2016 TRAVEL GOALS
Every year I set personal and professional goals for myself in January, and revisit and modify them throughout the year. It helps to keep me on track and challenged. In addition to those goals, I’ve started brainstorming possible destinations for next year.I love to do this kind of thing...whirling around ideas in my head. Nothing is right or wrong. Every line item has potential and possibility. Also, I’m a huge fan of making lists (and checking them off). It is what I do for fun in my downtime.
Back to these destinations. I have an ever-growing list of places I want to visit, and I’ve started to designate a few for 2016. Based on when I have time to travel and the best time to visit a particular place, I throw them on a calendar to give me an idea of how my year will shape up. It’s always way more places then I could actually visit, but I like to have a game plan.
So what’s on the agenda for next year? I like to start with places I really want to visit, and pepper in other countries that may make sense combined. For instance, I want to go to a retreat in Nicaragua, and the best time to visit is during our winter. Since this January is out, I put it as a possibility for December 2016. Also, I know flights are pretty cheap to and from Panama from the South (I check random flight prices all the time), and it is close to Nicaragua so it gets added as well. In addition, Columbia is next door to Panama so it would be a shame to miss out, and just like that winter 2016 is full of possibilities.
Cuba is also at the top of my list. I really want to visit before the inevitable travel boom, but I’m waiting for commercial flights to open up. Hopefully, it will be sometime this year. I don’t want to spend a fortune and waste time on connections when it should be a quick and simple flight from Miami. I’m thinking Fall may be a good time, but it’s so close to home that I can really add it in anytime.
Iceland is a must do for me this year, and I’m anticipating late May or June. I have a lot going on at the beginning of the year, and come May I know I'll be having travel withdrawals. Usually there are great flight deals from Boston or DC so I can attach one of them to the beginning or the end of my trip. Maybe both. Also if I know me, I’ll try to weasel in a stopover to Ireland after my time in Iceland. I wouldn’t be mad if the trip shaped up to be IAD-RKV-SNN-BOS.
Visiting a US National Park is also on my calendar, possibly in September. After the summer crowds have left but before the weather gets too cold. Exactly which park is still up in the air, I’m interested in Olympic and Crater Lake in the Pacific Northwest, or combining Acadia National Park with Nova Scotia.
These are just some of the places I want to visit, and I’m sure it will solidify a little more in the coming months. I enjoy planning and the build up to these trips, and I can’t wait to see what the New Year brings.