…are we going this year?
As I’ve hinted, if all goes as planned 2016 is going to be a big travel year for us. Because we almost always use Frequent Flyer miles for longer distance travel, we have to be flexible and keep an eye on mileage program promotions and limitations. In the past few years we’ve usually taken one big (international) trip per year, but we had some miles and certificates that were set to expire in a few months, so if all goes as planned, we will take two overseas trips this year. We also have a couple of smaller getaways planned.
Let’s go in chronological order…
Rocky Mountain High
Yep, we’re going skiing for a few days, for the first time in 4 years. Needless to say we’re both a bit creaky and will probably be sticking to the easier runs. This time we’re going on our own, and jeune homme will be staying at home with a caregiver. It’s a bit sad for us, as he used to love the skiing and snow (and the ride on the airplane) but the last ski trip we took with him was less a vacation and more a mental and physical endurance test as he was in the throes of some serious aggression and behavior issues. We decided at that point that the only way we’d be able to travel with him in the future would be to hire a full-time helper to come along, and haven’t been able to work that out so far. There are so few activities we can enjoy with him, and we’d hoped this would be one, but maybe someday in the future….
In the meantime, we are looking forward to being able to set our own schedule, ski as much or little as we like, and enjoy a leisurely aprés-ski libation by the fire pit. (My second favorite part of the day. My very favorite is that first run of the day, before the slopes are crowded, and there’s still some fresh “corduroy” to carve. 😉 )
road trip: long weekend in Vegas
It’s becoming our anniversary tradition. Las Vegas has always been more le Monsieur’s thing than mine, but I must admit it’s growing on me; the amazing restaurants with terrace views like this don’t hurt…
I see London, I see France…
When we began planning this year’s Europe trip, we were dismayed to find that flights available with mileage awards during the period we wanted to travel (late Spring) were almost completely unavailable. By the time we were able to snag the LA-to-London leg, we were looking at early July travel. So we decided to work the trip around being in Paris for quatorze julliet, which should be fun. We’ll be a few days in London, a few days touring around Normandy (hopefully including some brocante shopping with Sharon of My French Country Home), and then a few days in Paris. This will also be the first time we’re in Paris during les soldes, so I’ll definitely report on that.
I’ve wanted to visit Japan ever since I was a young child, and had this beautifully illustrated book of Japanese children’s stories. I love Japanese art, architecture and especially the traditional gardens. So in order to use some FF miles before they were devalued, we’ve booked ourselves a few days’ travel in the fall to Tokyo, and hopefully Kyoto (by train) too. I especially want to see the famous bamboo forest. BIL and SIL, who we visited in 2014 in Thailand while they were working on their boat are now back at sea, and may head that way with the boat and meet us.
Will you be traveling in 2016? Where in the world are you going?
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