It’s official–I’m 29. I had the most amazing birthday in Athens, Greece and that helped cushion the blow. But the reality remains that I have one precious year left in my twenties. While I’m excited about all that’s to come, I want to make sure I send this decade out in style.
Right before leaving for my Greece trip it occurred to me–why not attempt 12 trips in 12 months, as a sort of bucket list for my twenties? I can manage a budget and pulled off 6 trips last year to places like Machu Picchu and Barcelona.
I recently switched from private practice to nonprofit law and it’s like I’ve been given the gift of time. I’m out of the office by 5pm every day and have gone from only having Christmas off (sometimes, not even that) to having every federal holiday and 10 days of paid leave a year, accumulating on a biweekly basis.
Finally, after years of schooling, working long hours and having no time for myself, I’m getting the chance to reap the benefits of my sacrifices. In hopes of infecting you with my wanderlust, and simultaneously keeping me accountable for this lofty travel goal, I’m sharing my itinerary for the year.
The 12 trips I have planned so far are as follows:
January: Athens and Meteora, Greece; Milan, Italy
February: Florence, Italy; Pisa, Italy
March: Oranjestad, Aruba
April: Zion National Park, Utah; Antelope Canyon and Grand Canyon, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada
May: Santorini and Antiparos, Greece
June: Cancun, Mexico
July: Paris, France; Provence region, South of France
August: Toronto, Canada; San Juan & Vieques, Puerto Rico
September: Reykjavik, Iceland
October: Quito and Banos, Ecuador
November: Marrakesh, Morrocco
December: Thailand and Cambodia
I’m so excited for the opportunities these trips hold for me and hope to be able to report back as the year goes on with pictures, stories and solo travel tips. In the meantime, check out my first destination–Meteora, Greece! Pictured above, it is one of the most serene places I’ve ever visited.
Until next time, safe travels!