...I have a few ideas for traveling this year (hopefully there will be more opportunities, as well).
1. – Two friends of mine mentioned to me the other day that they would like to take a road trip to the Grand Canyon in March or April. The total trip would be about 10 or 11 days long, and sharing the expenses with two others would make it more affordable since I’ve had to spend so much on medical expenses in the past few months. It’s not a sure thing yet, but if we go, we would take I-70 out Utah and hit up Moab (just split the driving between the three of us and drive 24 hours straight to save time). After a day in Moab we’d head south towards Arizona and stop at the Grand Canyon for three day and hike the Rim to Rim trail (25 miles). Afterwards we’d circle up to Las Vegas and spend a day or two (they’d probably site see… and I might a bit, too, but I’d probably spend most of my time playing blackjack) and then we’d head back to the Louisville, KY area via I-15 and I-70… and hopefully on this trip I could meet up with TG for a bit, too. :)
2. – In addition to the Grand Canyon trip in either March or April, I would like to take another road trip with Mun Kulta and show her some of cooler sites here in the US. :)
3. – I’d like to plan a short backpacking trip for Memorial Day weekend to help celebrate my 31st birthday.
4. – There is a Cherokee Pow Wow in June on the Cherokee Reservation in North Carolina that I would like to attend.
5. – I want to plan a trip to Spain for August. One option might be to spend a month and walk the Camino de Santiago. I’ve had to postpone my hike of the Appalachian Trail because of some personal things going on, primarily with my father (I would like to reschedule the AT for spring of 2003). I have wanted to walk the Camino de Santiago since reading Paulo Coelho’s book The Pilgrimage in 2001. This would give me a chance to see many small Spanish towns and get a lot of walking in, as well (more than 400 miles). The trip isn’t very expensive either (I believe I can do the entire trip for about $3000) and I should have plenty of money to do so after August. Even if I don’t walk the Camino, though, I would still like to plan a trip to Spain.
6. – While in Europe I would like to see Finland. :)
7. – I started a tradition a few years ago where I try to spend New Years Day on the ocean. Something about the vastness of the ocean helps me keep things in perspective and aids in my reflection of time passed and time to come. I think it would be awesome to plan a trip for this coming New Years Day (1/1/2013) somewhere outside of the US… maybe Australia or New Zealand.
All of these trips except the last one I see as being easily feasible if I plan for them and make budgeting for them a priority. The last trip is going to require that I think outside of the box and exercise my faith for the finances to appear. Most importantly, though, I’m not going to beat myself up if these trip ideas change, evolve, or don’t even work out. And while making plans helps you decide how to live the present, I am going to live the present and not live the plans until they arrive… rather I am going to enjoy each day for what it is, a blessing.22 months ago