Where I’ll be Headed this Year!

This past month has been full of everything it seems: work has been crazy, life has been one thing after another and trip planning for 2014, well, we’ve been doing a lot of that too!  At the beginning of the year, Nick and I always sit down and plan out our calendar.  For us, it’s necessary not only to plan for time off but also to schedule around work trips that I know I’ll be taking, family events and anything else that pops up on our calendar.  Planning our year out in advance helps us to get to all the amazing places we want to go and make sure we have enough time to make it there.  

This year, we’re a little behind on the majority of the planning for individual trips just because I haven’t had hardly any time to do a ton of it, however we do have locations narrowed down and where we will be in what months.  We’ll be gone in February for our trip through Asia which is all complete for the planning stage, but when we get home, I’ll be turning my attention to our next amazing destinations on the horizon.   

I’ve updated my Upcoming Travels page as well, but here is where we’re planning on heading this year, many of the places I had on my Travel Wishlist at the beginning of the year and am so excited to experience!

In March, we’ll be escaping for a weekend in Eastern Washington.  We’re going to be staying at the Desert Wind Winery, indulging in gorgeous scenery and fantastic food and wine.  I’m so excited to make the 4 hour drive and finally get to see this part of Washington.
April will bring a busy month of travel, with our first stop a weekend in Seattle.  I’ll be taking a certification exam in Seattle and we’ll stay for the weekend, enjoying our favorite restaurants, a trip to Pike’s Place Market and maybe doing a little shopping.
April will also bring us to the South West!  I’m so excited for our weekend trip to New Mexico, with stops in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.  We’re going to take in the exotic landscape and spend some time at the Native American ruins all over this area.  I can’t wait for this adventure.

For our annual Memorial Day weekend escape, this year we chose to stay on the West Coast with a trip to LA and driving the scenic route up the coast to Santa Barbara.  I’m so excited to take in the gorgeous Southern California coast and spend a weekend in the sun.
For Nick’s birthday, we’re going to heading up to the San Juan Islands in July.  We’ve been wanting to make it up there for a while and this was the perfect chance to do it.  We’ll be taking in the gorgeous views, taking the ferry over to the Islands and I’m hoping for some whale watching.
We’ll make our annual August trip to Hawaii to photograph my projects that are under construction during the Summer.  This year, I’m hoping to take Nick over to the Windward side of the Island so he can take in the incredible mountains on that area of Oahu.

And the last trip on the calendar for now for 2014, will be our Fall Europe trip with stops in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brugges and Paris in October. These are all places in Europe that have been on the top of my list for a while and even though we don’t have much of this trip booked yet (other than our flights to Copenhagen), I’m really excited to start planning this trip! 
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17739295507898824699 Jenn @ A Country Girl’s World

    Sounds like you have a great year ahead! :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

      It’s very exciting!!! Can’t wait to start planning more of these trips!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14647707557228625706 Amanda

    I’m from Albuquerque so it’s always nice to see it on a traveling list, but most of the Native American sites in and around the cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe aren’t ruins but actual functioning pueblos and reservations. There are of course ruins as well, but you might have to drive a bit further to see them. You should see definitely the Petroglyphs if you are in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area. And of course, Puye Cliff Dwellings (the stunning, famous, ancient ruins) are about an hour and a half drive from Albuquerque.

    And you have to be really careful of photography. It’s usually okay for private use on Navajo lands, but lots of the Pueblos ban photography. x

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

      Thanks for the great info!!! We will have a car and will be driving around and I believe those famous ruins you mentioned are on our list to hit! :) I can’t wait! And thanks for the photo tip, I’ll be sure to let my husband know so he’s prepared!

  • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kiki

    I am looking forward to see your travels through Washington, I have never traveled much around the west coast even though I am from there so its definitely on my list!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

      I’m really looking forward to exploring Washington more this year. It has such amazing places and I’m really anxious to see more of the state!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17759129721234178444 Courtney

    It looks like you have an exciting year ahead! I’m so glad you found my blog – I’ve been a fan of yours for AGES! Make sure to have dinner at the Pink Door in Seattle – it’s my favorite restaurant back home :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

      Ahh thanks! :) I’m so glad I found you as well! I can’t wait to sit down and go through your archives when I have time this weekend. I’ll have to check out Pink Door :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10141952487274429632 BoardingTogether

    Let me explain how extremely jealous I am….wait I don’t think i can because no words can explain how jealous I am after reading this post! all in all, have a fantastic time :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

      I’m so excited for this year :) So many amazing places to explore!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16389690355601584097 Elizabeth Georgian

    Enjoy your fun trips! I went to Brugges in the fall last year and it is so wonderful, I’m sure that you will have a blast!

    Elizabeth from luyoutravel.blogspot.com

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

      I keep hearing so many wonderful things about Brugges and I can’t wait to experience it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18258044753594130998 Kathleen Walpole

    Copenhagen and Amsterdam remain two of my favorite cities in Europe! Have a ton of fun!


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

      People keep telling me that! :) I can’t wait to visit both of them!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00092021094558795339 Amy Hayes

    Sounds like you have a busy year coming up!! All exciting places for sure – can’t wait to hear about your experiences in each of them! :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

      Such an exciting year full of amazing places! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11549435832248531326 Kayla

    Yayy! I am from Eastern Washington and I have to say, it is a gorgeous place. Walla Walla is also a great place for wine tasting, as is the Columbia Basin (more Central Washington). Enjoy your travels!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

      I’m sooooo excited about our weekend in Eastern Washington. It’s so close to us and I am hoping that it becomes a place we love to return to!

  • http://diditravels.wordpress.com/ Dianne

    Wow! What a fantastic year you have ahead of you! Enjoy it all!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

      I am so excited for everything to come this year!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09543581308363689982 Chantal

    I can’t wait to hear all about your trips!!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

      I can’t wait to share them! :)

  • http://akwanderlusts.com/ ampirtle

    My heart is aching for the Pacific NW! Jealous that you’ll be in some of my favorite places. Have a wonderful year of travels!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

      The Pacific NW really is an incredible place and so many amazing things close to us!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04637020099477925075 ifs ands Butts

    I love love loved Copenhagen!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

      I hear so many great things about Copenhagen… so excited to experience it!!! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05409622739392860916 Erica

    I know you’re pretty familiar with the area, but let me know if you need any recs!
    Would also love to grab coffee if you find yourself with some time :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

      I’ll let you know! We’re up in Seattle for my certification exam which is going to take most of my time :( but I’ll let you know if any free time opens up!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02142492663025989535 Blogger Ash

    So jealous!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05607557583803533249 Ashley Freeman

    I’m a transplant from the deep south (Louisiana) to Eastern WA! You’ll be so surprised at the terrain. My husband told me to never admit that I was a “wine out of the box” gal (not ashamed) but exploring all the vineyards and wine tasting here has been so exciting! Washington is such a diverse state, it will be fun to explore. I hope y’all have fun while you are here!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

      Oh I’m so excited to explore more of that area! :)