I love to travel so much. I haven’t gone outside of the States since July 2008, which seems like ages to me, but I have traveled quite a bit around the country. Instead, I’ve gone three times to California (Yosemite is incredible), several times to Phoenix, four times to New York (saw Fela! which was amazing, and was also my first time viewing a Broadway show ON Broadway), I’ve had a bunch of gigs on the Maryland Shore, not to mention the few I’ve done in the Middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania recently, and I’ve gone about a thousand times to Ohio for weddings, engagement celebrations, hen parties, etc. Eventually, I’d like to visit all the US National Parks.
This Thanksgiving weekend is my high school reunion. I don’t care that much, because I’ve already come to know as much as I need to know about my former classmates via Facebook, but a few of my favorite people will be in town, so it’s a lovely time to go to Cleveland to see friends and family, and yes, Cleveland counts as travel.
These smaller trips are how I reconcile myself with the fact that I haven’t traveled outside of the country, which is one of my absolute favorite things to do, since 2008. Every year from ’01-’08, I visited and/or lived abroad at least once–
’01 Canada (This totally counts. We took a spontaneous road trip to Carabana.)
’02 Hong Kong and Macau
’03 England, Spain and Portugal
’05 Turkey, Cyprus
’06 Turkey, Spain, and Bulgaria
’07 Turkey, Portugal
’08 Turkey (Recurring theme here)
While life in DC and domestic travel are wonderful, my wanderlust has set in, and it’s really calling for a Big Trip. In my mind are seedlings of a Turkey-Egypt trip. (Yes, Turkey again. I can’t help it.) Also on my “immediate need” list are trips to Hong Kong, to visit my brother, and either Poland or Spain–where ever my friend Andy is when I’m ready to fly.