Happy 2015, everyone! Last year, I sought independence in travel. I wanted to see if I could make it out there in the big world on my own without having to worry about anyone else’s expectations or needs. (It sounds selfish, but it’s true.) Well, it’s a brand new year, and I find myself having brand new travel goals. I still want to see the world, but I also want to visit some places with other people. As I found out when I went to Ireland last fall, sometimes others coming along can make you see a place in a completely different light. Here are some of the places I plan to go with people that I know being somewhere nearby:
1. Washington, D.C.
My sisters’ tweens recently reminded me that they had never been on a plane before. This must change! Back when I was a child, my parents took me to DC to see all of the important monuments and to give me a sense of history. To be honest, I only remember the museums, but I know I went to those other places and that’s what counts. I want to make sure that my sisters’ kids can check off “visited the nation’s capitol” before adulthood.
2. Key West, FL
There are certain friends in this world with whom you can share your angst and weirdness, and they turn it into an excuse to have a shared joke. This is the group that I’ve decided to go to Key West with. We are going to find Hemingway’s cats and take a lot of pictures and probably do some performance art. Stay tuned.
Lucia has invited me a thousand times over, and it’s time for me to go. Come for the food, she’s said. Come see this random but important cultural phenomena, she’s implored. And I’ve been like sure, be right there. But lately all of her pictures on Instagram have been thoroughly convincing. Not that I wouldn’t have gone before just for the love of Lucia, but seriously look at this photo.
4. Boston, MA
I’m traveling for work with a co-worker to one of my favorite cities in the United States, Boston! Finally, I will be liberated once more from the confines of a car to get from one place to another. Give me a Charlie card. I’m free! Of course, I hope that I will have a chance to revisit some of my preferred tourist spots like the Museum of Fine Arts and Quincy Market. Maybe I’ll meet up with Elias!
Where else should I go this year with other people? Are there any places that you like to go non-solo?