Unsexy Travel Destinations

November 2, 2011

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Prompt #2: Change can be exciting and bring new joys into our lives. But it can present challenges that frustrate or annoy us. How has travel changed you in the last year? Did you welcome these changes or resist them at the time, and how do you feel about them now?

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living” –Miriam Beard

Sometimes the allure of dusting off your passport for an international trip is so great, that you don’t even consider a trip closer to home. This is often the case with me, as I have a ton of traveling to do in the US still.

In the last 365 days, all of my travels have been within North America, except for my Iceland Thanksgiving trip. This both frustrates me (because I haven’t gone on a huge trip yet in 2011), and excites me (because I’m exploring places closer to home that I’ve overlooked in the past). In 2011, I’ve visited Maui in April, Vancouver, BC in June, Oregon wine country in August, Seattle in September, and New Orleans in October. There’s so much to see within the US, even though a weekend trip to a nearby city isn’t as sexy as jet-setting to Iceland for 5 days, it’s still pretty damn cool to travel ANYWHERE.

Trips in the USA on my wishlist:

  • Roadtrip Hwy 101 from Portland to San Francisco
  • Roadtrip from Boston to Maine
  • See the other Portland
  • Go to NYC
  • Go to SXSW in Austin
  • Visit a southeastern city: maybe Charleston or Savannah?
  • Go to Montana and visit some of the places my great great great grandfather was
  • Go to Alaska

What’s one of your favorite US cities?