Our family is on a traveling hiatus right now, (yay spring *sarcasm*) so I don’t really have any big adventures about which to write. These days, during my spare time, I research our “someday destinations”. We have a lot of these. My husband and I actually have a 10 year travel plan. (What can I say, I like to be prepared.)
Periodically, we talk about all of the places we want to go, and one night, probably while having a beer or two, we put pen to bar napkin and literally wrote down every country we plan to visit in the next decade. Thus, we created our 10 year travel plan.
Of course, that list isn’t set in stone. It’s constantly changing based on various factors. For example, we were supposed to go to Colombia this summer, but we will head to Belize and Guatemala instead. We changed our plans simply because we found a great deal on airfare to Belize City. Airfare to Colombia was higher than we wanted to pay.
Each year, we plan to take at least two international trips… One in the western hemisphere and one in the eastern hemisphere. (I also like balance if you can’t tell.) This has been our plan since we first got married in 2012. The only year we differed from that plan was 2015 when our daughter was born. That year, sleep deprivation and a major life change got the best of us and we stayed on this side of the prime meridian.
Our ten year travel plan not only gives us trips to look forward to but it gives us a rough idea of how much money we need to save for upcoming adventures. We can also keep an eye on airfare to specific destinations. The minute prices drops, we can buy before they go back up.
So what is on our 10 year travel plan?
Well, as I already mentioned, in six weeks we head to Belize and Guatemala. Then in August we will go to Germany, Czech Republic, and Poland (the country of my husband’s heritage). Next year, we will once again try to make it to Colombia (come on airfare, I need you to drop). Then we’ll head to the Far East to visit China for the first time. While I’m super stoked about that, I could do without the 14 hour flight with a then 2 1/2 year old. By the way, speaking of the youngest member of our traveling trio, she will also be going along on all of these trips… minus one… our ten year anniversary trip… because, well… after ten years, we’d like to know what it’s like to NOT share a hotel room with a kid. (You catch my drift. ) 😉
I’ll spare you all the details of the remaining eight years of our 10 year travel plan. (They will probably change anyway.) But I’m curious, those of you who also travel quite a bit, do you have one of these weird lists planning out the next 10 years of your life? And if you’ve had one for awhile, how closely have you stuck to it?