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