Surprise Vacation 2019 (New Clues!)

It’s my most favorite time of the year!! SURPRISE VACATION is just 7 weeks away and it’s time to put on your detective hats!

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For those of you who are new here – let’s start at the beginning. Surprise vacation has been a longstanding Dalkin family tradition since we were kids. It started when I was 9, my sister was 6, and my parents would throw us birthday parties. Now that I’ve thrown a party or two, I know how much work they can be, PLUS add in some screaming and crying children, ummmmm NO. So my parents decided to do away with the birthday parties and instead they’d plan a surprise vacation for us each year.

So what’s a surprise vacation you ask?

IT’S A SURPRISE. And it’s basically the highlight of my life. I even like it more than my birthday/birth month which is really saying a lot. I’m obsessed. They plan a vacation for us and we get somewhere in the realm of 8-10 clues each year and we have to figure out where we are going. Some years we’ve figured it out, others we are totally surprised. One thing is always certain…. I’m always wrong.

My sister sometimes figures it out, my husband has been known to do the same… but I’m always, without fail, 100% wrong. I think it’s because I ALWAYS had this burning desire to go on safari in Africa and no matter what clues my parents send over I somehow make them fit into an African safari. BUT… that’s no longer the case seeing as how we just got back from an epic adventure through Africa last year. So what I’m saying is that MAYBE THIS YEAR I HAVE A CHANCE at figuring it out!! Keep your fingers crossed for me

ANYWAYS… since we were kids, we’ve been getting everyone involved. My tennis coach, friends of friends, parents, professors, you guys!! I mean, it’s basically a puzzle for anyone I know. So I’ll be sharing the clues here as they roll in (roughly one a week) and I’ll just continue to update this post so you don’t have to search high and low for the latest clues. Ready… Clue’s are officially rolling in:

Clue #1 – Whata and Wheres, if it is your fourth try and still not close what should you do? But remember, it’s only a game site, in another country.

Clue #2 – Using the ending, this person accomplished something twelve times even though she was wet, then sort of, and mostly an old revolutionary activist here in the United States.

Clue #3 – A day of fun: Something like Butch and Sundance’s group hiding here, partly with Me jennifer  marlon and a pair of shoes.

Clue #4 – Formalwear required, posture is important! Traveling around the world was a great adventure, Magnifico!! Fortunately, this only takes a day.

LET’S SOLVE IT THIS YEAR!! Any guesses… comment below!

A bit of inside scoop:

We’re leaving mid-January for 2 weeks. That includes travel time.

Here are our surprise trips from the past… and chances are we can cross those off the list since I don’t think we’d do a repeat. And if you want to read some clues from past trips – click the links below!

2017 – Idaho for a ski week!
2016 – Arizona for a golf/spa week!
2015 – Costa Rica
2014 – Orcas Island + Vancouver + Whistler
2013 – Nat Geo Cruise through Alaska
2012 – Road Trip through France
2011 – Bahamas
2010 – Berlin, Prague, Budapest and Vienna
2009 – Banff, Canada
2008 – none of us can remember where we went this year! whoops 🙂
2007 – Italy
2006 – Turkey
2005 – Greece
2004 – England + Scotland
2003 – Cancun, Mexico
2002 – Hawaii (Big Island)
2001 – Napa / Sonoma
2000 – Los Angeles
1999 – New York
1998 – Washington DC
1997 – Las Vegas
1996 – Texas
1995 – Disney World

2019 here we come!!!

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127 Comments

  1. Okay,
    I am definitely just guessing but I pondered over the clues asked my brother about the first because he is an avid sports player and fan. So here we go.
    1) first clue if you’re no closer in football you punt. In America we play football in a stadium but in Europe they are known as an arena
    Punt Arena only two cities called Punta Arenas one on Costa Rica but you already went in 2015 and one in Chile.
    2) 12 time Olympic champion Dara Torres was wet. Using her last name and Thomas Paine the American revolutionary you get Torres del Paine a national park in Chile.
    3) Butch Cassidy and Sundance escaped to Patagonia but many believe it in Argentina but actually it is shared by both Argentina and Chile. You definitely need shoes if your hiking any mountains.

    So my guess is Chile

    1. I like the Patagonia theory! My husband and I are going for 2 weeks in March, January is the best weather down there. Punta Arenas is the main airport outside Torres del Paine national park.

    2. Also in support of the Patagonia theory, clue #3 Jennifer Marlon is a researcher at Yale, who co-authored a paper on climate in the eastern Argentine Andes.

  2. Definitely Australia now. Bruce Cassidy and the Sundance Kid said their next stop should be Australia right before their last shootout, and Marlon is a reference to the filming of The Island of Dr Moreau, which took place in Cairns. I’m guessing the “shoes” are horse shoes and you’ll be doing some kind of outback adventure? Sounds fun!

    And looking back here are what I said for clues 1 and 2:

    clue #1 is ‘punt’, which is what you do on the fourth down in football, and also a british slang turn for taking a bet (on a game site)
    clue #2 is ‘king’ for billie jean king, who won 12 singles titles.

  3. I am guessing you are going on a South America tour! Bolivia, Peru.. that would be epic! Machu Pichu!? Yaasss!! I take back my “somewhere in Asia” guess from a week ago haha.

  4. Hello there to those on this adventure!!!

    I am impressed by all your responses, some amazing efforts!!!!!!

    I just sent the fourth Clue today, so wait for it….. Then keep ’em coming!

    You are keeping me entertained as well!!

    The Clue Master

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