Wanderlust 2014

I’ve always had a passion for travelling, and I’ve been lucky enough to have parents that treated me to some really awesome vacations when I was younger. But over the past couple of years I’ve noticed that I’ve lost my desire to travel – I don’t know if it’s because of a loss of time, funds, or something else, but I am set on reviving this desire within myself in the years to come! Being the obsessive organizational queen that I am, I’ve begun to plan a few major trips I want to take within the next year. Check out my upcoming destinations, and if you’ve been there before – please leave some advice on what to do, see, etc.!

1. All-Inclusive Tropical Vaca: This is one trip I have been meaning to take for a very long time, and I am beyond excited that I’ve already booked and paid for it! On December 29th, the boyfriend and I will be jetsetting to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, where we will recover from this academic term and celebrate New Year’s. We paid quite a bit for this trip (no, I will not disclose how much), and many people wonder why we chose this time of year to go; being as it’s one of the most expensive times to travel, and we live off of a modest student budget as most people our age. The answer is simple: we’ve both been working our butts off for over a year straight – with work, school, and the million other things we have going on. Christmas break is the most perfect time to go – it’s between terms, so no schoolwork to worry about; both of our workplaces shut down for the holidays, so nothing going on there; and what’s better than ringing in the new year on a BEACH?

2. Eastern Quebec: The purpose for this trip is mainly academic. I’ve struggled with building on my French skills for the past couple of years; but for me, I don’t believe that there’s much more that I can learn in a classroom. My hope is to attend a conference and/or participate in the Explore french program, which would take me to the Sherbrooke/Chicoutimi areas of the province. I’m drawn to these areas because of their isolation and small-town feel. I think staying in this area would force me to communicate to others in French, rather than places like Montreal and Quebec City which are so tourist oriented that it makes it difficult to engage in the local culture. I’ve yet to work out the technicalities of this little adventure, and I think I may be conflicted when it comes to choosing between a summer job or this experience, but I’m interested to see how it works out!

3. Western Canada: Because I’ve spent the past 2 summers working full-time, including weekends and holidays, I am determined to take an extravagant trip to Alberta and British Columbia in August. My boyfriend and I have already put this one into the planning stages, and I’ve dedicated a part of every pay cheque to this trip since September. Our plan is to book through Contiki Tours, which ensures that we see all of the major attractions across BC and Alberta; and it provides us with the chance to do the coolest activities like canoeing, white water rafting, horseback riding, and more. If anyone has travelled with Contiki before, I’m especially interested to hear your thoughts!

4. Vegas Baby: I’ve always been dying to go to Vegas, but since Britney Spears announced her 2 year residency at Planet Hollywood, I’ve made it my mission to make it there asap (if you didn’t know, I’m a B. Spears fanatic). I would love to make this another New Year’s vacation, but only time will tell if I can make this a possibility. I know there’s way more to see in this area than the main strip – so let me know what your favourite thing about Las Vegas is!

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One thought on “Wanderlust 2014

  1. Glad to read that you’ve enjoyed vacationing with the parents over the years, feels good to know those holidays were appreciated! Although we didn’t take as many as I would have liked, we did try to make them all memorable, filled with exciting and different excursions and events. Planning is the key, especially if you want to see lots and make the most of your time away. Decide ahead what is important to YOU (not what the travel agents/tourist books/friends say are must sees), and then do the research, book excursions and buy tickets before you leave and make an itinerary. For example, your dad and I just went to Vegas as you know, and I am not into gambling and shopping, and there’s only so much I can take of glitz, glamour and crowds. Now most people are like: “What shows/hotels/casinos did you see? Where did you eat? How much did you gamble?” Well, truth be told, not one cent! Although we did take in a rock concert, walked the strip, checked out some hotels, Freemont Street and the Hoover Dam, and even partied it up at Margaritaville one night! But my fave day by far was hiking in the Black Canyon, relaxing in the hot springs and eating our picnic lunch on a deserted beach beside the Colorado River. The mountains and river were so amazingly beautiful, the weather warm and sunny…our own little piece of heaven! No other way I would have wanted to spend my time. Obviously this isn’t for everyone (as the hike was no walk in the park), but thankfully so…wouldn’t want to ruin the gorgoeus scenery with any more Vegas lights!

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