Right now we are planning to take advantage of the lagging economy and take a few months off to travel. It may be 2 months, it may be 3 - depending of course on the flexibility of Stefan's job, but it will definitely be exciting.
We're thoroughly looking forward to the prospect of all of this, however it's also slightly daunting because it seems as though we won't have much planning time if we end up going this Fall. That is part of the reason that I am trying to spend time researching and learning about unique and beautiful places that I wouldn't want to miss along the way.
Since Stefan has Star Alliance Senator status from Lufthansa, we are going with their Air Pass or Around the World Fare, unless we travel around Europe or the US.
We've both written out a list of dream places and now we simply need to figure out the best plan of action.
Here is some of our thinking:
North America 50 States / Canada -
- If we travel to the US we can visit a lot of friends and family as well as hopefully make it to a wedding in Chicago.
- We always wanted to drive across the US or visit all 50 states and possibly some parts of Canada.
- It would be very affordable given the exchange rate.
- I can show Stefan some of my favorite places that he's never been to.
Bryce Canyon, Utah
White Sands, New Mexico
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
San Antonio, Texas
Ben + Jerry's Factory, Vermont
Europe + The Mediterranean -
- There are a few countries in Western Europe that we still haven't been to, as well as most of Eastern Europe.
- We live here, so we should make the most of it and really see everything we can.
- We have our car, inexpensive flights, and the trains.
- Time permitting we'd also go to Morocco and Israel.
Turkey - Istanbul + Pamukkale
Croatia - especially Plitvicka Jezera + Dubrovnik
Italy - Matera + Burano
N. Ireland - Giant's Causeway
Greece - Athens + Santorini and the islands
The Baltic States
Morocco - Chefchaouen, Essaouira, + Marrakesh
Asia+ Oceania -
- Stefan has traveled to a few countries, however I've only visited The Maldives.
- Completely different culture.
- The Euro is strong compared to the various currencies.
- The only con is that I would like more time to prepare for a trip to Asia since I am less familiar with it.
Nepal / Bhutan
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Seoul + the DeMilitarized Zone
Cambodia - Siem Reap
Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, + Polynesia
Obviously a trip around the world would include a variety of these places and we are always open for suggestions of your favorite places.
I put a poll on the right and I'm interested to hear your opinions, which you can enter under 'other'.