I’m infected. It began in 2000, when my neighbors pulled out a brochure on the World’s Fair in Hanover, Germany and invited me to go along. I applied for my first passport and packed my bags. It didn’t take long to be bitten by the travel bug and…you know what happens when that occurs. The only way to keep it under control is to feed it. So each year, I’m planning a big trip and several small ones.
The BIG Trip:
The Fed Ex package packed full of all the final details came earlier this week. I completed the remaining forms, made the final payment and mailed everything back to the Africa Adventure Company. My trip to Namibia is PAID IN FULL.
Why Namibia? I knew I wanted to go back to the African continent. I traveled to the southern part of South Africa and the area around the Okavanga Delta in Botswana ten years ago. It was incredible and someday I’ll visit again. But this trip, I want to see other parts of Africa. Namibia offers such diverse environments and a chance to see white rhinos, desert adapted elephants and other fascinating wildlife.
Here’s the sample itinerary:
I’ll be taking about my planning process as the trip gets closer. Check back for updates.
The SISTERS Trip:
Planning for the trip with my sister, Wendy, is ongoing with all of your great suggestions. We are so excited. We have decided to move the trip to September so we miss some of the crowds.
Here are the original options:
- Find an event we want to attend, like a concert, and make a trip out of it.
- Several locations in North Carolina, including the outer banks and South Port
- Puerta Vallarta
- Tahiti or other Caribbean Cruise
- Alaska Cruise
- New England road trip, possibly including Maine
We’re adding a few new destinations from your comments last week.
- One of my favorite nieces suggested the area around Eureka Springs, Arkansas
- Kirstin from KidsAreATrip: Flagstaff or the Sedona area of Arizona or Puerto Rico
- Carol Cassara: A road trip in southern Florida down through the Keys
I’ve begun preliminary reviews of some of the locations. It may be difficult to stay within our $1,000 budget (not including airfare), but we’re going to give it a shot. Next week, we’ll narrow down our choices a little and then put the numbers and options together.
So that’s how my travel plans are lining up. What’s on your vacation agenda?