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Stacey from Chicago, Illinois. Stacey wins a J. Jill Gift Certificate for her poignant story "Views from the Backseat." Read her story below.

Many thanks to all of you who entered our "Travels with Mom" writing contest. Each story we received was a joy to read, but in the end we could only choose one. Pay attention for next month's Jennifer's Journal, in which we will give details about our upcoming "What to Wear" writing contest. Read her story below >>

Check out our featured Journeys for this month on Jennifer's Journey.com

villa vergaia
VILLA VERGAIA
Bella Tuscany

This six bedroom villa combines old world charm with luxury and technology. Spend warm Italian afternoons in the gorgeous pool and well-equipped outdoor pergola. Book directly for sweet summer savings, and start practicing your Italian. Go >>


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artista creative
ARTISTA CREATIVE SAFARIS
Impress Yourself

Connect with your creativity at Impresia, an exciting exploration into monotype printmaking. Set in Carmel-by-the-Sea on the awe-inspiring California coast, Impresia is a rewarding celebration of your inner artist. Let's paint! Go >>

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adventurous wench
ADVENTUROUS WENCH
Islands & Orcas & Eagles, oh my!

Join a group of fun-loving women for an adventure in Washington’s beautiful San Juan Islands. Explore this nature lover's paradise by land and by sea. Enjoy hiking, kayaking, fine dining, and great company. Go >>

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tubac golf resort & spa
TUBAC GOLF RESORT & SPA
Succulent Summer Spa

A treat for your body and spirit, this ladies getaway takes you to a first-class spa set in a desert oasis. Indulge in some pampering, catch up with friends, and delight in everything this magnificent Southwestern resort offers.  Go >>

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serengeti expeditions
SERENGETI EXPEDITIONS
Where the Wild Things Are

Do you dream of seeing Africa's wild animals and stunning landscapes? Live out your reveries during a memorable luxury safari in East Africa. Wonderful guides, premier accommodations, and amazing locations complete this dreamy African adventure. Go >>

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entre-amies getaways
ENTRE-AMIES GETAWAYS
Good Morning, Vietnam!

Experience the wonders of Vietnam in a small, friendly group. Awake each morning excited for the day ’s adventures. Culinary tour? Paper lantern lesson? Floating market excursion? Sail in turquoise waters? Relish every spectacular day in this scenic wonderland. Go >>

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Views from the Backseat

Before the age of portable video games and DVD players, I sat on the sticky naugahyde backseat of the family car and saw the better part of the American West. Joshua trees, shaggy and crooked. Yosemite's waterfall-covered cliffs. Buffalo as big as cars. Salt flats and sand dunes and redwood forests. I was a lucky child; I was born to a mother who believed in showing me the world. She was lucky too; she received many gifts from her own mother, including a movie-star smile, delicate hands, and a passion for travel. My maternal grandmother traveled to all 50 states, collecting bird songs, plant names, and little silver spoons. A teacher by profession, she believed that travel is the best educator, and she ensured that her daughter and granddaughters were educated properly.

Each summer my mother would plan a family trip and my grandmother would make a game for us. On a piece of paper, she would create a grid filled with drawings of things we might see: a windmill, a barn, a cactus, a skyscraper, a plane, a coyote. Pen in one hand, paper in the other, we'd stare eagerly out the window searching, hoping to see each object first, to check off all the pictures, and to win the prize.

In this way, with my mother behind the wheel, my grandmother's drawings in my hands, and my sister beside me screaming, "I see a bridge!", I learned about the world. Like I said, I was a lucky child.



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