Planning for Our (New) Travel Bucket List

Mar 16, 2016 | 5 comments

As my husband and I prepare to sneak away for our romantic weekend we have had travel on our minds a lot more than usual. A couple of nights ago we sat down and started indulging in a bit of wanderlust. We watched Travel Channel and browsed for pet-friendly hotels and restaurants. We have our 2016 trips planned (Savannah, GA; Orlando, FL; Denver, CO; and Christmas if we travel for the holiday) so we started looking ahead to 2017 and beyond. We want to make it a goal to travel at least 3 – 4 times per year even if it’s only for a short weekend away. 

We thought it would be fun to revisit our original travel bucket list and re-evaluate our choices.

At one point we really wanted to visit Egypt and the Middle East but now that seems more dangerous than ever. We had Russia on the list too but once again, now I’m not so sure. It seems like this is something we should probably plan to re-evaluate every couple of years.

We decided that, when choosing our new travel destinations, we would each choose three domestic locations and two international locations. The only other rule was that it didn’t matter if we’d been there before (because we have indeed been to some of these places already) but it had to be a place we didn’t already have planned.

Our new travel bucket list looks like this:

His Dream Destinations

  • New York City, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Dallas, TX
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Rome, Italy

Her Dream Destinations

  • Washington, DC
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • The coast of Maine (I don’t have a particular city in mind)
  • Athens, Greece
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • London, UK (since Tokyo was also on his list he allowed me to choose another place)

I’m excited about our lists. Our first 5 years together have been so focused on building our lives (we moved 4 times and have lived in 3 different states, we’ve changed jobs twice, we’ve endured major health issues, and financial setbacks) that we put travel on hold. We’ve always wanted to travel together but things have just always come up and interrupted our lives. So far, 2016 is looking really bright so we’re hoping that we can really get on a travel schedule now. 

We have already created a separate savings account to help us sit aside travel money and we’re each building a travel shopping list of things we’d like to have before we start traveling. My travel shopping list currently consists of this pink leather passport holder, this cool smartphone wallet wristlet, and this beautiful weekender bag.

Ready to see the world? Check out the destinations on our new travel bucket list!

But of course, like I said, anywhere we travel within the US we plan to take our dogs. They are pretty good little travelers already. They have already been to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and West Virginia. They have been on the beach, in the ocean, in the mountains, and on a boat. They are pretty adaptable. We are fortunate that they are great little travelers.

We have never had a dog suffer from car sickness and we’ve never had any potty accidents while driving. The only thing we’ve ever really struggled with is their refusal to eat or drink while riding in the car. Even when we stop at a rest stop with them they don’t seem to ever want food or water. It concerns me but our vet assures me that if they are hungry or thirsty they will eat or drink. 

The only thing I can really recommend about traveling with dogs is to either invest in a huge blanket or a seat protector to lay over your backseat. If you don’t I promise you that at the end of your trip your entire backseat will either be covered in hair, mud, or a combination of the two. I have small dogs so I actually prefer a doggie car seat like this one. The doggie car seat allows the boys to see out the windows without having to stand up while the car is in motion plus, the sherpa lining is extra soft so they tend to cuddle up and just sleep. 

So, the two of us and our two dogs are heading off on a romantic weekend soon and I, for one, can’t wait!

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Have you been on any amazing trips lately? Anything special coming up? 

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