While many use the new year to make resolutions, I make my travel wish list. The first weeks of the year, I look at last year’s spending and put together the new year’s budget. With finite funds, it is a lot easier to give up a new pair of shoes, cut subscriptions, or eat more pasta, when I can see where those savings will take me.
In 2009 I would like to visit:
- Egypt – I would love to spend a couple years traveling the Middle East and north Africa, but I picked Egypt this year after hearing about Siwa during Pam Mandel’s tweeting of the World Saver’s Conference. (FYI – it was how tourism was hurting it due to the fragile environment) Read about Travel Betty’s trip.
- The Big Island of Hawaii – We have never been, but love things volcanic and really need some R&R. Know any great deals?
- Vancouver – I keep hearing how wonderful it is. We can see a lot of it over a long weekend, but I would love to stay longer and get a little slope time at Whistler. Check out Delicious Baby’s trip.
- Hainan & Xian China – Probably the same as saying I want to visit Key West & Helena, MT, but I would love to see the tourist development on Hainan and I never got to Xian on a previous visit to China.
- Florida – This would be a combination visits and tourism with stops in Miami so Boo can swim at Matheson Hammock and Crandon Park like her mom did, friends and family visits in Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville, and maybe some R&R in the keys. No Disney this trip.
- Death Valley – This California site has been at the top of my list for years but the drive is long as there is no direct route from San Francisco. I prefer humidity, but think deserts are spectacular up close.
- Mendocino – Really this trip is to replenish our wine cellar, but the area is beautiful, dog friendly and Boo will love the Skunk Train. Check out Nancy D. Brown’s site for great information.
- Half Moon Bay & surrounding coast – While it could be a day trip, I would love to spend two nights in this area of the coast visiting Moss Beach, Aña Nuevo and other local sites at a slow pace. Thanks to Travel Savvy Mom, a visit to the goat dairy will be included.
- Mono Lake & eastern Sierra – The terrain here looks extraterrestrial. Plus, I have always wanted to visit Keough Hot Springs.
- Italy – This has been on the top of our list for four years, but we have postponed due to the cost of the Euro. As soon as the Euro drops (steadily) below $1.30, I am booking.
- Christmas in St. John’s or Hawaii – After our marathon Christmas trip this year and related drama, I let our families know that I am booking next Christmas away from cold. They are welcome to join us.
It’s a long list, but there is a range of time and money commitments so I can work as many in as possible.
Where do you want to go in 2009? What are you doing to make room in you budget for that trip, or extra trip? Have you been to the places listed before? Where can I go for more information (plug your site/articles)?