Have I mentioned that I love to travel? If not, be it known from this point forward that I love to travel. Love it. LOVE. IT. And yes, I know I have just returned from an adventure with Rick in Calgary, so it may seem odd that I’m already thinking about further travel, but there you have it; I have a pretty one track mind at times.
To prove my love of travel, I have decided to pose myself a challenge. Well, technically I decided to pose it to myself at the start of the year, but I have not reported on it as yet. At least, I don’t recall reporting on it. I forget things you know. But I digress…
The challenge: to travel once a month for an entire year. And simply picking up and biking somewhere doesn’t count. Nor does jumping in the car, unless said car ride is for a road trip. Ultimately, the only travel that I have decided really counts is that which requires one or more plane rides. Thus, allowed trips include local, domestic, and international travel that involves me travelling first to Pearson International Airport, for example.
Given that it is April/almost May, you might wonder how I’m doing. If you’ve been following the blog you’ll probably know. Regardless, I present to you the first four months of my year long travel challenge:
- January – Hawaii [Big Island and Oahu]. You may remember this trip from such epic face-smashing adventures as Yoga – A Contact Sport Between My Face And The Floor, or Somewhere Out There A Fat Lady Is Singing – Damn.
- February – New York City. An adventure in all things New York, including food, food, and more food, as described in An Open Letter To New York. Hint: I Love You.
- March – Ottawa. A visit mainly for work purposes, but also for fun. Fun being food. Food being oysters. Yum! Check out my review in Shucking Awesome.
- April – Calgary, Alberta and Revelstoke, British Columbia. Adventures in snowshoeing, gondola riding, and good food. Mmm, food. Check out my reviews of days 1-2, 3, 4, and 5.
- May – Ottawa for Marathon weekend! This is clearly not going to be a restful weekend, but it has so much potential for awesomeness that I’m actually excited (if not throw-uppy) about it.
- June – Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and New Brunswick, or Amsterdam. If my abstract is accepted to the Annual Meeting of the Statistical Society of Canada, then I will be hitting up Nova Scotia and surrounding areas. If not, then Amsterdam. w00t!
- July – Las Vegas. This particular adventure is still up in the air at the moment. The idea is that I will travel with my friends Manon and Mark at the end of July, and then stay there for the first few days of August. I’m not sure if this is considered cheating or not. That is, do I have to find something else to do in August to satisfy the 1 trip per month challenge? Thoughts?
- August – Las Vegas – as per above.
- September – Calgary. Yes, I want to go back to Calgary. But this is mainly so that I can get in some more mountain climbing adventures with Rick. And perhaps go Zorbing, zip-lining, and gliding.
- October – Victoria/Vancouver. I’m heading here primarily because I’ve been invited to speak at a conference in Victoria. Then I’m going to stop off in Vancouver so that I might visit Dr. Beth. You remember her? She’s the huge slice of awesome that is trying to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Go here to help her raise money. Do it. You’ll feel good from the inside out.
- November – ???. I have nothing in mind yet for November. Any recommendations?
- December – My brother and I are setting out on our second European adventure together. This will be my 4th time in Europe. The goal is to hit up Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Turkey, and Bulgaria.