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Badger
02-06-2012, 07:54 PM
Sadly, no international travel for the Badgers this year. The Mrs and I are attending a conference in St. Louis (I've insisted that we drive past America's Largest Catsup Bottle so I can get a FOT pic); there may be a summer trip to Palm Desert; and there's another conference in San Diego, which I might attend solo. These should be OK trips, though it's never awesome to have to prepare research ahead of time. It goes without saying that preparing ahead of time is better than having to write your paper in the bathroom of the hotel because it's 3 a.m. and you don't want to disturb anyone but your panel is at 9 [cough, Madison, cough, cough].

We all know that jeffmac is soon going somewhere fun (http://forums.tombihn.com/travel-tips/4494-traveling-overpackers.html#post33650). What about you?

jannilee
02-06-2012, 08:15 PM
Cuba - done but will probably go back next year for a more adventurous experience. Spain in April - Granada, Seville, Madrid and....??? Not fully planned yet. Travelling with my best travel buddy. We will probably go one other place in addition to those listed. We will be there for 2 1/2 weeks. I will go to Ontario in the summer and possibly DC in the fall for a Smithsonian overdose. Of course SF is on the list and so is Chicago but not sure how much more I can work in without running seriously into debt.

GEOcycle
02-07-2012, 05:21 AM
Back to the USA either in Sept for a friend's wedding, or Xmas. Isle of Man / UK in the fall, or Xmas. Hopefully attending a conference in Beijing with my wife this summer as well. I should be starting work soon so hopefully that will leave more money to travel through Japan, and the surrounding countries!

WhiteStar
02-07-2012, 05:40 AM
Let's see... Denver for 5 days next week. Garden City , KS, for 3 days in March. A week in Albuquerque/ 4 Corners in May. Maybe Casper Wyoming in May. Either a week in Northern CA or Montana in June. A few days in Eagle (near Vail), CO in July. A week in Minnesota in August. Amarillo, TX in September. Nothing planned for the rest of the year.....

snowbot
02-07-2012, 06:45 AM
Brazil for one week this Spring (all work), hopefully a couple of weeks in Australia (vacation!), at least one trip to Madison, WI, a family trip to Alberta, and, most likely, a trip or two to Washington DC on short notice (work). I'm hoping to get to Portland, OR or Seattle, too, but nothing has been planned yet.

BPritchard
02-07-2012, 12:46 PM
As of the middle of June, my wife will join me in retirement.

She retired in 2000 after 30 years as a Kindergarten teacher and opened a Child Care business concentrating in teacher's children. She wanted to keep the summer, Fall and spring times opened for the grandchildren.

She was down to two 3 year girls for 2011-2012 school year. One of the girls left for pre-school so now only one is left.
Seems like the right time to close down since her current child will go to pre-school in the fall.

I retired last month as a software developer due to a RIF. I was planning on two or three more years before official retirement, but the decision was made for me.

I feel fortunate that I was able to join a Medicare Advantage plan starting in Feb 1. Also, I will get full Social Security retirement this May. At least I don't have to find employment for medical coverage. We were fortunate enough to be able to build up adequate retirement investments plus my wife's pension from the state.

She has said that this is a sign for us to travel while our health is good; especially remembering my bout with stage four cancer when I was 36 years old. We have friends that are suffering from bad knees, arthritis, and other problems that would make travel not as enjoyable.

Our big trip this year is to Minnesota this June. We also want to visit Santa Fe and San Antonio. Now we can go whenever we want to.

We also joined a Senior house swap program. This way, we can travel to a location and avoid the hotel expense.

I'll keep my skills up to date in case I want to do some contract work in the future.

So we will travel as much as we can while we can.

snowbot
02-07-2012, 03:23 PM
It goes without saying that preparing ahead of time is better than having to write your paper in the bathroom of the hotel because it's 3 a.m. and you don't want to disturb anyone but your panel is at 9 [cough, Madison, cough, cough].
Oh my! And I thought losing my free day before the meeting to presentation preparation was bad.

bltkmt
02-08-2012, 06:13 AM
As of the middle of June, my wife will join me in retirement.

Congratulations to you both! Enjoy your freedom!

