I’ve booked the big trip for June 2015: Australia. I modified the itinerary I was considering here a little bit. Instead of driving from Sydney to Melbourne, we are going to take the train, and then do two day tours from Melbourne. This is so we don’t have to worry about driving, which I am always nervous about in another country. I also changed the flight back to just leave from Cairns on Saturday morning, and I’m not sure why that didn’t occur to me in the first place. Although it might have been nicer to split up the flight times with a break, it is much more convenient to just get it all done in a row. There is no way the flights back and forth are going to be anything like pleasant, anyway.
I’m not sure what else we will do in 2015. I can’t schedule anything before Australia because of work, but I might be able to take another week off in the summer and extra time around the holidays, as usual. If we get the chance in the summer, I’d like to do an upper midwest/Canada road trip that I’ve been thinking about for a while. For the holidays, I have a few ideas but I’m not sure at this point which is my top choice: Italy, Spain, or possibly a river cruise in Europe if the dates work out; a road trip to New Mexico; California for Palm Springs/Death Valley/Yosemite/Lake Tahoe. I’d really like to make this year a warmer-weather holiday, and some of these are better than others in light of that. But I haven’t settled on anything yet.