Plan Your Dream Vacation with #RCIDreamVacay

After the month I’ve had, I am in desperate need of a vacation! Between the surgery, then the complications from the surgery, the 4 days in the hospital and the sheer exhaustion of recovering, I really just want to run away from it all. Note the “run away,” as in “hightail it out of town, turn off my phone and forget the rest of the world exists.” I did that a couple of years ago when Jacob and I went on a cruise. Hanging out with my little man and no distractions was pure bliss.

Hanging out with my little man in St. Thomas

We hit three islands, each so incredibly gorgeous in different ways. Look at the water in Grand Turk? Isn’t it amazing? I’ve never in my life seen such beautiful blue water. There were these spots where it suddenly got black. I asked why it was so dark there, and the guide said the ocean floor just drops in those spots!

Grand Turk

Planning my next dream cruise with RCI

Did you know that the mere act of planning a vacation can actually boost your mood? Seriously, there was a study done that proved it.  Since I totally need a mood booster, I got to work planning my dream vacation with RCI. RCI is the global leader in vacation exchange, so believe me, they KNOW vacations! Planning your dream vacation is really simple. Start by picking your own idea of a dream vacay. Do you want to go on a cruise like me? Prefer lounging on the beach? Want to hit the slopes? Pretty much every ideal vacation is there!

Plan Your Dream Vacation with #RCIDreamVacay

Then start adding in the details. Where do you want to go? Since I’ve already been to the Caribbean, I opted for Europe. Honestly, it was a nearly impossible decision because I wanted to go to all of the places! I figure since my son’s passport is only good for one more year, though, we should hit Europe now (I’m even practical in my dreams!).  Some day I’ll get to all of those places.

Plan Your Dream Vacation with #RCIDreamVacay

Next, let RCI know what extras you want (all-inclusive all the way for me!) and how many guests you want to take, then you’re done! Well, almost. Review your answers, then hit the button and see where you’re ideal getaway will take you!

Plan Your Dream Vacation with #RCIDreamVacay

Win Your Dream Vacation!

In just a few clicks, you can plan your dream vacation with RCI. Now, here’s the cool part: you may even WIN your dream vacation! Through RCI’s “Win Your Dream Vacation Sweepstakes,” you have the chance to win a dream vacation worth up to $25,000. A total of 40 vacations will be given away in celebration of RCI’s 40th anniversary. Visit to enter to win until June 18. Creating your dream vacation gives you entries. You can also earn extras by taking fun quizzes, playing games and sharing the contest with your friends socially.

It’s not only easy to enter, it’s also fun and relaxing! I changed my answer like a dozen times just to see what it would come up with before I got serious and planned my cruise. Where would you want to go for your dream vacation?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I would love to get to Hawaii someday, but once my kids are older and can handle the long flights.

  2. It will be a while before we take our next vacation, we just moved 3000 miles and have a lot of new territory to discover here. I am not even sure where I would want to go at this point.

  3. We have quite a few places we’d like to go in the future, but we haven’t quite narrowed it down yet. Great tips, though, thank you!

  4. Alice Chase says:

    A cruise sounds amazing! We are leaving for the beach in just 2 days and I can’t wait.

  5. Kay Adeola says:

    I would love to go to Bahamas and swim with the dolphins.

  6. Pam says:

    I would like to travel to Europe on our next trip although I would love to go back to Alaska too.

    This seems like a great opportunity to win a trip. Good luck to everyone who enters.

  7. becca says:

    My dream vacation would have my flying off to Paris or London. As for a cruise it’s all about Hawaii.

  8. Annie says:

    My dream vacation would be to Italy! I wanna see everything that I learned in school, especially Rome!

    • I’d love to see Italy. My great-gran came over from a small town in Northern Italy, and my boyfriend’s family is from Sicily. My sister-in-law did two years of school over there and she loved it.

  9. Liz Mays says:

    I think my dream vacation would be to New Zealand and Australia. I think that would be pretty darn incredible!

    • That would be awesome! Definitely at the top of my very, very long list of places to see. Apparently I could have been born in New Zealand. My mom was living with my grandparents and my grandfather was offered a job either there or Colorado. He took Colorado.

  10. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    So many places I want to visit. I’ve always wanted to visit Pompeii and I guess that’s at the top of my list.

  11. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    There are many places that I would like to visit. Turks & Caicos is on the top of my list.

  12. Rosey says:

    I totally believe planning a vacation can boost your mood. I get excited looking at all of the things to do and places to go. :)

  13. Love the ocean, sounds like lots to do and see, what an amazing time!

  14. Lisa J. Jones says:

    Wow This Is AWESOME & So Convenient Thanks For The Giveaway Too!

  15. What a great tool to help plan a vacation! Hard to pick one spot for a dream vacation – but I think I’d love to go to any island in the Caribbean :)

  16. I am so ready for a great vacation, but can’t decide between Hubby and I running off on a child-free escape or a family friendly trip so I don’t miss my boys! I haven’t been on a cruise in years, but I’m nervous about taking small kids. :/

  17. Wow, what a great sweepstakes! I totally believe it that just planning a vacation can make you feel better. I’ve heard that the two happiest days of vacation are the day before you leave and the day before you get home, haha. I so feel you on “Running away” and I hope this month improves for you.

  18. Both Hawaii and Italy are on my bucket list. However, I love to travel so I’m game for any new destination!

  19. Definitely not this year but maybe next year! Personally, I would like to go to Bahamas! Will join this sweepstakes and might be the lucky one.

  20. That looks super cool! I told my husband I must have the “travel bug”. In the past week I have talked to him about wanting to go to New Orleans AND New England!

    • I’ve been to both places, and would love to go back to either! I was in New Orleans like 20 years ago, right after I graduated high school. I lived in Maine for a year, so I got to visit other places in New England quite a bit.

  21. Christina Gould says:

    Planning a vacation is a great idea to boost your mood, especially in the dead of winter. Thanks for the info!

  22. Triplezmom says:

    At this point, my dream vacation is just about anywhere. I love planning vacations so much.

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