With 2011 winding down, I'm trying to fit in time to take all my remaining vacation days. We have an awesome vacation policy, but I haven't taken advantage of it much! I ended up with enough days remaining to take almost 2 full weeks off at the end of the year. I'm pretty stoked about it. As much as I love my job, I love it primarily because of the people, and all the people are also taking vacation, ergo my FOMO need not kick in.
I grabbed lunch with these 2 chicas on Black Friday, and we started tossing around ideas for a spring/summer vacation. One wants to go to Greece, another says beach vacations should be done in the winter, and my next desired travel destination is Southeast Asia - specifically, Thailand if I had to choose just one place. So we went round and round trying to figure out what we want to do, if we want to do a 'winter' vacation or a spring vacation, if we want to do international, if a cruise makes sense...there are so many things to think about. I have spent next to no time on the West Coast of the US, so if we go anywhere in the US, I think California would be my top choice. Is it realistic to say I want to start in northern California and make our way south and end up in San Diego? I've also (I can't believe I'm about to admit this) never been to New York City as an adult. I spent 1/2 day there on a school trip when I was 13, and that's it! So that's near the top of my list of places to see in the US. And Boston! Lucky for me, a friend was just staffed on a new assignment in Boston so I'm definitely planning to go visit - maybe for Memorial Day weekend with a couple extra days tacked on one side or the other?
And, for MLK weekend there are tentative plans to go skiing in Whistler. If that works out, I'd plan to spend at least 1 day in Seattle before venturing into Canada. We'll see what actually ends up happening, as the group I would go with is not exactly awesome at planning in advance. Different strokes...
So anyway, that leaves my travel list looking a little like this:
San Fransisco/LA/San Diego
always, always, always Australia & New Zealand (but I'm saving that for my honeymoon)