Badger
02-08-2012, 08:56 AM
Oh my! And I thought losing my free day before the meeting to presentation preparation was bad.

It's better than the time I was writing my paper in the taxi on the way to my panel.

Badger
02-08-2012, 09:02 AM
She has said that this is a sign for us to travel while our health is good; especially remembering my bout with stage four cancer when I was 36 years old. We have friends that are suffering from bad knees, arthritis, and other problems that would make travel not as enjoyable.

Amen to that. I've been in school my entire life, and Mrs B and I have used our rather meager resources to prioritize travel. I've seen relatives wait for "someday" only to succumb to illness or have some tragedy befall them--so "someday" never came. While traveling isn't for everyone, I think that if it's something you value, it's so worth it to do it now and not put it off.

bpritchard, I hope you and your wife enjoy your upcoming journeys.

nukediver
02-08-2012, 09:33 AM
Amen to that. I've been in school my entire life, and Mrs B and I have used our rather meager resources to prioritize travel. I've seen relatives wait for "someday" only to succumb to illness or have some tragedy befall them--so "someday" never came. While traveling isn't for everyone, I think that if it's something you value, it's so worth it to do it now and not put it off.

I couldn't agree more Badger. My partner and I live in a modest townhouse, specifically so we can travel. This year, we've already gone to Ft. Lauderdale for a week, and have many upcoming trips - a week-long Caribbean cruise (18 days from now), a week in Houston (work, ugh), 8 days on a live-aboard dive boat in the St. Maarten area, countless day trips into NYC, several weekends in Lewes, DE to visit friends, and a possible long weekend in DC later in the year. Can't wait!

Badger
02-08-2012, 09:58 AM
I couldn't agree more Badger. My partner and I live in a modest townhouse, specifically so we can travel. This year, we've already gone to Ft. Lauderdale for a week, and have many upcoming trips - a week-long Caribbean cruise (18 days from now), a week in Houston (work, ugh), 8 days on a live-aboard dive boat in the St. Maarten area, countless day trips into NYC, several weekends in Lewes, DE to visit friends, and a possible long weekend in DC later in the year. Can't wait!

Man, I could use a trip to the Caribbean right now. Iowa is so unsexy in the winter time.

Flinx
02-08-2012, 03:03 PM
Trip to AZ planned in a couple of months, and a trip to Vegas over Labor Day weekend (The Gathering, woo!)

The Vegas trip depends on whether I can get back to full time employment though... Currently at 24 hours a week, bleh.

Nothing else big planned, but a few long weekends for fishing, camping, and hunting are always on the menu, and will give me ample opportunity to use my Aeronaut.

nukediver
02-08-2012, 05:35 PM
@badger, I kinda like winter, but as I get older, that's changing. Can't say I've had the opportunity to *enjoy* an Iowa winter ��

marcus
02-08-2012, 06:33 PM
I could not agree more with you Badger. I love to travel and prefer to prioritize funds so that we can travel. I am thankful we can travel now and hope and pray that we will be able for a long time. This year so far my wife and I will travel in May on a cruise in the Caribbean. In August, South Carolina, and then this Spring a NYC trip. I would love to add to that travel.

Jenne
02-08-2012, 09:26 PM
Our big trip is (hopefully) England/ Ireland/ Wales in May. Then Anaheim for a conference in June. Possibly India in September, depending on finances. And my son and I hope to drive to Utah to look for rocks with my parents.

I love travel, so it is a priority in my budget!

Badger
02-08-2012, 09:33 PM
@badger, I kinda like winter, but as I get older, that's changing. Can't say I've had the opportunity to *enjoy* an Iowa winter ��

I got to "enjoy" Wisconsin winters for like 10 years, and Iowa's nothing by comparison. It's just been very blah here for a few days. Everything looks all washed out.

Archangelo
02-08-2012, 11:02 PM
The Mrs and I are attending a conference in St. Louis (I've insisted that we drive past America's Largest Catsup Bottle so I can get a FOT pic)...

Somehow, I thought it would be closer to Pittsburgh.

Archangelo
02-08-2012, 11:04 PM
I am hoping for another family Christmas in NorCal/ Oregon. Then, I can actually buy one of these awesome bags instead of just look at them longingly on my computer screen.

