Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Travel Planning & Dreaming

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First off, checking in with Kels and her summer reading challenge - I said I would read 30 books in June, July & August. In June I read 13 books, a couple of which I spoke about last link up and the rest I'll annoy you about next Tuesday with Steph and Jana. I'm currently reading Station Eleven and Outlander (which might take me 2 years to read the whole series). I also finished the Semi Charmed Summer Challenge, woohoo me.

The Blonder Side of Life

You might be thinking, geez Kristen you just got back and you're already planning more trips? Um, hello do you know who this is? I've been planning since before we even left.

I know that's not good - always looking to the future and never living in the present and I am trying to be better about it, but what can I say, I just love planning! Especially travel. So I thought I would share the trips that we are hoping to take in the foreseeable future. In no particular order..

Vegas. 

My Aunty & Uncle are coming to the US later this year and this is one of their stops, so we decided to crash their party and say hey. We're going for a long weekend and can't wait. We honeymooned there. Plus, our flights would be free a la Southwest miles.



Disney! 

It's on my 30 before 30 to go to HP world & do a half marathon at Disney so two birds one stone. KC and I went to Disneyland together in 2011 but then we broke up like a week later so I want new Disney memories, okay?! Plus, who doesn't love Disney. Though, this will most likely be skipped if we end up going to Europe next Summer because ain't nobody got that much disposable income. We do have enough miles for free flights here as well as Vegas, but hotels and park admission are super expensive.



Venice Beach / Vegas. 

Mum is hopefully coming back to the US late 2016 and I am going to fly over and meet her and we'll have a week or something together and it will be awesome. I can't remember exactly where she wants to go, somewhere in CA and Vegas, I think. Lets go with Venice Beach.



Europe! Again.

Plans are Germany, Netherlands & Belgium. Lindsay is also making me want to visit Scotland. That might be a bit ambitious though. Remember how I said KC wasn't super into travelling? I had a theory that he enjoyed it, just not the planning and paying for it part. That theory turned out to be 100% correct because at least once a day on our Europe trip, he mentioned that I was right (duh), he was having a great time and definitely wanted to go back next year. Yay! I'll just have to annoy you all with the planning side of things.




San Fran, Seattle & Portland.


We would both love to go to these places but I just don't know when. I was thinking Summer 2016, but now I'm thinking Europe then, so this would most likely be Summer 2017 which is basically 10 years away. If we end up having kids in the near-ish future, it will be easier to do a US trip like this than an international trip. But what do I know, I don't have kids.




Home.

I don't know when I will fit this in, but gosh I would love to go back home soon. I miss it and the guilt my family is loading on me is getting heavy. If we went home I'd take advantage of being so close and swing by New Zealand as well. Kicking myself that I never made it over there when I was just a few hours away.



There are of course, more places that I'd love to go to but aren't yet in the realm of possibility. I'd love to go back to London, my family just moved to Spain so I want to visit, I'd love to see more of the US and of course go back to Italy so I can see Venice and Tuscany. Also, the Caribbean, other cities in the US, Canada, Greece, Iceland and Scotland please travel fairies.

I have so much travel left on my 30 before 30 list - I'll need to win the lotto, the vacation time jackpot and not have a baby to make it all happen. I just don't think it's going to - I might have been a bit ambitious when I made that list. I have changed a bunch of things on it over the past year or so but I keep hoping we'll still get all the travel done, but it's not very realistic. But life doesn't end after 30 (duh) and we can always travel after 30, it's the children part that will make travel difficult (for us!).

Anyway. Moving back to the present. I would also love to maybe squeeze in a road trip around Christmas.. or even Thanksgiving. Apparently Louisville is the best place to start a road trip, but I can't think of anywhere to go that would be fun in Winter, I haven't been to before, isn't too expensive or too far away. Any thoughts, peeps?

46 comments:

  1. So many great places! Haha is it bad I vote Europe again over Disney even though it's in my neck of the woods? I feel like Europe would be cheaper any way haha! Either way, can't wait to see where you end up!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. Seattle is on my short list, and Germany is on MFD's short list. I think mine is a little more attainable. LOL

    We're huge Disney fans too - it's one of the few destinations I return to over going somewhere new.

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  3. I have so many places I want to travel too as well. I know that Nashville has some great things to do around Christmas time and that's not too far away...

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  4. So many fun trips in your future!! I have to say I have a few up my sleeve and since Europe isn't happening this year we're planning for next year and I think it will probably be Ireland and Portugal!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  5. So many places to visit, so little time! Glad KC had fun and your theory was right ;) If you ever need a travel buddy, I'm in!

