Fun Travel Ahead

by tinareale on January 15, 2013

I have sure got a busy day ahead of me today! Why you ask? Okay, you probably didn’t ask but humor me because I have something exciting going on this week.

About a month ago I received some very, very cool news.

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I couldn’t contain my excitement, but I had to. Now things are all set and I’m super pumped to share that I will be heading to Los Angeles tomorrow afternoon! Weeeeee!


This will be my first time visiting California. Ever. LA certainly appears among my bucket list of places to visit so I cannot wait to go. To make the trip even more crazy awesome, though?

I get to go as part of a group of Glam Media bloggers to tour the Nature Made Vitamins headquarters to learn more about their brand and participate in some other media related activities – including, so I hear, a video interview session. Wish me luck on that one, okay?

Although I will gladly get in front of a camera to take part in such an opportunity, undoubtedly meet some wonderful bloggers, and visit with a brand of vitamins I have used over the years, as well as trying out some of their new Vitamelts product.

I can always go for some extra energy.

That’s not all the fun travel I have on my radar though this spring. Not by a long shot!

Just two weeks after this trip I will be attending a women’s retreat with one of the Bible studies I’m a part of to really connect with God and some growing friendships I have. I can already tell that trip will rejuvenate me in so many of the ways that matter most.

Then, three weeks after that weekend getaway, Peter and I have a trip we have held off on doing but anticipated for YEARS. Our very first cruise together!!!!


Yeah, buddy!

We will be taking a seven day cruise out of New Orleans to Belize, Honduras, and two ports of call in Mexico (Costa Maya and Cozumel). I’ve been on a few cruises but never to any of these ports (besides Cozumel) and Peter has never been on a cruise. We’ve wanted to do one together for a long time and figured we needed to finally make that happen.

It will be hard leaving the kids at home for a week (my parents will be staying at our house to watch them), but we are big believers in taking time for the marriage in special ways and traveling together means a lot to us. We’re already counting down the weeks until we get to go! Zip lining, snorkeling, ruins exploring, cave tubing, and adult fun….and sun and relaxation in there too.

Crazy to think that is just the first few months of the year! I have another possible trip in April and then I’m looking at (and hopefully will be) attending Blend Retreat 2013 in May (you gotta check it out!).


Also, read Janetha’s post with the many, many, many highlights of the 2013 Blend Retreat.

I would say travel wise 2013 is shaping up quite nicely. Definitely a good thing for this gal!

What about you? Any fun trips planned yet for 2013? Do you hope to attend Blend 2013? Been on a cruise?


1 Claire @ Flake and Cake January 15, 2013 at 6:25 am

So excited for you Tina, looks like you have so many amazing opportunities coming up! Best of luck with the video, it isn’t as bad as you think – just look at the interviewer and not the camera and forget its recording! Then you’re just having a normal, relaxed conversation with someone else :) A cruise sounds like great fun too, so many interesting places on the list.
Have a great flight and brilliant time in California!

2 tinareale January 15, 2013 at 2:48 pm

What a good tip about pretending the camera isn’t there. I’ll have to remember that one because I’m sure it will help a lot.

3 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 15, 2013 at 7:10 am

Dang girl – you’re quite the traveler this year!! I hope you have a blast in LA!

4 Linz @ Itz Linz January 15, 2013 at 7:35 am

I do hope to attend Blend!! And so many fun travel plans in store for you – can’t wait to read about them!! Jonny and I have never taken a cruise together – we’ve gone separately though. Give us warm weather and a beach and we’re happy!

5 lindsay January 15, 2013 at 7:53 am

take me!! sounds like a blast! and lots of GOOD people to see and meet.

6 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 15, 2013 at 8:11 am

You have such a fun spring ahead of you! We won’t be doing too much traveling in the next several months thanks to the little babe on its way and Cody starting a new job. I do hope to be at Blend for part of Saturday since it’s only a 45 minute drive from my house though. I sure hope you’ll be there!!!

7 tinareale January 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm

You have to come to blend for at least that day! I so want to meet!

8 Lee January 15, 2013 at 8:12 am

Awesome! Have a great time! And let’s plan a dinner date for when you get back.

9 Heather (Where's the Beach) January 15, 2013 at 8:20 am

Oh so much fun!! How exciting. Can’t wait to hear more about it. It looks like my next trip will be to LA with my sister and another friend. Girls’ only ;-)

10 Lauren January 15, 2013 at 8:20 am

Wohoo! So exciting! I’ve been to LA once and Cali in general is just amazing. You’ll have a blast! Safe travels.

11 Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run January 15, 2013 at 8:20 am

Have an awesome time in LA!