Badger
02-09-2012, 07:37 PM
Somehow, I thought it would be closer to Pittsburgh.

Nope. Behold, in all its Midwestern glory, the Largest Catsup Bottle in America:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-TwvJfXFf2sc/TzSPzeP5ZaI/AAAAAAAAAb0/16TjHyAaLx0/s512/IMG_0642.jpg

See how patriotic it is?

Here's a closer-up picture that attests to its Catsup-ness, rather than its Ketchup-ness:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-uposek3hNFg/TzSPzhWZijI/AAAAAAAAAb4/4eTrDILFypw/s512/IMG_0643.jpg

I took these pics last Christmas, pre-FOT. This year I'll go back and do it right.

jeffmac
02-09-2012, 08:12 PM
I have a crazy first half of the year travel wise:

Indiana next week, San Francisco and Tampa the week after (horrible planning on my part)

Germany and Italy in March

Vegas in April and again in June.

Only Italy is for fun...my Tristar is going to get a workout!

Badger
02-10-2012, 02:14 PM
I have a crazy first half of the year travel wise:

Indiana next week, San Francisco and Tampa the week after (horrible planning on my part)

Germany and Italy in March

Vegas in April and again in June.

Only Italy is for fun...my Tristar is going to get a workout!

I dunno--can a person even think of Indiana without also thinking "fun"?

Are you going to Indianapolis? If so, it's worth the drive to Carmel to have this great ice cream pie at Mitchell's Fish Market. That pie is SO BIG. Almost as big as the Catsup Bottle.

jaon
02-10-2012, 03:39 PM
So far this year I've already been to Ontario once. And I'll be heading back in July for sure.

JLE
02-10-2012, 04:43 PM
Just to provide a little Southern Hemisphere flavour, here are my plans. Spent half of January in Portsea, Victoria (sort of Melbourne's equivalent of the Hamptons). Going to the Freycinet Peninsula in Tasmania in April and to Fiji in July. No doubt there will be a few girls' weekends in Sydney, including one in August to compete in the Sydney City to Surf "fun" run, and I am hoping to get up to Hong Kong to visit friends later in the year (OK, that's not southern hemisphere...)

flitcraft
02-11-2012, 09:30 PM
My first trip is to Spring Training in a couple of weeks in Phoenix, then to San Diego, to Hangzhou China, to Honolulu, to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, to Sao Paolo Brazil, to Nanjing China, and to Berlin for other conferences during the summer and early fall, and then to Pennsylvania and North Carolina for conferences in the later fall, and lastly to Australia in December for the last conference of the year. Tough work, but somebody has to do it, and I'm on sabbatical this year. (Since my university insists that we fly coach, it really will be a trial for some of these trips!) My Tristar and Western Flyer will see a lot of places again this year, and I don't expect to check a bag for any of them.

blackfungi
02-12-2012, 01:47 PM
we will be going to china this june. where? enping city, guang dong, china. we may check out taiwan as well. photos shall be forthcoming.

notmensa
02-15-2012, 05:55 PM
I'm on a spur-of-the-moment trip at present, three night trip to Brisbane (from Sydney) to visit my parents. It's one of the first times I've travelled with just the Western Flyer and my Eagle Creek small cross body bag (soon to be replaced by a SCB. Or MCB. Or maybe the Ristretto!). The Western Flyer slides smoothly under the seat in Virgin Australia's 737-800 jets.

Next trip is to Ireland and New Zealand, leaving Oz on March 9.

Lani
02-16-2012, 02:54 PM
Main trip this year will be 10 days in Japan in late May. My mother will be playing tour guide to me and my husband, and we will be visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara.

Badger
02-16-2012, 05:07 PM
Main trip this year will be 10 days in Japan in late May. My mother will be playing tour guide to me and my husband, and we will be visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara.

So, so jealous. We've been planning a trip to the Mother Country for a long while, but then we always seem to go to Mrs B's mother country instead of mine.

Are you going to go to Junk Garage? Are you planning a trip to the Studio Ghibli museum? If I gave you money, would you buy me a Zone 1 DVD of Tonari no Totoro in Japanese? Actually, would you just take me with you?

