I'm so glad this went from a passing idea thrown around in the USA travel thread to something real. Thanks GQ!
Anyone who knows me on here knows I'm a travel junkie and am always planning the next trip (or 2) before I've even returned from the first one. DH and I have been to Hawaii every year for the last 6 years - it's my favourite place in the world. We just did mainland USA and Hawaii in April and have already booked to go back in March of next year. We saw Las Vegas, Miami, the Bahamas (via cruise), New York City and Hawaii. This next trip, we are going to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles (Disneyland at last!) and then Hawaii again. We were meant to be sailing from Sydney to Hawaii with Celebrity Cruises but that cruise ended up being the same amount as another mainland trip so we cancelled it and chose to go back to the USA to do the "long as your arm" list of things we still wanted to do there. We have added the Pacific Crossing cruise to a lower spot on the list of travel plans - we will do it, one day.
I already have the plans worked out for a European trip in 2014. It will only be 4 weeks but in that time we will see London, Paris, Italy, Spain, Greece, Tunisia and do 2 7-day cruises. I'll post that itinerary in another post later I'm sure.
Another trip we are hoping to do around 2016 is a world cruise. DH and I love cruising and have found a cruise with Princess Cruises that is 105 days from Sydney to Sydney, taking in Asia, Africa (although limited so it's on the list to go back), India, Europe, the Middle East ... basically it has all the far-away places I am longing to see. Egypt, Petra, Dubai, Singapore, Mumbai, Istanbul, Iceland, Nova Scotia ... you get the idea. It is a $50,000 holiday before you factor in spending money but being that it's a cruise, all your food etc is included.
DH and I are also stuck on the idea of getting to Singapore and Malaysia soon and those coupon deals that get emailed to us all the time are such a temptation. Some of the accommodation is so cheap and yet so beautiful that we have a had time not buying them. I think at some point we will give in and get a coupon and that will be the kick up the bum that we need to get organised for an Asian adventure. starsg:
Your European trip sounds amazing! DH is Italian so the family really put the pressure on us to bump the Europe trip up the list and do it sooner but we have had a lot of trouble getting past the fantastic US$ exchange rate the last year so we keep going back to America (that and JoP
encouraging me! lol). I see footage on tv of Europe all the time and would love to do an extended trip but our 4 week journey will have to be it for the moment. It's nowhere near as much Europe as I'd like but I know we'll go back again at some later stage. At this point in time we have London, Paris, Milan, Venice, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Olympia, Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Genoa, Naples, Sicily, Tunisia, Barcelona, Marselle, Florence and Rome on the list. I have family in Germany so future plans will be more inland and probably be focussed around river cruising and I'd love to see Prague too. Mrs Collins:
What was the Cook Islands like? I have seen a little bit of it - mainly on things like Getaway - and it looks amazing. I have an obsession with there and Bora Bora but Bora Bora won when we booked the Pacific Cruise which we have now cancelled. I think I could make better use of my time just flying to Tahiti and taking the sea plane to Bora Bora for a week there, rather than do 17 days of sailing just to spend 7 hours on the island.carls:
I cannot wait for your amazing lifestyle over-haul. It's going to be incredible for you and your kids to have real freedom. I have said so many times to DH that we want to just pick up and go and we are very lucky that DH's second job is very email/online oriented so he could do it from anywhere (and did indeed do work while we were in America last trip) but I am only just training in an industry that I am afraid I will get stuck in if I lose sight of my goals so I am reminding myself everyday that it's the true freedom of being able to go anywhere you like that has me pursuing the path I am on. Hopefully I won't take a detour and get stuck in one place!
Sorry this post has gone on forever! When I start on about travelling, I just can't stop! I'll shoosh now and end with a few of my favourite sayings that I heard in random places but which always pop into my head when I'm having a bad day at work or just feel annoyed to be not booking flights etc. They always get the travel bug in me going again
"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."
"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."
"Travel is more than the seeing of sights, it is a change that does on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living."
"Not all those who wander are lost."
And a fantastic tip:
"When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money."