Travel Options: 2015 and Beyond

I’ve been told if you’re planning a trip overseas you should begin preparations a year in advance. Perhaps this is so but in my mother’s case her recently completed trip to Ireland (‘twas “wonderful” she sighed!) was booked barely three months prior. In any case we’re contemplating just such a grand adventure ourselves for 2015.

So. Where to go? For the last several years we’ve had serious discussions about visiting Germany. We even went so far as to contact a travel agent to learn about our options. In the beginning we seriously considered backpacking our way across the region, traversing into neighboring countries via Eurail carrying our travel necessities with us along the way. I still find this hugely appealing but perhaps only after an initial trip or two to the continent are firmly entrenched under our belts.

While Germany is still on our bucket list other countries vie for our attention (and travel dollars!) as well. With ancestral roots in Norway, Ireland and England in addition to the Deutschland we have several options to choose from. Not that lineage will be the final arbitrator in where we might go. Italy, Scotland, France and even Istanbul beckon. Disclaimer: That last option is on my list, not Bill’s. I read a fascinating book a few years ago called The Historian. It is a story rooted in the Slavic region of Europe telling the brutal tale of Vlad the Impaler, the basis of the Dracula character as we know it today. Some of the story’s action takes place in Istanbul and I was curious to learn more. After a little research and seeing some incredible photos Istanbul secured a place on my travel To Do list.

We’ve got our work cut out for us but this is my kind of labor. The planning is half the fun (or half the battle depending on your perspective). Having something to look forward to is, for me, the very spice of life: sage, cinnamon, ginger, anise, basil, coriander, cardamom and nutmeg. I love them all! And, so too, do I enjoy the dreaming, the research, the planning and the anticipation of any kind of travel expedition whether it’s a weekend getaway or a trip half way around the world.

We’ve still got a few years left before our passports expire and the Life Clock is ticking away! Stay tuned for further developments.

What is on your travel To Do list? Where do you want to go? Where have you been that you’d return to in a heartbeat? I’d love to hear from you!


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  1. I love traveling and we are well planned at this point. We have a Southern Carribean cruise this fall. Japan next year and Hawaii the year after that. After that it is some trips to Europe. My husband wasn’t a traveler until I met him and got him to go to Germany last year. Now he has the travel bug and the list just keeps getting longer…which is great by me!

  2. I’ll have to pick your brain then Catherine if we decide on Germany for next year. After hearing about Mom’s trip to Ireland I’m tempted to go there though instead. But at some point Germany is definitely on our To Do list! Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  3. Hi, it is so important to have something to look forward too. Well I think so. We went to Peru a few years back! Fantastic place and people. We shall go again. I want to go to Iceland. That’s on my list 😃

    • Oh! Good choice. We saw a bit of Iceland on the TV show The Amazing Race a couple of years ago and I thought it looked like a worthy addition to our travel list as well! Thanks for the comment Julie. 🙂

  4. Hi Julie ,
    We were doing just this that last month . Both of us love travelling and my husband’s leave will be due in two months. After contemplating a lot of options and also the tourist season there we finally decided on Thailand . Actually the one place I want to visit , the one that I love to will be Santorini any day . OMG! I just cant wait for that day . And yes also Poland , I want to see Aushwitz camp and then Romania ( Bran castle ) . And whenwe are really settled we would like to visit Machu Pichu . If only we won a huge lucky draw or something 😉 ….So happy planning …….

    • Time and money — those are the main considerations, are they not? Having both the financial resources and time off from work to travel to our heart’s contents — these are the stumbling blocks to doing all the many things we would LOVE to do! Santorini? I’m chagrined to admit I have not ever heard of that. Will have to Google it! Thank you for your comment Shruti. 🙂

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