2022-23 Hotlist

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

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INDIA-NEPAL

STATUS: Booked for October-November 2022

 

Originally booked for November 2020 (we all know what was going on then), I am looking forward to exploring a very different side of the world. Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi and Kathmandu are all on the itinerary.

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VENICE-SLOVENIA

STATUS: Booked for April 2023

 

What I'm hoping will be a relaxing, non-planned our vacation through a tiny slice of Europe. The 'plan', at this point, is to only book my stay in Venice ahead of time, and then go where the wind takes me the rest of the time, as long as I end up in Ljubljana in time to catch my flight home.

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JAPAN II: THE RE-JAPANANING

STATUS: Planned for 2023

The buddies want to go back, and truth be told there is much more of this fascinating island nation I'm looking forward to seeing.

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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.

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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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NEW ZEALAND

STATUS: Wish Listed

The last of the occupied continents that I have yet to set foot in, New Zealand is at or very near the top of my 'yet to be planned wish list. 2024, maybe?

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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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SOUTHEAST ASIA

STATUS: Wish Listed

I've booked this thing twice. First I traded it for Turkey, then traded it again for India & Nepal. It is still on my wish list, however... and I still hope to get there someday. 

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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.

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AMERICAN HOBO

Status: Wish Listed

This would have been the May 2021 trip had Iceland not stepped up to welcome the vaccinated. Someday, someday... especially if the Amtrak system gets the upgrades it is hoping for. 

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THE BALTICS

Status: Wish Listed

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania all seem like great countries to visit, maybe even in the winter! I don't mind the cold and snow so much as long as it doesn't mean work, and I get to leave when I tire of it.

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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!