Winter Wanderlust


Since returning from our snowy vacation out west, I’ve found myself day dreaming of the next trip on our list.  It’s no secret to Matt that I’ve got a serious case of wanderlust and am always researching destinations even a week after we’ve returned from vacation. I honestly think my thirst for travel is insatiable.

On the way back from Vail, during our layover in O’hare, we heard them announce final boarding for Munich over the loud speaker and we both looked at each other with a raised eyebrow like, “Munich?”.

You see, I have no trouble being away for weeks at a time.  I rarely have that feeling inside that calls me home.  It was after one 4-week work trip to Amsterdam, Italy, and China that I felt a little bit like, “I’d like to be in my own bed”.  But just slightly.  And that was mostly because I was on the trip without Matt and missed him (and Perry) like crazy.


All of this to say, I’ve constantly got a list and some research going into where we could jet off to next.  Most of the time my searches are a complete fantasy (a month in the French Riviera will cost just under $4000!) and sometimes they’re downright absurd (a weekend in Rome to eat pasta and gelato?), but they’re always right below the surface of my brain.

This weekend, as I was snowed in and still feeling icky, I was looking into a plethora of options to soak of some vitamin D and get some quality time with Matt (to my defense, our last two vacations have been group trips) .  My list of research is as follows.


Korakia Pensione – Palm Springs, CA

This tiny little inn has a strikingly romantic setting with Tangier-inspired architecture.  With soaking pools, free bikes to pop into downtown palm springs, and a free breakfast, it’s looking like a slice of Moroccan heaven right here in the states.

Big Sur – Paso Robles CA

I read this article on the flight home from Vail about three perfect days driving down the California Coast taking in the scenes, the food, the spas, and the wine.  It sounded pretty dreamy.


Hanalei Bay, Kauai, HI

Hawaii is always at the top of my list.  I love the rustic, natural, but totally serene and tropical vibes that you get the second you smell the plumeria laced air.  If someone was like, “you need to go somewhere in a hour” I’d be on the next plane to Hawaii…. or Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

I asked you guys yesterday on Instagram about the most romantic places you’ve been to and the majority of them were in Italy.  It’s no secret that Italy is the destination of amore.  Matt and I spent just two rushed days last year in Cinque Terre and have been itching to go back for a little longer.  Flights into Florence would be ideal so you could soak in the romance of tuscany, then take the 3 hour train right over to the Cinque Terre to soak in the aqua sea. And the gelato.


French Rivera –

From Nice to Saint Tropez, I’m thinking some of the sapphire blue Mediterranean seas would be a nice change of pace from the gray, snowy sights out of my window.  You could snag a month in a Cote d’Azur Airbnb for about $900.  With flights, it would come in under $3200 for all of the ‘big stuff’ and I bet I could regale my gelato & wine budget to under $800 for the month, coming in at less that $4000 for an entire month away.


These are just a few destinations that have been swirling through my mind.  Others include: New Orleans, Tulum, Costa Rica, Mallorca, and Rome (for the pasta and gelato).

Tell me…. If you had to leave tomorrow morning, where would you be headed?


Photos: Positano | Korakia Pensione | Korakia Pensione | Corniglia, Cinque Terre | Manarola, Cinque Terre | Monterosso Al Mare, Cinque Terre

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