Like Staci, I'm having a hard time dealing with the stress of not having two weeks straight of four-day weekends. What year will the stars align for that to happen again? I'm already looking forward to it.
To help me power through the utter bleakness that is NYC after the holidays, I'm also daydreaming of all the places I want to explore in 2015.
As a long time deal-searcher (a.k.a. a Jew), I'm always on the hunt for a good travel package. I love it when said package just pops up in my mailbox and I don't have to spend hours researching it online. Last year, Travelzoo sent me a deal courtesy of Icelandair that was too good to be true (about $750 for five nights in an awesome hotel, non-stop flights, and two excursions), so I pounced. In just over a month, Mike and I will be walking on glaciers, bathing in hot springs, and watching the Northern Lights. I can't wait!
LIMA & CUSCO, PERU
Most people who know me know that climbing Machu Picchu is on my bucket list. I've never been to South America, so I figure Peru is a good place to start. I've heard great things about the art scene and culture in Lima and equally amazing things about the area in and around Machu Picchu.
Being the crazy runners that my friends are, when they didn't get into the London Marathon, they signed up for the Paris one. I'll be there cheering them on, baguette in one hand, wine in the other. Since we've all been to Paris before, we figured it'd be nice to spend time in another city after the race. What better place to celebrate their victories (and 30th birthdays!) than wine country? Specifically, Bordeaux -- a city an entire kind of wine is named after.
SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN, UTAH
After finally getting a hang of this skiing thing, I was told the next step is to head out west where "the powder is." A coworker told me Solitude is the spot to hit with its varied terrains, relatively inexpensive tickets and lack of crowds. With only a few months left in the ski season, I'm not sure I'll be able to make it out there this year. Fingers crossed!
BANGKOK, CHAING MAI, & PHUKET, THAILAND
A few years ago, my friend Cat and I planned out an epic trip to Sri Lanka. We wanted to work at an elephant orphanage and then explore the island for two weeks. That trip slowly morphed into a Thailand trip also filled with rehabilitating animals and lounging on beaches. Unfortunately, the trip didn't pan out and we ended up going on an epic Utah adventure instead. I still regret not making it out to Asia and would love to try again this year. For $1,500, why wouldn't I want to spend 10 days experiencing floating markets, majestic temples, elephant tours, and pristine beaches?
There are plenty of other places that I'd love to see this year, but I can't be on vacation all the time I guess.