As I’ve shared on here before, traveling is my absolute favorite thing to do and I get so excited planning trips. It’s my escape from reality and I get into another mode when I start planning for trips. I will get really OCD with scouting out places to go and sights to see, and will put together nerdy itineraries and step-by-step directions for us on our journeys.
When I was in high school I used to think it would be the coolest job in the world to be a travel agent. That was back in the time before everyone booked their travel online and when people actually went to travel agents to plan their trips. I remember when my Mom and I were planning a trip to Mexico and we went to visit the travel agent … I thought it was so cool. In college I lived on a cute little street mixed with old houses and some apartment buildings. I made sure to set up my desk right in front of my window so I could watch the action out on the street. I kept noticing this one little cute yellow house that had people coming and going … and I soon learned it was a travel agency. I would watch daily as the cars came in and out and I always wondered where those people were going. I wonder if that place is still in business?
Anyways, I hope you all get as excited about travel as I do, and I truly hope that you enjoy coming along on my journeys. As I’ve stated before in a previous post, Rob and I both work full-time jobs, so it’s hard sometimes to find the time off to be able to travel to the places that we want to go. This is why most of the time we have to take weekend trips (usually a Fri-Sun or a Thursday-Sunday) if it’s domestic and we schedule our international trips around holidays so that we minimize the days that we have to take off.
Rob and I have developed a system for being able to travel so much that includes spending exclusively on airline rewards credit cards, pitching hotels and air BnBs, and minimizing our actual spend on trips to be able to travel to more places throughout the year. Would you all be interested in a post on our travel strategies alone?
I’m so excited to share with you some of the upcoming travels we have for this fall … and please, let me know any recommendations if you have been (or live) to any of these destinations:
One- Boston & Salem Massachusetts & Woodstock Vermont: I am so pumped about this trip because it’s one that I’ve wanted to go on for YEARS. I am an unapologetic fall-lover and every single fall I want to go leaf peeping in the northeast, but it never happens. I can’t believe we are finally going this year and I will get to see the beautiful Vermont fall foliage that I’ve only seen in pictures thus far. We found it much easier to fly into Boston than Burlington, so I said let’s rent a car and GO TO THE HOCUS POCUS HOUSE, and that is what we are gonna do!
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Two- Paris, France & Colmar, Alsace France: I’m living it up this year for my Birthday (which is during Thanksgiving week) and going to Paris, my favorite city in the world. We’ve worked out a deal with an airBnB there and I said YOLO, let’s do it. Thanksgiving week has two days off for both Rob and I, so this was the perfect week to get out of town and get in some international travel. We’ve both been to Paris, but I am forcing Ronnie to take the train for a day to see Colmar, the picturesque village in the western part of France that is only a 3 hour train ride from Paris.
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Three- Quebec City, Canada: I’ve always wanted to visit Canada and I think Quebec is the perfect first city for an extended weekend trip. We are going right before Christmas, so I think the decorations will be on point and from what I understand there are several Christmas villages. Quebec is a French-speaking area of Canada and we all know I’m obsessed with all things French, so this will be amazing I’m sure.
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Four- London, England: I think I am finally getting to go to one of the cities I’ve always wanted to visit and that I harass Rob about at least once a month, and that is London, England! London is actually a pretty easy flight from the US at only 6 hours, so I figured what the hay, let’s go during Christmas week when we have days off and when we would normally just be sitting around the house doing nothing. I’ve booked a pretty cheap hotel through booking.com (free cancellations), so if something ends up not working out it’s no big deal. But I am determined to make this happen since this is somewhere I’ve always dreamed of visiting.
Please let me know in the comments if you’ve been to any of these places and if you have any recommendations 🙂