Ask the Readers: What Is Your Dream Vacation?

By Ashley Jacobs on 27 May 2014 (Updated 3 June 2014) 67 comments

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Many of us take advantage of the summer season to spend some time on rest and recreation, but our vacations are often limited by practical things like scheduling and cost. But what if you could have the vacation you always wanted?

What is your dream vacation? Would you take someone with you, or would you rather enjoy some me-time? How close are you to making your dream vacation come true?

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Guest

A trip to New Zealand would be my dream! ideally I'd want to be there for about 6 weeks. :)

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KH

3 months exploring Italy

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Mary Happymommy

My dream vacation would be somewhere tropical.

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lostAnnfound

My dream vacation is going camping with the family and friends. Hopefully someplace that has only spotty cell service at best (preferably no cell service). Some place that has water to put my chair by so I can read while being able to take cool off in the water. Somewhere that we can listen to the birds and see some beautiful woods/scenery. Sit by the fire with my husband & kids in the evening. And we do this as often as we can in the summer.

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Paige Lawlis-Dixon

My dream vacation is a month on Palau :-)

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Lani C

Australia and New Zealand

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Allison

My current dream vacation is a trip to Disney World with my boyfriend. He has never been and I'm just in love with it. It would be awesome to just play around and pretend to be kids again.

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My dream vacation would be to travel to Africa, to Morroco, Egypt, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Benin, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania, Gambia, and Tunisia. I especially would love to see the Safari, the beaches, and the ancient structures there. It would be great to have residents as guides rather than the typical tourist guides.

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Tammy S

My dream vacation would be to go to Greece. I have always wanted to see all the historic site, the blue blue water and take in all the culture. It is on my husbands and mine bucket list.

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Elena

My dream vacation would be going to Bora Bora with my family

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Louly

I would love to go to New Zealand! If it's anything like Australia, it has got to be beautiful.

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Diane

My dream vacation would be a trip to Italy & Greece with my boyfriend! Or two weeks in Hawaii together!

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Tamara C.

I would love to visit the Virgin Islands by myself. Love my husband and the dogs, but if we're talking "dream" vacation, some time alone to relax and explore would be ideal. Not anywhere near making it happen, hence it being a dream.

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Ernest S.

My dream vacation would be in a tropical location (like Hawaii or Costa Rica) with my entire family. My parents won't make the effort to treat themselves, so I would love to have them enjoy a week in paradise and not feel forced to be frugal while on vacation.

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Betty

I'm pretty happy on a beach with a book. I guess if money, time, etc weren't an issue, I would like to visit a new island every few days. I also like to keep the traveling part simple, so maybe a private boat with my own concierge.

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Kim

Trip to Antarctica with my husband - this is the last continent I have to visit!

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Guest

Skiing the Southern Alps and trout fishing the clear streams of New Zealand, the world's most progressive country.

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Nicole Dziedzic

My dream vacation is Bora Bora. Such a beautiful amazing place! Would love to go here with my hubby.

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alona

Italy :)

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KelR1

My dream trip is visiting Europe for the first time. I would love a couple of months, if possible, to explore cities like Paris, Rome, Vienna, Stockholm, etc. with my husband, seeing the sights, tasting the foods, and soaking up the culture.

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Elizabeth D.

I would love to visit Europe!

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Gina

Two weeks in France exploring museums, castles, etc. It probably won't happen for at least 5 years.

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Kristin Goodson

My dream vacation would be taking a cruise to jamaica!

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MELISSA HANSSON

My dream trip is to go to Japan and stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, the hotel that's featured in Lost in Translation.

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Kat Skull

a trip around the world - my life goal is to visit as many countries as I can!

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Julie

My dream vacation since I was 10 years old -- GREECE!

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James

My dream vacation would be to backpack through Vietnam

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Guest

Relaxing by a beach.

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Liz

My dream vacation is an African safari for a week and then laying on a nearby beach for another week with my fiance!

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Jennifer Marie

A vacation to the beach is always where I want to be!

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Monique

My dream vacation would be to travel all of the UK and Ireland with my best friend and visit many of the great sites associated with history and literature.

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DeeDee

I would love to go to Santorini Greece and surrouding islands.

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Olivia

My husband and I have hashed around the idea of two very different vacations. One is to visit friends in Italy and make side trips to Florence, Sienna and Pompeii. It would be great if we had at least 10 days. We almost have enough for plane fare and passports at this time. The other is to take a small trailer and travel cross country to visit touristy places and various architectural oddities. We'd like to spend two days at the Treesort in Washington state. That trip would take at least 4 weeks. We don't have anything saved towards it and have yet to determine any details. It's fun to dream.

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Mitch

My dream vacation would be island hoping in the Polynesian islands with my family. We would learn to scuba and snorkel and explore the undersea and island life. I want us to explore a new place together. I still want to go back to Australia and New Zealand to explore, but I have been there already, so it would not be new.

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Jennifer Floyd

My dream vacation would to go to New Zealand with my husband and three children. We love to explore the outdoors, the ocean, the vineyards and the culture. FOOD! Did I mention the food?

