Last night, Alan poured two glasses of champagne, we sat near the Christmas tree with a fire roaring in the fireplace and talked about making travel plans. Soon the conversation sparkled as much as our bubbly drinks or the lights of the Christmas tree.
- Do you think 17 days is too long for an expedition cruise?
- What happened to our Beartooth Highway road trip?
- Do you think it’s time to spend the Christmas holidays on a ship again?
- Would celebrating the holidays on an expedition ship be as much fun as a luxury cruise ship?
- How about a trip to Iceland and Greenland?
- Does this adventure cruise have too much birding?
- Which do you prefer, Arctic or Antarctica?
- When are we going to drive the Magruder Corridor?
What does your 2014 travel schedule look like? Are you a travel planner who keeps a bucket list (for lack of a better term) of places that you’d like to experience? Or do you prefer to spontaneously pick up and go somewhere when the mood strikes?
Alan and I are fans of both approaches when making travel plans. Each of us keeps a bucket list of destinations. Mine is on the computer but Alan likes the paper and pen method. At the beginning of the year (in this case, it was New Year’s Eve), we compare lists and talk about where we’d like to travel for that specific year. Sometimes the trip has already been planned and at the top of the list. And, at other times, a special journey gets postponed until the next year. Or we include a destination that wasn’t visited from last year’s list. In other words, we’re flexible.
We also keep a list of places to explore that are close to home. It’s there for when that spontaneous travel urge hits us. For those trips, we simply pack up for a day or two to scratch our itchy travel feet.
So where are we going in 2014? In January, Alan and I will be marking off a bucket list item when we stay at the luxurious Resort at Paws Up just a couple of hours up the road in Montana. Snowshoeing, cross country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, riding horses in the snow—how will we ever choose from the exciting list of winter activities?
In mid-March, we’ll be visiting China for the second time. And this one’s another “scratch that off the bucket list” trip as we finally take a long awaited Yangtzee River cruise. The 14-day small group land tour that our travel advisor created through Ker & Downey also includes Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Lijiang.
We planned a Silversea expedition cruise for later in the year from Nome, Alaska to Otaru, Japan. But that one’s in the review process because Silversea has added even more expedition cruise options and another one might be calling our name. We’ll let you know. But one thing is for certain, expedition cruising on small luxury ships is the new wave of luxury travel in 2014.
Book small luxury and expedition cruises sooner rather than later. You’ll secure the best price and get the cabin that you want. You can change your mind without much of a penalty (if any) as long as it’s 120 days from the cruise date. From our experience, the deposit has been refunded or moved to another cruise without any issues.
What about the rest of 2014? Our travel schedule is up in the air—and filled with possibilities—just the way we like it.
What’s your style when making travel plans? Are you a planner with a long bucket list or a spontaneous boomer traveler? Post a comment to tell us about your 2014 travel plans. Let’s compare notes! Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email with your comments or questions.