We've been talking about going back to Belgium for years. The trip before that was Taiwan in 2012, and we'd been talking about that since 2002.
I realized at some point a few weeks ago that with my life at least half over (c'mon, I may be alive after 80, but I will NOT be traveling...) I'd better narrow down my travel to-do list from "everywhere" because that's not going to happen because I'm not Anthony Bourdain. I'd better prioritize. So here's the new top of the list:
- Japan (which we've been wanting to do since 2006)
- Germany (we've been saying we'd go back someday since we moved away in 2003)
- Vietnam (made the list when our friend Craig went...10 or so years ago?)
- Vienna before 2020 while we have crash space there/somewhere in Eastern Europe like maybe the Czech Republic which we wanted to go to in 2003 but ran out of money and had to come back to the states?
- Senegal or Ghana or more realistically South Africa, yes, this will be the hard one, but I need me some live African music at the source before I die
I know there should be something South/Central America on there but no one place has yet to capture my fancy in a huge, serious way.
I don't know if we'll ever get to all those places of if we'll get to all of them in the next six years. I don't know how finances and logistics are going to go. When we left Europe in 2003 we had no idea we wouldn't be taking a real overseas vacation again until 2010. There's also a lot of great stuff to do in this country, but there's only so much cultural mind expansion you can do within your own borders, even if your country is really big.
My advice to new parents and broke people who want to travel but can't right now is keep the dream alive. Those places will be there in 10 years. Unless you want to go to Venice. Then you might be screwed.