Here's what's on the calendar this year, and my wishlist for some future trips...
JAPAN II: THE RE-JAPANANING
STATUS: Booked for November 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.
STATUS: Planning Stages for April 2024
A total solar eclipse is coming to North America April 8, 2024. I'm hoping to travel to Texas to see it.
STATUS: Dreaming for 2024
Seriously considering a circumnavigation trip for 2024. Logistics would be a bear, but it's doable. Right? RIGHT?!?!?!
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!