Monday, June 13, 2022

NJAM Dream Travel Locations

Good morning everyone and happy Monday! Today the Not Just a Mom ladies are sharing our dream travel locations, and this is a post that brought me a LOT of joy to write. I LOVE daydreaming about future vacations, whether I think they'll really end up happening or not. 

This is no surprise of course, but I love to travel. I love experiencing new cultures, learning how people in another country do something different from us as Americans, tasting new foods, seeing the natural beauty, etc. Honestly the list of places I want to go could be a dozen or more, but I tried to narrow it down by combining multiple stops on one trip. 


There are several reasons I'd love to go to Greece. To start, the history! I am a big history buff and would love to see places like the Acropolis, the Parthenon, or any other ancient temples/ampitheaters/ruins. Just looking at pictures of these places is mind-blowing to me, I cannot imagine the awe I would feel to see them in person. How, with the technology they had during those times, were they able to construct such large, beautiful, intricately carved, well-designed buildings that have lasted centuries? 

I also love the white buildings with the blue accents, how beautiful and clear the water is, the warm weather, the food... I mean really, what's not to love here? 

Croatia/Slovenia/Northern Italy

Zelenci Nature Reserve, Slovenia

This was the trip we had originally planned to take in 2022, but we ended up going to Ireland. We absolutely loved Ireland and it was a fantastic trip to take the kids on, but I don't think the kids would be ready for Croatia/Slovenia/Italy anytime soon. So it is still on my bucket list, just pushed back a few years. 

Dubrovnik, Croatia

We were really looking forward to the delicious food, the natural beauty, and the beautiful architecture. 


Seeing the Northern Lights is definitely on my bucket list. But I'd also love to see the fjords..

Geirangerfjord, Norway

and some of the beautiful waterfalls...

Seven Sisters Waterfall, Norway
and cute towns of Norway. 

Bergen, Norway

I guess I'll have to go during the winter to see the Northern Lights, and the summer to see everything else. 😊


Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Everyone I know who has been to either Switzerland or Austria has said they are some of the most beautiful places they've ever seen. 

Grindelwald, Switzerland

Beautiful waterfalls, hiking, funiculars to ride to the top of the mountains, etc. 

Halstatt, Austria

I would love to take a summer trip to both of these places!

An Overwater Bungalow

Last but definitely not least, an overwater bungalow somewhere. I mean, isn't this on everyone's bucket list? Wouldn't you just love to jump off that lower patio and go snorkeling right from your room? 

I've heard they have these in the Caribbean now, which would make for a much quicker flight! I don't mind a long flight, but Devin is quick to point out that the longer we are on the plane, the less time we are spending at our destination... which is true I guess. I don't really care where my overwater bungalow is, I would just love to stay in one at some point. 


Those are just a few of the places I'd love to go, but I feel like I was just scratching the surface today. This list could've been 20+ long if I had kept going! The places I listed are all international, but there are a lot of spots within the US I'd love to see too (or see again, but with the kids). 

Here are a few other spots on my list:

- Hawaii 

Fun fact: my younger sister lived here for 4 years while in college in Honolulu, and Devin's dad lived here in the 1970's for a year while working for United Airlines. It is one of our dreams to live here for at least 6 months to a year when we retire. We've been multiple times, but it never gets old.

- Glacier National Park, Montana

Some of our best friends are really outdoorsy and have told us Glacier is their favorite national park. They've been multiple times and say they find new beautiful spots every time. 

- Yosemite National Park

I went with my family in middle school and still remember the beauty of this park. I cannot wait to take Devin and our kids here one day!

I can't wait to read what is on all of your lists!! I bet you all have some really cool spots you'd love to visit too. If you are a blogger, be sure to link up with us today and to come back next month too! Next month the Not Just a Mom crew are sharing our family food traditions.

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  1. I have a lot of the same places on my list - Greece, a bungalow, Yosemite - although I don't think I wrote that one on my post! And some of these make me want to see them when I didn't realize I should have wanted to! Like Switzerland!

    1. That's how I felt reading through everyone's posts today! Like I there were so many places I hadn't thought to add!

  2. Adding Norway to my list! So many places to explore.

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    1. Yes! I love that you put Disney on yours-- Disney is always on my list too!

  4. I would love to go to Greece! I should have added that to my list!

  5. I love all these destinations especially Greece and Norway!

  6. I feel the same way about long flights! I want to go there but I don't want to spend 3 or 4 days of my week's vacation in an airport or on a plane to get there. All these photos are so pretty!

  7. I love all of these destinations and would enjoy each one. We are headed to Italy/Germany/Austria soon and I can't wait!