I’ve been tight-lipped about my travel plans for 2013. Part of it has to do with the fact that I don’t want to jinx myself, part has to do with the fact that my plane tickets are not booked, and part has to do with the fact that I feel like a total hypocrite when I adjust or change my travel plans. It’s a thing. Weird, but a thing.
I was planning on waiting and telling you guys as the trips were about to take place, but that is just cruel and unusual punishment for everyone. So, I’ve decided to divulge the plans I have – so far – for this year, with the stipulation that YOU know these are PLANS which could CHANGE. Are we all on the same page? Awesome!
The first weekend in February I’ll be traveling from Toronto to Montréal by TRAIN! Trust me, in Canada, this is a big deal. Especially since riding the rails in Canada is usually way more expensive than flying or taking a bus. But I’ve lucked out and found a seat sale which is cheaper than flying. Woot!
Sadly I only have two days in Montréal, but on the bright side I’ll be staying with Le Germain Montréal, eating lots of poutine, bagels, and Montréal smoked meat. Oh, and visiting some markets, eating cheese, and desperately trying to stay warm. Also, Igloofest MIGHT happen, so that could be cool. Yay Montréal!
Say WHAT?!?!?! Did I just throw Mexico into the mix for 2013? Yup. I totally did. BAM! It’s there.
Why Mexico? Well for one, I NEED to leave Canada. No, I’m not running from the law (that I know of). I just need to be on the move. I need new things to see/do/experience/write about. Plus, a good friend of mine is having her baby in Mexico, and she’s graciously permitted me to crash at her place for a month, play with her toddler, and hold her shiny new baby. I love brand new babies.
I’ll be near Puerto Vallarta, but I plan to explore a couple places in Mexico. I’ve been dying to visit Morelia, and I have a friend from my Niagara hostel days, who is working at a hostel in Playa del Carmen. So guess who is going to Playa, and doing social media work at a hostel in exchange for FREE accommodation for the ENTIRE month of April?! ME!!!!.
So, yeah, Mexico.
Central America is on the radar, but not confirmed (which means that if Central America doesn’t happen this year, you cannot get pissy with me). Here’s the thing. I’ll be in Mexico, right? Can I really ignore the fact that Central America is like, RIGHT THERE?! I’m not sure if I can. So, I’m leaving Central America open as a side option, for BEFORE I fly to Thailand. If Central America does happen, then there is a likelihood that I will spend 2-3 months travelling through every country in the region.
Woot! A NEW CONTINENT!
This part is probably not a huge surprise. I talk about Asia, and Thailand, like ALL THE TIME! My plan is this… Move to Thailand.
I’ve spent a lot of time in Thailand, and it’s a country that I can see myself living in. Which probably explains why I plan to fly back to Thailand, rent an apartment, and use Bangkok as my home base. Oh yeah, Shwarma EVERY F-ING WEEK, PEOPLE!! Plus I’ll revisit Sukhothai and Chiang Mai, venture to Ayutthaya, and I may even visit an island or two. Ah, Thailand, I’ve missed you.
Let’s hear it for a return to China!! I have a love/hate relationship with China, and that will not keep me from returning. We have unfinished business, China and I. At the moment the plan to to take the boat from Chiang Saen, Thailand to Jinhong, China, again! Once I’m in Yunnan Province, I’ll be travelling north to Zhongdian (Shangri-la), then through small mountain towns to Chengdu in Sichuan. From there I’ll use buses and van shares to travel along the Chinese portion of the Silk Road.
After the Chinese Silk Road there is a small chance that I could take a train to Beijing, and possibly pop up to Mongolia for a couple weeks. But that is barely a blip on my travel radar at this point.
Radar Blips, But No Confirmed Plans
Aside from the above countries there are a few places which are on the radar, but they are merely ‘What if’ options at this point. In other words, I could decide to go to any of the following countries at the last minute if I find a seat sale, decide to visit friends, agree to a blogging partnership, or have some extra travel funds that are burning a hole in my bank account.
- Bandar Seri Begawan
So, what are YOUR travel plans for 2013?