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  6. Vegas is always a blast! And usually pretty cheap too! I realllly wanna get to the Harry Potter world one day too, definitely on my bucket list!

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  7. There are so many places to visit we have to be trip planning all the time!

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  8. So many fun places to visit. Enjoy planning your trips, that is always so much fun.

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  9. San Fran is AMAZING! Bump it up on your list for sure. I'm totally with you on the Disney front. In fact, just the other day I asked hubs when was too soon to take Henry and Baby 2 to Disney (I want the FL version, not the CA one. CA one is lamesauce - I was there in 2011 and was like "this is it?!") We might do a trip when they're young (so we can have more fun!) and again when they're older so that they'll remember it. Gimme all the Disney!

    And Cape Cod is GAME ON later this summer! Plan my trip for me?

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  10. We did a huge California trip last year and LOVED IT! That trip was my favorite trip I've ever taken, and San Fran is b-e-a-utiful!! Our next big trip goal is Italy. I'm just really impatient and want to be there like...yesterday.

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  11. I'll definitely go back to Disney. Well, yeah, Orlando - Harry Potter world is just awesome. I haven't been since the 2nd half of the park opened, so I must see it, of course!

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  12. You're my spirit animal for sure! I'm the same way about planning trips, I love having another one planned before even leaving on one so that I have something to look forward to once I get back. Traveling is hands down the BEST way to spend your money and make memories. And you already know you need to let me know when you're here at Disney ;-)

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  13. Disney princess half?!?!?! Do it!!! I'm trying to convince my husband I must do it before we have more kids :D

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  14. Yay for Vegas! We have a trip planned there in August. Just for a weekend. And dying to go back to Europe soon too!

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  15. I love planning trips! All of those vacations sound like a lot of fun! I want to go on another trip soon. I'm hoping Nashville for a double birthday celebration in November but that means I better start saving!

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  16. ugh, just thinking about travel makes the heart sing for a little bit doesn't it??? I love all your choices! Especially because you put the NW in there! (NW is best visited during the summer by the way- the weather will be very nice!). I really want to go to the South as it is the only part of the US that I've never been! And I'm DYING to go to Australia. Someday, someday!!

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  17. Planning is definitely part of the fun for me! I'm always looking ahead to my next trip as soon as I land home. I like looking back on my memories by making travel scrapbooks of each international trip!

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  18. girl, europe trumps everywhere else that's for sure. i'm waiting for kayla to be a bit older to start planning for europe again because let's face it - ain't nobody got time for a tired, cranky 7yr old always screaming CARRY ME! when she gets tired. no. till then, it's disney cruises and family-oriented trips (read: not the type that mama wants to go to but what can i do? LOL)

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  19. Isn't it so great when they give us a little bit of praise for all the hard work and planning ;-) Mark said the same thing on this last trip "I would come back". Hooray! I can't wait to plan another Europe trip!

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  20. Australia and Italy are on my list. That is an impressive travel list girl! Oh the places you will go! ;)

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  21. I love your passion for travel. How were your flights?! My panic attacks took traveling too far off the table for me for a while, but I'm trying to work back up to venturing beyond the U.S.! I'm trying to convince Ben that we both need to take 30th birthday trips (his is 2016 mine is 2017). Except he doesn't have anywhere he particularly wants to go (which I knew fully well when I suggested it) so basically I would be getting a pre-30th trip and then an actual 30th trip ;) I'm thinking Hawaii (I went as a teenager but really want to go back and to a different island) and maybe Mediterranean cruise?

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  22. I am loving everywhere that you want to travel in the near future! Isn't it ridiculous how expensive Disney World is?! My husband and I were going to go there for our two year wedding anniversary in October, but after researching the cost, there was no way we could do it. I love that you honeymooned in Vegas - that's where we spent our first wedding anniversary, and it's definitely an unforgettable place!

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  23. Bring me with you to Aussie, ok? Totally at the top of my travel bucket list, along with more of Europe! You and your mama will have the best time in sunny CA. I can't get over how pretty the coastline is out there (East coast just doesn't compare!).

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  24. So many amazing places! I'd like to go to them all!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  25. I want to go to Harry Potter world as much as I do Disney...

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  26. "Swing by New Zealand". That made me laugh for reasons I can't explain.

    For me, half the fun of travelling is planning the trip.

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  27. Your honeymoon recap makes me so excited to head to Vegas tomorrow! So lucky you got free flights via air miles woo hoo!

