Where Do I Plan To Go?
November 4th, 2011

A week or so ago, I wrote a blog on how to create a travel plan. It’s something I encourage my clients and readers to do on a regular basis. Because I like to practice what I preach, and also to serve as an example, I thought I’d write and post my own travel plan.

I will admit that my plan will most likely change for several reasons – 1. Budget. This plan is based on a certain budget, and if this were to change (for better or worse – hopefully better) it might alter my plan; 2. Every year I attend an International Destination Expo put on by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). I try to plan a vacation around that expo, as it serves as a good opportunity to explore the area.  I am not sure where this conference will be past 2012, so as I find out these destinations, I will add them in to my plan and adjust accordingly.

Here is what I have so far, rough draft form. In order to be at least somewhat realistic, I left a few holes where necessary:

March 2012: Peru. This trip is in the process of being booked. I’ll be attending the ASTA expo in Lima, then heading to Cusco/Valley of the Incas/Machu Picchu, and Puerto Maldonado for a taste of the Amazon/rainforest.

May 2012: Oahu, Hawaii. This is for an organization retreat. Believe it or not, I have never been to Hawaii despite having sent many travelers there, so I am quite excited about this!

 Spring 2013: River or Barge cruise through Europe (exact destination TBD, most likely Central, Eastern Europe)

Fall 2013: Istanbul/Turkey

Spring 2014: To be determined by ASTA Expo

Summer 2014: Iceland and Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark and possibly Norway)


Winter 2015: India (this timeline subject to change)

Fall 2015:  Galapagos Islands

As my schedule is subject to change due to business travel, I stopped my planning at 2105.  Otherwise it starts to become more of a wish list. However, other destinations I plan to fit in, either within this time frame or after include:

  • Vietnam and Cambodia
  • Southern/Eastern Africa: Destinations include but aren’t limited to Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and get back to Botswana
  • Re-visiting Australia and New Zealand
  • Israel and Jordan (same trip)

This list certainly doesn’t exhaust desired destination options. It is simply those that I hope to visit in the next few years. I’m sure as happens in life these will change somewhat along the way – places may be added or shifted. For now, this is my travel plan. What’s yours? I’d love to see it – you never know, your suggestions might influence my plan!



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