Pete and I are going on a surprise tropical vacation!

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Almost 100% of the travel that we do is as a family and we love it that way, but the truth is, Pete and I have never taken a vacation together. Never. That is 17+ years of talking about taking a honeymoon, about dreaming of a tropical getaway together, and of us changing our minds because we know how short the time we have the kids with the kids is before they are off creating their own life as adults. You can see how I flip flop here right? I mean it sounds amazing to spend a couple days together as adults, but the guilt always felt like it would be too much if the girls weren't with us to experience it all. 

But then something changed in my mind. I looked through our pictures and I saw that not only did we have very few pictures together, but when we did they were most definitely not taken in tropical locations. We are finally going to change that.


See this picture below? Emmy took it two years ago when we were in Turks & Caicos on a family vacation. This picture is going to be recreated on another tropical island in a week, just Pete and I! 

The big question is… where are we going?

We have no idea! This kind of adds to the excitement too. I do know that it will be just Pete and I and we will be transported to this mystery location on board one of our favorite airlines, Southwest! I have a couple dream vacations in mind for us. They are Aruba (remember my goal of visiting all the places in the song Kokomo?), Nassau Bahamas, or Punta Cana! I mean anywhere we can finally take that vacation together would thrill me.

The anticipation is getting the better of me, and I can't wait to see where we are going and share it when we find out live on our Facebook page on December 2nd at 9am PST.


Beautiful beaches… we are coming for you! We aren't the only ones taking an awesome getaway! There are 11 others going to other super secret surprise destinations. You can follow their journeys here!


We will also be sharing live during our vacation using the hashtag #SouthwestPassport, so be sure to follow along! This hashtag also has something else magical behind it… a giveaway!!!

Southwest is giving away 12 $500 gift cards for others to use towards their own epic getaway!

Here are the details so you can join in the fun and enter to win one of those awesome gift cards!

Twelve of us Southwest Travelers will be assigned a Southwest Airlines International Destination to/from which we will travel between December 4, 2016 and December 14, 2016. Each Southwest Traveler will document our trip online by posting images and other content on our Twitter, Instagram, Blog and Facebook Pages. Each Southwest Traveler will include a Giveaway Prop as part of a posting included in our Traveler Content. Each Traveler will only post one (1) Giveaway Prop as part of our Traveler Content posted between December 4, 2016 and December 14, 2016.

Prize: 12 winners possible, each winner will receive one (1) $500 Southwest ® gift card.

To enter:

1. Follow the Southwest Travelers on our social media accounts and then watch for us to post with the Giveaway Prop.

2. When you see that we post with the Giveaway Prop, Tweet/Post on your Twitter and/or Instagram account with the image/video tagged with the corresponding Southwest Traveler’s Corresponding Location Entry Hashtag.

3. Be sure to also include why you want to visit the destination to which the Southwest Traveler is traveling.

Postings on Facebook or any other platforms or services do not qualify for a possible entry.

The Location Entry Hashtags are: #PuertoVallartaGiveaway, #CaboGiveaway, #MexicoCityGiveaway, #CancunGiveaway, 
#ArubaGiveaway, #JamaicaGiveaway, #PuertoRicoGiveaway, #NassauGiveaway, 
#PuntaCanaGiveaway, #LiberiaCostaRicaGiveaway, #SanJoseCostaRicaGiveaway and #BelizeGiveaway

Pete and I are so excited to see where we are going! Have you been to any of the possible locations? 

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Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year, sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger so that they too can make money at home and spend more time with their families.


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