I love to travel. I’m always busy making plans and thinking about where I want to visit. Sometimes it’s a local place, but often it’s somewhere a world away. I’m plotting a solo trip for myself this summer. The question is where to go?
I haven’t always been able to travel. I spent years as a stay-at-home mom where my big travel was relegated to a trip to the grocery store alone (heaven!). Our family is also very budget conscious, and vacations were never a consideration for many years. Sure, we’d spend time at the beach with my parents, or do a day trip to NYC or an overnight in Washington D.C. but we didn’t have vacation vacations. It’s a bit of a luxury to take of for a few days or a week and stay somewhere new. My husband’s vacation days at work would be spent on holidays, days off after our babies were each born (so many years ago).
Once the kids were all a bit older and I was invited on a trip to Los Angeles I started to realize the benefits of traveling alone. I loved every second of my extended trip to L.A. (even the earthquake!). There was no schedule outside of the days I was there for work. I planned my trip and the sights I wanted to see. I scheduled downtime to just walk around. I made plans for lunches and dinners with online friends. It was perfect. The weather didn’t hurt either.
Since then I’ve traveled with my husband (tagging along on business trips), on vacations, and most often for work-related trips. This year I’ve been to Walt Disney World twice-once on vacation, once on a press trip. I have plans to go to NYC, Charlotte, and Atlanta this year for conferences. We have plans to visit somewhere with the kids in September (it’s a secret—shhhh!).
Aside from the trips I already have planned I’m busy thinking about other places I can travel and when! I think that’s the definition of having caught the travel bug.
I am dreaming up a quick weekend trip for my birthday this year in July. Debating where to go I asked friends and got a ton of amazing responses. Iceland, Italy, Napa, and more were on their lists for a few days of rest and relaxation. I have looked at a few locations, and my dreams of a beach, drinks, and sand in my toes are looking like maybe a trip to the Gulf Coast or Florida.
I’m following along as some traveling friends visit places like Greece, Cuba, and Turkey to see what wonders those areas hold and planning trips for the future.
I’m plotting a family trip this winter…if I can get everyone on board. My kids are a little beyond ‘stuff’ for Christmas and I think it would be fun to take a long family vacation over Winter Break and the holidays. We’ll see if we can make that work and the kids agree!
I’m also dreaming about a big trip in 2017 for my husband and I to celebrate our 40th and over 15 years of marriage. A trip to Europe with several weeks to explore would be amazing!
Do you love to travel? Where will your next trip be? Where would you go if you could go anywhere for a few days, a week, or more? I’d love to hear more about your experiences since I’m always looking for new places to explore.