I've been rather quiet lately about my upcoming travel plans. This isn't because I don't have any — on the contrary, I actually have a ton! It's simply because I've been working on a lot of things behind-the-scenes, and trying to finish up grad school. Not the best combination.
But now that I'm officially done with classes and have some of the major details of the next fews months ironed out, I'm ready to give you a preview of what you'll be reading about soon!
This evening (in fact, perhaps even as you're reading this), I'll be headed to what I consider one of the most underrated cities in the U.S. — Pittsburgh! I grew up fairly close to the Pennsylvania border, and have had many family members and friends who have called Pittsburgh home over the years. I've visited the city countless times, but this time I'm actually staying overnight (two nights, in fact) and taking someone along with me who HASN'T experienced Steel City before. We'll be hitting up museums, eating some great food, riding the incline and maybe even a riverboat, and overall just enjoying a weekend getaway somewhere close to home. If you don't know much about Pittsburgh, stay tuned! What you learn might surprise you.
Next weekend, I'll be heading over the northern border to a city I've visited only once before — Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. The last time I was in Ottawa was in the dead of winter; when there were inches of snow on the ground and my extremities frequently went numb after 15 minutes out in the cold. This time around, I'll thankfully be able to enjoy some warmer weather. But the change in season isn't the only reason I'm going back — I'm going next weekend to catch the tail end of the Canadian Tulip Festival. With any luck, along with fireworks shows, food trucks, and a visit to Parliament Hill when it's not covered in snow, I'll also get to see the city decked out in colorful tulips. Renting a bike to cycle the “Tulip Route” is high up on my list, and I'm also looking forward to staying at the Fairmont Château Laurier, which reminds me of Hogwarts castle whenever I see photos of it. Bonus.
May 30-June 4
Toronto for TBEX
It's already that time of year again — time for the annual Travel Bloggers Exchange conference. This year, TBEX is taking place in Canada (I sure am seeing a lot of it this year!), and I'll be heading up to Toronto for about 5 days of conferencing, socializing, and exploring. Along with attending TBEX, I'm signed up for some local tours around Toronto — one focusing on the city as a film location, another highlighing the city's pork history (yes, you read that correctly), and one more that will have me cycling around the Toronto Islands.
Mini road trip and family reunion
A few days after I return from TBEX, my sister and I will be hitting the road, much like we did two summers ago when we drove cross-country. This time, however, we'll be going south instead of west. We have a family reunion in the Florida Panhandle to attend June 15-22 (helloooo beach time), so we've decided to set aside a week beforehand and a few days afterwards in order to roadtrip together again. On the way down, we'll be stopping to soak up some history in Virginia at Jamestown and Williamsburg, experience the southern charms of both Charlotte (N.C.) and Charleston (S.C.), and explore the incredible city of Savannah for a few days. Roadtripping, in my opinion, is the best way to discover America, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of the South this way.
THE BIG ONE
I'm not going to give away all the details just yet (stay tuned for the full announcement post next week), but suffice it to say that I've been keeping a big secret from you.
I'm going to travel around the world for 6 months.
I officially have a one-way ticket to London booked on July 16, and am cooking up all sorts of adventures that include adventures on at least two continents. Like I said — stay tuned next week for all the awesome and exciting details!
Already 2013 has been an amazing, travel-filled year for me. From kicking off the year in Scotland to chilling out in Belize to spotting the northern lights in Manitoba to falling in love with sloths in Costa Rica, I've already done, seen, and experienced more in the first 4 months of this year than many people do in a decade. I am incredibly lucky to have even more epic things ahead!
I do hope you'll follow along on the adventure(s).
I know you want to know more about my RTW trip. But, other than that, what else are you looking forward to reading about?