SUMMER TRAVEL PLANS
This morning I flew out for my second round of travels. I’ve been home for a month catching up with family and friends, celebrating my brother’s wedding, and focusing on my work. It feels like I’ve been back for much longer, and I am ready to head out again. For those interested in my destinations, I have a good idea of where I’m going this time around.
I enjoyed the freedom I had in Southeast Asia, where I planned my next destination two weeks before departure. That method wouldn’t really fly this time, because I will have some visitors in the coming months. I needed a more solid plan.
NEW YORK CITY / I’m en route to New York, where I’ll be spending just a few days hanging with one of my best friends and her husband. I’ve vacationed with her before (although it’s been more than 5 years) so I know our travel styles are similar, and we always have so much fun together. Also, it’s her favorite city and she’s been more than a few times, so I’m excited to explore New York with her as my guide.
IRELAND / Afterwards, I’m taking a quick 6.5-hour flight to the West coast of Ireland. I last visited in 2013, and to say I love the country is an understatement. If you have ever discussed travel with me, you know how I gush over the country. Towards the end of that trip, I had the meltdown that started the process of this whole year of travel.
The plan is to pick up where I left off the last time. I’m starting in Galway and making my way to Belfast in Northern Ireland. I want to rent a car, which will be an adventure in itself. I’m a terrible driver normally, so the whole other side of the road business should be interesting.
SCOTLAND / From Belfast I head to Glasgow, Scotland where I’ll be meeting Jacob for a tour of the country. We will be driving around the country to hit the highlights, while he plays golf and I catch up on work. The plan is to head north from Glasgow to Inverness, then to the Isle of Skye. I’m going to make this itinerary up as I go.
My time in Scotland will end in Edinburgh and a day trip to St. Andrews to watch the practice round of the British Open. I’m not a golfer, but visiting during a big event like the Open on such a historic course should not disappoint. If nothing else, I can people watch and provide commentary on Rickie Fowler’s outfit choices.
LONDON / From there I will spend about a week in London. I haven’t even started thinking about this one yet. I’m sure it will include the main attractions, and hopefully I can meet up with a friend I met while in Vietnam.
FRANCE / I then head to Paris where my sister and her friend will meet me to travel for two weeks throughout the country. This will be her first trip to Europe, and I’m currently planning this part of my travels. It’s so much more difficult to plan with other people in mind. I’ve gotten so used to only worrying about myself, and I needed to shift gears on this one.
I do plan on sneaking in a library visit or two, I’ll just hand them a bottle of wine to help ease the boredom. The idea is to hit 4 areas, starting in Paris and ending in Nice. This will take me into the beginning of August, one week before my milestone birthday.
DESTINATION UNKNOWN / The next stops have yet to be chosen, but I’m thinking possibly Barcelona/Lisbon or heading in the opposite direction to Prague. Morocco and Croatia are also in the back of my mind as options. So many choices, it will be hard to decide. I’m enjoying the process and freedom of selecting and planning my trips more than I should. I spend way too much time on Google Earth looking at possible locations.
Let me know if you are vacationing anywhere fun this summer, or if you have suggestions for my future travels.