JLE
02-16-2012, 09:16 PM
Main trip this year will be 10 days in Japan in late May. My mother will be playing tour guide to me and my husband, and we will be visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara.

I took my TriStar on a trip to Japan late last year (Kansai; stayed in Kobe with a friend). The customs people assumed I had strolled past the baggage carousel by mistake! I had to assure them that yes, the TriStar was my only piece of luggage....

monkeyluis
02-17-2012, 02:24 AM
We're going on a cruise at the end of March. Just to the southern carribean. Look forward too it. I bought the super ego to carry my stuff like iPad, kindle, other stuff. I bought my son (8) a small cafe bag so he can carry his own books & Nintendo ds & notebooks for drawing. & then some other misc accessories for the bags & they are addicting. Lol.

dorayme
02-17-2012, 05:39 AM
My trips this year are domestic, by car, mostly staying in our Travel Trailer, though my solo trips will be in hotel;
If we can work out the schedule, Colonial Williamsburg next weekend for their February homeschool event,
Lexington, KY for Pastor's wives conference mid March just me,
our seasonal camping site at Lake Hartwell, SC the first week in April and several other random weekends throughout the summer,
Atlanta, GA for Stitches South in mid May, just me,
Jackson, MI and the UP for two weeks June -July for Rocky's reunion, and to visit his extended family,
Swanonoa, NC for summer camp, mid July
Myrtle Beach, SC mid October, church conference,
Southern Animal Fiber Festival at the end of October in Henderson, NC, maybe just me, but I would love to bring everyone this year.
And if our schedules allow, local weekend getaways here and there to various campgrounds.

Badger
02-17-2012, 08:28 AM
We just decided that we would take a 3-day, 2-night trip to Chicago during spring break. We'll probably go see a couple of the traveling exhibits at the Field, and drink cocktails at Violet Hour, but mostly we're going to go look at furniture, sit on couches, etc., because the Badgers just bought a house. (This will, of course, greatly reduce our ability to travel abroad for a while, but I'm really happy we won't be renting anymore.)

I am trying to resist the urge to buy a Smart Alec to take on this trip.

dorayme
02-17-2012, 09:22 AM
Congratulations Badgers with your home purchase! Home ownership comes with many benefits, but is also full of sacrifice and responsibility as you well know! As you venture down this new path I'm sure you will find new outlets for your love of living life along with your now less frequent travel. And remember you can use TB organization around the home too ;-}

Badger
02-19-2012, 10:07 PM
Thanks, dorayme, for your kind words. Two years ago, if you told me I'd be a "homeowner," I would not have believed you; the word just did not compute (I now feel similarly about the word "parent", but ask me again in another two years!). There's nothing like picking out tiles for your backsplash to make the reality sink in, let me tell you.

Mrs B and I have decided that we will need to eat out less and not download e-books whenever the whim strikes us. Since we've already scaled back our video game (me) and clothing (her) purchases, this additional frugality will hopefully make a difference for us. It also helps us free up money for purchases that really matter, like bathroom tile and a new Smart Alec!

nukediver
02-20-2012, 05:48 AM
I am trying to resist the urge to buy a Smart Alec to take on this trip.

Resistance is futile! I am about to purchase a Synapse for my partner's 50th birthday this Friday, even though I just bought a bunch of stuff last week for me (passport pouch, Large Cafe Bag, other doodads...). Why? Because she kept stealing mine this weekend while packing for our upcoming cruise. And because she finally sees what totally awesome things Tom Bihn makes. LAdies and gentlemen, we have a new convert!

misterN
02-20-2012, 06:48 AM
I am flying out with my sister to Phoenix to my grandparents place again in March during spring break. Planning on watching some Brewer's spring training games (pitchers and catchers just reported today.) Also planning on going up into the mountains and over to the Grand Canyon for a day or two.

More than likely, my Aeronaut and Super Ego will be seeing heavy use. HOPEFULLY the Camera Insert as well. Maybe a Synapse as well. Maybe...

Badger
02-20-2012, 09:03 AM
Resistance is futile! I am about to purchase a Synapse for my partner's 50th birthday this Friday, even though I just bought a bunch of stuff last week for me (passport pouch, Large Cafe Bag, other doodads...). Why? Because she kept stealing mine this weekend while packing for our upcoming cruise. And because she finally sees what totally awesome things Tom Bihn makes. LAdies and gentlemen, we have a new convert!

