If I had it my way, I'd have a trip planned for every other month of the year. I've been lucky to travel more than average and lucky that I typically get to do 2-3 trips per year. Like I said though, I honestly wish I could travel for a living. Fortunately, planning your trips is nearly as fun as actually taking them so there is some consolation in having to wait. I currently only have one trip set in stone, but I also wanted to talk for a bit about the bigger trips I'm planning for the next few years.
I'm going to my parent's house in Florida for my birthday in a few months and I'm so excited! I went for the holidays and had the best time, so I can't wait to do so again. The weather was great then and should still be wonderful in May before the summer heat really begins. The plans are pretty loose when I go to Florida, but they typically include the beach, the pool, watching movies, bike riding, cooking, and having brunch with friends. My dad's birthday is later in the month, so I think we'll do a dual celebration and make Rich Roll's strawberry mint cacao cheesecake.
Cape Town, South Africa
I've decided that my next big trip will very likely be to Cape Town. It just seems like the most laid-back, beautiful place for a beach vacation plus there are tons of gorgeous Airbnb options. Most of the trip would consist of eating avocado toast and drinking iced tea outdoors, laying on the beach, and hiking in the mountains but I really want to see the penguins at Boulders Beach too.
Edinburgh has been on my list for as long as I can remember. I flew over Scotland once (the Hebrides, I think) and wished that I could parachute out of the plane immediately. I'd love to visit the Highlands, of course, but Edinburgh is my number one priority. Surprisingly, this doesn't have anything to do with Harry Potter although the connection is a huge plus. I just love the architecture---it seems like being in Edinburgh might feel like being in another time.
A multi-week trip to Japan is in the early planning stages, as well. It would be hard to plan anything less because there are so many incredible places I'd like to see in Japan. I want to do Tokyo, of course, but also stay in a ryokan in Kyoto, and visit Hokkaido as well. Just the thought of staying in a ryokan gets me super excited for this future trip!
I've surprisingly never been to California and have been jealous of my parents' upcoming West Coast road trip. I think I'd also like to do a roadtrip---from San Francisco down to Santa Barbara, then Los Angeles. I especially look forward to Carmel and Big Sur because the photos I've seen are incredible. Those oceanside cliffs are amazing!
Are you planning any fun trips?