12 runblondie26 January 15, 2013 at 8:25 am

That sounds like an awesome itenerary. Have fun!

13 Paige @ Your Trainer Paige January 15, 2013 at 8:39 am

That’s so exciting, Tina!! :D Have fun, and I can’t wait to hear all about it.

14 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 15, 2013 at 8:43 am

Tina, how fun!!! I hope you document it all when you can, I need to vacation vicariously through you!

15 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 15, 2013 at 8:59 am

Ah how fun! Your trips sound awesome! I wish I could attend Blend retreat this year but I will be heading to Germany that weekend for 2 weeks so I cannot complain one bit! I cannot wait for May to get here!

16 Kierston January 15, 2013 at 9:03 am

Oh how fun is that!!!!

I want to getaway….just not sure where yet :)

17 [email protected] Palate January 15, 2013 at 9:05 am

If I lived closer I’d love to attend! Wow you’re going to have a blast! Can’t wait to hear all about it…I’ll live vicariously :)

18 Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut January 15, 2013 at 9:07 am

Wowzers you’re all over the place!

I think my only trip will be to Blend (college student…c’est la vie), but I’m pretty excited about that!

Safe travels! <3

19 tinareale January 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm

At least we’ll hopefully be able to see each other!

20 Jennifer (Savor) January 15, 2013 at 9:28 am

SUPER exciting! I will be lying if I did not say that I am a bit green but thrilled for you. :)

21 Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's January 15, 2013 at 9:33 am

I LOVE cruises. I’ve done a bunch & the husband and I did one for our honeymoon (6 months after the wedding so we had something to look forward too).

22 Sabrina @Work It Ms Jackson January 15, 2013 at 10:19 am

So much travel! I’m so jealous! Have a fantastic time and can’t wait to hear all about it!

23 Lisa January 15, 2013 at 11:15 am

Ah, so many fun travels! I’m jealous. I really, really want to go to Blend, but I have this TERRIBLE fear of flying. When I went to HLS I actually had a panic attack on the plane haha. It was embarrassing and I dread the thought of getting on a plane again, even though it would be awesome to go. I’m super jealous you get to go to California, I love it there it’s just beautiful!

24 misszippy January 15, 2013 at 11:35 am

I am feeling extremely jealous right now! I am craving some travel and would love any of those getaways! Enjoy every minute of them all!

25 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables January 15, 2013 at 11:50 am

How fun!! I can’t wait to hear about it all!

26 Jess January 15, 2013 at 11:58 am

Ohhhh all of this sounds SO FUN!! I can’t believe this is your first trip to Cali! You will LOVE IT. I’ve never been to LA but have always wanted to go, so I ‘m excited to hear how this trip goes. I also love that you and Peter are taking a trip together — sounds utterly incredible. Ohhh how I’d love to be on a beach somewhere with Scott right about now. Soooo fun.

and PS totally intrigued by Blend and would love to go, ahhh!

27 tinareale January 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm

GO!! Do it, do it, do it! You and Jolene!!!

28 Traci January 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Congrats on all your exciting news! I’ve been on that same cruise twice & we loved it!!!

29 purelytwins January 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm

congrats on the trip to LA, sounds like a fun time :) we love CA!
first cruise — very exciting!! you will have love ,we have been on two cruises (one with family and one with friends) and loved both times!!!
We hope to go to Blend retreat as we missed it last year

30 jobo January 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm

That’s awesome news!! Congrats and have so much fun!! I can’t believe you haven’t been to Cali before, so awesome. Enjoy it!! And your cruise sounds amazing!!!! Totally deserved my friend!!

31 Maria January 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I’m so happy for all your travel this year! Hopefully CA will treat you well and be a bit warmer than it is now (though I’m in the northern part of the state). Nonetheless, it will be beautiful. If you get a chance, a drive up Highway 1 is spectacular.

Also, so happy that you are attending Blend again this year. Your crack-of-dawn (at least that’s how it felt to me) bootcamp was awesome and I look forward to it kicking my butt again!

32 Clare @ Fitting It All In January 15, 2013 at 2:48 pm

HOW AWESOME! I just went to CA for the first time and loved it. and Cruises are amazing.

I have tons of travel coming up to – NYC for a blogger event, visits to the boyfriend, and lots of visits to see friends!

33 Sara @ fitcupcaker January 15, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Ive seen a lot about Blend 2013 and I would love to go, just have to see if I can afford it with all the other trips! I am a new blogger so I would love to get out there and meet some others that share my passion!

34 tinareale January 16, 2013 at 10:23 am

You should definitely come and try to make it work. Best blogger trip I’ve ever been on!

