Friday, August 8, 2014

Five on Friday {August 8, 2014}

Greetings from Las Vegas! I'm here on Day Two of a much-needed girls trip...yay for vacation! To celebrate, today's Five on Friday list is dedicated to my top 5 vacations:


ONE | Los Angeles/San Francisco (2013)


My big trip last year was a West Coast adventure with some great friends - it included my first visit to Los Angeles, plus a road trip up the iconic Pacific Coast Highway to spend a few days in San Francisco. Along the way, we squeezed in a day trip to Disneyland, a tour of the Warner Brothers Studios (including the Pretty Little Liars set!), a surfer day in Venice Beach, an overnight in Santa Barbara, and tons of delicious dining experiences, including my first trip to In-N-Out Burger and dinner at Sur (of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules fame!).


TWO | Japan (2007)


During his junior year of college, my brother spent a semester abroad in Japan which was the perfect excuse for a big family trip! This was my first time in Asia, and there was definitely a bit of culture shock which made it one of my most unique vacations ever. Highlights included seeing a play at the national kabuki theater, visiting local temples, and checking out the awesome fashion and technology scene (I felt a bit underdressed most days, which is funny since that's usually the opposite of how I feel in my regular life!).


THREE | Florida (2014)


This past February, I spent a week in sunny Naples, Florida! It was a week of pure relaxation, which came at a perfect time since I was making big decisions at that time about switching jobs. Gorgeous sunsets, uncrowded beaches, and tons of yummy restaurants are all that I really need for a successful vacation, so this trip had all of the ingredients for success (oh, and alligators. So that was a plus.)


FOUR | Greece (2010)


When someone offers you a free trip to Greece, you say yes! A few years ago, I was working at an all-girls high school and my boss asked me to be one of the chaperones on the school's annual summer trip to Europe. I would have been psyched to go anywhere, but I was absolutely thrilled when I found out I would be going to Greece, since that had long been at the top of my travel wish list. This itinerary was jam-packed - we saw all the historical sites in Athens, but also had time for the beach and more relaxed vibe of Santorini. With 50 American teenagers by my side, it really was the ultimate girls trip!


FIVE | Las Vegas (2010)



My first (and only other) trip to Vegas was a BFF vacay with a gal you all know well...my co-blogger, M! This vacation was amazing because of course we had lots of quality gal talk while we took in the casinos, pool, and bar scene, but it also stands out because we had our first live encounter with a very special man that weekend...our celebrity crush, Michael Buble! M and I had only one long weekend to go away that worked for both of us, so when she looked up Michael's tour dates and saw that he was going to be performing in Vegas that weekend, our decision was basically made for us. Yes, we selected a vacation destination based solely on Michael Buble's tour schedule haha...but honestly, what more of a reason did we need to go to Vegas?! I'm excited to be back there again this weekend for another fantastic trip!

Hopefully Lady Luck will be on my side this weekend...do you have any recommendations for things to do in Vegas?


Cheers to AmandaJennieAmyKarli, and Lauren for hosting today's link-ups!

xoxo
B

20 comments :

  1. I loved this post! I used to live in Huntington Beach, CA...so right when I saw California at the top, I knew I would love this! LOL. I have made the road trip up PCH many times...it is gorgeous. I have been to Florida a few time for Disney World and I celebrated my 21st in Vegas! Would love to see Japan and Greece!
    -Morgan
    California To Carolina
    The Gym Bunny

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    1. The PCH ride was gorgeous, but I was definitely a bit scared of the road haha...you're brave for making multiple trips!

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  2. Such fun vacations and hope you have the best time in Vegas this weekend!! Greece is one of my favorites to this day!!

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    1. Greece is so gorgeous - I would love to go back again someday!

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  3. well i am just jealous of all of these places! lol. the only place i havent been is Japan. have a great weekend!

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  4. Sure do miss you SF. Even though I sure do love Chicago :)

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    1. Such a beautiful city...I hope I make it to Chicago someday, too!

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  5. ooooh Japan must have been amazing!!

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  6. Fabulous travelogue!! Vacationing is my all-time fave thing to do :)

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    1. I just got back from vacation today and already can't wait to start planning my next one!

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  7. Wow!! Y'all do such fun vacations! Have fun in Vegas! I've never been!

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  8. Have so much fun, I would love another trip to Vegas!

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    1. I think I need a little bit of recovery time before my next one :)

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  9. Gah, still need to get to Vegas and Greece is a top to-do on the bucket list. Have so much fun this weekend!

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    1. Thank you - we had a fantastic trip, pics to come soon!

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  10. What great vacation spots! I really need to get myself to Greece! Great photos! New follower here :)

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    1. Yay, welcome - we're always thrilled to have a new reader!

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