Today, I have the lovely Ms. DeCuir on my blog as she tells us about what her favorite travel experience looks like…and shares her latest book with us.
FAVORITE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
It goes without saying, right, that writing about a favorite travel experience implies that cost is no issue? 😉 And hey, since we’re already going that far, how about we add in teleportation? That would be a favorite mode of transportation. No airport security. No cramped planes (and even tinier bathrooms) or outrageously long flights. But since this is the real world, the only thing I’d really need to get over, in order to take full advantage of my destination of choice, would be a certain fear of flying in helicopters.
Where would I go, you ask? New Zealand.
I am a Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fanatic. If Hobbiton were an actual location, I would move there in a heartbeat. But flying to New Zealand to check out places where my favorite scenes were shot would definitely come in an acceptable second.
I’ve read up on tours offered in several locations, hikes up to vantage points that would just take one’s breath away. Caves where they filmed the scene in Goblin Town. Mountains where some of their amazing panoramic shots were captured. Again, getting there would be tricky, as just the idea of going up in the air in a tiny, metal bubble scares the crap out of me. But for an opportunity like this, I think I could hang in there.
Someone even told me that they have recreated Hobbiton in a hotel setting – guests can stay overnight in a hobbit hole. How cool is that? All the green. All the flowers. The quiet pace of living. Something about the world of Hobbits lowers my blood pressure. My dream “happy place”.
Will I ever get there? Not unless I win the lottery. And as I haven’t even bought a ticket… But I can dream. And I can always set up camp on my living room couch and have a LOTR/Hobbit marathon. Wow, that would be a LONG marathon…
Here’s a blurb about the book:
Cady has been saving up all her life to move out of her small town and start a new, exciting, life in the city. She just needs a little extra cash to get her there. So when travel reporter, Burke Sanders, arrives to do a series of articles about her little tourist map dot, Cady offers to show him the sights from a local’s perspective, if he will hire her on as an assistant. Burke is from the city, so when it’s clear their working relationship is getting a lot more complicated, Cady starts to imagine what it would be like for the two of them to ride off into the sunset together. The only problem is that Burke falls hard for Cady AND for Scallop Shores, and this world-weary traveler has decided he can definitely see himself living in this small town and trading journalism for his real passion — writing a horror novel. Burke only has a few months to convince Cady that all the fun and excitement she could ever want is already right in front of her, along with a love that will last a lifetime.
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