As the hours of sun become longer, and summer approaches full steam, I find myself yearning for the beach – well, any beach. Who doesn’t love a good vacation (or dream and yearn for it almost daily)? But did you know that even the vacation planning process alone boosts happiness? Just the anticipation of a vacation can boost happiness for eight weeks!In Venice, Italy the sunsets reflecting off of the canals created a golden bluish hue that I had never encountered. We were lucky enough to be in the city for The Regatta, a boat race and parade that only happens once every two years . The entire grand canal was closed for the amazing spectacle, as gondoliers rowed by in striped scarlet.
I had fun planning, and received a little endorphin kick, through RCI’s “Win Your Dream Vacation Sweepstakes,” where you have the chance to win a getaway worth up to $25,000. In celebration of RCI’s 40th Anniversary, I recreated my honeymoon to Venice, Italy and throughout the Adriatic coastline of Croatia (Pula, Porec, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik) and even its inland cities (Zagreb, Plitvice).
Croatia was a surprise to us because it contained the best of all worlds: beaches, boats, history, city life. We could lounge like fat lizards on hot rocks all day, and by night have delicious pasta, risotto or pizza in extremely historic locales. At one point, my husband and I were sipping cocktails next to Diocletian’s palace, a Roman emperor from 284 to 305 CE. Totally surreal.The best pizza I had in my life was an olive, anchovy, caper and onion pie with fresh cheeses! The Arena in Pula! Did you know that the Latin word for sand is “harena” – the floor of the arena was always made out of the stuff – hence the name!
RCI is the global leader in vacation exchanges and has created an easy vacation planner for their 40th anniversary. According to their site, I should be travelling to a spa in Brazil on the shore. Yes Please! Visit RCI.com/sweeps to see where you should travel next, and enter to win until June 18 – and the more you share your dream vacation through social media, the higher your chances of winning. Bon Voyage.There are over a thousand islands in Croatia, some of which you can see above! Also, one of the most pristine lakes, and waterfalls in the entire world can be found in Plitvice National Park (I drank directly from the spring). Everywhere I turned there was an UNESCO World Heritage site!
Where would your dream vacation be? Do you enjoy having every waking moment planned, with an exact itinerary, or you prefer a more laid back approach?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.