For 2014, my resolution is all about taking any opportunity to travel and making the ambitious plan to travel at least once each month. The idea of “nowhere to go but everywhere,” is a notion I have had in my mind for as long as I can remember, and I finally plan on taking advantage of it. While my 2014 travel plans, aren’t all complete, I still have time to fill in the details, and often the best adventures come last minute.
While I could have counted Barcelona and London as my January trip, that’s just not my style. Instead, I am heading to Lake Placid, one of my favorite places relatively close to home. The five hour drive is a quick distance from New York City, and worth the feeling of being completely far away. It’s been a while since I have had some real adventure, and my trip Upstate is sure to give me plenty of what I’ve been missing.
As of now, February doesn’t have set plans, but I do have two days off from work, which means a trip is necessary. I am thinking after January’s Lake Placid trip, and all the cold weather we’ll have had by then, a warm weather vacation will be completely needed. It will most likely have to be in the Caribbean, since it’s close to home, which is more than fine with me.
Even though I am hoping for a warm weather adventure in February, I think it would be nice to take one last cold weather trip before the end of winter. Travel in March isn’t going to be as easy with not one day off, so the travel will have to happen during the weekend. This means it will probably have to be relatively close to home, which is easy enough to do. The other possibility is to head out to Denver. It will be a quick trip, but it’s a place I have been dreaming about for years. Either way, I’d like to get on the slopes, try out snowboarding again, since it’s been years, and then spend the rest of my time in the lodge; quality time at the spa would be nice too.
Another month without plans, but in April I have a week off for spring break and plan on taking advantage of it. My co-worker, Diana, and I have traveled together twice during spring break, and after a hiatus last year (Diana had a wedding to save up for), we are thinking a getaway this year could be exactly what we need. So far, we are thinking Puerto Rico, but we will see where our planning takes us.
With a wedding to attend in May, I am heading back to Italy with my family. While I have been to Italy twice, I haven’t been back since the summer of 2006; this is also the last time my whole family traveled together. There is so much to look forward to on this trip, and I am interested to see how traveling with my family is after years of all traveling separately. I am also looking forward to eating and drinking my way through Italy during our short stay.
Though not yet set in stone, the plan is to spend the end of the month in India, fulfilling a lifelong dream of mine. In my recent bucket list post, I vowed to get to India for my friend, Anita, so if this doesn’t work out for June, I will make sure I get there before the end of the year. I’m looking forward to watching plans unfold and finally getting to a destination that I’ve been dreaming about for years.
July – August
July 19th is the start date for the Mongol Rally, and since it will take me about a month to make my way to Mongolia, these two months can be combined. The route that my team is planning on taking will bring us through fifteen countries: United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia. Eleven of these countries will be brand new for me, and I get giddy just thinking about it.
Since getting out of Mongolia isn’t an easy task, I am hoping to take the train from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing at the end of the rally, and then fly to Bali. We’ll see what happens after the rally, as nothing is set in stone for that, but the rally is a go.
September, October, & November
For now, September through November are completely open, and I have no real idea what my plans for the months are. I am sure it will be nice to be home after my big summer trip, but who am I kidding, I was meant to be on the road. Sometimes the unexpected trips are the best ones of the year, which is why I am looking forward to seeing what happens next autumn.
Again, no real set plans, however, since I turn thirty, I do want to plan a trip or two. The first will be somewhere for my actual birthday. This year, I started off 29 in Miami, and I’m not sure how I’ll top it, but I’m sure I can find a way.
The second trip will be to ring in the 2015, as I always find that spending New Year’s Eve abroad is special. My goal was to see every continent before I turned thirty, but since Antarctica is missing, and I don’t foresee myself visiting it in the next few months, I am hoping to make this goal happen at least as soon as I turn thirty. I am hoping that I can visit at the end of the year, and then visit South America to ring in the New Year, perhaps in Brazil or Uruguay.
It’s sure to be a busy year, but I couldn’t ask for anything more. The idea behind traveling once a month came from the fact that I have always had this huge fear of missing out. In fact, it’s so bad that I am usually on one trip heading to the airport already planning out my next adventure. I dream of visiting each country in the world and meeting as many people as I can during my short amount of time allotted on earth. I have goals and dreams, and while I may only be twenty-nine, I’m terribly afraid of not reaching them all. This year, my resolution will help me reach more of my goals, and see more of the places I have always imagined. This is why I travel and life my life to the fullest; Life is all about what you make it, and I refuse to be anything but happy.