Oh the Places You’ll Go

dfinney
dfinney @dfinneyJanuary 2019 · 3 min read

With the arrival of the New Year, lots of people make resolutions.


Not me!

I start mapping out my travel wish list!

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There is a whole huge world to see, and I don’t feel settled until I have loosely mapped the year’s travel plan. I say loosely because I am an opportunistic traveler. Without children I don’t have to plan my travel around school breaks, and I am fortunate to have a very flexible work place when it comes to taking time off. (I just tell my boss when I will be gone!) This makes jumping on unexpected travel opportunities a little easier.
When the new year rolls around, I grab a blank calendar and begin considering my options. First, I make a mental list of places to visit. Next, I find out what day important dates land. (For example a birthday on Friday could mean a celebratory long weekend trip.) Next I add locked in trips to the calendar. These are vacations tied to specific events like a concert or a family obligation. Once these are locked in, I think about how much time needs to fall between vacations to determine what months look best to book other trips.

Here is a rough plan for 2019

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February/March:

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Thinking a three day weekend escape. Leaning towards Oregon. We’ve been north to Canada every few months the past couple of years. It’s been almost five years of no love for our southern neighbors. It feels time to change this.

April:

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This is locked in! Heading to SoCal for Disney and a two day beach music festival! Every year we go to California at least once. It is 100% my happy place and I am super excited this trip is confirmed. ☺️

July:

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I have never been to the Midwest! Hoping to change that in 2019 with a possible birthday trip to Chicago. Not sure if this trip will happen, but thinking 5 nights seems reasonable. What do you think Midwest people? Does 5 swealtering summer nights in the Windy City sound like a good plan for a first timer?

September:

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I haven’t been back to Arizona in years. It is a state that really deserves a longish visit. Between the desert, Grand Canyon, Native American culture and old west history there is SO MUCH to see! If I accept just getting in a little taste, going to Sedona in 2019 seems like fun.

November:

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Australia via Hawaii. My mother in-law turns 70 this year. She lives in Australia, so going back for the celebration is pretty much confirmed. However, instead of flying straight there we are toying with the idea of a Hawaii stopover. This seems like a brilliant way to break up the LONG trans pacific flight. I am already watching airfares in the hopes of nabbing a good deal.

These plans are fluid and will certainly change over time. However, setting travel goals always gives me something fun to anticipate each new year. ☺️

Have you planned fun adventures for your 2019? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!


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dswigle
dswigle @dswigleJanuary 2019

Oh, this is a great list! I do much the same!!

I already have had my first mini trip at the beginning of the year, but, the first week in February, I am headed off to South America and a hop over to Bonaire to do some diving. It has some of the best coral reefs in the Caribbean.

I am jealous of your trip to Australia! If time were permitted, I would be tempted to take a cruise ship over and fly back. Oh, the sea life is so tempting! :))

Although having Hawaii in the mix is tres excellent. I haven't finished my list of places, but, I will add to the list as opportunities arise. 2o2o is the year I hope to take a sabatical from working and take month long trips to different places.

Hey! A girl can dream!

This was a wonderful read! Thank you!

!tip


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dfinney
dfinney @dfinneyJanuary 2019

Your trips sound wonderful! I have never done a cruise but think it would be excellent. Sometimes I watch that crazy show Below Deck Mediterranean and wish to me 23 again so I could work on a charter yacht!

A sabbatical sounds amazing! I hope it works out . So many spots can only be really appreciated with a long visit!


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dswigle
dswigle @dswigleJanuary 2019

Oh, yes!!! I would love to work on a charter! But, when I see shows like that, I know they work so haaaard!!!


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The last trip you show I love most. So this is how you get through the cube live this year!


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dfinney
dfinney @dfinneyJanuary 2019

This is how I get through cube life every year! 😂🤣


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Excellent! Love to see that planning going on.


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dfinney
dfinney @dfinneyJanuary 2019

Oh snap! The A-TEAM!!!!

I really need one of those apps where I can insert a face onto someone else’s body because this has inspired my mischievous mind. 😂🤣


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I was hoping to see Spain on that list.


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dfinney
dfinney @dfinneyJanuary 2019

Oh man. ME TOO! 😂🤣😂 I went to Barcelona once 20 years ago... way too long ago.

Italy was on the list (though still not Spain) but it got displaced by mother in-law birthday.

My mind is already scheming to get it in 2020. 😉


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dfinney
dfinney @dfinneyJanuary 2019

Thank you @travelfeed and @for91days!
Besos! 😘


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