Sarah Ballance: History’s Footsteps – Where Would You Go?

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I’ve always loved traveling. As a kid I visited most of the U.S. states, parts of Canada, and most of Spain. The experience was unforgettable…much to my husband’s dismay. He’s not big on flying, but he did agree to go absolutely anywhere I wanted to go that didn’t require us going airborne. And he meant it. We’ve already taken one road trip across the U.S.—over 4,600 miles—and we’re about to embark on another, this one over 6,000 miles and 19 states. Our goal is for our children (now ages 4-16) to experience firsthand the best parts of all 48 contiguous states and parts of Canada, then we’ll end with a Caribbean cruise that will give us a peek into Mexico. The kids—all six of them—are LOVING this…and so am I. Even better, so is my husband.

But dang it, I still want Europe. I still dream of it.

I broached the subject with my beloved. He gave me a Look—a well deserved one, considering by the time we’re finished with our road trips he will have driven our 50-plus-foot rig over 20,000 miles. (Yes, those miles are all his…I would drive, but y’all don’t want to be out there with me pulling a trailer, lol.) I suggested a cruise across the Atlantic to London, and from there anything is possible. Sort of.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but he gave me the green light…and a very generous allotment of travel time.

And that’s where you come in.  I want to go to Scotland and Italy and I’d like to take him to Spain, but I haven’t a clue what else should be on my MUST DO list. Europe is hallowed ground. So much happened there…to see the centuries-old buildings and walk the same earth where so much history was made will be surreal. But where do I begin?

Where do you dream of visiting? What spots have you loved the most?

And by the way, my dream trip does come with a slight catch. After my husband accompanies me to Europe, I have to spend 15 days hiking with him in the “unforgiving” Alaskan wilderness, sleeping on a “pad”—probably one laid out over snow—all the while praying I’m not eaten by one of their record-breaking grizzlies.

But at least I’ll have Europe…and you can bet he won’t let me forget it. 🙂

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Sarah Ballance is a multi-published author of contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense. She’s been married to her own romantic hero for what he calls a “long, long time” (and no, he’ll never hear the end of saying that). Together they have six children … and clearly too much time on their hands. She currently writes for Entangled and has upcoming releases from both Entangled and Samhain Publishing. Click here to see other posts by Sarah Ballance.

16 Responses

  1. ginaconkle2013

    I love your sense of adventure, Sarah!! 😀

    • sarahballance

      I love that I seem adventurous. Mostly I just fret about stuff going wrong. For example, is my hubby going for that whole “til death do us part” thing at the hands of a grizzly? LOL. (Tomorrow is our 17th wedding anniversary. Might be time. Buahahahaa.)

  2. allybroadfield

    I haven’t traveled extensively in Europe. I’ve been to England, Ireland, and Russia. The two places that stand out to me for their history are Windsor Castle. Thinking of all the kings and queens who lived there, Henry VIII is buried there. And the lavish Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo outside of St. Petersburg, where I could picture couples waltzing in the ballroom.

    I’m quite jealous of your road trip! Have a wonderful time.

    • sarahballance

      Well, that settles one thing for me. I had my eye on a cruise of Northern Europe that included St. Petersburg but I wasn’t sure about it. It’s on my must-do list now! And Windsor needs to be on there as well. *furiously scribbles notes* Thanks, Ally!

  3. Sandra Owens

    On my list of places I dream of visiting are Scotland, England, and Ireland. Hope to do that in about two years. What a great experience your upcoming trip will be for your children, Sarah.

    • sarahballance

      I used to dream of riding horses across Ireland. You get to stay in castles and everything…man, I wish I’d done that when I was younger! You’ll get over there before I will, so I hope to hear about your trip. I MUST see Scotland. I saw a bunch of pictures of it a year or so ago and went nuts. That’s one awesome thing about being an author…we can work from anywhere! 🙂 Please blog about your trip when you return!

  4. carolcork

    I’m lucky because, living in the UK, I have had the opportunity to visit many of the historic towns and historical country houses. I’ve also been to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, California and New Hampshire. The one place I’d love to visit is Italy, particularly Venice, Florence and the Amalfi coast.

    • sarahballance

      What amazing travels, Carol. You are indeed fortunate! Venice is definitely on my list. I wish I could visit Switzerland, but I’ve been told by several people the Canadian Rockies are reminiscent of the Swiss Alps. I don’t know how true that is, but I’m going to go with it so I’ll feel better about not making it to Switzerland, lol. Of course, once the kids are grown we may travel more. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  5. pattymvanhulle

    Sarah, I have this super embarrassing and can’t take her in public inner Cover HO because will do this shocking HAPPY DANCE for all to see! Well, she is dancing to your covers! I shop books with my EYES and you sold me! I also love Entangled Publishing books! I am going to have to get your books! I love this blog, Embracing Romance, because y’all always have such authors! Y’all also make me book POORER, but book imagination RICH!

    • sarahballance

      Patty, you just MADE MY DAY. Thank you! I think I can safely speak for all of the Embracing Romance authors when I say we LOVE that you love us! And if you are a fan of Entangled’s books, you can get them all for just 99 cents for the first week or so after they release. That has helped my budget SO MUCH. (Well, sort of. Now instead of picking and choosing I pretty much buy them all, lol.)

      • pattymvanhulle

        I don’t know Entangled new releases are $0.99 for the first week! I am totally going to spread that around! One day I am going to video my inner cover HO doing her HAPPY DANCE, so I can blackmail her with it! She always embraces me in public!!

  6. Maggi Andersen

    I love to travel too, Sarah. Australians have a long flight to get anywhere, but many of us roam the world. My favorites countries are England and Denmark but don’t forget Paris, well worth a visit!

    • Barbara Monajem

      I agree — Paris is fabulous. I didn’t get enough time there and hope to go again. I’ve been to Italy a couple of times — Venice is a must-see. There are tons of great places to see in England, of course. I lived in Oxford for a year as a child and loved it there. Ireland is great too — I hope to return someday soon. I hope to go to Scotland soon, too, and will report about it here. 🙂

    • sarahballance

      That you do, Maggi! I keep hearing about Denmark…I’m intrigued. 🙂 And Paris, of course. My poor husband doesn’t like big cities, but he tolerates a lot for me. (I’ll pay, I know. Like in Alaska. LOL.) England is definitely on the list, not only because there’s where the cruise terminates, but because they speak English. (My Spanish is rusty and my French is brittle. And despite acing a semester in college, my Russian is now limited to “hello” and counting to ten, lol.)

  7. Catherine White

    I would definitely go to Ireland. I have been there twice and loved it.