The Husband’s Trip (Already Rejected) – Seattle, Vancouver, & Banff
I mentioned at the beginning of last year that I wanted to go on a big road trip to Seattle but that it might get pushed to 2018. Well, it has been sadly pushed back once again. Seattle is a big draw by itself with a lot of famous tourist sights but also in the neighborhood is Vancouver. The entire area is rich in natural wonders and I’m still very much looking forward to making this trip in 2019. Banff National Park in Canada would be on the way as well. We are going to (eventually) see so many waterfalls and mountains!
The Wife’s Trip – San Francisco, Los Angles, & Las Vegas
Beth overruled my trip plan and submitted her own. I get to do all of the trip planning for every family trip and have, in the past, made a majority of the decisions regarding where we will go and what we will do. I usually come up with a plan and pitch it to Beth. She might make some additions of her own and we come to a joint vacation decision. So, given this record where I get to decide plenty, I went along with her idea for 2018. After all, I still get to plan the trip!
It might not have been my first choice but it is still going to be a great adventure! I’m still planning all the attractions and restaurants, and no accommodations are booked, but the plan is to drive to San Francisco in July. We’ll mostly just drive for the first couple days. We could cover that distance in two days a few years ago but with our son, James, who will be nineteen-months old at that point, we’re going to slow it down and stretch it to four days. Next we will spend several days in the Bay Area with Beth’s extended family before leaving for Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Beth’s aunt, Debbie, is already committed to joining us on that portion of the trip and more relatives may end up joining as well (they’re all invited). The final leg of the trip will likely include stops in Denver and Nebraska. I’m also going to squeeze in some National Parks along the route, of course.
The Annual Trip (That We Cannot Afford This Year) – Houston, Texas
We like to visit Beth’s family in Houston whenever possible. The trip by car takes roughly 26 hours with limited stops so to make a Houston trip happen we would either need to fly (expensive) or set aside more than a week, which I do not have available. I only get two weeks of paid vacation per year. Beth could go since she gets way more paid time from her employer but taking James on a trip by herself is still a rough prospect, not to mention flying is still quite pricey ($400 per person with most airlines). That being said, it would be fantastic to visit Val, Dave, and Carter again in 2018.
Other Great Trip Ideas That We Cannot Afford – Orlando, Boston & Hawaii
Beth and I would love to visit Orlando again so we can experience the Diagon Alley expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios: Islands of Adventure. My best friend, Katie, moved to New Hampshire just forty-five minutes from Boston last year and it would wonderful to visit her and her boyfriend, Matt (the one that lured that way from St. Louis). As for Hawaii, it would cross a new state off of both Beth’s list and mine but it’s also a beautiful, amazing location from what I’ve seen on TV and in movies. Oh, I should also mention that Beth’s parents are planning a Hawaii vacation in a couple months and I’m super jealous!
If I Hit the Mega Millions or Powerball – Pyeongchang, South Korea
If you’ve followed my blog or known me for any length of time, I’ve probably mentioned my love of the Olympics. I am a huge fan of the Olympic Games, Summer and Winter. The 2018 Winter Games are being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February (2/9/18 – 2/25/18). I would love to attend but it’s only a month away and I don’t have the thousands of dollars required to get myself there. It is my goal to attend the next Olympics held in the United States, which is currently planned for Los Angeles in 2028 unless the IOC chooses an American city to host the 2026 Winter Olympics (for which a host city has yet to be chosen). My brother-in-law Dave has mentioned that it might not be the best time to visit the Korean Peninsula with all the tension between Donald Trump and North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-in. He’s not wrong that the danger is real but I am hopeful no attacks, terrorist or government-sponsored, will occur at or near the Olympics. I love watching all the events (yes, all of them) and believe the Olympics are the best example of international unity and cooperation, despite the competition.
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