25th Birthday Bash!! Day 3 Giveaway: Travel!

If you know one thing about me is that I love to travel. I was fortunate that my mother had the same wanderlust as me so we got to travel a decent amount when I was little. We went to pretty much all of the East Coast, Tennessee,  Ohio, Indiana, Florida, San Francisco, Jamaica and Bermuda. 

As an adult, traveling has become even more important to me. I love the feeling of being in a new place and seeing something for the first time. I love learning about new cultures, experiencing new people and the self discovery that comes in traveling. I love the adventures in traveling and the rich experiences and memories that come from my journeys. I always feel so FREE while I’m traveling and am notorious for being crazy and spontaneous whilst traveling.

The best day of my life was when I finally got the chance to go to Europe after years of being obsessed with studying and reading and watching travel tv. I cried when I say the Colosseum for the first time in Rome and I felt like a kid on Christmas when I was standing in front of the Eiffel Tower. I also went to Florence and London. All of these places were destinations I’d only dreamed about going to and to be there in an indescribable feeling. It only increases my desire to see the world once I’ve gotten a taste of it.

I’ve been too broke to really travel lately so my boyfriend and I have been just taking day trips to New York City and DC. We did find a really excellent deal  on flights to LA this past Spring and we did get to go to Punta Cana with his family.

While I try to save up money, I travel by way of travelogues and fictional books set in foreign places. I’m a travelogue nut if you’ve been reading this blog which leads me to the next giveaway.


2 winners will receive a signed copy of 360 Degrees Longitude: One Family’s Journey Around the World which is a travelogue that I really enjoyed this year and that the author has been so gracious to provide for my birthday!

Grand Prize Winner: A signed copy of 360 Degrees Longitude: One Family’s Journey Around the World and their choice of one of the following travelogues:

In a Sunburned CountryEat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and IndonesiaA Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian TrailInto the WildTravels with Charley in Search of America: (Centennial Edition)Notes from a Small IslandUnder the Tuscan SunThe Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial PacificThe Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon (Vintage Departures)Neither Here nor There: Travels in EuropeThe Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the WorldTales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the WorldLost on Planet China: One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying NationThe Places In BetweenA Year in Provence

This giveaway unfortunately is only open to the US as the author is providing the copies of 360 Degrees Longitude: One Family’s Journey Around the World.

Giveaway ends: 10/20

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Tell me one of your favorite places that you have traveled to or about a place you are dying to go to?

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she’s actually that old. When she’s not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.


  1. When I was in high school we took a class trip, for those wanting to go, to Germany. We went to Frankfurt, Munich, Innsbruck Austria, Switzerland, and a bunch of little towns that I'm sure not to many people have heard of. It was the best trip of my life, and I'll never forget it. What made it even more special is that my ancestry is from Germany so it was really nice to see where they came from, and meet some cool people there. It was definitely a life changing experience. A place I'd love to go- England, (more specifically London, but I'd go anywhere) because of all the beautiful history there. I love traveling too and could honestly go anywhere!

  2. Kelly– I want to go to Germany so bad! My stepdad lived there for a couple of years when he was in the army and I'm so jealous from all the pics he should me and all the stories he shared. So many places to go…not enough time or money! lol

  3. One of my favorite places I've been was Wales. It is such a lovely country with an awesome language (though nearly unpronounceable), and everyone was so kind and welcoming. Plus it was beautiful.

  4. I went to Israel in 8th grade, and it was amazing…I'd love to get back there sometime. But I also want to go to Europe, of course…France, Greece, Italy, etc. And Japan. And Iceland because apparently it's super environmentally-conscious, which is awesome.

  5. The list of places I'd love to go is endless… as for best place I've ever gone, hands down it's Maui, Hawaii. Truly gorgeous scenery and completely different from my day-to-day locale (the Midwest United States).

    Happy Birthday, by the way! Hope it's fabulous!

  6. JessiKay89 says:

    Jamie, I'm really loving these posts for your birthday week. It's so nice getting to know you more!

    I love traveling, too! I'm dying to get to England and Ireland. I really want to see London and some of the bigger cities, but mostly, I really want to experience the English countryside. I gobble up anything Jane Austen, Beatrix Potter, and Rosamunde Pilcher to "see" it, and I even watch The Holiday over and over. But I think I would really love to just be able to make it there.

  7. My top three places I'd love to visit are: Prague, Ecuador and Australia. I hope I make it to at least one of those places someday!

  8. My most favorite place I've ever been was Barbados with St Thomas a close second and I really want to go to Ireland and Italy!

  9. I absolutely loved NYC when I was able to visit a couple times while going to school in MA. I desperately want to live there someday.

    I have a nomadic spirit myself, Jamie. A product of being an Air Force Brat, I guess. I've seen every state in the U.S. (besides Alaska), though many I was just driving through, and I lived in Guam for a couple of years.

    After I graduate (in June 2012) I'm going with my parents on my first trip to Europe! I'm so excited! We'll be visiting London, Paris, Venice and then we're going to go on a Greek cruise. We may even go to Scotland if we can find cheap train tickets. I seriously can't wait. The only time I've been outside of the U.S. was two summers ago when I stayed in Toronto for three days.

  10. My husband's family lives in India. We went to visit them for the first time this year, and I loved it! I've been around parts of Europe, the US, Canada, and Mexico, but India was my favorite. I'm really happy I'll have the opportunity to go back again and again.

