It’s A Quest For Fun + A Giveaway

posted by on 11/29/2012 | 141 comments (leave one of your own)

Growing up, we took a family vacation every summer.  The summer I turned 14, we drove from Oklahoma to Florida.  I remember listening to Blame It On The Rain over and over on my Walkman.  I also remember fighting with my sisters across the entire state of Louisiana because they were breathing too loud, they wouldn’t stay on their side of the seat, and/or they touched my Walkman.

Family vacations are a rite of passage, a privilege not a right. Or at least that’s what my dad yelled when he was threatening to turn the van around in Mississippi.

The vacation my family took the summer I turned 14? Four days at Disney World and it was magic.


Apparently it was so magical that my mother only took two photos. But she kept her ticket for 22 years so there’s that.

I remember being so overcome with the spirit of Disney that I spun our teacup so fast and my sister that suffers from motion sickness was screaming that she wanted to get out.  My sister is the one on the left about to hurl.  Good thing my mother captured this moment.


As punishment, my mother made me go on the Dumbo ride with my younger sister approximately 49 times. In a row. Oh, what’s that, a photo or it never happened?


I’m not sure if my favorite thing about this photo is my total lack of enthusiasm, my bangs, or my Body Glove shirt and shorts ensemble. You can’t tell from the photo, but I’m willing to bet my Walkman I’m wearing Keds. Without laces. And two pairs of slouch socks.

I feel like my kids need their very own family vacation experience, so when Radisson Hotels approached me with a sweet giveaway opportunity I agreed. I mean, one of the best things about vacation is staying in a hotel, amirite?

Radisson Hotels is celebrating their 50th! anniversary with a 50 Years, 50 Days, 50 Rooms sweepstakes. To celebrate fifty years of Radisson, they are giving away 50 rooms on 50 blogs and today?  It’s my turn.

To enter for a chance to win a voucher for one free night, standard room, double occupancy at any North American Radisson Blu or Radisson hotel of your choice, just let me know:

Where would you like to go on vacation?

You will need to enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter widget below, simply follow the prompts. The giveaway will close Thursday December 6th at 11:59PM EST and I will use to select the lucky winner. I will then pass along the winner’s name and email address to Radisson so that they can issue the voucher.

Be sure to check out Radisson’s Facebook page for more chances to win.

Just so you know, I received three vouchers for hosting the giveaway.

Good luck!

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  • Robin Jingjit

    Oh, I love that you specifically named Blame it On the Rain. No one will ever really understand teen angst like that.
    I’d probably use it in Seattle, maybe. This summer we’re visiting the states so this would be like the shining pearl, bedded in a month-long sea of budget hotels.

  • Adriane

    Northern California would be my choice. Wineries. Scenery. Woot! Btw we are heading to WDW in February. I’ve never been. I thInk I am more excited than my four year olds.

  • katek

    Would love to go to Disney with my kids! We’d go over March break for a much appreciated and fun trip away!

  • Suzie

    I’m on my way to Charleston next week.

  • Stephanie

    I am just DYING to go to Disneyland. I went almost every year as a kid/teenager, and I haven’t been back since I graduated from high school years ago! 🙂

  • Emily

    Oh, I would go anywhere! But dying to go to NYC.

  • Katrina

    We want to visit my brother in Colorado.

  • Katie

    I would love to plan a family vacation to San Diego to visit the gigantic zoo, check out Legoland, Sea World, and kick it at the beach. And I’d love to stay in a nice Radisson. Although we never stayed in nice hotels, I have fond memories of road trips throughout my childhood and listening to Paul Abdul on my walkman. Straight up!

  • Rachel

    First of all, I don’t think I’ve ever commented on a blog before. However, I just moved to Colorado, stumbled upon your blog & was hooked (potentially over a mutual love of squirrels and the magic of Disney?). Also, I love all things free 🙂 I would be stoked to take a vaca to New Zealand. Perhaps more realistically (and on the other end of the climate spectrum) I would love to galavant around Alaska. That’s all.

  • Carly

    I’d like to go to Cleveland.

  • Chris

    I wouldn’t mind going to Hawaii.

  • Mary W

    I would like to drive up the East Coast on vacation with my sister and re-create the thrill of being in a car with my sibling once again. Granted, we’re talking decades later after our childhood fiascos so I think this journey will be much more enjoyable!

  • Jess G.

    My husband and I are in desperate need of a vacation…sans kids.

  • Kelly Parsons

    Anywhere my children are not. With a spa and fully stocked mini bar please and thank you.

  • Krissy McMomma

    Santa Barbara!! Only 45 minutes away so no airplane required but pure paradise. The kids love it, too.

  • Courtney

    We are heading back home to the USA soon and I would stay in any hotel in the country as long as I can drop off my kids at grandma’s house first.

  • MeganG

    Definitely the only Radisson Blu in North America… in Chicago!

  • Jill Kessler

    I would love to go to Chicago (again) 🙂

  • Heather

    I want to visit my SIL in Austin.

  • Five Monkeys and a Chick

    Radisson Martinique on Broadway to visit my boy. He’s not on Broadway. But the Martinique is!

  • Susan Alberda

    I would love a night away in Chicago with my husband for our anniversary. What a great giveaway!

  • Brandy S

    Oh dear lord I want to go anywhere. I would drive down the street just to stay in a hotel, for free. But really if I were to pick a cool vacation spot I want to either go out west/Arizona-ish, or to the Florida Keys, or Disney World once my children are older.

    Also, not to be a hater, but Cleveland? Really? People actually want to go there. I try *not* to go there. Haha. 🙂

  • Christi M

    My family is going to Disneyland in January. It was over $200 cheaper to fly out a night before our hotel reservations so i would use it for that one night.

  • Lina

    That 4-day pass looks familiar! I think we kept ours too! That was the first and only time I’ve been to Disney World. I’d love to go back (as an adult)!!

  • Lauren M

    I would want to go to NYC or Hawaii!

  • Laura V.

    I want to go to Disney 🙂

  • Melanie

    We are going to Disney World in February!

  • Cindy E

    I would go anywhere if my dog and husband could come with me. They make everything more fun (unless they are being poopy/cranky). If I had to choose, we would go to Hawaii or NYC, which could not be more different, yet somehow bring equal joy.

  • Laura

    Probably Chicago since it’s close to me and I could just use a night out. We have 5 kids ages 5 and younger (all of whom are sick with the flu right now!) So I would love to get a sitter and have some alone time with my husband right about now.

  • Gena

    I would love to stay in Dallas! There’s great food, lots of entertainment and shopping! A great city for sure!

  • Joshua Grode

    I would love to travel to Nicaragua!

  • emmy joy

    Anywhere warm! I live in Buffalo!!

  • Alli

    Austin, Texas! Fun, beautiful, warm!!

  • Mary

    I would love to go on vacation to Disney Land BEFORE I have kids! My husband has never been to Disney World or Disney Land and thinks I’m crazy. He just doesn’t understand how great it can be as an adult!

  • Paige

    I would love to see Northern California!

  • Kara

    Hawaii. I’ve never been and I’ve heard it’s wonderful. Nuff said.

  • Eric W

    I would love to go to LA.