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January 28, 2016

Long Term Travel Goals

By the time a new year starts, I usually have my travel plans and destinations in mind. But I also have a running list of long-term travel goals. What can I say, I am a planner by nature.

My number one goal for the next five years is to finish the 50 States Project, which is to say that both Mike and I will have visited all 50 states. The current state of our map is below:

VisitedStatesMap 01.14

I figured out that although we didn’t set out for this to happen, we have ended up going to most states together. I think the only one we have both visited, but at separate times, is Florida. Every other state we have been to together at least once. I am still counting Florida for the purposes of the project, but I do want to go back with Mike, at the very least for Harry Potter World.

My plan to finish up the states involves four separate trips:

  • an Oregon roadtrip. I envision this as a loop down the coast from Portland and then back up through Crater Lake.
  • a Great Lakes roadtrip. This will include Mackinac Island, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Isle Royale National Park, and the Northern shore of Wisconsin, the last remaining Midwest state.
  • a Dakotas roadtrip, which will hit the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park, with a short detour into Wyoming for Devil’s Tower.
  • Alaska, which I’d like to do as half cruise, half land, but Mike is not enthusiastic about the idea of a cruise. We might end up just flying there and making that a roadtrip, too.

My 10 highest priorities after that, at this moment, are:

  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Glacier National Park
  • Europe River Cruise
  • Scotland, especially the Highlands and Outer Hebrides
  • Mediterranean Cruise
  • Canadian Rockies
  • Japan
  • Galapagos Islands
  • New Zealand

Runners-up: Yosemite, Vienna, Ireland.

I say “at this moment” because things can move on and off this list depending on my mood. It will interesting to see if this list is the same in 2017.

October 5, 2014

Alaska 2015?

Something new on the radar for 2015: possibly an Alaska cruise. I’m looking at a Princess cruise with a land tour portion, something like this. Neither of us have been to Alaska, so we’d get to mark off a state for the Fifty States Project.

We’d probably stay for a few extra days after the land tour part ends, because of the timing. I’m trying to decide if we should stay in the Fairbanks area, or go back to Anchorage. Another possibility is to fly back to Vancouver and spend a few days there, since we probably won’t be able to do that before the cruise sails.

January 6, 2014

Visited States Map

There is nothing like a good, old-fashioned roadtrip to cross a bunch of states off the map.

VisitedStatesMap 01.14

Just Alaska, Oregon, Wisconsin, and North and South Dakota to go!

November 15, 2013

50 States Project Update

VisitedStatesMap 11.13

Here’s an update on how the 50 States project is going. I added Maine, New Hampshire, and Washington State so far this year.

50 States Project, Nov. 2012

November 6, 2012

50 States Project

Here’s my visited states map after our Wyoming trip in September. I will pick up New Hampshire and Maine in December. The train trip to Seattle will give me Illinois, Wisconsin, and North Dakota in addition to Washington state.