It’s a big year coming up and it just got bigger! So much so that we need your help! We’ve been scouring the Internet looking for our next great adventure and we can’t make up our mind. We’ve been wrestling between two destinations and we can’t decide. So, we want you to help break the tie.

Getting there with a little help from our friends

As you know, we’ve been test-driving (and loving!) the American Express Gold Rewards Card, and this season, the good folks at Amex Canada have generously provided 300,000 bonus points for us to spend on an epic adventure anywhere in the world.

So how will we use those points? While the destination is up to you, our readers, Amex’s TripFlex option makes redeeming travel points easy. Once we have a chosen destination, we’ll use our American Express Gold Card to book our flights and vacation package. Once the charges are posted to our account, all we have to do is call up American Express and have them pay off the travel spend with our points.

TripFlex covers travel expenses like hotels, transportation and vacation packages, including taxes! It doesn’t matter where we book or if it is a last-minute deal. Virtually any travel spend qualifies. There is no rush either. We may be staying in Europe for a few weeks after our trip, but we don’t have to hurry to call American Express. And our points never expire. So let’s get started on our next adventure.

Choice Number 1

Kite Surfing School in Spain

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We’ve wanted to take Kite Surfing lessons ever since visiting Mui Ne, Vietnam in 2003. Nothing looks cooler than someone hitting the waves and flying through the air. We’ve never had the time or the money to invest in an entire week of learning this thrilling sport, but now’s our chance. Last year after studying Mui Thai in Thailand, we stumbled upon a beach where they taught kite surfing courses. We asked ourselves “Why didn’t we do this instead?!”

Pros - It’s active, it’s exciting, we’d have a great story to tell and we’ve always wanted to do it.

Cons – We’ve already been to Spain. We visited Spain two years ago and spent a couple of weeks driving around the country.

Debate: Sure, we may have been to Spain before but the course does take place in the far south of Spain in Tarifa at the Strait of Gibraltar, a place that we have never been before. Then again, I’m pretty afraid of the thought of kite surfing and being swept out to sea. What if I end up all alone adrift at sea, heading towards Morocco? However, we love trying something new and this is a great way to whip us back into shape. One week trying to conquer the kite board will help us work on our tans and tone our muscles to be ready for our European summer abroad.

Choice Number 2

Sea Kayaking in Croatia

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Imagine paddling on crystal clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea while witnessing the glorious coastline of Croatia. Croatia is a hot-ticket item right now. It seems to be at the top of everyone’s list of countries to visit. We’ll be paddling from island to island where we’ll be swimming, snorkeling and kayaking for seven days in Paradise.

Pros: We’ve never been to Croatia before and we have always wanted to go. We’ve heard it can be very expensive and this is our chance to see it on points! We just got back from Kayaking in Antarctica and we loved every minute of it.

Cons: We just got back from paddling in Antarctica and maybe it is too soon to go from one paddling trip to another. Not only may we be tired of paddling, but also maybe our readers could be tired of hearing about it. It’s not exactly high adventure. We’ll be paddling about 20 km a day, but in the islands of the Mediterranean, how rough and tumbling can the water be? We –and you – may want something more exciting.

Debate: Croatia is supposed to be an outstanding destination and we haven’t met anyone who didn’t love it, so it would be awesome to use our points and enjoy every minute to the fullest. Sure we just finished paddling in Antarctica, but that would make paddling in Croatia all that more amazing. We’d be confident and comfortable and be able to enjoy the moment in the warm sun while pretending we are part of the rich and famous. We’ll experience a little decadence with a bunch of adventure. Plus, by kayaking we’ll be able to explore several different islands and it’s a great workout.

Your Help

So, you’ve heard our debate and you can probably understand our dilemma. We need you! What would you like to hear about: Our high-octane experience at Kite School in the South of Spain or our paddles through the stunning scenery of Croatia?

Vote Now, we have to decide by next week and have our trip booked for April!

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42 Comments

  1. Jennifer

    I voted for kite surfing because I have been to Croatia many times (it’s just a short drive from where we live in Italy) and it really is very affordable.

    1. debndave Post author

      That’s great to hear Jennifer. I think that there is always a misconception of a place if you haven’t been there before. We have heard from so many people back home that Croatia is expensive, but maybe it is just the package tours there that are a lot of money. We had visions of it being out of our price range to travel to. Thanks for setting the record straight.

  2. Kelly Wetherington

    I took up kitesurfing while traveling in Western Australia last year and I am totally addicted! BUT if you love it as much as I do be warned it will forever change the way you travel. Kite gear is big, bulky, expensive, and costs extra as checked luggage. Now when I choose my travel destinations places that are “warm and windy” move to the top of my list, and in addition to my backpack I bring along my giant rolling kitebag! The thrill is well worth the hassle! One thing to note, while Tarifa is a well known kiter spot, it will be more intimidating to beginners as there is so much kiter traffic on the water. Might be worth picking another destination to learn that is more beginner friendly. Good luck whatever you decide!

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks Kelly! You’ve got me excited. Now I’m leaning towards the kite surfing! We had a difficult time choosing destinations because the time of the year is tricky. We’ll be in Italy beforehand so we need to fly somewhere within Europe to fly to the Caribbean or elsewhere would be too much money. It seemed that Tarifa was the warmest. We did see kite surfing in the Canary Islands too. It looks like so much fun. We’ll definitely have to give it a try soon no matter which way tht poll turns out.

