2021-22 Hotlist

Here's what's on the calendar this year, and my wishlist for future trips...

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TURKEY

STATUS: Booked November 2021

Turkey didn't seem quite ready for me in May, so this use of Intrepid and Turkish Airline vouchers has been delayed until the fall. Fingers crossed!

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GREECE

STATUS: Airline Booked March 2022

This was about as far and as warm as my American Airlines miles would take me next winter, so I'm hoping for a day or two in Athens followed by a little island hopping.

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SOUTHEAST ASIA

STATUS: Canceled for November 2021

Iceland bumped Turkey, which bumped Southeast Asia from the plans for now. But, it will certainly be at the top of the list when it comes time to book something for the winter of 2022.

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AMERICAN HOBO

Status: Wish Listed

This would have been the May trip had Iceland not stepped up to welcome the vaccinated. Someday, someday... especially if the system gets the upgrades it is hoping for. 

TRANS-SIBERIA

Status: Wish Listed

Speaking of trains, this journey from Moscow through Mongolia to Beijing seems like a 'bucket list' item. A lot will depend on the geopolitical situation going forward.

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NEW ZEALAND

STATUS: Wish Listed

Scratching off the final occupied continent (Oceana) that I have yet to visit is something I'd want to do sooner rather than later.  It's expensive, though... who wants to share a rented camper van with me? 

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SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

STATUS: Wish Listed

Another one of the less budget-friendly options here, but one I definitely want to get done while I'm still young enough to really enjoy it. Still haven't decided between someplace like Namibia, or someplace more like Tanzania.

EASTERN EUROPE

STATUS: Wish Listed

Quite possibly the least expensive trip on this list, this would likely involve me flying to Sofia or Bucharest and bopping around the countryside for a couple of weeks.

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FOLK SCHOOL!

STATUS: Wish Listed

About a nine hour drive away from my home is the John C. Campbell Folk School, a place where adults can stay in the beautiful NC Mountains and learn things such as blacksmithing, dulcimer playing, or storytelling. Count me in!

QUEBEC

STATUS: Wish Listed

Like going to Europe without leaving the continent, I look forward to seeing the French side of Canada. The only question is... do I go in the summer or the winter?

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INDIA-NEPAL

STATUS: Wish Listed

The second of three trips (so far) canceled by COVID, I'm hoping to re-book this one someday. Agra (the Taj Mahal, Varanasi, and Kathmandu are three places I'm eager to get to.

MEXICO CITY

STATUS: Wish Listed

I've been to Baja, and I've been to the Yucatan, but people tell me you haven't 'really' been to Mexico until you've seen its sprawling, historic capital.