2018 is going to be a big travel year for me! Recently I left my 9 to 5 job and decided to embark on a new path with more adventure and hopefully more fun. It was the right move for me at this point in my life and should make for a better blog! This year I have a few trips already planned but have much of the year wide open for whatever may come my way.
January- February: South America
A big South American journey has been on my bucket list for a while. I have been to Columbia, Ecuador and Peru in the past so this time I’m making it all the way down to Patagonia, Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Bariloche, and Easter Island.
(photo from source- Lovethesepics)
Easter Island has been an obsession since sixth grade when the Maori statutes were featured on the cover of my social studies book. My young brain decided that seeing them in person would be the pinnacle of vacations. Ever since then I have been trying to get to Easter Island but it is expensive and time consuming by either plane or ship. Using credit card points (yay for the Chase Sapphire Preferred sign up bonus!) for my flights in South America saved me about $2000.
March: Skiing in Maine
A friend of mine invited me to her parent’s ski house in Sunday River, Maine. She invited me to go in the past but that pesky job was always getting in the way This year I jumped on the chance to ski with her. Added bonus: cheap flights to Portland, Maine on Southwest.
April: Cuba (and Miami)
My mom is having a big birthday this year (29 again, right mom?!) so she wanted to do a big trip, somewhere warm. Cuba has been on my radar since restrictions for US citizens were eased a few years ago. However, since we booked this trip, restrictions are getting tighter (blah, so annoying!) so I am very happy we are doing this before something else happens to further derail travel to Cuba.
May: Quebec City
The Women in Travel Summit (WITS) is coming to Quebec City in May of 2018, taking place at the gorgeous Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. A few years ago in Quebec City with my mom, I was in awe of the structure towering over the city.
June: Alaska Cruise plus Vancouver and a roadtrip to the Orcas
June’s trip is still in the planning stages but I hope to combine a few things including an Alaska cruise (mom’s choice) in/out of Vancouver (I’ve never been), train into Seattle and then make my way to the Orca Islands. If you have ever been to the Orcas hit me up, I’d love to hear more about your experience.
On a previous Alaska trip in December- the coldest I have ever experienced:
The rest of the year:
The second half of 2018 is pretty wide open. I have plans to meet a friend in Switzerland after her work trip to Basel and would like to roadtrip back home to Iowa for a bit. Other than that, the world is my oyster!
Reader Question: What travel plans do you have for 2018 so far?