You wouldn’t think you’d need a vacation from a life of full-time travel, but we were feeling ready for some rest and relaxation by the time we got back from our second three-month road trip earlier this month.
We’ve enjoyed spending the past few weeks staying offline, sleeping in (and indoors!), and being with our families over the holidays. Thanks to those of you who checked in to make sure we were still alive. We may take some breaks now and again, but we have no intentions to stop blogging anytime soon! I’ll share a few more photo posts from our road trip in the coming weeks. In the meantime, though…
It’s a new year, and that means new travel adventures! We have a high-level travel plan for the year, but we’re hoping to do a bit more research in the coming weeks, and we would love your advice.
Here’s our tentative itinerary as it stands today:
January: West Coast, USA
We plan to spend New Year’s week at home before driving south to visit friends and family in Oregon and Northern California for the rest of the month. We skipped over much of the west coast on our way home in December, so it will be great to spend more time in Portland and San Francisco, two of our favorite places.
February: Mexico (?)
Daniel’s brother, who works in the airline industry, recently gifted us four flight passes (on standby) to any Alaska Airlines destination. The passes must be used by March 31. We weren’t originally planning on staying in North America beyond January, but who could resist two free round trips?
I was hoping we might be able to use these for travel to Cuba (Alaska begins service to Havana next week), but the Cuban visa requires confirmed travel home – something we can’t do with these standby passes.
With warm weather in mind (and having explored much of the U.S. and Canada in 2016), Mexico seems like our next best choice. Based on reviews from friends and family, we’ve tentatively picked Puerto Vallarta as our destination. Alaska also services La Paz, so we might catch a ferry to Baja and return home from there.
Where would you go with these free flight vouchers?
March – July (?): Southeast Asia
We nearly made Southeast Asia our primary international destination in 2016. This year, we’re actually doing it! We want to spend months exploring Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar – and potentially Malaysia and Singapore, if time permits.
As Ms. Our Next Life once joked with us, every travel blogger in the world seems to spend at least six months in Chiang Mai, so I guess we’ll hang out there, too!
We’ve heard so many great things about this region that I hardly know where to begin: fascinating and beautiful sights, unbelievable food, friendly locals, and affordable accommodations are all extremely attractive to us. Our tentative plan is to begin with a one-way flight to Bangkok, then see where inspiration takes us.
What are your must-see destinations in Southeast Asia?
July (?) – September: Pacific Northwest and Alaska
We missed the entirety of the beautiful Pacific Northwest summer in 2016, and we’d like to make up for it with a few weeks of camping and exploring closer to home after we return from Asia.
Alaska has been on our priority list for a long time, too. With the van’s frequent mechanical needs (and our complete ineptitude with anything engine-related), we’re leaning against driving – perhaps preferring the Inside Passage ferry departing from Bellingham.
Alaskan friends, what would your ideal month-long itinerary look like? Do we need a vehicle?
October 25-28: FinCon17 in Dallas, Texas
The only confirmed stop of our entire year: We’ll be at this year’s FinCon in Dallas this October! We’re excited to meet and hang out with more people from this great personal finance community. Hope to see many of you there!
October – End of Year: Central America
Next up on our list of high-priority travel destinations is beautiful and affordable Central America. We’re considering beginning this leg of the trip in Mexico City and working our way south. Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica are all particularly appealing, though we still have lots of research to do on the region. Perhaps we’ll find ourselves ringing in the new year in Honduras or Panama!
What do you think, friends? Almost all of this year’s destinations will be completely new to us, so we’re all ears for your recommendations.