As I write this, I have about ten tabs open on my google chrome internet thing. It’s looking like eight of the ten are travel related. One is my blog, another is SkyScanner. Another two are websites selling tours to different places. The remaining pages are companies, places, and flights that I searched in efforts to find where and what to do next.
Y’all have been incredibly patient with me as I make the transition (for now) back into functioning adult mode who goes to work and pays her taxes and gets eight hours of sleep. Who is that girl!? Jaysus (as the Irish would say), I don’t even know her. But, it’s who I am at the moment. However, that travel bug living inside of me is starting to creep out….
So I want to go on 12 trips in 12 months. But where in the world to go!? And how on Earth will I be able to pay for them? The where to go is a lot easier to answer than the how to pay for them.
The USA has SO much to offer. Beaches, mountains, prairies, and deserts. It has everything! I want to ski in Colorado, hike in Idaho, watch the geysers erupt in Yellow Stone, and camp in the Grand Canyon. I also want to explore my home state and region. I’ve already done some of that, but I haven’t done any writing on it. Bad Morgan! haha I have about seven drafts that I’m working on from my recent trips. They’ll get published, I promise!!
As for how to pay for everything…. Well, I have a job. I’m not terrible at saving and can budget. It’s just a matter of knowing where to go and knowing how much I need. There’s also the discussion of should I move out of my parent’s house or not. I am fully aware that if I move out, I will have to pick up rent and bills. Automatically, my savings will go down the drain. I won’t be able to save for my trips, and may never be able to even go on the small ones near home. Sooo… the struggle is real. To save for travel? Or to have my own place?
After much deliberation, I’ve created a kind of dream schedule for how I would love for the year to go. This is in zero way shape or form of how the actual year would go. Much like my 14 in 2014, plans change. I was able to reach eleven countries in 2014, which is quite the accomplishment living on the small salary that I was. I am open to changing my plans, deleting some places, and sometimes taking a month off to save for an even better trip later on. Many of the places on the list I have already been to, but have not been as an adult. I need to go back to these places and fully dive into what they have to offer.
So, here it is. The hopeful 12 in 12.
January: Orlando, Florida ✓
My family and I spend the New Year in Orlando as y’all know. My January trip is taken care of.
February: Charleston, South Carolina
Colonial America and the home of the beginning of the American Civil War. So. Much. History.
March: Helen, Georgia
If you haven’t heard of this small town in the North Georgia Mountains, then you need to do some googling. It’s adorable!
April: Asheville, North Carolina
The Biltmore House was built by the Vanderbilt family, and it is essentially America’s castle. There’s going to be wine tasting and exploring and mountains.
May: Grand Canyon, Arizona
One of the many things on my bucket list is to go camping in the Grand Canyon. No time better than the near future right?
June: Boise, Idaho
I met Hailey, blogger/owner of Go Forth, Explorer, when we were studying abroad in Scotland in 2012. She is from Idaho and I’ve always wanted to get to that part of the country. Why not go visit a travel friend and gain a new state in the process?! Plus, hiking?! Yes.
July: San Francisco, California
Aoibhin was one of my roommates in Dublin. She will be living in San Francisco for the summer on a J1 Visa. I have to go visit her of course.
August: New Orleans, Louisiana
I’ve just flat never been to New Orleans. One of my best friends is getting married this summer and she and her soon-to-be husband will settledown in NOLA. Another perfect excuse? Yes.
September: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I was a history major in college. There aren’t many places in America that hold more historical significance than Philadelphia.
October: New England Road Trip
So the girls and I want to go on a road trip of some of the New England states. The great thing is that most of those states are small and we can get through them rather quickly. Also, the fall colors will be stunning in those mountains.
November: Washington D.C
I have a few friends in the DC area that I would love to go visit!! Also, one can visit Washington DC 1,000 times and never see all of the monuments and museums. I need to go check a few more off of my list that I didn’t have the chance to see last time.
December: New York, New York
I’ve been to New York City twice in my life, and both times, it was before I could drive. Let’s be real, I was incredibly overwhelmed and kind of shocked. I need to go back as an adult and truly take it in.
So that’s the list as of this moment in time. Will it change? Yes. Will I get to them all? No. Will I go broke trying? Yes.
Cheers to 12 in 12!!