2018 Travel Plans

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The new year is here and while I already have a butt load of goals to accomplish, I know I will need some downtime as well.  That is why I am already planning and preparing for all of the travelings I would love to do and have started planning to do.  

I love traveling.  I love seeing new places and visiting friends and just having a blast.  I may not be the “go-go-go” type of traveler but I love to get out and experience the culture of new places.  Also the relaxing.  Man do I enjoy relaxing.  Whenever I travel, I always seem to get a big whiff of inspiration as well which is always welcomed when you are trying to be always creative.  That being said, I am also a huge homebody.  Usually by the time a trip is over I am roaring and ready to get back home which is why I also really want to focus on having some staycations this year as well!  

Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, Wa for a Best Friend Staycation
First on my year of travel plans is actually a staycation for the Emerald City Comic Con!  My best friend is coming to visit from Las Vegas, and for the first time in my life, I will be COSPLAYING!  I don’t want to give it away yet as who I will be cosplaying, but I am incredibly excited for this staycation with my bestie.  I have already been looking up new places for us to visit and explore my city with her and can not wait to share with you what we discover after this long weekend. 

Jackson Hole, WY for a Cousin Trip
My cousin Maegan and I have pretty much always been twins even though we look nothing apart.  We are barely a year difference in age and for as long as I can remember she has been my best friend which is why I can not wait to go and explore a brand new place with her this fall.  We both have never been to any of the mountain states really and pretty much fell in love with the photos we saw of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, so we are itching to go.  We started talking about it last year and are flushing out the ideas and plan to make this trip come to life which I can not wait for.  I am ready for some long awaited one on one time with my sister from another mister and get some extra bonding time in. 

Santa Fe, NM for an Extended Mother-Daughter Trip
My mother and father were my first art teachers though my mom sadly has drifted away from her medium over the last few years.  After losing my father last year unexpectedly, my mom has started to find her way back to art which is why we are planning a mother-daughter road trip to Santa Fe, NM, a hotbed for artists.  We are working on planning a road trip for the landscapes to get some inspiration and then focusing on art and mediation together while we explore the Georgie O’Keefe museum and mounds of turquoise jewelry together.  I usually am not excited when I hear the term “road trip” but when it comes to my mom I jump at the chance.  She is the most fun to spend hours at a time in a car with, and I can not wait to hit the road with her.  

Ventura, CA to Plan My Wedding
Ventura isn’t a new stop for me.  I actually grew up in Ventura and consider it one of my many homes - plus it helps that my mom still lives there.  I know that I will be back in Ventura a lot this year because my mom has some upcoming surgeries that I will be helping her recover from AND Grant and I are planning on our wedding being in Ventura next year, so I have some planning to do. 

Boulder, CO to Hold a New Baby
One of my dearest friends just had her first baby, and I am eager to hold him.  I am not usually a huge baby person, but I will admit to being excited over meeting hers for the first time.  Also, I have always really wanted to visit Colorado, so this is kind of like killing two birds with one stone.  I have heard so many great things about it from the scenery to the food scene, and I am just so excited to visit a fun new area while reconnecting with the friends who mean so much to me (and am thankful they even want me to visit anyway!)  

I am so grateful for the people I have in my life I can travel to see and plan these experiences with.  Looking at the list of what I have up my sleeve for this year makes me appreciate the ties I have with all these friends and family.  Even though I don’t live remotely close to any of them anymore, it's nice to know that we can still make these plans for the future with one another and pick up where we had left off the last time we had gotten together.