2013 was a pretty solid year in travel. As I’ve started pondering goals for my career, savings, and relationships over the last few weeks; I couldn’t help to mentally begin compiling a list of places that I plan to visit in 2014. The three places selected were inspired by either a part of the world I haven’t tackled or an experience that I’ve wished to gain. Writing out my travel goals helps me to stay focused when it comes to saving money and working extra hours (which is the only way that I’m able to afford travel at this time…sponsors are welcomed!).
So the winners of my presence in 2014 are:
1. Bangkok, Thailand (including Phuket and Chang Mai) – April 2014
Why: After getting my feel of Europe, I figured it was time to set my sights on another part of the world. I originally stumbled upon what I thought was a really cheap deal to China, but my travel companion had a greater desire to go to Bangkok. After thoroughly researching, there are several things that have me super excited about Thailand. Bangkok will be celebrating Songkran, their new year, while we’re there. The festival is known to explode into massive water fights, which is fitting given the 95-100 degree average temperatures that occur during the month of April. Our itinerary also includes the cultural hub of Change Mai, and some quintessential beach time in Phuket and near by islands for a total of 12 days in Thailand.
2. New Orleans, Louisiana (Essence Music Festival) – July 2014
Why: The Purple One! Also known as Prince will be performing at Essence Music Festival . And since announcing tour dates aren’t his style I have to catch him while I can. I’m envisioning great music and catching up with good friends during this trip.
3. Orlando, Florida (Disney Food and Wine Festival) – October 2014
Why: I’m known to invite myself on other people’s vacations. So when a coworker mentioned this trip in passing I was all for it. I haven’t had a full on Disney vacation since I was six. Food + wine + Disney who can refuse such a combination? Hopefully the invite is still extended 10 months from now =)