I always like to think about places we want to go at the beginning of the year because it gets me excited for all the possibilities of the year ahead (and helps me survive winter). We don’t always get to every place on our wish list of course but it’s still fun to write down our dream destinations. In 2018 we traveled to Saint Petersburg, Beaver Creek, Hawaii, San Francisco, Woodstock, and Portugal (travel post coming soon). I also visited Aspen and Santa Barbara, and Philadelphia and Finland with Anthropologie. It’s crazy because I was honestly thinking at the end of the year that we didn’t do that much travel and when I wrote it down I realized it was quite a lot. And honestly, we are a little burnt out. Don’t get me wrong we feel super lucky to get to travel to amazing places, but it’s exhausting, it is work. There is little down time (I think we loved Saint Petersburg so much because it was the one trip we didn’t really work). It’s also really hard leaving the animals behind, we hate it, and Craig has a bad back so flying is tough. Anyhoo, nobody cares, haha, but I say all of that to say our plans are a little different this year. And who knows, we’ll see where this year takes us.
In February we are headed back to St. Pete. Yes, we really loved it. It just had such a great vibe, good food, beautiful beaches, and obviously amazing weather (fingers crossed for that again). It’s also pretty affordable for us to get there and stay there. We were initially planning on staying for a month, but our big picture plans changed and we decided not to do that. If you have any great recommendations for stuff to do there let me know!
Vermont. As I shared in my goals last week, we are hoping to buy another fixer upper this year and our dream is to get one in Vermont. We are hopefully headed there this month to check out a few different areas we like and see some houses (I will film for YouTube and take you along!). Obviously there’s a lot that needs to happen before we buy, but we are both really excited about this and since it’s one of our biggest priorities we’ll probably be up there a lot this year.
In March, my youngest brother turns 30 so we are all going to Barcelona to celebrate. I’m excited as I’ve never been (none of us have) and I’ve heard great things. We found super cheap flights which is awesome and will probably stay in an Airbnb. If you have any recs please share! Definitely would love to know good neighborhoods to stay.
In the spring we are headed to Portland, Oregon. I’ve been wanting to visit Portland forever and I’m super excited about this. We are planning to drive south from Portland to San Francisco and probably stopping a few days in Bend where my brothers will meet us so they can climb and Craig can mountain bike.
This summer I am headed to Atlanta for the first time to speak at a conference in August. I’m nervous about the speaking part but excited to check out Atlanta.
I’m hoping to do a trip to NYC this year. I have this weird relationship with the city. I have so much nostalgia about when we lived there and remember it fondly but when I actually go, I get severe anxiety and pretty much want to leave immediately. It’s happened the last few times I’ve gone and I haven’t been back. There are so many people I want to go visit and hang with so I really want to make that happen this year. I think making the trip less about work and more about just a regular trip to the city might help, we’ll see.
We have some other places we’d love to go, Costa Rica, Moab, British Columbia, but we are focused on saving money so those will have to wait. I’d love to hear about any trips you have planned and what’s on your travel wish list this year!