Monday, November 4, 2013

Travel Dreams

Travel seems to be in the air. Thanksgiving is the end of this month in the US, so tons of people are heading home or visiting family. There seem to be a lot of trips in the blogging world, too: Dar's in Toronto, while Sarah just returned from Vietnam and Erica from Zanzibar. It got me thinking about places that I definitely want to visit.

My husband and I usually plan one "big" (weeklong) trip per year, with other day trips or weekend getaways thrown in. (This year, we spent a weekend in New York for a wedding and a week in Daytona for our anniversary. Plus we usually plan a day trip to NYC every fall.) These are some of my loftiest (and most expensive) travel wishes, and would hopefully be a weeklong venture.

San Francisco:
I've never been to the West Coast and this seems like a perfect place to start! I also want to see Alcatraz.

I'd spend a month here if I could. There's just so much to see! We consider buildings old when they're two hundred around here, so I can't even fathom living near buildings that are eight or nine hundred!

Great Barrier Reef:
Just gorgeous! Need I say more?

Teotihuacán (just outside of Mexico City):
Ever since I did a report on Hernando Cortés, I've wanted to visit Mexico City and all the nearby Aztec sites. (And fun fact: Angry Aztecs was one of my favorites in the Horrible Histories series.)

What are your travel dreams?


  1. You know, when I was younger I really wanted to travel a lot. I spent a year living in Norway, made several trips to France, Germany & Sweden. Went to New Zealand and Mexico, took various road trips all over the US. At one point I even had a fantasy about getting a Euro-rail pass and just traveling around staying in youth hostels for a year or so.

    But somewhere along the line I totally lost the whole wanderlust thing. I think it was some combination of food allergies, travel-induced migraines and not wanting to leave my cats alone that pushed me over the edge - well, that and the fact that CatMan has a medical condition that makes travel really difficult. I haven't actually been out of the state of Colorado in about 20 years and I don't miss it at all! In fact, the idea of having to get on a plane sounds like such a massive pain in the arse that I can't even imagine putting myself through it!

    At this point I've sorta adopted the "wherever you go, there you are" attitude. Places are just places, and people are just people. Maybe I just got it all out of my system when I was younger, but I like to think that I've come to a place in my life where I've got everything I want and need right here.

    That being said, if I had to choose from your list it would be Teotihuacán, no question!

    1. Sounds like you did quite a bit of traveling then! I've never ventured outside the US, nor off the East Coast, save one weekend in Texas. I do like where I live - I think I could happily stay here on vacation. (Vacation is a state of mind, right?) But I do like to dream about experiencing other places!

      And I'm lucky that my brother stays with the cats, so no worries there - although it's always weird to wake up in a hotel without a cat sleeping on me, or take a shower without meowing. If he couldn't sleep over, I'd be a lot more hesitant to leave.

  2. Oh my, I think I'm like EcoCatLady - I am starting to lose my wunderlust too! It's not that I don't like being new places, I just like to do most of what I do normally! But I let that be OK for me. And after a week away, I'm ready to return to 'normal' life, and that's a point of a vacation right?

    As for my list of 'to see' places are all here: (Yes I just went and struck through Vietnam!) I haven't seen SF even though I've been to the West Coast a few times!

    1. I agree - a week is enough for me to feel relaxed and I start missing everyday living usually. You have a lot of great places on your list!

  3. I do love to travel but, like many, work and family life gets in the way. Also my husband likes holidays where he gets to do something, like a week of skiing. He would happily go to the same place and ski every day. I like to see new places, but don't like the idea of a quick tour where you have a new city every day or two. Next year I am off to New Zealand. Now my kids are nearly adults, I am free to travel more. It's just the finances I have to manage. I would love to stay in the south of France and England for several months! But that's a dream at the moment.

    1. We've done some whirlwind trips in the past, where we're in the car every day, and checking in and out of a hotel every day. We didn't really like it too much either. Now we try to mix in some lazy time ;)

      And I agree about having kids - friends of ours with little ones haven't gone on a trip for a while because it's just easier for them to stay home.

  4. I love to travel and have been to both the Great Barrier Reef (twice) and Teotihuacán. The Galapagos Islands are on the top of my wishlist :)

    1. Nice! National Geographic actually hosts trips to the Galapagos Islands that I looked into a few years back but the prices were shocking! Definitely something I'd still love to do :)


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