Destination dreams

397908358_e27e74d20fToday is the first day of my last week of this year’s vacation.  (Our year begins in May.)  I wish I could tell you that I had some spectacular plans to visit exotic locations.  I don’t.  I’m not even able to say that I’m getting on a plane and I’ve been dying to get on a plane.  Going anywhere.  Travel has been such an overwhelming desire for me lately that it’s dominating most of my thoughts.  Yeah, we’re going to Vancouver Island, but that’s just not what I had in mind.  Then, a week ago, Dawn had the audacity to post about her vacation dreams and, let me tell you, reading it was like salt in my wound.  Following in her footsteps, I’m going to do something similar only I’m going to put my own spin on it.  Here’s a list of the top 6 places I wish I was visiting this coming week, the ghosts that inhabit my haunted little mind.  You know, in case you were wondering.

  • San Francisco.  Originally, we had devoted this week off to driving to SF.  In the million times I’ve been there, I’ve always flown.  Aaron’s only been there once and it was for a single day.  Such a shame.  I thought it would be really fun to show him the city, to visit all my favourite places and to wander around exploring.  I love the Golden Gate Bridge.  It’s just so beautiful.  Last time I was in town, my friend Jason was living there and working at UCSF.  We rented a little Kia for a day and for the first time ever, I did the 49 Mile Drive.  I’d definitely recommend that.  And Alcatraz.  Creepy, but very cool.
  • Paris.  That’s a given, right?  I love everything Parisian, everybody knows it.  I miss that city more than even I ever thought I would.  It’s been over one year since I was there, but it seems like ages ago.  I am planning to go back and I’d like that to happen as soon as possible, but limited holiday time and the rising value of the Euro have been pretty big obstacles this year.  Boo!
  • Tokyo.   I’ve really developed a strong interest in Japan over the past few years, but it’s generally very Tokyo-centric.  I love the idea that it is such a HUGE city and there is so much going on.  I love the idea of all the lights and all the people.  Their drastically different culture intrigues me to no end.
  • Las Vegas.  What can I say?  I need a good dose of vice right now.  Booze, sex, smoke, gambling… I’m all over it.  I’m slated to replicate it for a single night at a casino close to home sometime soon, but let’s face it, it’s just not the same.  What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.  I sure hope I end up with something to leave behind.
  • Portland.  It’s been about a year since I was last in PDX to visit Amy and Maurice Lucas, but it looks like Bex and I will make it down there again in May and then Amy’s graduation party is in June so I plan on going back then.  (Sure, I have travel coming up, but I want it NOW.)  I really like Portland.  It’s a very beautiful city that has a pretty cool vibe to it. 
  • Washington DC.  I’ve heard from so many people who’ve been there lately.  Grady met a friend there for the weekend, Rob’s been there a few times since he moved to NYC and Rae was there for New Years.  Everybody seems to really love it.  Of course, I’d like to visit the Capitol and I’d want at least a couple of days at the Smithsonian especially since I just found out about the National Postal Museum.  To top it all off, I bet I’d run into Travis Morrison on the street, but I probably wouldn’t be able to think of anything to say.

As you can see, I don’t necessarily have globe trotting goals immediately.  This is not my ultimate travel list, just the top destinations on my mind.  Come football season, they will change.  Hell, come next week, they will change.

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So, if you could go anywhere in the world right this minute, where would you go?

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13 Responses to “Destination dreams”

  1. Bex Says:

    So many places I’d choose. I can’t wait to go to Portland, it’s been about eight years since I’ve been there, and we didn’t do anything interesting while there that time, either.

    I have to say I was surprised the first time you said you were interested in going to Tokyo. I’ve had a budding interest in going there for awhile now too, which began thanks to “Lost in Translation,” and again that time we watched the finale of Amazing Race and the contestants were in Tokyo. I’m very much digging the idea of Tokyo too.

    I also want to go to Sydney, Australia. Ultimately my idea is still to go for New Year’s one year. But really anytime would be great. Beaches, outback, the city, the Opera House…I’d love it all.

