Traveling - Part 2

So there are tons of places I really want to visit sometime; some more than others.Tonight I sat down and made two travel lists. One list is trips to take in the next 2 years aka "pre-children years" and then the other is a list for all future trips.

California - This spot will hit the travel list several times now because my mom is moving there tomorrow :( We are going to go visit her in Long Beach either this Fall Break or next Spring Break. There are a few other spots I want to visit in CA over time too (Sequoia National Park, Santa Cruz Boardwalk) so I guess she at least picked an ok spot.

Chicago - I have been to Chicago I think two times, once to see a Cubs game and once when I was a lot younger and don't remember much. We are planning to go there over Fall Break (if not CA) or maybe Labor Day/Memorial Day. We only plan to spend about 3 days here; maybe check out the Navy Pier, Museums.

Hawaii - We want to go here next summer for at least a week. Since Clint doesn't get any paid time off, it will probably be the only 1 week vacation. I don't think I really need to say what we want to do here....beaches galore!

Washington, DC - I think this would be a really cool trip. I am a mini political buff so this would be awesome. We're thinking Fall Break next year for about a 3 day trip.

Texas - My long time friend just moved here and will have a baby by next year so that would be a perfect time to see her. Clint really wants to go here too. We're looking at Labor Day next year.

NYC - This one is my idea...I don't think Clint is too thrilled about this idea, but I'm sure he would be plenty excited when we planned it and got there. I would like to go over Christmas Break next year :) This is the biggest iffy one on the list.

The rest of these places are on our (mostly my) long-term list.

Russia - I know this is strange...whenever I say I want to visit Russia, everyone looks at me weird and asks why. I have always wanted to go there. It is such a different country and I think Red Square looks so beautiful. Of course I would like to visit Moscow and St. Petersburg because they're the most populated and hopefully 'culture-rich'. Luckily Clint has kind of accepted this soon to be vacation. I think it will actually happen within a few years. I would really like to spend Christmas or New Years there.

Australia - This one is totally Clint's idea, not that I wouldn't want to go here. I just asked what place he would like on the list and this was his. It would be neat to see all the marsupials and Sydney.

A Two Week Europe Tour - Not sure if this is realistic as a two week vacation (which I would prefer) but maybe 2 separate trips. However, I would love to go to:
  • Rome and Venice, Italy
  • Paris, France
  • Berlin, Germany (and Clint wants to go to the real Oktoberfest)
  • Athens and Olympia, Greece
  • Ireland
  • UK

Africa - I know Lindsay is thinking "been there done that times 5" but I would like to see several parts that she hasn't been to (that I know of anyways). I would love to see Victoria Falls and Mount Kilimanjaro, in addition to taking a real safari in either Kenya or South Africa.

An Alaskan Cruise - I know! Another cold place! Although I hear it isn't bad if you go in the summer months. Not sure if I can convince Clint on this one. My grandma and aunt did this as well as a teacher I work with and they all loved it.

Grand Canyon - I have already been here before but it was when I was relatively young so I only remember it vaguely. It would be fun to hike down and go rafting through. I think Clint would really enjoy this spot.

Boston - I mostly want to go here to see a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, but I'm sure there are lots of other great things to check out as well.

So there you have our great travel list. Lots of places outside the US...what can I say? The US just doesn't seem that exciting! I'm also just really interested in different cultures and geography.

What about you?? Where do you want to travel?


  1. I'm not thinking that! I want to go to places all over Africa (in addition to the ones I've already visited). Rose said we can come to Kenya anytime and she'll be our host! Can't beat that!

    And South Africa is a must too. Maybe when we have kids we can go on an awesome global vacay together.

    I really wish you would have put it in spreadsheet form :)

  2. Great post, Les! I think maybe I will steal this idea from ya and post something similar.

    Puh-lease promise me you will take lots of pictures of Clint in NYC if you go!!! AHAHAH!