A new year brings inspiring new travel opportunities! I’ve spent the last weeks and months staring at the world map in my hallway thinking and at my computer going through my miles and points balances. Well, I don’t have it all worked out just yet, but I am excited by what’s planned and what’s in the works!
Wondering about my globetrotting plans for 2016?
That’s funny! I’m wondering about your globetrotting plans for 2016, too! Whether it’s near or far, short or long, be sure to share below to inspire all of us with your fabulous plans!
I’ll share first. Here’s what I’ve got planned (so far) for 2016.
This year, I won’t be starting the year with an epic solo trip like I did with Patagonia last year.
I’ll be joined by my favorite travel companion, a.k.a my other half. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my solo travel and the countless unforgettable experiences that came from it, but I wished he was there to share in all the good times, too!
January/February: We’ll be heading off for a quick getaway to Montreal. Although we’ll be taking care of some business up there, we’ll finally get to ski at Mont Tremblant. The resort has consistently been voted one of the best on the east coast of North America for the past several years by Ski Magazine readers. Using British Airways Avios, we used just 18k Avios to book our New York to Montreal flights.
Just a couple of weeks later, we’re jet-setting off to Eastern Europe to see Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. This is actually the trip intended for this past holiday season, but I just couldn’t work out all the details in a way that made sense for us. Not to mention, how displeased I was with the American Airlines award availability more than 6 months out to nearly every European destination.
Alls well that ends well, however, and with a little flexibility, we booked our flights into Prague and out of Budapest and all but 1 of our hotel nights using miles and points. The $200 or so spent on that remaining hotel night and the taxes and fees are what we would have spent on a Valentines dinner in NYC.
March/April: This period of time was the trickiest to figure out. Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Central America and Cuba were all being actively considered. Timing had to be finagled with my time off and the days hubby could take. Let’s not forget the experimentation with various miles and points scenarios. You get it. It’s all the logistics that have to be worked out.
As much as we wanted to take crazy perspective photos of Bolivia’s salt flats and cycle Death Road or see Macchu Picchu and the Peruvian Amazon, ultimately, we couldn’t resist a trip to CUBA!!
With easing tensions between the United States and Cuba, we could let our fascination about Cuba linger no longer. I’ll definitely be going into the nitty gritty of how we booked our trip, as well as share our experiences and best tips for traveling to Cuba, so stay tuned! Let’s just say, excitement has been high around the ‘ole NYC apartment since we finalized our flights.
Later in April, I may be returning to Haiti. In case you missed it, I visited this past fall with a small group of teachers to collaborate with a school just outside the city of Saint-Marc, about 2 hours away from the capital city of Port-au-Prince. I learned so much from my time there and would love to work with the teachers and students I met again.
This year, I’ll be joined by an aspiring globetrotter a.k.a. my cousin. We’re currently working to plan this trip looking at possible itineraries that include Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia and/or Indonesia. We can’t visit all the countries, but 1-2 will be manageable. There may also be some time at the end for me to squeeze in a little solo time.
What do you think? Which one(s) should we visit? Let me know in the comments below.
August: The summer always brings some time spent out at the beaches in Long Island. It’s a great time to get out of New York City to relax, spend time with family and friends, and let the dogs run free. If you’re interested in spending time at the beaches on Long Island, I’ll be sharing travel tips and some great ideas for planning a weekend getaway!
On the drawing board for the fall and winter of 2016 includes a trip out to the western United States. 2016 marks the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, and even though I’ve visited all 48 continental states (Hawaii and Alaska, don’t feel left out! I’ll get to you.), I’ve only been to a few National Parks. I’m thinking of a whirlwind fall visit to some of the gorgeous National Parks in Utah. So glad to see Fodor’s agrees!
I’m hoping to end the year with another holiday season spent in Europe. We’ve enjoyed strolling through the streets of Paris with its streets decked out in Christmas lights. I can still hear the church bells around Paris chiming at Midnight welcoming in Christmas Day. Our Christmas tucked away in the Swiss town of Zermatt, skiing in the shadow of the Matterhorn, was the perfect winter white landscape.
The Christmas markets in Germany have long since been on our travel must-experience list, as has spending time in northern Europe enjoying winter activities by day and the dazzling northern lights by night. I’ll keep you posted on our ongoing holiday 2016 plans and would love to hear what your vote is!
Where are you traveling this year? Near or far, short or long, inspire us all by sharing in the comments below!
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