Last Update: June 17th, 2019
It’s the first week of January and I feel the same as I did last week. Full of food, a little melancholy, but also hopeful. Not necessarily because it’s a new year, but more so because of this blog! Being a Type-A personality, I love lists and setting goals, so of course I’m here to share my travel goals for 2019.
I’ve wanted to do this for so long and while I am in the early stages, my goal is to one day be doing this full time and dive deeper in to feminist travel–empowering and educating people all across the globe!
While I would love for–and will work my hardest to make–that happen within this calendar year, I want to set reasonable goals for myself. So as of now, I still have a full time office job in DC and get 2 weeks vacation a year. I’m very good at maximizing my vacation time and want to help you do the same!
Here are my travel goals and plans for 2019, and how I plan to achieve them…
Spend a long weekend in New Orleans – DONE!
UPDATE: I took this trip over President’s Day weekend and absolutely loved my time in this gorgeous city. Learn about my itinerary here.
Related: What to Wear in New Orleans. Never forego style for function or comfort.
I’ll be escaping the frigid cold of DC for a much more temperate climate in New Orleans! While it’s typical to pay $500+ for a flight–Especially if it’s direct–from DC to NoLA, I managed to snag a deal for under $300 by booking 2 separate 1-way tickets through Kiwi!
I booked January 18th with a departing flight costing $165 and a returning flight costing $117. My flights included an included carry-on which is perfect for me since I avoid checking baggage like the plague.
Since New Orleans actually has decent hostel options, I’ve chosen Auberge hostel for my accommodations, rather than a hotel or AirBNB. I’ll also be visiting The Museum of Death and partaking in several tours with TwoChicksWalking — A female owned tour company known for providing intimate and unique experiences.
Visit New York City again. – DONE!
Update: I spent a not-so-fabulous weekend in The Big Apple for Memorial Day Weekend and was able to visit The Color Factory!
I’d like to visit the 9/11 Memorial, the Museum of Sex again, and explore the dozens of foodie places I have in my saved links on Facebook…. Like the Turnstyle Underground Market, Macbar, Nur and Yves.
Buses from DC to New York are only about 4 hours and relatively cheap, costing as little as $10 via MegaBus. Memorial Day weekend would be perfect to hop up there for a few days since the weather will be absolutely perfect.
I use AirBNB for my New York stays. Check out my post here where I mention my favorite hostess in Brooklyn and cover my tips for a few days in The Big Apple.
Visit my home town.
Due to a lot of life craziness, my previously scheduled trip to Croatia… then Portugal for July has been cancelled and instead I’ll be spending a few days in my beautiful hometown of Colorado Springs, CO to see my family!
This will be my first time home in 6 years and I’m very excited to see how it has all changed since the population has boomed over the last few years!
Take a short trip over Labor Day Weekend or Columbus Day Weekend
Since my July trip will no only be a few days, I’ll have a decent amount of PTO to spare and am considering a week in any of the following locations:
- El Salvador
If you have a suggestion, let me know in the comments!
Spend my birthday in Panama.
Recently, my absolute favorite blogger; Rachel Jones, AKA Hippie In Heels passed away. Her blog coverage of Panama (and so many other countries) has been so inspiring to me and the reason I chose Panama as this year’s birthday destination. Before she passed, she was kind enough to allow me to use the below images and even took the time to comment on this post!
Last year, I spent 10 days in Costa Rica and I was left feeling a little underwhelmed and it’s probably not a country I’ll return to any time soon. Perhaps an unpopular opinion but there are just so many other places I’d rather spend my time. Nonetheless, this trip didn’t end my love affair with Central America and while I was there, I made the decision that my 27th birthday would be spent in Panama.
Fortunately, my birthday falls the week after Thanksgiving in America so I will be able to piggy-back on that holiday and plan on flying out the evening of 27th or early morning of the 28th, then flying back the 7th or 8th.
Visit a United States National Park
It’s no secret that the United states is a huge, beautiful and diverse country. (Both in nature and its people) There are so many incredible national parks in the US, that it really should be a travel goal for everyone to visit at least 5.
Ideally, I’d love to visit Antelope Canyon. But Shenandoah National Park is right in my back yard and I’ve never been! Hmm… decisions, decisions.
If you’ve read my Travel Bucket List post, you may have noticed that I have glamping in the Sahara on there but I’m not gonna’ poo-poo glamping a little closer to home!
As far as glamping in the US goes, their prices are pretty decent. In the DC area, you can easily fork out $600 a night for a mediocre experience.
I would recommend checking out their site, as they have other locations, including Texas, Montana, and my home state of Colorado. Each location is more magical looking than the next and I would love to experience each and every one of them.
I would absolutely recommend you check out their Instagram as well @collectiveretreats.
Explore my own city.
It’s easy to get forget to explore your own backyard when you’re a travel addict. Fortunately, I live in an incredible city; Washington, DC. I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t explored it as fully as it deserves. So my final travel goal is to actually maintain my mindset from traveling and apply it to my home; Dive deeper and explore all the beauty it has to offer.
There are so many amazing things to do in DC that I still haven’t done!
- Visit The Library of Congress
- See the Lincoln Memorial (Still haven’t!)
Gay pride parade
- The National Cathedral
Picnic at the National Arboretum Visit the National Gallery of Art(I have visited but was unable to complete it before closing) Dine at the cafeteria at the American Indian Museum
- Visit the Hillwood Estate
Check out even more breweries
- Pig out at Union Market
So here’s to a new year! Same me, just bigger dreams. Setting travel goals (or any other) has been a vital part of getting myself to travel more. It keeps me focused and inspired and I hope this post may do the same for you.
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