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Cafe Chat: Planning a Dream Birthday Trip

If you don’t have a dream, how can you have a dream come true? – Jiminy Cricket

Across the Cafe Table is turning one this month and we’re talking about traveling birthday celebrations! Let’s discuss the dream trip you would like to be feted with for your birthday someday. Dazzle, surprise, inspire, wow each other… dream big!  Share with us how you plan your big trips or maybe some specifics of what you’d like to do. Who would turn down a private jet and a week or two in the Maldives? If that’s your dream, go for it! But when we ask you to “dream big,” we don’t mean that it has to be something that’s forever out of reach. Get creative!

If you’re like many of us you may find myself asking things like “Can I afford this?!!” “How’s the weather in June when my  birthday is?” “Will I be able to get off work?” Our advice to you is to put these questions aside for now. Just take the first step. Pick a place your curious about or one that you’ve always wanted to visit, and start dreaming and planning.

Answer on your own blog and link up below, or simply comment here or on Facebook. We always leave the linking tool up for a week or two, so don’t hesitate to come back and join us in a day or two!

Margo’s answer can be read over here. She also made a Pinterest board to get her planning started. If you would like to play on Pinterest, you can link your board below instead of doing a post, or do both!

Briana’s answer:

Here at The Travel Belles, we like to dream big when it comes to getting out there and seeing the world. And for a birthday, well, bigger is even better!

I’ve been very fortunate to have already taken some dream trips, but one that I haven’t done yet is India. So much about the country and its culture intrigues me, and I would love to experience it all – the cuisine, colors, music, dance, history – first hand.

One of the things I would undoubtedly include on my itinerary is a yoga retreat. I’ve practiced yoga for several years now, so to experience it in the place where it began so many years ago would certainly be inspiring and enlightening. Then after improving body and wind with yoga, I would indulge the food-lover in me by taking a cooking course. Indian cuisine is so vibrant and flavorful, and bringing that tradition home with me would be the best souvenir.

I would also check out the main attractions – of course the Taj Mahal is on my list – and spend mornings at the markets and bazaars searching for treasures. And who wouldn’t want to see a lively dance or music show as well?

Someone recently described India to me as a “whack at the senses” for first-time visitors, and I would certainly indulge all five of them if I turned this dream birthday trip into reality.

Now tell us, what’s your dream birthday trip? Link up below if answering on your own blog, being sure to link back to this post! Or link to a Pinterest board you’ve started for your dream trip. Also please remember to use the hashtag #cafechat!

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I’m a writer, editor and educator who is now based in the Boston area after spending several years living abroad in Ireland, Spain and Italy. While I spend most of my time writing and editing for the web (these days you’ll find on Patriots.com), I still love the feeling of holding a newspaper or magazine in my hands. If you’d like to know what I’m up to right now, you can find me at www.BrianaPalma.com and on Twitter @brianapalma.

This article has 18 comments

  1. Margo Millure

    Can anyone else believe it’s been a year?

  2. Cailin

    Nope! Time flies when you are having fun 😉

  3. Krista

    Happy Birthday!!! Can’t believe it’s been a year already. 🙂 I LOVED this topic so much. It really made me think and ask myself point blank: what would it take to make this dream come true? 🙂 Thank you for inspiring me so beautifully!!

  4. Kate Turner

    Happy birthday, Across the Cafe Table! I’ve really enjoyed participating and reading everyone’s posts. I love this topic – post coming up later…

  5. Katy

    Not at all! Time really does fly!

  6. judith works

    Great idea to use Pinterest to plan a trip.

    I’m having a dream (if cold and wet) birthday with a cruise to Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Norway and Denmark. How cool is that?

    Happy Birthday Across the Cafe Table.

  7. Margo Millure

    Briana, I didn’t know about you and yoga! I do it at home… but have always been curious about going to some kind of yoga retreat in India. A cooking class would be fab too – do you know of any?

  8. Briana Palma

    I don’t know of any specific schools/instructors, but I stole the idea from a coworker — her parents were in India a few months ago and her mother took a cooking class there. When she mentioned it, I knew it was something I would love to do if I ever visited India.

  9. Briana Palma

    Sevilla is such a beautiful, vibrant city — just the perfect place for a birthday getaway!

  10. Briana Palma

    It’s definitely cold and damp in these parts, but I guess you have to appreciate the weather for the gorgeous green landscape it produces. You’re going to love it!

  11. Ayelet - All Colores

    Happy birthday! And what a great idea! I just linked up my dream birthday trip to the North Pole. As long as we’re dreaming big 🙂

  12. Cathy

    Congratulations on reaching 1 year Travel Belles. I liked the Pinterest idea, so that is how I have done mine.
    http://pinterest.com/cathylpowell/new-york-for-cafe-chat/
    I would love to go to New York for a dream birthday trip.

  13. Margo Millure

    Thanks, Cathy! I’m glad you liked the Pinterest idea…. I enjoyed it too – I’m trying to think of a way to do more Pinterest related things over here and/or on the community boards – It really does loan itself well to travel, I think 🙂

  14. Margo Millure

    LOVE your post, Ayelet. It’s definitely the post I won’t forget from this month’s chat!

  15. Ayelet - All Colores

    Awe, very exciting 🙂 Thanks for the warm words, Margo!

  16. Chrissy Travels

    I hate celebrating my birthday. So, I made a commitment to every year go someplace I’ve never been before on my birthday. So far, Jamiaca, Anguilla, Marrakech, Morocco; Key West; Capri, Italy; and the year leading up to my ‘BIG’ birthday, I hit 22 countries! Kind of blew it out that year.

  17. Margo Millure

    What a great list of places!

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