    For now, though…Amtrak to Portland, here we come!

  2. Erin Says:

    Great places!! I’ve been to 4 out of the 6 – I even got to live in Paris for 4 months while I did an internship in college. What an amazing city!

    If I had to go anywhere right now, it would be the Islands somewhere like BVI or Jamaica… But more than anything I would want to take a cruise to the Mediterranean (sp?) and visit Italy. Just to be in Venice right now would make me the happiest woman alive!

  3. robyn Says:

    Disneyland…..it’s the Happiest place on Earth!

  4. robyn Says:

    Okay…. I should explain more than that….I have been there five times now, each time for about 5 days. I never feel like I have even come close to seeing it all, even though last time we pretty much saw.it.all…I wonder if I could ever spend enough time there to feel like I’d had my fill…..I guess I would need about 2 weeks down there to try it…

  5. robyn Says:

    Oh, one mroe thing…there is a 106 day cruise around the world that I would love to try….New york, down the East coast, through the Panama canal, across the Pacific, around India, through the Suez canal, the Mediterranean and back across to New York, and I would not have to cook once. I would come back looking like the guy from “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life…”

  6. robyn Says:

    Oh, one more thing…there is a 106 day cruise around the world that I would love to try: http://www.hollandamerica.com/dest/itinerary.do?selectedItin=20080104:A810A:W8W111&dest=W….Fort Lauderdale, through the Panama Canal, across the Pacific, around India, through the Suez canal, the Mediterranean and back across to New York, and I would not have to cook once. I would come back looking like the guy from “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life…”

  7. Craig Says:

    Frog Suck, Wyoming.

  8. Say Rah! Says:

    right now, right this minute? phoenix. too much rain here.

  9. chuck Says:

    Titlick, Saskatchewan………..actually I would head back to Brazil and try and get out of Rio and S. P and explore the country a little more this time……my second choice would be Jubbelpore, India to see my dads my birthplace when grandpa was in the Army in the 20’s. Funny, I have absolutely no urge to go to Japan or Australia, unless someone else pays for the trip!

  10. QueenieCarly Says:

    Bex: I blame Lost In Translation too. That’s really where it all started. PDX is going to be AWESOME!

    Erin: I wonder if they’re the same 4 out of 6 that I have visited?

    Robyn: I was in Disneyland as a kid. It’s one of those places where I’d like to go back to, but the fact that I will is probably based solely on the fact that it is so close. While I anticipate the masses of people in Tokyo, I fear the same Disney crowds. That 106 day cruise, however? I’d be all over that. I can’t imagine the cost!

    Steve: I feel the same about Australia. I’d be happy to go if someone footed the bill. I have no interest in any Asian destination other than Tokyo and I’ve realized I’m kind of like that about Britain as well. I’m sure I’ll eventually get there, but it’s just not high on my list despite my heritage.

  11. kelly Says:

    Amsterdam. I’m still horny for that one.
    I have a thing for Prague as well – my grandfather was from there and since he left his wife and kids there and moved to America and re-married to my grandmother and had my mom, there’s this mystery “family” there that would be cool to see.
    I’m also still interested in that cycling vacation in Provence. I could skip Paris and just do the countryside / Riviera end of France. Wine tasting and gourmet faire – I’m in!

  12. Courtney Says:

    Greece. I really want to go. Paris. You’ve made me jealous. Mexico. Good times. Dominican Republic. Might actually happen, then again, it might not.

    I, too, was sucked into the idea of visiting Tokyo courtesy of Lost In Translation. I love that movie. And I love that scene, standing in the middle of the city and just looking around at all the hustle and bustle.

  13. Evey Says:

    Chris and I went to SF once. We were there for not even 13 hours. But I loved it and hope to go back and spend some real time there. When we first saw the Golden Gate Bridge my jaw dropped and my eyes popped outta my head. It was amazing. Nothing like the first glance of it right there before your eyes.

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