Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Travel plans and dreams

In response to the questions to my last post...

The reason I applied for a passport was my brother's impending move to Paris for the next three years. We plan to visit him, with a side trip to London, in April 2009.

My husband and I will be celebrating our twentieth anniversary in September 2009. As a means of marking the event, we've decided to do a Caribbean cruise, probably in February 2010.

My son has expressed a desire to go to Italy at some point. So, we have a tentative plan to visit Rome and Venice in April 2011.

I've never been a huge fan of travel, at least not the process of getting somewhere else. However, I have long had a desire to see distant places. Now that I have a passport and plans to go at least a few places, maybe I will be able to fulfill some of those dreams. Here are some additional foreign places that I thought I might like to travel to:

  • Iceland
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Scottland
  • Wales
  • Switzerland
  • Amsterdam
  • Do an inland cruise (or two) along one of Europe's rivers
  • The Canadian maritimes (Nova Scotia, PEI, etc.)
  • Montreal
  • England (Lincoln, York, and Hadrian's wall).
  • See the pyramids in Egypt.
  • See the great statues on Easter Island.
  • Visit the Galapogos Islands
  • Antarctica
  • Sleep in a huge stone castle in somewhere in Europe
  • Attend the World Science Fiction Convention in a foreign country

There are also a bunch of U.S. trips that I've been contemplating:

  • New Orleans
  • Stay in a penthouse suite in a hotel in Manhatten for at least a weekend.
  • Attend the St Patrick's Day parade in Jackson, Mississippi and meet Jill Conner Browne.
  • Attend the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in Madison Square Garden
  • Visit Washington D.C. during the Cherry Blossum Festival
  • See the ponies run on Assateague Island in Maryland
  • Visit Mammoth Cave in TN.
  • Visit Legoland in California and then in Denmark.
  • Cross the U.S. in one of those scenic-view trains.
  • Cruise the Mississippi on a riverboat.
  • Visit Niagra Falls.
  • Visit the Grand Canyon.
  • Visit Yellowstone National Park.
  • Spend a week on a house boat on Lake Powell.

I doubt that I'll ever get to see all those places unless we hit the lottery, especially with the soaring price of fossil fuels (and the declining dollar - though that can't last forever, can it?). However, it's nice to dream.


changejunkie said...

Don't dream it, do it! There are lots of ways to manage it. And it doesn't have to be so awful expensive. We did a week in Paris for about $2500... one of our tickets was purchased with frequent flyer miles, and we got a good deal on a hotel that served a complimentary breakfast every morning... it would be sad to look back on your life and say you'd been fiscally responsible, but had no experiences...

barbie2be said...

who is jill conner browne?

Kitten Herder said...

Jill Connor Browne is the author of a series of wonderful humor books. The first one is "God Save the Sweet Potato Queens"

Cobwebs said...

Whee! WorldCon is the only reason I've been to a foreign country since I got married. It's loads of fun.

Let me know when you plan your European travels; I can only give you pointers about England, but my sister is an Art History professor and has been all over Europe.