  11. India was by far my favorite travel place. I spent two weeks there and then went back for a semester abroad. India is HUGE and diverse and beautiful and the food is the tastiest. Iceland was pretty amazing as well but I only spent two days there (stop over on the way to Sweden). Closer to home? I loved my trips to Nova Scotia and the Pacific Northwest – lots of great hikes.

  12. I studied in Paris and absolutely loved it. I am DYING DYING DYING to go to Ireland. I studied Irish history – I even took Gaelic – and couldn't make it there when I was abroad. Thought about going for our honeymoon but couldn't make that work, either. I guess I'll have to wait and just read more Irish books in the meantime…

  13. tediousandbrief says:

    When I was growing up I always wanted to travel outside of the US, but unfortunately I had a family that wasn't big on traveling overseas.

    I finally got to go to Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague in law school and loved it!

    Of places I really want to go now…Paris and London are at the top of the list. Plus maybe Venice and Iceland.

    I also have an award for you on my blog: Tedious & Brief! Congratulations and happy birthday. I think I'll have to sign up for your birthday bash giveaways all at once when they're all rolled out. Happy Birthday!

  14. I want to go to Switzerland, I want to hike in Switzerland to be exact 😉 But in all honesty, I have a super long list of place I would like to visit. You lucky girl you've been to such amazing places!

  15. BookQuoter says:

    My two favorite cities in the world are London and NY!! I love going back to those places. But the most memorable trips for me are the incredible colorful tulip bulb fields, Netherlands (2010) and the Penguin parade, Philip Island, Australia, (2000)!!

  16. StephTheBookworm says:

    Unfortunately, I haven't traveled much, not really out of the country at all, but my dream place to visit would be Egypt.

  17. I loved Paris. Loved it. And the two things I loved most of all were the stained glass windows at Sainte Chapelle chapel and the paintings of Monet's gardens at the Musee de l'Orangerie. If you go to Paris, you must go to these two places. Oh and you must must must eat a macaron, fresh at Pierre Herme. You won't ever want any other kind. It is heaven on Earth. Anyway, if you want to see some pictures of the chapel and the Monet's, here is my blog post from May: http://quinceberry.blogspot.com/2010/05/paris-soaring-towers-and-sunken-ponds.html

  18. MY favorite place was Bali – just gorgeous and the people were lovely. I still have not gotten to Italy – that is high on my list.

  19. I want to go to Germany so bad but we want to wait until our daughter is older so we can take her and expose her too.

  20. My boyfriend and I are going backpacking over winter break to Germany and the Netherlands. This will be my third time in Europe but my first time in both of these countries (other than a short plane ride through Germany), but I'm still as excited as I was the first time.

    The best place I've ever been is definitely Zurich, Switzerland. I went the summer before my senior year in high school for my school's French trip. A group of us went to the roof of the bed and breakfast and just stayed out there all night staring up at the sky and the mountains. I remember feeling, at 17, like the world was so open and beautiful and that I just wanted to stay on that roof forever and feel that way. It was amazing.

  21. My mom and I are planning the dream trip to Europe that we've wanted to go on forever! Italy, is the number one destination, but we'll be going on a Mediterranean cruise to Greece and Turkey! Plus… we're hitting up Austria and Switzerland… and France, Germany, and The Netherlands. We are SO excited! We're going in May 2012!

    I loved Jamaica when I went. SO wonderful!

  22. Jana– I want to come!! lol

  23. I am dying to go to Italy! I've been to France and would like to go back there as well!

  24. I was able to go overseas for school in fall of 09, and we lived in Greece. It was beautiful, but I would love to go back to Europe and visit Austria, Scotland, Ireland, and England!

  25. Two years ago, winter 2008, I was able to travel to Israel. My brother and his family live there. It was an amazing experience to see all that there is to see in that one tiny country. I think the most fun I had well…two place, the Old City Jerusalem, and En Gedi down by the Dead Sea…also while in that location we went to Masada…overwhelming. My youngest at the time was 1 1/2 years old, I took her a long and she was a great travelling companion along with my oldest – 17 at the time, and my Dad. I hope to visit again as we did not see everything.

  26. Mollie Katie says:

    I loved visiting Europe in middle school because I did a lot of growing up there. My favorite was a little town outside of Perg, Austria, where there are sunflower fields for as far as your eye can see. Definitely makes me want to go back.

  27. Ok, so random… I just started following you on here BUT I noticed you had Travels with Charley on your list.

    My friend and I read it and then decided to take a 4hr road trip to Salinas, CA to visit the Steinbeck Museum and home of Roccinante (his trailer from the book..). If you haven't read this than just ignore my banter but I had to tell you, haha.

  28. IdentitySeeker says:

    I travelled to Egypt twice and had only visited Cairo on both occasions but I found that each experience was different. Although we had been on the compulsory tour of the pyramids, i found that i enjoyed discovering the local culture a lot more during my first visit. On both occasions we had taken dinner cruises on the Nile with great entertainment on board, although I found the food to be too bland for my tastes. I especially enjoyed our tour of mosques around the city, as well as visits to local perfume and papyrus shops at which we were served purple Hibiscus juice, sweet black mint tea and bitter coffee, all while they were trying to rip us off with their overpriced-especially-for-tourists goods. Bit it was a fun experience all in all!

  29. Avid Reader says:

    I know the giveaway is over, but I still had to share. I'm a total travel addict too. I lived in London for awhile and addition to England, I've\ traveled through Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, France, Italy, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. London, Budapest and Hallstatt are a few of my absolute favorites. I'm dying to make it to Green and Turkey.