Our 2013 Travel (If You Must Call It) Bucket List

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We do a lot of dreaming in this family, none more so than when a new year is dawning and 12 months of possibilities are before us. Sometimes I know what lies ahead. Other years I start with a fresh canvas (or calendar in our case) and start filling in the dates with various plans.

Here are just a few of the stops on our wish list (I’m not big on calling it a bucket list. They always change). Most are where I dream of going. The family rarely gets a say in the matter.

Fall train tour through England, Scotland and Ireland. There is a conference in October 2013 I’d like to go to in Dublin. Obviously if I’m going to go all the way to Ireland I might as well stay for a while. If I stay for a while I should probably bring the kids. And the husband. He gets bored if we leave him at home for too long. What better way to spend our time than with a rail tour from London up to Edinburgh and then fly over to Dublin to wrap up the trip? If I can sneak a trip down to Cork it would just sweeten the deal. My great grandmother hails from that side of the island.

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Watching tango on the streets of Buenos Aires. And steak. I have had a love affair with Argentina for as long as I can remember. I don’t know when it started. Maybe back when their economy crashed and I heard I could get a delectable steak dinner for $5. Perhaps it was in grad school when I was researching images and came across some incredible video footage of couples dancing in the streets. Then again, it might be because one of my best friends is a tango teacher and she has been dying for me to learn. That’s pretty good motivation to get down to Argentina and practice my skills.

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Two weeks in Puerto Rico and Vieques. If you have been on my Pinterest board lately you have been inundated with pictures from Puerto Rico. We had planned on going down last February before Ty was born. I was so sick while pregnant that we finally called it off. I didn’t want to get there and not be able to enjoy the #1 reason we were headed down…the roast pig. Yes, I would travel 3000+ miles for roast pig. It is THAT good. And then we would head over to Vieques to see the bioluminescent lights.

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Holiday in Cuba with no strings attached. As an American it is pretty hard for me to travel to Cuba. Oh sure I can go on one of these cultural tours offered by U.S. companies, but they are really expensive. Like $2000+ per person expensive. I want a simple, cheap trip down to Cuba like Europeans and Canadians get to enjoy. I am very good at immersing myself in the culture all on my own. The kids make it even easier. I have no doubt we would meet more locals and eat better food if we traveled on our own.

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Six weeks in Australia, Bali, Singapore and Fiji around Christmas. This is a trip we have been dreaming about for the past  2 years. I have a childhood friend in Brisbane I have been dying to visit. Mike never got to go to Singapore when I was traveling there for work so I want to bring him up for a few days to eat our way through the city. Bali is so close we might as well explore a bit, and who wouldn’t want to stop off in Fiji on the way home. You’re just lucky I don’t have us stop in Hawaii on the way there as well. Hawaiian Air just started nonstop service from Honolulu to Brisbane.

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Cherry Blossoms in Japan/ Autumn Colors in Japan. Yes, I want to go to Japan twice. When we were in Kyoto in 2011 we missed the cherry blossoms by mere weeks. It was still a beautiful city, and probably more enjoyable because the crowds had left, but I feel this need to see the blossoms where they are celebrated most.

Autumn is obviously the opposite of spring, but with it you get a different set of incredible colors creeping up the hillsides of Kyoto and the surrounding cities. We also haven’t been to Tokyo or Kobe yet. Might as well hit up one of the most populated cities in the world and eat beef that is loved throughout the world.

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Obviously not all of these travel dreams will be a reality in 2013. Some will turn into other dreams, while Mike’s vacation time will void out the possibility of a few. I know I am more than capable of traveling the world alone with the boys, but I do actually feel bad when we are having so much fun with out Mike. I swear!

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  • Reply

    I’m pretty sure I would travel 3000+ miles for roast pig too! How could you entertain the idea of coming all the way to Oz and not to NZ???

  • Colleen Lanin

    Wow, Karyn, your travel budget is much larger than mine! 😉 I’d love to go to Argentina. I need to make sure that’s on my bucket list!