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Natalie A

My dream vacation is a trip to Maldives with my love and our son. It's one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen in Pictures. Making this dream into a reality would be the second greatest gift. My first is my son. I want to show him the beauty of this world and teach him that we need to achieve dreams not matter how big or small. To believe that anything can be done if we just believe in ourselves. This dream vacation would be our first incredible journey as a family.

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Monica

I want to go back and explore the Caribbean again :)

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JM

My dream vacation would be to travel to South Africa with my sister and go on a Wild Life Safari ride.

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Christie

My dream vacationS, you mean? I'm planning my first next year, a week in London, a week in Paris, then 2 days at Disneyland Paris. Yippee!! I think if I had to choose a "not planned but dreamed of" vacation, it would be a week in the Maldives, all expenses paid with a clear bottomed kayak and a room over the water waiting for me!

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R

I'd love to have a romantic partner to do some of the romantic travel destinations like Venice... but separate from that, I'm really looking forward to visiting New Zealand because its nature is breathtaking.

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Krystal

Dream vacation is to cruise around the world - bonus if the cruise could also provide reading recommendations for each port!

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Chrissy

I would go to Hawaii to visit my sister and her husband, but I'd stay in a hotel so we could have our *away* time from each other also.

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SerenityNow

Too hard to choose just one! Maybe a summer spent in a rambling old house in the French or Italian countryside--the kind of vacation that would really allow me to be immersed in the local lifestyle.

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MK

I'm bent on a trip to Thailand with or without my significant other. :)

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kitten

Cruising. Either a specialty cruise like JoCo (Jonathan Colton) which I have done or an ordinary cruise with family, which I have also done. I wouldn't mind cruising all year long.

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I've always wanted to go to Zimbabwe. The colonial and post-colonial history of the country is really interesting and the country is supposed to be so incredibly beautiful. I would really recommend Alexandra Fuller's memoir, "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight," if you're interested.

I think it would be one of those vacations were your plane ticket would be 65% of the total cost of the trip. Good thing/bad thing.

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Susan P.

My dream vacation is traveling to Australia and New Zealand with my sister for 2 or 3 months.

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Mary W

I would love to have a luxury tour of Alaska.

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Shauna

My dream and it is a goal we are planning for when we retire is to live abroad for several years. We want to soak in the culture of so many different countries and see places most tourist's do not see and blend in with the locals to learn so much.

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Anna Pry

a cruise to alaska and taking the railroad across the state

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Kay

My dream vacation would be Hungary. My husband is Hungarian, but we haven't had the funds to take our children there, even though it's part of their heritage. I would LOVE to go see Budapest (and more).

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Margaret Davis

The dream vacation for DH and I is to Disney World with our immediate family. With family members ranging in age from 68 to 6 years we want to enjoy time with each other while enjoying a family staple - DISNEY!

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Bethany

Journies of Paul Israel tour let by our former pastor.

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Susan Smith

My dream vacation would be to visit Hawaii.

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Tina

My dream vacation would be travelling through Europe and taking in all that history and just soaking in all the beauty

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Jeremy

Mars and back. Seriously. I think it'd be downright amazing. But on a serious note, I think visiting ancestral grounds in Scotland, followed by a European trek.

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Guest

My dream vacation is New Zealand, which I was lucky enough to take a few years ago. My new dream destination is Bora Bora, in one of those little huts right on the water.

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Lynda

my dream vacay is one around the world!

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Susan Goodson

My dream vacation is spending a month touring the UK!

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Anne Burner

I consider myself lucky, because I've had two dream vacations: the first, to London, England. Spent two glorious weeks - all by myself, mind - six years ago seeing the sites. The second trip was to Japan. Saw Tokyo, Kyoto, and Mt Fuji - got to ride a bullet train. Went with a friend and had a blast.

Now I get to decide where to go next year. That trip will depend on how much $$$ I can save and how well the economy is doing.

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Last summer I accompanied my niece and her two sons back to the East Coast, using Alaska Airlines bonus passes (buy one ticket, second is $109). We visited Philly, New York City (I had a house-sitting gig) and then my dad's Christmas tree farm in South Jersey. We also did a day trip to Ocean City, NJ, where the boys swam in their first ocean.
It was great fun, but also too rushed. My ideal vacation would be the same itinerary but more time in each place -- and this time around I'd bring my life partner, who's never met my dad or been to South Jersey.

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Centsible Indian

My dream vacation is 1 month European trip with family.

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Tabathia B

My dream vacation would be to walt disney world and universal orlando with my family, I think my kids would enjoy it and I know I would also

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Janice Cooper

My dream vacation is Aruba!

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Happy Love

I'd love to go to Norway with my family. I travelled there as a single person and loved it. Now that I have a family, I'd love to share the beauty and hospitality of that country with them.

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Amanda Sakovitz

My dream vacation is Hawaii.

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Thomas Murphy

My dream vacation is to go to Ireland