Jay and I love dreaming up future travel plans and have discussed ways to visit what seems like every country in the world (regardless of whether its feasible or not). Since he is actively involved in airline/hotel points programs and knows the best credit cards for earning points, he’s always thinking about our travel plans one to two years in the future so he can figure out to get there using just rewards points.
Now, I’m quite the planner, but my specialty is the short term…what we’re having for dinner this week or where we’re traveling in the next month. At most, I’m comfortable planning a vacation six months or so ahead of time. It took a bit of an adjustment to understand his strategy and not get freaked out about our savings accounts or knowing the minutia of our lives two years from now.
However, we both agree that we want to travel as much as possible before we have kids (Mom, I promise there will be kids, just give me a few more years :)). Knowing this, we are trying to make travel a priority, both in the use of our vacation days and how we spend our money. With that said, the fun part is figuring out where we want to go! I created a bucket list of places I’d like to visit without kids (5 places max…we haven’t won the lottery yet) and asked Jay to do the same. Let’s hope at least one or two of them match up!
*I’m also going to add a caveat that we’re planning to visit Paris and London sometime in the spring of 2016, so those cities won’t show up on our lists.
I selected these places since they are either slightly more dangerous or off the beaten path.
Africa – Since this is a pre-kids list, the hassle and expense plus flat out danger of an African safari, all contribute to Africa’s spot here.
Egypt– Again, not the safest place to visit to say the least. I’m still up in the air about going myself, but our game plan would be flying in and out of Cairo the same day, treating it as a stopover on the way to South Africa. If we can get to the Sphinx and the Pyramids on a short trip then hop back on a flight, it might just work.
Ireland (Girl’s Trip!) – This trip has been tossed around in my circle of friends for a few years now, but we may finally be in a position to make it happen in the next two or three years. Possibly as a mass 30th birthday celebration event?
San Francisco & Napa Valley – I’m pretty sure everyone who’s ever gone to San Francisco has returned with glowing reviews. Not much else needs to be said, there’s just a ton to do and see here. Plus, it’s got Napa Valley right next door. Hoping to do a week-long trip in 2016.
Cruise (maybe Alaska?) – I’ve never been on a cruise and firmly rallied against ever taking one for the longest time. I hate being bored on vacations and like to actually do activities versus relaxing. It’s taken a lot of convincing for me to start to come around to the idea. I particularly would like to do Alaska or the Mediterranean rather than the typical Caribbean destination.
What places do you wish you could visit before having (or without your current) kids?