Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dream Destination Blog-Hop

Lexa and Julie are celebrating the launch of their books Soul Cutter and The Ghosts of Aquinnah with this blog-hop
and 19 prizes to give away.
by Kim Van Sickler

Ever since I was a little girl I've dreamt of one particular destination over all others. Throughout the years it's been that prize that I was going to treat myself to when the time was right. I've always shied away from doing it before because I was waiting to grow up and celebrate something monumental.

Then I grew up, but as far as I could see, I hadn't done anything incredible enough to earn the dream vacation.

And then a couple of weeks ago, my husband and I decided it was finally time to do it. We've travelled to some pretty amazing places already, but why were we putting off my dream vacation any longer?

I mean, really! Wasn't it possible that if we wait much longer we'll never get there?

Spring 2015. That's when we plan to go. The only scary part is coordinating our trip with Mother Nature.

You see my dream trip is to bike along the canals and throughout the city and countryside of Amsterdam while the tulips are in bloom.





Pretty amazing, huh?

Where is your dream destination? Have you been there yet? If not, what are you waiting for?

If you haven't already, hop on over to Lexa's blog and Julie's blog for their generous prize giveaways!

44 comments:

  1. How awesome you get to go there. My husband really wants to go there too.

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  2. YOur dream destination makes me want to go there too! I think I'll have to nudge my bike-loving husband in that direction. Right now I'm dreaming/beginning to plan a trip to Italy. You're right. If not now, when?

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    1. Especially for a trip that requires some physical dexterity to accomplish our objectives!

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  3. Those flowers are beautiful! That's a place I'd really like to visit!

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  4. Wow, what amazing photos. I can't even imagine how gorgeous those tulips would look when you're actually there. How exciting that you get to go! 2015 will be here before we know it. :)

    Thanks so much for taking part in our hop, Kim!

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  5. Oh, what a fabulous trip that will be! I'm so glad you decided to stop putting it off.

    Count me in as your newest groupie. After all, when you make that next trip to see the Northern lights in the not-too-distant future, I want to be sure to see any pictures you might post! Nice to meetcha.

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  6. Well, dang. How about that? I was ALREADY a groupie... HA!

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    1. Glad to see you again! We will definitely compare Northern Lights pics!

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  7. First, I LOVE the name of your blog! Swagger makes me want to get on my feet and start walking around like I own most of the galaxy *hehehe*

    I found myself trying to stick my head through the screen just to stroll down the streets of Amsterdam again. I've been there for work, but never for pleasure *sigh*

    I will go again! And take yummy pictures. Right after I go to Alaska ;-D

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    1. Ha, ha. Feel free to swagger all you want! We definitely should get to Amsterdam and Alaska and soon!

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  8. I'm so happy for you that you'll finally be going to your dream destination! It definitely looks dreamy, and I've met a bunch of Dutch people vacationing in Egypt, and they're so cheerful and funny. I bet you'll have a wonderful time. Thanks for joining the hop! :-)

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    1. So happy to partake! This was a fun way to launch your book!

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  9. Awesome pictures! Have you visited the tulip fields of Washington State? Good for you making plans for your trip - I've been looking at the costs for my trip too - such fun - the planning stages. Definitely check the weather patterns - now an easy thing via the internet. Have fun!

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  10. Sadly I haven't been to Washington State yet, but my husband has and he says I would love the scenery. :-)

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  11. Oh, yes! Amsterdam looks stunning and definitely a place I'd want to visit some day. (My "must see" list is getting longer and more unwieldy by the moment! Haha.)

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  12. I've biked along the canals in Amsterdam many years ago, but the tulips weren't in bloom. That would truly be amazing.

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  13. I LOVE AMSTERDAM!
    I had to do a report on the Netherlands in the 6th grade and have been in love with the country ever since. I got to go to Amsterdam in 2011 and it was beautiful. The people are all warm and friendly. The buildings are beautiful.

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  14. The colors are glorious. I'd love to visit Amsterdam too.
    I'll be posting my dream vacay shortly.

    PS Thanks for visiting. I'm your newest follower!

    xoRobyn

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  15. Lovely! I have been to the gardens but it was years ago and I'd love to go back.

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  16. See, nobody has a bad thing to say about the place and some want to return!

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  17. That would be so lovely. I hope Mother Nature cooperates and gives you the best possible time.

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  18. Gorgeous! My aunt is from Amsterdam, and I'm right there with you. I think it would be breathtaking and amazing wrapped in bacon. Fingers crossed for you!

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  19. That sounds like a great trip! I spent a little time in Amsterdam - a flight delay/stopover - and got to see Anne Frank's house. It was amazing!

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  20. What great pictures, and such an exciting goal. I would go to England and see some gardens, villages, and castles if I could.

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    1. Then you should do it! Treat yourself! And you even have such great news to celebrate!

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  21. Beautiful pictures! I hope you make it. :)

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  22. Oh wow! Yes, it's very beautiful and the Dutch are really nice, friendly and open. Good luck with your travel plans! New Follower

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  23. Amsterdam in spring would be so lovely. I love the photos you shared. I hope you get there as planned.

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  24. Sounds like an awesome trip! :) My dream destination was Hong Kong and Phuket. I finally made it to both in 2011. Definitely worth waiting for.

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    1. You need a new dream destination now! Wonderful that you made it to your first one.

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  25. Wow. That's going to be an amazing trip.

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  26. What lovely photos! I spent a few days in Amsterdam many years ago, but it was in October, long after the tulip season. We still loved the beautiful city, the wonderful food, and had a very touching experience seeing the house where Anne Frank hid during the war. Hopefully, your timing will be right, and you will bike through the vibrant tulips.

    Julie

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    1. Madeline and you have both been to Anne Frank's house. I must see it too!

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  27. I hope you are able to get there at the perfect time of year! There are a few places I'd like to visit that are very time sensitive, and it's tricky to ponder.

    The Warrior Muse

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  28. Brilliant choice, wonderful town. Never ben there before, but my gf was there a few years ago and showed me tons of cool photos. Hope to get to Amsterdam soon.

    Great post!

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  29. I literally said oh my god when I read about biking in tulip season and saw that first picture… The color… WOW!
    Also, I just wanted to share, I am hosting a massive book giveaway (14 authors, 15 books)

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  30. It's a beautiful place. Timing is crucial to achieve your goal.
    I hope you have a blast!
    Writer In Transit

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  31. I have been to Amsterdam but it was November so the tulips were all in plastic tunnels! I hope you have a wonderful time - what a fabulous thing to do!

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  32. You will LOVE the Netherlands! I lived there for a semester in college, and it's an amazing place... especially if you go in spring and can see the tulips :) I never understood the hype about them until I drove through the countryside, past field after field of flowers, each one as if some great hand had reached down and painted strips of the most brilliant color across the grass. And the cities and the people are wonderful. ENJOY!

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