I’m starting a new feature today called Travel Questions. Every Thursday I will share a question and my own response to it. Then I’ll open up comments, my Facebook page, and my Twitter stream to your answers or tips. Got a burning travel question of your own? Feel free to send it to me and maybe I’ll include it at a later date.
I don’t know about you, but school and work schedules in my house necessitate that I plan any travel of more than a day or two well in advance. I’ve already written a bit about our 2012 travel schedule, which I started working on in October. But it’s only during the past few days that I’ve committed most of our plans to paper, buying plane tickets and making reservations. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy planning and daydreaming about trips almost as much as the actual taking of them, so this has been a fun and exciting time.
So far, we’ve got five family trips planned between now and August. We’ll be skiing in Vermont in February and at Keystone Resort in Colorado in March. April brings the boys’ spring break, which we’ll spend in Phoenix with Grandma and Grandpa. June will bring our big European trip of the year, with stops in Switzerland and France (including a visit to Bordeaux, a region whose wines I love but which I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing). And then we’ll spend the last three weeks of summer break as we always do, swimming and hiking in the Mad River Valley.
I’m also excited to announce that the picture at the top of this post, which was taken on our trip to Fort Myers in 2010, has earned me an unexpected travel opportunity as well. Last fall I entered a contest at Caribbean Joe, submitting that photo for a chance to win a Celebrity Cruise. I promptly forgot that I even entered, so imagine my surprise when I found out that my photo was selected as the grand prize winner! (On top of the cruise I’ll also get some of the company’s breezy resort wear and a set of luggage.)
Now one thing you’ll notice on my blog is a marked absence of big boats. Our family has never taken a cruise and up until now had no plans to do so because they make Matt nervous. But when I won this prize, he and I realized that we haven’t been away for more than two nights in a row since before I started this blog; our last significant trip without the kids was to Ireland in January of 2008. Much as I love traveling with my children and writing about it, that’s an awfully long time to go without a grownup getaway. So with the chance in front of us to take a really nice trip together for very little money, he decided that he’ll find a way to manage his phobia (I’m guessing that the fact that we’ve selected a Wine Cruise will help). We’ll be embarking Memorial Day weekend for a five-night cruise from San Diego to Vancouver with stops in San Francisco and Victoria, British Columbia. I’m very excited to see two cities I’ve never visited and also to get back to Vancouver, which I visited solo last June.
Of course, I’m sure there will also be numerous, as-yet-unplanned day- and weekend trips on our 2012 agenda. After all, I’ve got all 16 of Delaware’s State Parks to visit as part of my State Parks Project! I’d also like to get back to Baltimore because we only managed to fit in half of the activities I had planned on our recent visit. A recent article I wrote for USA Today about Lancaster, Pennsylvania has me excited to spend some time up there. And then of course there’s Philadelphia. In fact, the boys and I will be taking the train up there for the day on Monday, since they don’t have school.
2012 is going to be another great travel year for The Mother of All Trips family. What about for yours? I’d love to hear where you’re going in the next 11 and half months.