
thank you for your comment!
xx

Cybelle e Fabi said...

Those just became my dream vacations as well!!!Love the blog!!!Thanks for the visit!Follow u, follow us back??Xoxo Cybelle & Fabi


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Fashion Court said...

um, that prince is enough reason to travel! so handsome :p

Cybelle e Fabi said...

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Sootjeelina said...

Wow... Seems like a dream to me too!

xoxo Sootjeelina <3

Vicki said...

Great! I'm following back ;)

xoxo

annalisa said...

hey there! thanks so much for passing by!
that hotel looks like a dream!

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Pina Colada Kisses said...

You should go for it. I just spent a year living in Australia and it was amazing.
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Venus In Virgo said...

Fabulous dream vacation! Love the part about accidentally bumping into a Price ;) Ahh yes what are we without our dreams! I actually have been lusting to visit that ice hotel for years now. great post!
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Kristin said...

Those both sound like amazing experiences. I hope you get there!

The Odd and Chic said...

Oh my goodness. . . can I come with you . . . most of these are on my list too!

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xxx

Carola e Chiara said...

I HAVE YOUR SAME DREAMS,BUT I'D PREFER TO JUMP INTO ORLANDO BLOOM :)

p&p said...

hey!! i want this vacation too!!
can i come? haha

thanx for your comment!! :)
x
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Mimi said...

aww, yes, a girl can absolutely dream! and these are beautiful places to visit, and i love how they both have meaning to you. :D

<3, Mimi
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Dina's Days said...

Girl! DO it! If you ever save up the money, I totally encourage you to go alone. Although I might be a little nervous, I think I would do it too.

Jenni Wells said...

India is number two on my list of places I have to visit, just after Japan. I hope you make it there!!

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SMASH said...

Aw, I don't think this is Eat-Pray-Love-ish at all (although I did laugh at that mention!), I think it would be amazing to go to these places and like you said, get a feel for your roots. India would be especially epic--my friend just went and she fell in love :)

xx
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Imogen said...

Wow this looks amazing and I really want you to do it. I wish for you to have the money to do so somehow. How beautiful does the Taj Mahal look here? and the Ice Hotel is stunning. I have always wanted to go to Sweden. I have no idea why, I don't have any family history there or anything. Also it is very far away from Australia but I would love to do it anyway.

Twenty.Something said...

I want to visit those places too! Traveling is the best thing. One day it'll happen girl... just keep dreaming and it will!

Beautiful photos too :)

xo

Lisa Petrarca said...

Don't give up...dreaming is what makes life exciting!

I dream of vacations to Italy, Paris, and several other amazing places...sigh...someday!

I LOVE your blog! I'm a Follower now. Thanks for your comments...you made my day!

Christopher said...

I need to take a few epic trips first too. I was going to say take me with but noooooo someone wants to go all alone. Selfish.

♥ Monica ♥ said...

these photos are wonderful!!

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Phil said...

Hello Jennifer, thanks for visiting my blog and from today you have more ma follower;)
I loved this post, I love traveling, and it just came to remember the vacation that never arrive ... lol but dreaming is also good ... kisses

Katariina said...

Hi Jennifer!Beautiful pictures!:)

My sister went to just become engaged to and planning a wedding.
But at the same time thinking about whether or not yet ready, then so quickly.It's good to listen to what the self feels.It is good to live in the moment it is now.

My brother's travels in India sometimes.I dream to travel itself, even to a close:DThank this post!

Fashion Cappuccino said...

Such a great list of places to visit! I wish I could go traveling right now! And OMG, that Prince Carl is such a hottie! xxoxoxoo

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Melanie's Randomness said...

I wish I could go on this trip tomorrow. India & Sweden...what an adventure this must be! That's the prince of Sweden?? WOW he's hot!! =P

Melanie's Randomness

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

Wow Jennifer, what an amazing vacation this would be. The photos are all beautiful and exotic-looking. I would say that I would be excited about the Indian food but I'm not sure I could handle the spice... lol I need to visit Sweden to get in touch with my roots, or at least my bloodline. ;)

It all sounds spectacular and I'm sure you will get there. When you do I cannot WAIT to hear about that incredible month! (or longer in case the man of your dreams sweeps you off your feet...:)

xoxo
Rachel

BABI said...

those pictures are really lovely! i would like to visit taj majal too and have breakfast at ice hotel!
may our dreams come true!

Babi :-)
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Bella y Cecile said...

yeees, it would be nice to go to each place you've said, specially the ice hotel
thanks for commenttttt
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yiqin; said...

I need to go on a vacation ASAP

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INKAQUEEN said...

Hi :)
Thanx for your nice comment.
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Kat said...

wow!! soo beautiful!! great pics!

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*chameleon* said...

such a great choice for one month of enjoying!!!i absolutely love all places and things u would like to see and do!!great pics,fab post!!:)
xoxoxo

Julian Booth said...

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