Travel Past

Each year I post my upcoming travel plans for the year on my Travel Future page but eventually all those great plans become great memories. Here on my Travel Past page I’m going to keep those posts, just as I wrote them at the beginning of the year, along with my yearly travel recap. I think this will be a great way to compare what I planned and dreamed about all year with how it all actually happened.

2014 Travel Plans vs 2014 Travel Recap

2014: My Best Travel Year Ever (link to Travel Recap)

This year is shaping up to be my busiest travel year yet by putting me in eight nine different countries this year with four of those being countries I’ve never visited before.

The year started off with a road trip to San Antonio, TX to celebrate the New Year with L. We strolled the Riverwalk, visited all five missions on the Mission Trail, and then took a tour in Natural Bridge Caverns on the way home.

March found me returning to London to take another road trip from L’s house this time. We took the Eurotunnel in to France to explore the D-Day beaches, museums, military cemeteries, and other military sites from WWII in Normandy. We also took some time to visit Honfleur and Bayeux. From France we drove on to Ypres, Belgium to explore some WWI sites, memorials, and cemeteries.

In May L returns to Houston for a visit and we have a weekend getaway planned to Fredericksburg, TX with Enchanted Rock, seeing a couple million bats emerge from a cave at dusk, and the National Museum of the Pacific War on that weekend’s agenda.

In June the kiddo, L,  and I are off on our first cruise! Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas will take us to Mexico, Belize, and Honduras– three countries none of us have been to. We have a tour of Roatan Island, the Coba and Xunantunich ruins, and possibly some underwater snorkeling adventures to look forward to.

* Bonus Trip* An extra trip has come up for July which sees me off to Rotterdam, Netherlands and Romford, England for work. Two reasons this is an awesome bonus trip- I get an extra visit in with L, and business trip so that means it’s free! Hard to beat a free trip eh? As it’s a business trip there will be limited time for sight seeing but we do have some evenings exploring Rotterdam, a day for Amsterdam, and then at least a day and a couple of evenings in London. One of our work activities is the ‘Jack the Ripper’ walking tour in London which I think will be lots of fun.

August the kiddo and I are off to visit L and I’m so excited to get to show the kiddo London. I think he’s going to love it! So far the list of possible things to do is up to 25+ so safe to say we’ll see all the ‘must see’ things like Big Ben, Covent Garden, and the London Eye. Also since the kiddo is a Beatles and Harry Potter fan we’ll take a walk on the zebra crossing at Abbey Road and visit the Harry Potter Warner Bros. studio tour. We’ll also take in some history at the Tower of London and the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. And then some gruesome bits like the Clink Prison Museum. Eeek! This is going to be one VERY busy week.

Finally on the agenda for 2014 {at least as of this writing} we’re planning to spend time over Christmas in Canada visiting my family. As we’ll be in the Toronto area we won’t be able to visit without showing L Niagara Falls and taking a trip into the city of Toronto.

And in addition to all these places the kiddo and I are keeping up with playing tourist this year in our own city of Houston by visiting museums, taking in movies at Discovery Green, and seeing what else there is to discover.

Phew! 2014 is going to be a year for the record books for sure.


 EUROPE

  • Albania: Kruje, Vlore, Himara, Durres, Saranda, Gjirokastra, Berat, Tirana
  • Belgium: Ypres
  • France: Paris, Le Havre, Rouen, Honfleur, Etrétat, Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy Region, Arras, Reims
  • Iceland: Reykjavik
  • Italy: Rome, Florence, Assisi
  • Netherlands: Rotterdam, Amsterdam
  • United Kingdom: London, Canterbury, Dover, Windsor, Bath
  • Vatican City

 NORTH AMERICA