My biggest *fear* of 2013 was that I wouldn’t get to leave the country and do anything exciting after all the money I spent traveling last year. I’ve been in a travel daze for 6 straight months, getting lost in books about faraway countries & wandering the travel department of the bookstore, planning itineraries in countries I’d like to one day visit.
In the last year and a half of my life, I’ve visited places around the world that I have dreamed of all my life. I spent more money than I had, but it’s been beyond worth it. I’ve caught a travel bug! I’ve been thinking of ways to make 2013 a travel year in its own way, even if it won’t be to more distant lands of my dreams. I’ve said many times that I want to travel the whole world, and that includes some smaller places too.
This year, it’s going to be about making the best of smaller opportunities. So far, I’ve got four cities lined up between March and August, and something tells me I’m not done for 2013 yet!
March- New York City
I’ll be booking 3 nights and 4 days in a city that I’ve been in love with for years. I’ve been twice, but the last time I properly visited was in 2008. In September 2012 I stopped in for one day to see a concert (which was amazing!) but it’s time I go back and spend quality time in Manhattan with some good friends. It’s in the middle of semester, I can’t really afford a trip in a month, but I miss the feeling of packing a bag and being in a new place- even for just a few days. This is a VERY needed getaway!
I think I mentioned this a couple weeks ago, but I’ll be heading to Boston in early April to see Andrew McMahon in concert! He is one of my absolutely favorite musicians, and I haven’t seen him live in 3 years now. A week or so ago, we also added a second concert to our trip (the night before Andrew’s), so I’ll be trying to soak in a little bit of Boston for the first time as well as two shows! I don’t know either of the artists I’m seeing on the first night (Andy Grammer and Parachute) but I’ll get to know them before then. I love roadtrips for concerts, so this is bound to be a really great few days out of the city before finals hit hard.
A city I’ve been to many times, it’s been YEARS since I’ve had the chance to hop a bus and go back to visit. So far, my only big plan is to see Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, but it’s a whole weekend of music events when we’re there, so my friends and I will probably make an adventure out of it. This trip isn’t very far from home, but I’m particularly excited because so many of my favorite things will be happening all at once. Music, traveling, and adventures with friends!
Last year, I went to Brazil with my mom, sister-in-law, baby nephew, and brother. We traveled 24 hours there and back, hung out with family at the beach, and I got to soak in an entirely new culture that I fell immediately in love with. It was a super unexpected trip, and one that I won’t forget anytime soon. I didn’t grow up with many family vacations (in fact my last one was when I was 13, and I can’t even remember before that if I ever had one?!), but it looks like it may be becoming a spontaneous tradition of sorts since my nephew has been born.
Earlier this week we booked an apartment in Miami all together once again for one week! It’s not so far from home, but it’s a beautiful city that I’ve never been to (other than plane layovers) so I’m excited to explore the beaches, enjoy some cheap shopping, and just get away for a week with my family. I can’t quite explain how amazing it was to spend 3 weeks in Brazil last year with some of the most important people in my life, it was at times frustrating and confining, but mostly it was wonderful, rewarding, and I loved waking up everyday so far away with the inability to be truly homesick. I can’t WAIT!
August is usually the month I like to travel in, so who knows if I go straight home after Miami? A week is certainly not my usual norm for being away from home, and I think I’m going to look into doing something else from there. But who knows?! Right now, I’m just thrilled to have adventures to look forward to almost every month for the next little while. The anticipation of a trip is almost as great as the trip itself!
Where are you traveling to this year?!