You know your year is going to be epic when you ring in the new year in Cusco.
I think 2017 will be a great year for travel for me and I hope it is for you also. I expect three big trips — Vietnam, Alaska, and Europe — but the weird part for me is that I’ve already committed to an entire year’s worth of travel. It’s great to know where I’m going in advance (I love the planning and anticipation), but it does take away some spontaneity.
Already Booked: Vietnam
After our foray to China, I wasn’t sure I’d ever get Mike on a flight that long again, but I wooed him with tales of fishing from overwater bungalows and chasing me through the Cu Chi Tunnels (not to mention, lots and lots of noodles).
If you remember, I was previously deciding what city to stopover in before heading home and I’m excited to say it’ll be Hong Kong.
Both Vietnam & Hong Kong are packed full of sightDOING to the point of wishing I had a few extra days just to relax. Maybe next time.
Alaska = So Excited I Can’t Get Over It
There is no way to put into words how much I love the last frontier. Mike and I almost moved there a few years ago, but now we’re in Richmond for the foreseeable future. But I’ve been to Alaska twice and barely scratched the surface.
Third time’s the charm, so in 2017 I’m thrilled to go back. My official agenda is still being planned, but I definitely want to camp in Glacier Bay National Park’s backcountry.
Here’s the problem with Alaska: a lot of sightDOING is really expensive, so this trip is going to take a big chunk of my budget.
Europe as a Crime of Opportunity
I went to Munich in 2011. And 2013. And 2016. And now I’m going back in 2017. What’s the draw? Well, it’s a fun city, but this time it’s for a group trip to Oktoberfest! Some great people are going, and this is more of a social outing than a “travel experience”.
From there, I’m heading to Killarney for a conference, meaning just one transatlantic airfare. My husband went to Ireland without me this summer (it’s okay, I went to Sweden) and he raved about it so much I can’t wait to go.
Of course I’ll be adding some time for sightDOING after the conference formalities, giving me a chance to see the Ring of Kerry among other things.
And then there’s Milwaukee
I can’t explain why I want to go to Milwaukee. I can’t name a single activity, event, or experience I want to visit there, but every description makes me fall in love with the city vibe. I’m booked for April, but I can’t yet put my finger on what to do. I’m going anyway, if only to eat and drink like a king.
In the meantime, I’ll be the one googling Milwaukee for the next few months until I decide what to do!
The 2017 Eclipse
This August’s total solar eclipse is gaining major popularity across the USA because it’s relatively rare and easily accessible. I’m starting to gain interest in astronomy, thanks to my dad, so this one’s on the list.
At first I wanted to see the eclipse in Jackson, Wyoming but with the Alaska trip I’m out of time and money. So, I’ll be heading to Charleston, South Carolina: a city I enjoy that’s also an easy drive from home.
Along with the eclipse, I’ll be looking for a weekend’s worth of fun and new experiences.
The Cuba Dilemma
I have the means and opportunity to visit Cuba this winter, but I’m not quite sure I want to. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot that appeals to me about Cuba, but I could say that about a hundred other places.
So what’s the problem with Cuba? Well, I feel “forced” to go ASAP before the cruise ships start docking in Havana this spring. And frankly, I could go to Cuba this winter but I’m busy and squeezing it in feels like a chore.
Should I stay or should I go? I haven’t decided yet.
Maybe One More?
If I don’t end up going to Cuba, that leaves me with a little time and money for later in the year. On the list of potential contenders are the Azores, South Dakota, Palm Springs, or anywhere in Central America. Those are all great choices in my opinion, so it’s just a matter of making up my mind.