    • Reply

      Well the key word here is “wish” list. I would LOVE to go to all of these, but the bank account in my brain is always bigger than in real life 😉

  • Robbie Dunne

    If I could see two of these places on this list, it would make for a successful 2013

  • Mom

    I vote for Puerto Rico or the British Isles. I finally have enough vacation time and hope I can come along for at least one trip!

  • Jeremy Branham

    We all have different travel styles and tastes. I definitely see the appeal of many of these. However, I am 100% with you on the first one. It has been a dream of mine to visit England and Scotland for a long time. I love Fall travel. I did get a chance to see Dublin this year and maybe I will get a chance to go back next year.

  • Ken Badziak

    With the Argentine economy teetering once again on the brink of collapse, I think that Buenos Aires should DEFINITELY make your short list!

    And yes, the $5 steaks ARE worth the trip alone!

    Mmm… Tango and steaks… La Boca…

    • Reply

      Ken you are such a steak tease! Watch out. I’ll be grabbing your sister and headed that way if I can find some cheap airfare. Unless you just want to pick me up next time you are in town and fly me down. Ha!

  • Jenna

    I hope to get to Argentina soon since it is an easy flight from Brazil. Scotland is on my list, too. Now thinking about my wish list for next year…sometimes I get disappointed when I start making too many wishes 🙂

    • Reply

      My wish list would overflow the internet. Sometimes I like to throw some ideas out there to see what actually happens. So far only one may come about. Mexico may actually be on the horizon now as well as the Caribbean. You just never know where life will take you but it sure is fun to dream!

  • Jennifer

    Great list! I hope you make all of your 2013 travel dreams come true. I would love to visit Argentina and go on a wine tour there! I’ve come to love Argentinean Malbec.

  • Rachel Denning

    Awesome list! I also want to go to TBEX in October… we’ll be in Central America for pretty much all of next year – El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and maybe Panama

  • Malaysian Meanders

    Fantastic list with a lot of variety. We did the bioluminescent bay in Fajardo, PR. It was wonderful but was also one of the biggest tests in our marriage about working as a team. I have horrible kayaking-in-the-pitch-dark skills, apparently. The Gallery Inn in Old San Juan was magical. Cherry blossoms in Tokyo were amazing, but I remember being nervous about not hitting it at the right time after I’d been dreaming about it for so long. I checked the blossom forecast for weeks. My folks have elected to take a trip to Argentina instead of visiting the grandkids here in Malaysia, so perhaps you’ll bump into them there.

    • Reply

      Cherry blossom season is the one I am most stressed about. It would be horrible to miss it again! The last time we weren’t trying to make it. The trip popped up at work and I jumped on it, but when we go back I want to see those beautiful blooms!

  • Lisa

    I have a long list of wishes and very few definite plans at the moment too! I would love to get back to Ireland this year – trying to figure out if I can make it work with the girls’ schedules. My family is also from the Cork area – maybe we’re related, that would explain why you’re a dead ringer for my baby sister! 😉

    • Reply

      I knew we had to be cousins Lisa!! And I really hope you can make it to Dublin in the fall with us. We would all have a blast. And I guarantee I’ll have some babysitting for the girls to do!

  • Allison Holm

    Love your list! Argentina is high on mine…so is Italy and South Africa 🙂

  • Charu

    A very comprehensive and romantic list, Keryn! Scotland is dreamy and historical, and Cuba is on the cusp of being the biggest tourist boom since Burma. And Buenos Aires is truly tango paradise. I hope you make it to all of them!

    • Reply

      Charu I just wish my actual bank account was as big as the one in my brain. And I really, REALLY want to get to Cuba before the tourism explosion.

  • Dave from Acoupletravelers

    Keryn, we might also be in the England/Scotland/Ireland area in the fall – would love to meet up if it happens (you know we still haven’t connected with any bloggers while on the road – you could be the first lol!)

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