Last year, I was the queen of little trips. In my time living in England, I made the most of accessible and affordable travel to a crazy diverse amount of destinations, and managed to do a little trip about once a month. In a full calendar year, I spent:
– Canadian Thanksgiving in Manchester
– a number of weekends in Hastings
– three days in Cologne, Germany, for the Christmas Markets
– four days in Naples, Florida after New Year’s (okay, I was coming from Toronto for this one)
– four days in Iceland
– a weekend in Cambridge
– four days total in Quebec City, Montreal, and Ottawa (yes, also coming from Toronto)
– ten days in Prague, Vienna, Munich, Strasbourg, Paris, and London
– a weekend in Brussels
– five days in Champagne and Paris
– four days in Dubrovnik, Croatia
– six days in Vancouver / the Okanagan for a wedding (via Toronto)
– a day trip to Bath
– four days in Helsinki and Tallinn
– four days in Bermuda (with family, via Toronto)
Ridiculous, eh? And now, after a two-and-a-half month hiatus, I’m off to New York City this weekend for three days. It’s all got me thinking, though, that once I start a job, making these little trips is going to be increasingly more difficult, especially because affordability in North America is not good*.
I’m glad I made the most of my ability to take little trips, because it looks like the future holds something different. I think I’m going to make the switch from multiple mini-breaks to one or two small trips and one big trip per year. It makes sense, non?
This year, we’re hoping to get down to Papua New Guinea, where my boyfriend’s parentals have just taken up residence for a couple years. We’ll go via HK and hopefully Australia, and take about 2 weeks. Next year? Well, we both want to go to London to see the 2012 Games and all our friends and family. It’s likely that we’ll extend our trip and do something uber-cool while over there…go to Tanzania to climb Kili? That would be amazing.
It’s actually pretty exciting to finally begin planning for these big trips I’ve always wanted to go on, and it’s fun to see a shift in how I travel. I’ve done a few big trips in the past, but lately it’s all been city breaks, and while I love, love, love them, I think it’s time for a change.
Now all I need is a job…
*We’re driving from Toronto to Buffalo (2 hrs) to catch a flight to NYC from BUF because it’s half price versus a flight from Toronto. And we’re not alone; approximately 21% of Canadians do this. I also flew from Bellingham, WA in 2008 to Vegas because it was infinitely cheaper than going from Vancouver. Damn Canadian taxes.