  3. Jennifer Avventura

    I heard you mention in a post, sometime ago … That as Canada’s Adventure Couple, you would like to travel and see more of Canada. I remembered this, after reading this post and seeing kayaking as one of your choices. As I live vicariously though your adventures, and as a Canadian who hasn’t seen much of Canada, I would love to see you taking this kayaking adventure in our own backyard!

    I know a fantastic little spot in Crescent Valley, British Columbia that offers Whitewater rafting and kayaking adventures! I won’t be disappointed!

    Seeing as Kayaking Canada is not on your list, I will vote for Croatia, just because you’ve never been, nor have I.

    Good luck and have fun with the choices!

    1. debndave Post author

      Great point Jennifer and we do want to see more of Canada. However, the time of the year requires us to go somewhere warmer, I don’t know if there is Kayaking in April, (or at least Kayaking that we’d be qualified for) in Canada. We have to decide by next week and be on the trip in April. We will already be in Europe at that time so we can spend the points on the activity rather than on International flights. I’d love to do it in Canada, but the timing doesn’t work. If it were later in the summer, we’d definitely give it a go. However, with the cost of flights in Canada, I think our rewards would be used up just flying from Toronto to Vancouver;)

  4. Travelogged

    My vote is for Croatia, where I haven’t been either. I do love Spain but I’m not at all into kite-surfing. Although I’ve heard Tarifa is nice…

  5. Bob R

    Where, specifically, in Croatia? The Adriatic coastline there is quite long, and varies wildly, from the Istrian peninsula in the north near the border with Slovenia, to the southern Dalmatian coast. And when? Summers are quite busy and can be crowded, depending on where you’ll be. And the Dalmatian coast has gotten considerably pricier over the past decade. Lots of locals are beginning to complain quite loudly.

    In any event, I voted for Croatia.

    1. debndave Post author

      Hi Rob, Great questions. We’ve been looking at tours leaving from Zadar. We’ll be going in April. It was a tough choice to come up with adventure ideas for April, but we will be on the shoulder season so it won’t be too crowded. Most trips are between 600-800 Euro (about $1000 leaving us points to be able to use to fly from Italy as well.

  6. John

    Looks like kayaking is winning! It is what I would want to read about most. It seems like you could develop many more posts around what you’re doing and what you’re seeing whereas the kite surfing seems a little more limited. Maybe I’m just being a selfish reader though :).

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks for the reply John. That makes a lot of sense. That is exactly why we asked our readers. We want to do what others want to hear about. Cheers.

  7. Teresa

    I Voted for Croatia because I don’t know anything about that country and I’d like to learn more.

  8. Abby

    I’m not tired of reading about paddling lol. They both sound amazing — I wish I could handle adventures that athletic. I’ve always wanted to go to Croatia, too. Do it!!

  9. Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    Croatia Croatia Croatia. I can see why it’s so difficult though. This is all personal in my vote. I loved my time in Croatia, though it was short and would love to go back and have an experience like the one you might chose! Plus I saw a random travel show with Bradley Cooper and he was kayaking in Croatia. Not that that is a reason to do it haha, but the places he visited on kayak looked incredible. Happy picking! You could have worse decisions to make in life :)

  10. Christy

    My vote goes to Croatia! I’d love to read about a different side of the country besides the Plitvice Lakes. That’s all I know about Croatia so far.

  11. Natasha @ Wandering Kiwi

    Going to a new country is always impossible to resist for me! I think Croatia is definitely not the budget destination it used to be but still reasonable and cheaper than western Europe.
    But if you’re really keen for the kite surfing I saw a great place in Egypt for this sport – on the Red Sea in a lovely place called Soma Bay. There was a school and a cool beach bar and perfect conditions… just a suggestion.

  12. Holger

    Definately Kite-Surfing.
    I’m just editing some action shots from a kite-surfing school here in Belize – it looks so much fun!!
    Holger

  13. Lindsay

    Two amazing options!

    I did a day kayak adventure in and around Dubrovnik and loved it. Croatia and its Dalmatian are incredibly beautiful, and I can’t wait to go back.

    I’ve also been to Tarifa and Gibraltar, and I can say that Tarifa was my favourite place in Spain. It’s small, and authentic, and humble, and beautiful. It’s not crowded with expats and foreigners like much of southern Spain is. I just loved it there. I didn’t go kitesurfing, but I watched people do it while I chilled on the beach, and it looked like SO much fun. It’s apparently some of the best kitesurfing in Europe.

    Oh, and Tarifa is one of those geography nerd places cause it’s right at the point where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic.

    In the end, I voted kitesurfing :)

    Regardless, you’re going to love them both!!

  14. Laurel

    Tough choice, but I voted for paddling in Croatia. Looking forward to meeting you in Rome. I’ve hardly met any Canadians in Munich.

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  17. Kurt

    Ohh. Croatia, Croatia. Go. Such a great, warm, hospitable place. Beautiful. Loved our time there. The Adriatic is so delightful.

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  19. Kay Dougherty

    My sister and I just “won” a kayaking trip in Puerto Rico. It was to a bioluminescent bay and needed to be on the darkest night of the month. It also involved kayaking through a long mangrove tree filled channel. We failed miserably (even blogged about it). We were so bad we actually hit some roots and got spun around backwards and then caused that to happen to other people! We did not make any new friends! But Croatia has a fabulous coastline and if you don’t go too far out or do it in the dark (sounds dirty) you should be fine!

    1. debndave Post author

      Haha, sounds like quite the experience. Paddling through a Mangrove forest can be difficult especially in the dark. Did you see the bioluminescence? It’s incredible to witness. I’m glad you didn’t tip over. I’ll definitely have to check out the blog.

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