We talk about this being the “New Year”, but as a teacher, I think of the new year as something that begins around August 1st, because that is when my new year at school begins.
However, most of the world doesn’t think like me, and many people write plans for the New Year in January. I guess I missed the boat on that one, but here is my plan for the upcoming year:
Carnival 2016- 4 Days
I’m trying to keep the international travel to a minimum because I am really trying my best to pay off my student loans by the end of June 2017. So while I considered a trip to Aruba this Carnival weekend (mainly to stock up on stuff I can’t find here), I’m going to Chichriviche instead. I’ve never been to Chichi before, but it is right next to my favorite beaches of Morrocoy so I am sure I will like it.
Semana Santa 2016- 1 week
I looked into going to Cuba, but the flight was over $1000 because I waited too long. Grr! I really really really want to dance Cuban Salsa!!! I miss it so much since I’ve moved to Valencia. Anyway. Instead, I will try to find tickets to Los Roques which I went to last school year, but is so fabulous that I would like to visit again.
Summer 2016- 6 weeks
Originally I had planned on spending my entire summer backpacking through all of Central America, but I didn’t spend much time in Portland last summer so I really need some family and friend time. I hope to do some Cuban Salsa dancing at Casino Fridays. Also I have plans to go to Alaska for a couple of weeks and to take my mom to Vegas to celebrate her 50th birthday.
If you have tips for Alaska or Vegas I would love to hear them!!
Thanksgiving 2016- 4 days
Probably a trip to another Venezuelan beach, maybe Margarita again.
December 2016- 3 weeks
I’m trying to decide between Chile and Brazil. My main concern is keeping a reasonable budget while still seeing some great stuff. I want to see Easter Island in Chile, but from the prices I’ve seen so far, just the airfare is out of budget. I want to go to the Amazon or the Pantanal, but those trips are both budget busters too.
Basically, I’m trying to decide between a more urban city/ winery kind of trip in Chile or a more beachy party kind of trip in Brazil.
Please share your ideas on what would be better to do over three weeks and keep my budget healthy!
Semana Santa 2017 (because I’m a teacher and a planner at heart!)- 1 week
Cuba! I have been saying I would visit since I first arrived in South America, and more than five years later I need to finally make it happen.
What are your travel plans for the coming year? Share below!