Your Top 3 Contest For September 2020 - Favorite Travel Destinations

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A new month means a new @yourtop3 contest over on the Hive platform. This time Q (the Top 3 mascot) decided to help ease our wanderlust longings by choosing the topic, your Top 3 Favorite Travel Destinations!

And since time to enter is fast running out (how is it already the 9th of September?) I'm going to make this (relatively) short and (hopefully) sweet!

My Top 3 Favorite Travel Destinations

Nomination 1 - Paris, France

  Favorite Travel Destinations - Notre Dame, Paris
My friend Janine (left) and myself in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, December 1985 (taken with a tripod and a timer). Janine made some joke about height (neither of us are tall, but I had a few inches on her) so at the last second, I scooched down. I scanned this years ago to share on Facebook and it's still one of the only photos from the trip on my hard drive.

I've been lucky enough to travel to Paris twice - one, with my high school theater group in 1983, then again with my Hammond Castle boss-turned-friend two years later. She'd made friends with some Parisians who'd visited our area a year earlier, and thought I'd be the perfect traveling companion since I'd been there before. I thought she'd be the perfect traveling companion because she'd traveled so much. Turns out neither of us really knew what we were doing, but figured that since the other one did we'd be all set... and it ended up being an awesome time! Especially since we had a pair of the aforementioned natives showing us the sights, as well as having us over to dinner with their families.

And speaking of families, I've daydreamed for years about showing my husband and kids those same sights (and I'm trying not to think about what the view in this photo looks like now), so hopefully one day in the not too distant future, I'll be able to make it a reality. I mean, the only thing really standing in our way is money.... and Covid... and other health issues in the family... and money... and 2020... okay, maybe it's a bit more distant than I want, but I'm not giving up hope!

Nomination 2 - Pennsylvania, US

  Favorite Travel Destinations - Pennsylvania
Along the road heading to the Poconos in Pennsylvania, October 1989. This is not the picture I had in mind to share - somewhere I have some shots of me & my (then new) hubby posing with the fall foliage as our background. However, I couldn't find it on my computer and didn't have time to dig through all my photo boxes, and of the three I found (the two others were of the interior of the condo we stayed in), it was the most scenic.

And now, speaking of hubby, one of the first road trips we took as a couple (even before we were married) was to Pennsylvania to visit (and for me to meet) his father and step mother. A little more than a year later and we took almost the same road trip to the Poconos in Pennsylvania for our honeymoon (his father gave us his timeshare condo week that year as a wedding gift). Then four years ago, we took our first family road trip vacation to York, Pennsylvania (no, not because of the name - our boy has friends in the area), and it was one of my favorite trips ever (granted, not that I've had many, even though two trips to Paris in the 80s certainly sounds like I'm a jet There's still a number of places we'd love to return and explore, and we'd hoped to make it a yearly jaunt - however, finances & other issues have made it difficult, but I'm still hopeful that by the time travel is practical again, we might be able to manage it.

Nomination 3 - Magnolia, MA

  Favorite Travel Destinations - Magnolia MA
The view from one of my favorite spots on the Magnolia, MA coastline, circa 1983 - I'm standing on some rocks, a short walk from the road, looking in the direction of the end of Shore Road. This is maybe a five minute walk from the house I grew up in.

Yes, I know this sounds a bit cheesy, but since I was also lucky enough to grow up in a town that many people have as a vacation destination, it makes a certain sense that I'd want to vacation there now that we're living a state away. Although technically I grew up in Magnoila, MA which is a suburb of the aforementioned tourist favorite, Gloucester, MA - yes, the one featured in the, "Are we not Gloucestermen" movie The Perfect Storm. Granted, it's only a little over an hour away from where we live now, and we've made multiple day trips over the years (after we moved, as we actually lived in the area when our three were young, in the late 90s/early 2000s), but I always thought it would be awesome to take a family vacation there, and spend a week or two visiting with my mom, and doing all the touristy things I never thought to do (or didn't do enough of) when it was right outside my front door, so to speak.



There are my choices for Favorite Travel Destinations! And while the contest prizes are limited to bloggers on the Hive blockchain, I figure there are lots of other bloggers out there who might want to share their faves too. Instead of offering crypto prizes like the @yourtop3 crew, I thought I’d offer a little social media exposure instead.

So if anyone wants to jump aboard and write a post about your Top 3 Favorite Travel Destinations, please feel free to drop a link to it (no time limit) in my comment section, along with your Twitter handle, if you have one, and I’ll do my best to take a peek and give it a tweet!

