If you’ve seen my post, Reclaiming My Everything in 2018, then you’ve seen that I made a goal. For 2018, I hope to have a vacation every month. Whether that destination vacation is a staycation, a weekend, or a week (Spring Break/Summer), I look forward to achieving my goal.
I know… some of you think that I have lost my mind. Some think that I am being unrealistic. That’s okay. I know how to make the most of my vacations, even with the strictest of budgets. Additionally, I’d rather use my money to buy experiences and travel over materialistic things. That is exactly what I plan to do throughout 2018, so here are my 2018 travel goals.
Destination Vacation: Texas Staycation
Houston (My Home)
I plan to have two staycations in 2018. The first one will be done from the comfort of my home. What makes that a staycation? To me, planned relaxation and activities (at home) are a staycation. The second staycation will include me getting a room for myself here in the city. I might make it a night on the town with a couple of friends. Either way, I have time to determine how I will spend my staycation. The best part is the convenience of waiting until the last minute to decide.
Galveston houses several beaches. They have been building along the seawall with beautiful restaurants, hotels, and Pleasure Pier (I’ve still never been).Though I am not a fan of getting in the water, I love to listen to the waves, feel the sea breeze, and watch the water move. Additionally, they hold one of my favorite places, Moody Gardens. AND I’ve never spent the weekend (or a night) in Galveston. They have a lot of nice ocean-front hotels, so I am looking forward to a nice weekend in Galveston.
Dallas/Arlington or Austin
Dallas…home of the Cowboys… I will keep all negative comments about them to myself. Arlington (the neighbor of Dallas) houses Six Flags Over Texas. I’ve only been to this Six Flags location once or twice, but it has been YEARS. Theme parks are my thing. I would love to go back to Six Flags, so Dallas is definitely on my list of cities to visit. On the other hand, Austin, the state’s capital is the home of Sixth Street. Despite the strong desire to follow the crowds and bar-hopping, Austin still offers so much to offer. Plus, let’s be honest, I love to go outside of Houston, and both offer a perfect alternative to my home.
Destination Vacation: The States Vacation
By most standards, this is a pretty random destination. My friend will be moving here in January. A lot of people think that there is nothing much in Indianapolis, but I beg to differ. There is always something to do in a major city. So, we will be trying new restaurants (I will be relying on the blog, Into Indy for this), going to the zoo (because I love to go to zoos), and explore the city. We will make new memories in her new home in the new year.
Music City! I’ve only driven through Nashville, and even from the freeway, I could see the beauty of Nashville. I am actually looking at a couple of grad schools here, so this is the perfect excuse. During this trip, I can visit the campuses and explore the city. Win, win!
I have been to Orlando several times, and it gets more exciting every time I visit. This time, I will be returning back to Disney World for a vacation with my Mommy and my niece. It will be Kaylin’s (my niece) first Disney experience. I went to Disney for the first time in May, and have been obsessed since I found out last year (2016) that I would be going. I’m so excited to share this experience with the two most important girls in my life.
For another 2017 first, I visited Washington, D.C. for the first time in November. It was a short weekend, and I quickly fell in love with the city. So much so, that my mother and I want to visit for Spring Break. During the time, we hope to visit several of the Smithsonian Museums, especially the new African American Museum.
Las Vegas, Nevada
My friend and I are planning on taking a girls’ trip in late February/Early March. I have never been to Vegas before, and it has always been on my to-do list. Though I am not fond of the concept of wasting my money gambling, I still want to experience the casino and all that is Vegas.
Los Angeles, California
I hope to make it to Cali for my twenty-fourth birthday in August. This is beyond seeing the Hollywood signs and the Walk of Fame. I want to visit Judge Judy’s court. Don’t judge me (no pun intended), I love Judge Judy! Plus, I want to experience the LA nightlife. Who knows… I might even run into a star while shopping on Rodeo Drive.
Destination Vacation: A New Country
A Canadian Destination Vacation
I have seen amazing pictures of Canada. I have come across amazing travel guides of things to do in the various parts of Canada. For my first trip and experience, I want to visit Toronto. There is plenty to do, and it is one of the most well-known Canadian destinations. Plus, I want to visit the home of Drake *smirks*.
A Caribbean Destination Vacation
I left this portion vague because I am not sure which Caribbean island I will land on. All of the islands offer their own unique cultures, history, and scenery. This will probably be a summer/fall trip, so I have time to look into which island and city I would want to visit. (Yes, I am aware of hurricane season, too. I just got caught in it, but I can’t let fear stop me.)
What are your destination vacation goals in 2018?
Let me know where you plan/hope to travel to in 2018 in the comments below. Or, if you live in, have been to, or are familiar with great places/things/restaurants for me to check out in these particular cities, let me know. Furthermore, if you haven’t already, you should check out ways to save money on your next vacation.0