Nice! It's even better when the new convert, in his/her zeal, sanctions the purchasing of many new bits and bobs.

I'm ordering a bag of some description when I get home from work. Probably a SA. Maybe a Synapse. Gah! Decisions.

nukediver
02-20-2012, 09:13 AM
@Badger, isn't the decision problem AWFUL??

misterN
02-20-2012, 09:38 AM
@Badger, isn't the decision problem AWFUL??

As stolen from GEOcycle.

http://i.qkme.me/366k59.jpg

Badger
02-20-2012, 10:51 AM
As stolen from GEOcycle.

http://i.qkme.me/366k59.jpg

Dudes, I totally would. That's the problem. Truth: I have a Brain Bag, a Synapse, a Smart Alec, a Tri-Star, a Large Cafe Bag, a Cadet, and an iPad Ristretto on my Wish List right now, not to mention the $500 worth of accessories. I slowly mete the bags out, one at a time. It's a good discipline for me.

lauragayle
02-20-2012, 01:45 PM
Greetings! I just got back from a week in Dallas at a conference. Upcoming in 2012: 2 trips to Thailand, a trip to Salt Lake City (most likely), Chicago area, Madison WI, and who knows what else life will throw in??

For the Dallas trip, I did check a bag (:p ), but I carried my Ego and Ristretto on the plane. I bring not only dressy conference clothes, but presents for friends on this trip -- and on the return, some books and CDs (at least the ones that wouldn't fit in my FedEx box I shipped back). However, with the exception of the Thailand trip, I'll be able to rely on my Aeronaut or Tri-Star as my only clothing bag. Whoo hoo!

cheers-
laura

Badger
03-05-2012, 03:10 PM
I didn't think we could swing it this year, but Mrs B. and I will manage to take a trip between the summer term and the start of fall semester. It's even sort of international! We're planning on going to the Niagara area of Ontario to visit wineries (including the very impressive-looking Ontario College Teaching Winery) and hang out by the lake. We'll fly to Buffalo and then drive into Ontario after the requisite stop at Niagara Falls.

Confession time: we are going to check not one, but TWO suitcases for this trip! I'm going to buy two 28" rolling cases in order to accommodate four cases of wine. I'm crossing my fingers that we won't need to pay too much duty. Maybe the fine folks at the border will mistake the wine suitcases for normal luggage--surely they won't suspect that all of our real luggage pieces are TB carryons.

TXGirl
03-05-2012, 03:34 PM
I don't get to travel much, but hopefully in July we'll get to visit family in Idaho. I'll then get to put my Co-Pilot to use.

lauragayle
03-07-2012, 06:55 PM
The good thing about homeownership: you own a house. The reality? The house owns you. In the long run, it's good-- we love having no shared walls, ceiling/floors, etc. And the quiet.

Badger
03-07-2012, 10:13 PM
The good thing about homeownership: you own a house. The reality? The house owns you. In the long run, it's good-- we love having no shared walls, ceiling/floors, etc. And the quiet.

We bought a brownstone, so we'll be sharing a three-hour fire wall with one neighbor. However, we're the first owners so hopefully it won't start crumbling around us as soon as we unpack our boxes.

The best thing for us is that the dog park is in walking distance. Apartment living hasn't been good for Titus's figure.

dlg
03-10-2012, 03:49 PM
but mostly we're going to go look at furniture, sit on couches, etc., because the Badgers just bought a house.

If you're driving and you really REALLY want to look at furniture, stop by Good's in Kewanee, IL on your way to Chicago.

Badger
03-13-2012, 10:30 AM
If you're driving and you really REALLY want to look at furniture, stop by Good's in Kewanee, IL on your way to Chicago.

Thanks for the recommendation--unfortunately, I didn't see it in time. We just got back yesterday, and the furniture expedition was quite successful. We sat on every sofa and sectional in Room and Board. We were in there for three hours. This is not too bad but it followed on the heels of three other stores.

At least I used to sell furniture at one time so it wasn't totally overwhelming. AND, when we got home there was a surprise for me outside my door. Pics to come . . .