New Travel, New Year
This is the start of the travel planning year. I have two vacations already defined and perhaps a third in the wings for this year. The first one will be around April and will take me up to Portland for a few days of walking, eating, drinking. April is the perfect time for Portland. Before the tourist season and the weather may not be totally inviting to many. But for walking; its ideal. Much like Seattle was in November. I’ll fly up and train back so I can keep my united frequent flyer miles active.
The next trip will be a road trip up the coast from San Francisco to Fort Bragg. I have not done that part of the drive yet so need to see a part of the coastline which I have read a great deal about of late. This trip will take about 4 days as well and be done in a rental car.
The final trip this year is to Japan using my miles. My goals are to spend a few days in Tokyo and get back to a few places and then train down to Hiroshima. I’ll stay at Hiroshima for about 3 days and then back to Tokyo and back home. I don’t see a pressing need to visit India or Singapore any longer. Just adds more time and expense. Japan is what I want.
Lurking just ahead of me is a bigger and more aggressive plan next year. I will simply disappear in 2016 for months and perhaps longer. I know what I need to get this done. Many factors in my life will come together and I will be able to do the trip to places and do times in the places with no hurry. I already know what I want from this. Fly to Japan and take the Ferry boat from Osaka to Shanghai. Then train to Hong Kong. Stay there for whatever time and then Singapore beckons a 24 hour train trip to Chiang Mai Thailand. A month would be perfect in Thailand. This is only the barest of outlines and there are so many places inbetween here and there to see while I still have juice in my life to do the things. I’ll get back after months with no car, no home, but money still in the bank. I may hit the road again and do the train trip here I have wanted for so long. The amtrak across the USofA completely. I merely want to have months and months of travel with nothing holding me back or pushing me forward. Its not the destination or the road or the signs or the places. Its the movement I miss so much. I once said in my earlier blog while sitting at the Changi Airport in 2011 eating a breakfast it was “not being here or there”.
I miss that sensation. I also want to simplify down to a level of only a backpack and a tablet. No phone, no pool, no pets. Stay tuned here to see me start outlining the grandest of trips. I know what I need to do for money and for time and what I want. Its time to get what I want. I’ve given for years and sometimes I’ve felt used and abused. People have felt its okay to do that to me and if they cry and make a mess of emotions, I’ll just not erase those etcha sketch lines. Wrong bucko.