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A Blog Challenge: Winter Getaways!

Warm seas, hot sand, salty breezes. These are the things that occupy my dreams when frost coats my windshield and icy winds find cracks to blow in through my house. At such moments I can close my eyes and remember the bounce of a catamaran over the waves just off the coast of Fiji or the feel of blazing sun warming my skin as I swam the crystal clear waters of Cozumel.

With such fancies dancing through my mind, I was delighted when my friend Cailin of A White Picket Fence invited me to join her in a blog challenge featuring warm winter escapes.

I’ve not had many winter getaways in my life, but oh how I cherish the ones I’ve had!

Walking the beach in New Zealand was glorious. Flowers dotting the sand dunes charmed me no end and I loved sitting there, gazing out to sea, letting the breezes toss my hair while the waves lulled me into sleepy peace.

Cancun was a wonderful escape. Traveling on the off season I spent hours on the nearly deserted beach swimming, resting, napping, looking, walking, just soaking it all in. Here’s a video I took with my phone that will give you a little visual escape to white sand and turquoise water.

Cozumel was one of my favorites. As soon as we left the main town, life slowed down beautifully and I loved driving the back roads, discovering flower-filled neighborhoods, deserted beaches, and lusciously cool waves crashing onto craggy rocks and dazzlingly white sand.

Next month I’ll be wending my way to Fiji and Australia for a true winter getaway with dear friends. It will be my first time to Australia and I can’t wait to explore that amazing place with people I love to bits.

What is your dream place to get away to?

Be sure to stop by Cailin’s blog today for excellent tips on planning a winter escape to the Caribbean. Click here to visit.

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Sharron Clemons - I would love to get away to someplace mindblowingly warm. Somewhere close to the equator. With mangoes aplenty. Love these pictures! I can’t wait to hear all about Australia!

Joanne - I would love to get away to someplace mindblowingly warm. Somewhere close to the equator. With mangoes aplenty.

Love these pictures! I can’t wait to hear all about Australia!

bellini - I wish I was there on any one of those beaches right now. My dream getaway at the moment is off to Italy.

Corinne @ Gourmantic - I’ll have a word with the weatherman for your stay in Australia… Are you planning on visiting Sydney?

mlleparadis - hope this gets to you before you go! can’t believe you’re going to “OZ” too! take me with you!

HAVE A WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WONDERFUL TIME AND A FABULOUS HOLIDAY WITH ALL YOUR FAMILY. HOW LOVELY IT WILL BE! STAY WARM! XOXO

(glad the flowery pics worked for you!)

Anna Johnston - Your video looked so good – love the colour of the ocean there, its so different to ours (your going to notice the difference in the colour of our oceans….., especially if you get down south…., but I think you said you were just going to Brisbane huh). Enjoy my friend…, enjoy.

Daniel@CocinaSavant - You really make me jealous with these pictures. We have been so lucky to go on some warm weather getaways during the frozen months in prior years. But, sitting inside when the weather is 9 degrees outside, that sunshine makes me envious. Mexico is such a fun getaway.

Velva - I am so envious…Fiji and Australia, that is going to breathtaking. They have opposite seasons, yes? So does this mean that you will be enjoying summer while most everyone is freezing?

Looking forward to your posts.

Nicole - Such lovely words, Krista. One of the best parts of travel are the memories, I think. šŸ™‚

El - Thank you for that wonderful break from the dreary New England winter! I hope you have a great time in Australia. Sounds wonderful!!

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Andi - Mine is Brasil! But, to be honest any beach would do LOL. Great pics!!!

Mia - Australia sounds sooo good!!!
These pics are so wondeful above too!! Absolutely wonderful moments and u tell ur story so wonderfully too!

LindyLouMac - Lucky you I really want to visit Australia, one of our daughters has been and is there again for Christmas! Have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to continuing to follow your blog in 2011.

Cailin - Great post Krista!
Thank you so much for participating and being such a great blogger buddy.

William H. Stoneman - Looks Beautiful!! Heading to Cozumel on a cruise next week!! Can’t wait to hear and see more of your wonderful world adventures.

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