To start off, I thought I'd talk about my travel plans for the year. I think this year is going to go down as the year of smaller trips. At the start of the year I was thinking/hoping I'd be able to plan a bigger trip to somewhere like Europe or Argentina, but due to a couple of different factors it makes more sense to take more smaller trips instead of one big trip. Here's what I've got planned for the year!
Kyria to do some hiking. This is a short weekend trip but we are planning to do one really long hike and a shorter half day hike so we are fitting in as much outdoor time as possible! We'll be staying in the Boulder area so if any Coloradans (is that how you refer to people from that state?) have any suggestions for hikes, we are all ears! So far we've been using this article for inspiration! I've traveled to Colorado for work several times but haven't been there for fun since 2006 so I am due for a trip. It's such a beautiful state so I can't wait to do some hiking and spend some quality time with a great friend! A little known fact about me is that I spent a summer and two winter breaks working in Steamboat Springs, CO, and I loved it so much that I strongly considered moving there after college!
Becky and Ben. Becky's going to have a baby any day now so that is the inspiration for this trip! I think that Phil might join me for this trip as he has a cousin in Arlington so we could both see family/friends and enjoy some time together on this trip. Plus I really want him to get to know Becky and Ben since they are such dear friends of mine and important people in my life. This trip hasn't been booked/planned yet but it is going to happen.
In September, I am going to Kamloops to visit Amber! Amber and I have seen each other every year since 2010 but aside from the time I hosted her in Minneapolis, all of our meet-ups have been in other cities. I've seen countless pictures of the area where she lives so I can't wait to see it with my own eyes! I'm excited to spend a long weekend with her and her husband. We're planning to run a trail race together and I'm sure we'll spend lots of time outdoors.
In October, I am going to Miami with my mom, sister, and sisters-in-law. My younger sister isn't able to join us due to her limited vacation time, which is a bummer, but she'll be there in spirit and hopefully she can come in 2017! We did our first girls trip in October of 2013 and are going to try to take a trip every 2 years. We selected Miami as the time share company my parents belong to has a location on South Beach and the price for the room was very reasonable. I've never been to Miami so I am excited to check out the area but mostly I'm excited to spend a long weekend with the girls in my family. None of us have been to Miami, though, so if anyone has suggestions on things to do/see, let me know!
I love that my travels will take me to a variety of places from the mountains to the oceans, to big cities and charming, historical areas. I also love that 4 out of 5 of these trips are to meet up with or visit URL turned IRL friends. I really can't imagine my life without the friendships I've formed through my blog. A lot of these trips are "girls trips" but I am glad that Phil will be joining me for 1-2 of them.
When I list it all out like this, it makes me realize how incredibly lucky I am that I get to go on all of these trips. They may seem "small" to me compared to some of the trips I've taken in the past but I know I'm lucky to be able to afford to go to this many places. But like Amber so eloquently said in her post about the cost of travel, traveling is a huge priority for me and I am willing to make sacrifices in other areas of my life (driving an older, paid off car, not eating out often, etc) in order to be able to afford to travel as much as I do.
Do you have any trips planned for the year? Is traveling a priority for you?