2016 Travel Resolutions

Now that I’ve landed a job that requires me to stay in one place–kind of like the one I had in Austin last year–I’m no longer free to take off on a whim. My vacation time is limited to the 25 paid vacation days–7 of which are scheduled, 48 weekends, 4 three-day weekends, and 1 four-day weekend… and I plan to make the most of all that.

I know that if I don’t make a concerted effort to keep traveling in 2016, it’s likely that I let these weekends slip by uneventfully. To counter that, I’ve made a list of places that I’d love to visit this year–mostly local, but I’m hoping on one big(ish) international trip at the end of the year.

Portland, OR

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I’ve heard so much about this place from friends (and Portlandia) that it’s time I visited! Although I’m not a huge fan of traveling to cities, I have a feeling that Portland isn’t going to be one of those cities! The public transportation, the outdoorsy people, the microbrew culture… I’m excited to experience all of that.

Hopefully, I get to squeeze in a few visits to some friends in the area as well!

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

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Some tour leaders and I are planning on a reunion post-season in Munich for Oktoberfest! I know it’s a completely touristy activity… but since it’s a huge group of us, it fits. There’s nothing I want more than spending a week with buds from the training group.

I’m really hoping everyone follows through on this one–2 months already feels too long since I’ve seen a few familiar faces. Also, it’s been almost 3 years since I’ve been in Europe so it’s about time for me to make my way back. Maybe I’ll coordinate with some bloggers/European friends to make it the most epic reunion ever!

Trekking in Torres del Paine, Chile

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This is the thing I’m most excited about! Not only is Torres del Paine absolutely beautiful, but it’s going to give me the thru-hike that I’ve always imagined.

To prep, I’m thinking of going on a few shorter thru-hikes during the summer before I fly over to Chile. After all, I’ve never done one before. The closest I’ve ever gotten was that 12-miler in Big Bend!

Perfecting the Microadventure

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Most of all, I want to learn the art of the microadventure this year. Prior to 2016, I’d never even heard of the word “microadventure!” I never needed to take a shortage of time into account when planning my travels. But now, I’m severely limited and determined to make the best of it.

Some time during this year, I want to:

  • Do a short thru-hike (3-4 days)
  • Go snowboarding in Colorado/Utah
  • Get my Open Water Diver’s Certification
  • Get my motorcycle license

I’m sure this list will continue to grow and shrink as the year goes on!

What’s on your travel wishlist this year?

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  • http://beertimewithwagner.com/ Jordan Beck Wagner

    Let me know if you make it to Munich for Oktoberfest!!!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      For sure!!! Are you still abroad or have you moved back stateside?

      • http://beertimewithwagner.com/ Jordan Beck Wagner

        I’ll be in Scotland until September and then hoping to move to Germany! My boyfriend is German so I’m currently on the job search there!

        • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

          Ahh!! That’s so exciting and cute! Best of luck with finding a job in Germany :)

  • http://www.crumbsinthebed.com/ Kerri

    I’m assuming Micro-adventures are like day trips and things? If they are then I’m already winning at that, we day trip all the time :) If it’s not, I’m not interested, I only care about winning.

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Hahaha you crack me up. As much as it will pain me to admit… yes you are winning. Only ’cause I’m not part of the competition yet. Just sayin’ :)

  • http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com/ bevchen

    Wow, sounds like you have an exciting year ahead! No judgement on the touristiness of going to Oktoberfest – I’ve been :-)

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      That’s what I’m hoping! How did you like Oktoberfest?? Tell me more!!

      • http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com/ bevchen

        It’s reeeeeally crowded and the beer is expensive, but it’s good fun. You’ll need to turn up early to get in a tent – once they’re full, nobody can get in unless other people leave – and consider taking some tissues as toilet roll runs out fairly fast.

        • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

          Hahaha thanks for all these great tips! I’m anticipating a pretty good time :)

  • http://lanivcox.wordpress.com/ Lani

    What a list. You are amazing and so good about making those travel dreams come true. I used to live in PDX and have a love/hate relationship with that place. You’ll probably love it tho’ – good food and wonderful parks. Spring is to die fo.

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Says the amazing author! What, this little ol’ 3-bullet list? Nahh. Have any tips about Portland when I do eventually make it over? :) Why the love/hate?

      • http://lanivcox.wordpress.com/ Lani

        Ahhh, the list is too long. I had my worst job and worst relationship in that city. I also felt like I was never hip enough and that no one worked, but me :P But seriously, it’s a hard place to make friends and be single. Of course, that all might have changed. A lot of Californians were moving there when I was leaving…but the plus sides, it’s beautiful. Love the parks, great eats, wonderful spring, public transportation, walkable, lots to love – I don’t think you’ll be able to go wrong.

        • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

          It’s a bummer that it was hard to make friends/live up the single life there. I feel like these should be a requirement of any city! I’ll give you a report once I go :) from a traveler’s standpoint, those sound like pretty reasons to visit!

  • http://snowintromso.com/ Van @ Snow in Tromso

    I’ll definitely go on more local adventures in Norway this year!! Sometimes you don’t need to travel far to experience something new and exciting ;)

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      You’re really good at taking advantage of your weekends already, Van! Hopefully I’ll be able to as well :)

  • http://cyclewriteblog.wordpress.com/ cyclewrite

    Coincidentally dearie and I are going to Europe this fall. I don’t have enough time and money to travel beyond North America. Anyway southern France, in wine region of Beaune, Dijon, then over to Barcelona, then eventually to German medieval town before back to Canada.
    This is my 4th trip to Europe.

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Sounds like an exciting trip! I was in the Mediterranean part of southern France and it was beautiful there. I’m sure the wine region is going to be fascinating as well! How long is it going to be?

      Hope you have a wonderful time on your trip :)

  • http://www.laurenonlocation.com laurenonlocation

    So many comments on this! First of all you’re going to LOVE Portland. It’s so doesn’t have a big city feel- one of my favorites in the US! And Oktoberfest is amazing, even if it is touristy! So much so that I’ve been twice :D It also looks like I’m just going to miss you in Chile which I’m really sad about!! Still can’t wait to follow all of your adventures this year! Even though you’ve settled down in one place, seems like you’re going to make the most of it! :D

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Awesome! I was a bit on the fence about Portland when I first wrote this… but looks like I’ll definitely make a trip now! Nooo! When are you going to be in Chile?!

      Can’t wait to follow YOU on all your adventures! And yeah, hopefully I beat the workplace travel slump, haha

      • http://www.laurenonlocation.com laurenonlocation

        I’m heading to Chile mid February for a few months! :D

        • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

          Aww we are JUST (barely, almost, not really) missing each other!

  • http://adventitiousviolet.com/ Camila @ AdventitiousViolet

    aaaaaaaahhhh I’m SO jealous that you’re going to Patagonia! It is meant to be absolutely amazing! I’ll live vicariously through you when you post about it!!!x

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Thanks, Camila! I know, I keep googling photos of it and it’s making me squeal in excitement!

  • Aryn Hill

    Let me know when you get to Portland! I hope you like eating A LOT.

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      OMG. Wait, are YOU in Portland?!?!?!?! I keep losing track of you because you go EVERYWHERE. I’m definitely hitting you up :)

  • http://www.slightlyastray.com/ Anna | slightly astray

    I LOVE Portland!! I’m only been once, but I’m still gonna say that it’s one of my favorite cities in America!! You’re going to eat soooo well there! I’m jealous!!! I have some rec’s if you find yourself in a shortage of food (though I doubt that’ll happen!). And your plans for the year sounds amazing… two international trips! I’m excited for you to go to Torres del Paine. I didn’t go when I was in Chile so I will live it vicariously through you instead!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      YESSS!! I’m going to gain 20 pounds there and not even care! Um, yes, definitely pass along some recommendations. I know there are no less than 200 lists out there about best food in Portland, but personal recommendations are even better :)

      • http://www.slightlyastray.com/ Anna | slightly astray

        I know the food carts are constantly changing there, so I hope these are still there! Nong’s chicken and rice is a really famous one and it was delicious. The People’s Pig was my favorite cart and that porchetta sandwich I had remains my top 3 sandwiches I’ve ever had! Both are at Alder Street, but across the road from each other… if they haven’t moved, that is. And for a deli, I LOVED Kenny and Zuke’s. Their reuben was the best I’ve ever had!

        • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

          Ahhh thanks so much :) I have no idea how I’m going to be able to fit all the foodventures into this visit but I’m going to try!

  • http://www.haveashley.com/ Ashley

    Oktoberfest will be so fun! I have been to a smaller festival in Munich and it was a blast.

    <3 Have Ashley, Will Travel

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Thanks, Ashley! I think that’s the one we’re thinking of going to! Isn’t that the main Oktoberfest?

      • http://www.haveashley.com/ Ashley

        We went to a festival in April… so it only had two tents. But yes, the one you are planning to go to is the main one. :)

        • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

          Ohhh gotcha. I didn’t know they held one in April! I’m so excited :)

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    Ha ha – you are so similar to me, I am also fully intending to make the most of every single one of my long weekends/weekends!!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      We can do it!! We’ll keep each other accountable ;)