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2015 Travel Plans

Reading everyone’s 2015 travel plans makes me as excited as if they were my own! I love seeing the blend of local travel, weekend trips and long-awaited destinations that make up people’s years.

I felt similar excitement last year as I planned my return trip to Paris with my mother and grandmother, began booking my long-awaited trip to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, received a Christmas voucher for a plane ticket to Iceland and had our good friends moving to London (which just begs a visit!).

This year is a little different. In contrast to the past year with a lot of exciting trips in the works, this year I have one exciting trip to look forward to in September (my honeymoon!). As a result, there are not a lot of small trips in the works. I will try to keep the #take12trips challenge going for 2015, but it will likely be focused pretty exclusively on local travel. There are lot of areas of Boston and New England that I need to explore and 2015 looks like the perfect year to do it. Instead of a long wishlist of international travel for 2015 (which I do have tucked away for 2016), here are some of the closer destinations I am looking to explore this year.

Boston – I am embarrassed to admit that I have never been to the Museum of Fine Arts or Institute of Contemporary Arts – two of the finest museums Boston has to offer. In addition, there many historical sites in Boston that I visited as elementary school student and wish to return to as an adult – namely the John F. Kennedy Library, The Freedom Trail and Lexington and Concord battlefields.

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View of the JFK Library

When summer hits New England, there is nowhere better to be. There are still many local visits I want to make whether it be the tip of Cape Code in Provincetown or return trips to the islands of Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Block Island.

Hoping to visit Nantucket again under warming circumstances

Hoping to visit Nantucket again under warming circumstances

September will be my wedding and honeymoon (destination to be revealed once it is final) and that will be the travel highlight of the year – hoping to travel somewhere that has been at the top of our list for some time.

In the fall, I hope to return north to New Hampshire or Vermont – one of the best places to see the infamous leaf peeping of New England. Western Massachusetts, specifically Stockbridge, is another beautiful place in the fall and one I hope to combine with a trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Hoping to return to Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire in high season

Hoping to return to New Hampshire in high season

Admittedly, this is not the travel list that it has been previous years, but I am excited at the possibility to explore my own state and region more thoroughly. I do have a return trip to Austin planned for my college roommate’s bachelorette and I am excited to find more reasons to love this Texan city. And all the stateside travel will pay off for the ultimate destination in September!

Where are you going in 2015? I will be living vicariously through you so please share in the comments!

 

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  1. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding and honeymoon. Looking forward to hearing more about this. I wish we had plans to travel to exotic places this year, but we don’t. We’ve just been procrastinating about making definite plans. So, until we do, we’re happy traveling a little here and a little there, seeing some of the places close to home that we’ve never seen. And that just may be good enough!

    January 13, 2015
    • Thank you! Sometimes the closer destinations are the best ones! I will be tackling a few of my own this year and am looking forward to it. Hope you have a great 2015 full of travels!

      January 14, 2015
  2. You have so many wonderful places right on your doorstep! Am excited for your big honeymoon trip this year – can’t wait to hear all about it 🙂 Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding too!

    January 13, 2015
    • Yes, I do Suzanne (and I need to remember that more often!). Thank you, I am getting very excited about it as well. It is the perfect excuse to take this trip we have always been wanting to take!

      January 14, 2015
  3. Julie @ The Red Headed Traveler #

    Can’t wait to hear where your honeymoon destination is! For me, honeymoon planning was even more fun than the wedding planning although also tough since my h and I have such different travel tastes.

    Playing the role of tourist in your own town is always fun. On a visit home to Philly last fall I visited an attraction I never knew existed. Here’s to a wonderful year of travel both near and far 🙂

    January 14, 2015
    • I just said the same thing, Julie! The honeymoon planning is definitely the most fun of all!

      Thank you, you as well! You do such a good job of exploring local destinations. I need to do a better job of realizing what is at my fingertips (and does not require vacation days and airline travel). Looking forward to seeing what you explore in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh area. Do you have another big trip similar to Peru on deck for this year?!

      January 14, 2015
      • Julie @ The Red Headed Traveler #

        Yes, the not having to take PTO nor incur the expense of air travel is always a plus 🙂

        Hopefully you’ll make it to Pittsburgh some time, there is a direct flight after all (although I should be saying the same to myself for visiting Boston lol!).

        Well, I turn 30 this year (ugh, ha ha) so I’m determined to actually be somewhere celebrating it as opposed to working and then just going out to dinner. Fjords are being considered but I really need to get on my game since it’s in June which even with the dregs of winter I know will fly by 🙂

        January 15, 2015
  4. Yes, Pittsburgh is on my list, Julie!

    How exciting 🙂 I definitely think you should spend it somewhere fun! The Fjords sound amazing. I am dying to get there myself!

    January 15, 2015
  5. Look forward to seeing where the honeymoon destination will be! But you have some lovely places near home to explore until then.

    January 16, 2015
    • Thanks, Lucy! Yes, I do and I need to be better about remembering that more often. I am excited to explore some of these “familiar” destinations!

      January 19, 2015
  6. There are so many great places to visit in New England! Looking forward to reading about them!

    January 17, 2015
    • Yes there are! It is one of my favorite areas in the whole country (I may be a little biased). The summer and fall are particularly my favorite and I am looking forward to exploring some coastal destinations as well as my favorite fall spots for some leaf peeping!

      January 19, 2015
  7. I am a New England girl as well and love nothing more than New England in the summer and fall! We are staying in Jamestown, RI this summer, as well as a week on the Vineyard, and I hope to find time for some long weekends in other NE locations such as Portsmouth, NH and Portland, ME, among others. Throw in a couple day trips to Boston and I call that some great travel!

    March 14, 2015
    • I could not agree more! There is nothing better than New England then (right now in this frigid weather, there are a lot of better places :/). I am incredibly jealous of you week on the Vineyard – that is the best! I haven’t been in two years, but just found out I am going back in July. Portsmouth and Portland are two of my favorite weekend trips from Boston – make sure you restaurant hop in Portland!

      March 18, 2015

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