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  28. Let's talk about a winter U.S. trip. Also, let's talk about North Carolina in the fall.
    I am actually starting to plan a Harry Potter world trip for next year, I'm thinking early spring but I also want to look at when the races are and when the Food and Wine festival thing in Epcot is. By starting to plan, I mean I want to go and have a list of things I have to google.
    Also obviously I want to do Portland and Seattle, but it seems like that's just going to have to be tabled again because this year is so uncertain. I want to see SF/Bay Area SO bad also, but I don't want to rush through that trip so I'll likely do it separate from Portland and Seattle. Aaaand I'm just rambling right now but I'll keep it up and suggest that I can fit in your suitcase for any of these trips. Especially Europe round 2. Hint hint.

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  29. Haha, as you know I'm always trip planning too, like you! So excited you're planning to go to Europe again. We lived in The Netherlands and visited Germany and Belgium all the time, so let me know if you have questions about anything! It's such a beautiful area. :)

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  30. I love planning trips too!! Ugh I want to go to Europe so bad and Griffin has never been to Vegas so that is definitely on the top of our lists too!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  31. You definetly need to make it to New Zealand while you're on that side of the world- it's sooooooo amazing!

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  32. Uh...tell you mom to scooch her finger on the map about an inch south and go to San Diego instead. It's lovely here. :) Also, SO excited to hear your thoughts on Outlander! (When you finish it next summer, that is!)

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  33. Seriously. Travel is awesome. Why does it have to cost so much?! Since I moved here, it seems ALL of my travel involves going home to Texas. I've squeezed in Florida with the family one year when I was visiting and Fiji with my guy. But, I need more travel. It used to be such a big part of me. I SO love the planning of it too.

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  34. All of these trips sound fun! If you go to Disney, save money by staying off of the Disney property at a local hotel with a shuttle bus. We did it and it turned out great.

    Also, I live about an hour from Louisville, but I never go there! 4th Street Live is supposed to be fun, and there's usually some good concerts at the YUM Center.

    Tif
    www.brightonabudget.com

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  35. I love making travel plans, especially out of the country! Also, HP World, San Fran and Scotland are at the top of my travel wishlist too! Ugh why can't we just be professional travelers?!

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  36. I want to see the HP World badly!

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  37. Great plans. I have all those places on my travel bucket list too. HP world is my dream. Any plans on visiting India anytime?

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  38. Please stow me in your luggage for ALL of these trips. I don't take up much space and I'll even pay to check my "bag".

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  39. This sounds just like me. I'm always thinking about the next great vacation we'll take and planning for things that we'll probably do in like 5 or 10 years. I wish I had endless amounts of money and vacation time, but I (like most people) don't ... So I just have to prioritize, I guess. We're thinking a smaller trip this year and then maybe something bigger next year (though who knows since we're saving for a bunch of large purchases).

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  40. Whoo, you're ahead of schedule like always and I'm behind. Sounds familiar lol Thanks for linkin up and here's to us stayin the reading course!

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  41. So happy for another Europe trip in the works and yay for KC jumping on board the travel train. Sucks that I can't travel (significantly) in the next 11 months. I am going to slip a couple in but thats it! :(

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  42. So many great places! Another Europe trip is at the top of my list, but I also want to go to all the places :) If only we had unlimited funds + vacation days!

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  43. I want to go to ALL of the places! I'm definitely a planner as well, but am not yet very good at planning trips or vacations. That probably means we need to go on one!

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  44. I'm just gonna squeeze in with you guys, mmmkay?? Now I've got the travel bug! You've got to share your secret for racking up so many miles. We didn't get hardly any with United when we flew to Rwanda. Not even enough for one flight!

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  45. Take me with you all of these places!!! I really want to do San Francisco and Portland and that whole area too. I wish it weren't so expensive to travel in the US... at least when you live on the other side of the country. I'm so glad your Europe trip I convinced-- or got KC to admit-- that he enjoys traveling too :)

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  46. Oooh good list! I would definitely say that one of the ways we are able to travel a little more frequently is to take advantage of long weekends. Or create them. Often times I find (within a reasonable distance) spending 2-4 days in a place (including flights) is plenty of time. Especially for places like Vegas and locations that you have been to before. I know it doesn't sound as fun.... but it really can do the trick sometimes. It also helps me not to over-plan. Luckily my KC has put us on a new budget plan that is really helping. Though AK... set us off track a little. When we are reimbursed from work I think it will be just fine though! :) I think San Fran will be our next trip to plan for the fall. :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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