Let’s hear it for the first Travel Tuesday of 2015!! I feel like I’ve been so all over the board these last few weeks (along with just about everyone else) that it feels good to be finding a routine again (smile). In lieu of making vague resolutions for the new year, I’ve tried to focus more on specifics (so maybe that’s my overarching theme?), including where I want to go and what/who I want to see this year.
2014 wasn’t a bad travel year, but it also wasn’t terribly exciting. This year I want to build in time to check off a few items on my travel list and – hopefully – surprise myself a bit along the way. I’ve got several trips planned in so far as I know I’m going, but the details are still a bit fuzzy. Sometimes you just gotta roll with it…
In addition to the usual trips to Alabama and California to see family and the ramblings around Arizona, I have a few other random states on my list this year, including…
Ohio: My brother lives here and I (insert shamed face here) haven’t been there to see him in almost 8 years now! He always comes to Arizona or we meet somewhere else. So I owe him this trip – and I’ve already got quite the list of weird and wonderful to occupy our time! Now I just have to wait until it warms up enough to actually enjoy that list…
Louisiana: No Mardi Gras this year, but a good friend of mine is heading down to NOLA for her big 3-0 in March! I’m really looking forward to going along and seeing that magical, mysterious city once again. Something tells me that going with this group will be like experiencing it all for the very first time! (smile)
South Dakota: Our latest project at work is based in Wyoming – tantalizingly close to the South Dakota border. Now why am I so excited about this? Because I have been oddly obsessed with seeing Mt. Rushmore for as long as I can remember! SO looking forward to checking this one off my bucket list!
Sadly, I only managed to use my passport for Mexico last year (yes, I know #firstworldproblems), but I’m determined to collect a few stamps in 2015! And, in keeping with my motivational word, I’ve also decided that this is the year of the solo adventure! To date I’ve always traveled with someone or at least had someone expecting me at my destination; but it’s well past time now for me to venture forth and prove to myself that I can travel solo and survive. (smile)
I’ve tentatively picked the when – October – but not the where. I have a couple of places in mind, but the final decision hinges on a few other factors. No matter where I end up, I know this journey is going to be epic!
Where are you going this year??