Here are the upcoming adventures I have planned. If you have any information about any of these, please be sure to leave a comment and let me know your tips, ideas, and suggestions!
Week of August 22nd – A week at Hilton Head with my fantastic family! In 1997, I saw the area very briefly during an overnight stay with a host family there, while on a musical tour, but did not really do anything there other than walk around some restaurants/boardwalkish harbor area, and get ice cream.
November 5-13, 2009 – Eric (the boyfriend) and I are flying to Amsterdam to visit our old friend (and my old roommate of 2 years) Leigh, who lives nearby with her fiance! We’ll meet all their great Dutch friends and hopefully travel by train or car to Belgium and/or Germany for some chocolate, waffles, sausages and beer! We also hope to see Crystal and her new husband there for a couple of days as well, as our trips will overlap slightly. (I could not book the exact same dates they did because of the Washington DC Heartwalk, which I’m participating in the day after I get back!) Holland is a beautiful, peaceful place from what I remember, and I am excited to see more of it.
(I previously went to Amsterdam for several days with Leigh, Crystal, and our friends Beth and Kasey in March 2006, with a 3-day trip to Paris in the middle. It was wonderful and was the first overseas trip I’d ever taken with friends.)
December 2009 – Perhaps a brief visit to Corpus Christi, Texas, to visit Eric’s family around Christmastime. This really depends on how much leave I have at the time.
June 2010 – A weekend visit to Bellevue, Nebraska (a suburb of Omaha) to walk in the graduation ceremony at Bellevue University, from which I’ll receive my Master of Science in Management. I hear the hotels there are few and far between, but fill up quickly as it’s a schoolwide ceremony, so I really need to book soon! Any suggestions on where to book in the area? I’ve never been to Nebraska in my life, so this is a new state for me!
Late Summer/Early Fall 2010 (tentative) – This will be my first official vacation with Eric, even though we’ve been together for 8 years! We are very excited. Livingstone Island/Victoria Falls in Zambia, and Chobe Park in Botswana. I say “tentative” because it’s a bit expensive. We have been conversing with the staff at the Waterberry Lodge regarding excursions in the area, and I’ve asked them about rates, so we’ll see what they say. A cheaper option might be to stay at the Sun City resort in Johannesburg, South Africa, and then fly into Livingstone Island — but the resort is your typical giant family type that you can get anywhere. I’d rather wait another year or two to get the “real deal” if I have to than go the cheaper route and not get everything out of it.
Sometime in 2010 – Puerto Rico with Eric.
2011 – Would like to visit Cairo, Egypt on a Nile Cruise with E.