I hadn't thought much about New Year's resolutions. I never really do. A few changes I'd wanted to make in life I'd started working on a few months back. It wasn't until I spent some time in Utah over Christmas with family and had a few days to hear all about my cousin Kim's fabulous jet-setting life style that I started thinking more about how I really really want to travel more this year. I've lived in New York for almost two years now and am embarrassed to say I really haven't been anywhere. A somewhat lame excuse is that last year I did have quite a bit of traveling to do for two weddings I was in, a bridal shower I threw, a baby blessing I attended, and somewhat of a family reunion over Thanksgiving.
This year (as far as I know) I don't have too many other obligations so I plan on spending my money and vacation days on seeing more of the US and world. No more envious feelings while I hear about awesome trips to Hong Kong, London, Costa Rica, and Egypt (and then some!)
This year I'm going to travel travel travel!
So I've made the following goals. This year I will:
*Visit one new country
*Visit two new US cities
*Take a tropical vacation to a new place
*Take a solocation
This Saturday I found myself in Borders browsing the travel section and I added these books to my library:
It was a tough call between the original 1000 Places to See Before You Die and the US and Canada version, but I went with the latter because I feel like I already have somewhat of an idea of other countries I want to see, but I really want to learn more about what the US has to offer.
I'm really excited about the second book. The woman who wrote it has done a ton of traveling, and has visited six of the seven continents, at least once by herself! She covers all the basics of where to go, what to see, how to do it affordably, and what things to keep in mind regarding safety.
I've been working on enjoying doing more things solo. Obviously it's always really fun to do things in a group, or with a significant other, but I do enjoy some things by myself, like seeing movies, shopping, or just being alone. I want to expand my experiences, and want to do some of those things by myself.
I'd love any suggestions of where you all have gone, especially if it was a solo trip!
I'm open to so many countries, but I'm thinking I really want to go to England. It's just across the pond and I feel like it's a sin to live in New York and never visit London. I'd love to see other areas of Europe as well. I really want to go to Paris. I've already seen a good amount of Italy, a bit of Germany, and glimpses of Switzerland and Austria. I'm sure there's so much more for me to see in those countries, but right now the focus is places I've never been.
As far as US cities go, I'm dying to see San Francisco, New Orleans, and Seattle. I also plan on going to DC this year. There's no good reason I haven't been there seeing as how it's only a four hour drive, and now I really have no excuse since I have friends there.
Where else should I go???
PS Thanks for the suggestions regarding my trip with Shantay! There's been a little change in plans. Now she's coming here!! I'm so excited to finally get to show her my city. (She's been here, but not since I've been a local.)
In the mean time, I'm still planning my winter getaway with some other city dwellers.