One last thing - a big thank you to the awesomesauce peeps behind this monthly crypto contest (now with the wicked awesomesauce addition of a Champions League!) @plantstoplanks, @nickyhavey, @foxyspirit, and @cheese4ead - you guys and gals ROCK!

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Those are all great destinations for, IMO, all the right reasons. The need to the touristy things in a place were we have lived is exactly why Cape Town is on my list. Even though I lived there for nearly 20 years,there are things I have never done. Like visit Robben Island and Mandela's cell; Cape Point...and then, there are the friends...

Perhaps we should all rendezvous in Paris?

Definitely missed out on this contest. Such a shame 😭.

Awesome selection. You can't go wrong with Paris.
And now you have me really excited for Magnolia

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I'm going straight for the second pick and letting you know how happy to see another mention of the Poconos! My mom grew up in Pennsylvania (Bryn Mawr), so I remember visiting often as a kid to see family around there. That and writing thank you notes to my great aunt and another great uncle (Uncle Paul-AKA Uncle Squeeze Your Cheeks) in King of Prussia, PA, long after we moved to Georgia. We had a number of family vacations in the Poconos, but I was so little it is hard to remember them. Though I do think we have some good family photos in the archives at my parents' house. I do need to go back some day to visit as an adult.

Of course Paris would be lovely, as well, especially if you get to go back with the rest of the family and reminisce about those earlier trips! I can't fault you for your MA pick, either. There really is something about those familiar sights and streets, if you will. Perhaps I'll add that to my list whenever I make it anywhere close to your neck of the woods again. Hoping that is sooner rather than later...

Hey, it’s Q here - the mascot of the Your Top 3 Contest - just swinging by to say thanks for these awesome suggestions for our contest this month! I've given you an upvote and logged your nominations, ready for the dpoll - keep an eye on my blog for the dpoll post!

Make sure you set your post payout to 50/50. You keep the HP and then transfer the HIVE and/or HBD (whichever is paid out at the time) to @yourtop3 with a link to your blog post entry in the transfer memo. This is the minimum entry fee, but you can add as much as you like to it! The more you add, the more you can win.There is no maximum entry fee.

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Yeah TY! Great to see another cool YT3 post from you! I just realised that TY and YT3 are almost mirror image acronyms! I just need to start calling you E and then it would complete it!

Paris is a really cool city. I remember doing the marathon there in 2010, my first ever and a great experience all round, other than not being able to walk the next day... although me and my friend stepped up to the deuxieme etage on the Eiffel Tower which is only 42 stories... yeah! Don't try that after you've done a marathon haha! Walking down was ridiculous and I was clinging on for dear life!

I've not been to the other two places you mentioned but the autumn (sorry, FALL lol) colours (sorry, colors) in that Pennsylvania photo and if that's where you grew up then no wonder you'd want to stay there or visit for a holiday (sorry, vacation 😂)!

Thanks for entering this month and good luck in the contest!

Nice choices @traciyork

Paris is such a wonderful place full of history. We've been there a few times now but I must admit that it's a darn site easier for me than it is for you.

Actually, if you love Paris then you would enjoy my current home city of Bucharest in Romania. It's nickname is little Paris for good reason. We have a version of the Champs Elysees, in Bulavardul Unirii (are old apartment was on BU) and there is even and Arc de Triomphe. It's a lot cheaper than France too. 😁

You other two choices look very cool too. I am the first to admit that America has so much diversity in terrain and population, there's just so much to see. Although I keep getting drawn back to the usual spots, Green Bay and Orlando etc, I am determined to see more of the country at some point.

As always, best of luck.


Hey @traciyork

It’s Q here, I see that your awesome Top 3 entry post has reached 7 days old. Please remember to confirm your entry into the contest by sending half of your payout (HIVE and/or HBD) to the @yourtop3 account as your minimum entry fee.

Not sure how to find your post payout? Look in your Hive Wallet under Author Rewards to find the exact payout for your post. In the example below you would send the 0.011 HBD and 6.441 HIVE over to the @yourtop3 account as your entry fee. I’ll take it from there and convert all of the prize pool to HBD for easy prize distribution at the end of the month!


But don’t forget that you can send as much as you like for a chance to win a greater share of the prize pool. There is NO MAXIMUM! Also, send your post URL in the memo.

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