35 [email protected] January 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Ahhh such fun travels ahead! YAY!

I want to go on a cruise SO bad with the hubby. Can I ask who you booked it through & which cruise line (& why)? You can always email me too if you’d rather that. No hurry, as I know your busy, but I’d love to know! thanks! xo

36 tinareale January 16, 2013 at 10:22 am

I booked with Norwegian because it was cruising from New Orleans (originally we were going to be there with the race weekend anyway so why we originally booked from there). It had great reviews too. I actually booked through Heather from the blog Running With Sass since she is a travel agent and it was so easy. She had lots of great feedback and suggestions too.

37 [email protected] January 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Wow, that is so exciting! There’s nothing better than being in a constant good mood because you have great things to look forward to. I’ve never been to California either so I know when I get the chance I am going to be overjoyed. Cruises are the best! I think its awesome (and necessary) that you make an effort to spend time with just your hubby. And that Blend Retreat looks awesome!

38 Olivia Hill @ life as liv January 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Holy moly you have some awesome adventures ahead of you!!! That’s super exciting. Hope you can make it to the blend retreat. Park City is beyond beautiful, you’d absolutely love it. If you can, try and eat at Deer Valley for lunch–their food is unbelievable.

39 Jennifer S January 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I am so excited for you! I went on that exact cruise 2 yrs ago! It was a blast. The cruise was a great chance my husband and I to reconnect. We enjoyed some really terrific excursions. Enjoy all your trips :)

40 tinareale January 16, 2013 at 10:21 am

Oh, awesome! Glad to hear it has good reviews. Let me know of any tips you may remember for on the ship – like which restaurant choices were better or other things. :)

41 Danica @ It's Progression January 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I so wish I could go to the Blend Retreat, but my little sister’s h.s. graduation is the night of the 17th, which is more important of course. I’m hoping I can still be involved sooomehow :)

42 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm

I lived in LA for 3 years and it’s definitely not my place BUT I do think it’s a better place to VISIT and your trip sounds pretty fun. Have a great time! And make sure to share what you can about your trip! :)

43 Katie @ peacebeme January 15, 2013 at 10:31 pm

I live near LA, but please don’t judge California on LA alone. It’s such a huge, wonderful state and LA is the last place I would tell visitors to go because it’s just too huge and you get lost in the traffic without seeing the pretty parts. San Diego is awesome, the beaches are awesome. I hope you get a chance to really see some cool stuff in LA!

44 tinareale January 16, 2013 at 10:20 am

I definitely hope to make it out to more of Cali in the future. I want to see San Diego, the north coast, San Francisco…so many places!

45 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf January 16, 2013 at 12:01 am

So excited for you Tina!! Have FUN in LA and enjoy it. I haven’t been there in years (except for a recent business trip but that doesn’t really count since I was in a conference room most of the time). So many other fun trips too. I agree that it’s hard to leave the kids but it is important to take time out for your marriage. I’m hoping to go to BLEND too!

46 Bek @ Crave January 16, 2013 at 2:10 am

Wowza! You’ve got some exciting travels ahead :) Can’t wait to come along with you (vicariously of course). In June/July my partner and I are travelling around Europe for a month!

47 tinareale January 16, 2013 at 10:19 am

How fun! I loved traveling around Europe so much. Where are you going? Any specific locations chosen yet?

48 Bek @ Crave January 16, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Yes, it’s all organised and we are crazy excited. We are starting in London for a couple of days then doing a tour for 2 weeks that goes through France, Monaco, Italy, Vatican City, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium. We end up in amsterdam and extend on our own for an extra 2 nights and spend the remaining 5 in Paris before flying home.

If you’ve got any tips and tricks, or recommendations/suggestions- through them my way, or maybe do a blog post? I found it really helpful to read through Julie’s (PBF) Europe posts for tricks haha.

49 Bonnie January 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm

HAVE SO MUCH FUN! …wish I was headed to CA too. ;) Of course, I have family there, but that’s in NorCal – haven’t been to the south of the state in ages! Enjoy it to the fullest! (and I’m REALLY hoping to go to BLEND too – I would love to reconnect and spend some time really getting to know you in person, Tina!). :D

50 Jennifer S January 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Go to the murder mystery dinner if you have the chance. it was fun to meet other couples. We enjoyed the ship, be sure to visit the spa :)

51 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Yay!! I’ve been to California, but never L.A. (only S.F. and north). Have a wonderful time!!
I HOPE I see you at Blend- I’ll definitely be there!!

52 Sara January 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm

This is all very exciting – I can’t wait to read about/see your travels in the upcoming year. I have never been on a cruise so I can’t wait to hear about yours. I would love to go on one someday!

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