2014 Travel in Review

Oh what a year its been!

In 2013 I flew just over 100,000 miles. In 2014 it was over 140,000!  I found myself returning to the same places (not my intent) which is something I am working on for 2015.  Somehow I seemed to go everywhere two or three times this year.

  • Milan – Twice (though one of them I took the train to Venice, and the actual Milan trip I spent a day on Lake Como)
  • Hong Kong – Twice
  • Oahu – Three TIMES!  (though one time was in route to Kauai)

The repeating destinations were often the result of my desire to plan WAY ahead for travel.  The same places seemed to have good fares last years, but I think waiting would have found me more variety.

What is Your Favorite Destination?

Every place has its merit, but if I am being honest, Italy has stolen part of my heart as did and Tokyo two years ago and Paris…well perhaps a part of me has always belonged to Paris.  Insides the United States the victory goes to Hawaii…I find it harder and harder to leave each time I visit.  San Francisco is my domestic Paris…part of me is called to be there.

Branching Out

I am really working to get to more place I have never seen before.  So far I am booked to Australia, Morocco and Singapore.  I am headed back to Shanghai, but will be spending time in Hangzhou (Pamela’s Birthday Wish).  Bali and The Maldives are high on my list as is Amsterdam and Istanbul.  My birthday wish (both Pamela and I will be 40 this year…yikes) is to visit Machu Picchu.

Given those travels, I will hit one of my bucket list goals in 2015.  I will set foot on 6 continents in one calendar year!  I honestly have zero desire to go to Antarctica.

I Surprise Myself Sometimes

The thing I find most surprising is that I get it all in.  It takes focus and planning (things I do NOT excel at), but it also takes creativity and a bit of mania which I seem to have in constant supply!  Getting to a goal takes work, but anything is possible if you want it bad enough.  Travel is like food for my soul and I can’t imagine what I did without it.