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Badger
12-21-2012, 01:11 PM
I asked Eric in another thread where he's planning to travel this upcoming year, and I thought it would be even more fun to ask all of you. Where are you planning to go? What are you planning to do? And, which bags are you going to take?

Here's my list so far:
1. Lexington, KY (January)
This is just a quick long weekend trip with Mrs B., one of our grad school friends, and Titus and Hector. We're going to visit another grad school friend who teaches there. Big plans for the trip include catching up, drinking various things, and exploring the city. Biggest plan? Having coffee with Janine, and fulfilling my life-long dream of presenting her with Suddenly SALAD, a box of Hy-Vee Crispy Hexagons and some Italian kleenex.
Bags: Western Flyer, Synapse.

2. Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles (March)
I think the entire academic world decided to have all of its major conventions in Vegas this year, so I'll be going to play video poker. I mean present a paper. Mrs B. and I will re-live our 2011-12 trip to Italy by marveling at the fake Grand Canal in the Venetian Hotel. Spring break falls right after the conference, so we'll be off to LA to visit my sister, brother-in-law, and the newest Badger, Nephew Badger.
Bags: Well. Plans are in the works for this one.

3. South Dakota Badlands and Jackson, WY (May)
Kiddo and I managed not to kill each other on our recent Chicago trip, so we've decided to take a quick road trip west. We'll, um, see how that goes.
Bags: See above. Synapse most likely the DC.

4. Corvallis, Oregon (August)
It's been a while since we've been back to my home town, so we'll take a trip there this summer. Plans include trips to the coast, drinking as many coffees and microbrews as I can handle, long country walks with my parents' dog, and cleaning the last of the crap out of my childhood bedroom (wish me luck). Maybe, if I behave, we'll be able to squeeze in a visit to Seattle and the TB factory.
Bags: Western Flyer and Synapse.

5. Chicago (October)
This is for a conference that I'm not wild about attending, but at least a lot of friends will be there. At least I'll get to make an overdetermined packing list, per usual.
Bags: Maybe just the Smart Alec, since it's only for like two days.

6. Los Angeles (November)
This is tentative, but the addition of Nephew Badger to the family has made me think that it may possibly be worth braving the worst travel weekend of the year to see him gumming a turkey leg.
Bags: Whatever will let me one-bag it, since I have laundry access.

7. Chicago (December)
Annual Chicago trip with Kiddo. Ah, tradition.
Bags: I'm almost positive this trip will be short, so probably Smart Alec.

8. Honolulu, maybe?? (December)
It all depends on whether or not I can convince my parents that we should all be together, and that Mrs B. and I deserve a radical change in temperature at this time of the year.
Bags: Aeronaut and Synapse.

Man. I'm exhausted already.

Fat Crip
12-21-2012, 01:20 PM
That's some list! It makes my modest plans seem very pedestrian. As I said elsewhere, Spain probably 8-10 ties, the South of England a couple of times and, hopefully a wee trip to British Columbia.

darbs
12-21-2012, 01:30 PM
That is some advanced planning!!!

Badger
12-21-2012, 01:42 PM
That is some advanced planning!!!

Yeah, I know. I'm pretty type-A, but I also learn where my conferences will be a year in advance. Depending on how awful the conferences are, the more I want to take consolatory holidays, haha.

Toblerhaus
12-21-2012, 02:15 PM
I love hearing about upcoming travel plans! Some of my plans are still tentative for 2013, but a basic plan is starting to develop.

Charlotte, North Carolina (January)
My annual visit to my home state. The kids and I will visit a host of family and childhood friends, including my sister and precious niece.

Orlando, Florida (May)
Business trip for hubby, play for the rest of us. It might be time for us to see how Disney World measures up to Disneyland. I haven't been to WDW since I was a kid.

St. Louis, MO + Door County, WI (July)
Family wedding and sightseeing in St. Louis. Then, time with my In Laws at their log cabin in the Wisconsin woods.

Barcelona, Spain (October)
Business trip for hubby, adding on vacation time for the whole family to see the sights.

Las Vegas, Nevada (November)
Business trip for hubby, play for the rest of us. We love Red Rocks, the children's museum, people watching, and visiting Hoover Dam.

Bags: I am currently in limbo. I usually carry my Brain Bag with camera and computer gear, and check a bag that I share with the kids. However, the kids are getting their first one bag travel luggage this holiday season. I have an eBags weekender for now, but I hope to acquire an Aeronaut before too long. :-)

Toblerhaus
12-21-2012, 02:18 PM
Yeah, I know. I'm pretty type-A, but I also learn where my conferences will be a year in advance. Depending on how awful the conferences are, the more I want to take consolatory holidays, haha.

Much of our travel revolves around conferences as well. I like having those dates planned well in advance. Hubby is currently pretty exhausted from too many conference presentations, and is dreaming of taking a break.

AVService
12-21-2012, 02:44 PM
Sebring,Florida in February for an RV Rally.
The 15th Annual Scamp Camp!

FL Scamp Camp #15 Sebring FL Feb 11-15, 2013 - Fiberglass RV (http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f57/scamp-camp-15-sebring-fl-feb-11-15-2013-a-53604.html)

Now this is a good time!
Last year I was cornered by an Armadillo in the shower! Of course I don't think he even knew I was in there but still.....
There were almost 70 tiny trailers last year and it gets a little bigger each year. I show movies outside in the park at least once during the event and we had 100 people last year watching the SuperBowl on the 10" screen I set up.
My Tri-Star and Synapse can not wait!

Ed

Badger
12-21-2012, 03:22 PM
Much of our travel revolves around conferences as well. I like having those dates planned well in advance. Hubby is currently pretty exhausted from too many conference presentations, and is dreaming of taking a break.

Ugh, me too. I forgot that I have yet another (very brief) trip to Chicago coming up in April for a meeting of people in my discipline at Big 10 (now 12, I guess) universities. I've already vowed that 2013-2014 will be The Academic Year of Only Two Conferences. One year I went to like six. That was a nightmare from which I could not awaken for months.

WendyK
12-21-2012, 03:38 PM
I'm planning 2 weeks in Europe in June. My husband wants to go to Scotland and I want to go to France, so looks like it will be a week in each. Other than that, just our annual family visit to Ontario in August. I'll definitely bring my small cafe bag with me on both trips. I'm considering a Co-Pilot as well - hoping my husband might have bought it for me for Christmas or for my upcoming birthday.

GuyB
12-21-2012, 06:35 PM
Adelaide, Noosa, Bali...all in the next 6 weeks!

And all with my Aeronaut!

Merry Christmas to one and all :-)

cucciasv
12-22-2012, 05:59 AM
I will be visiting my native Italy in May for two weeks to see family in Aosta, Bologna and Palermo.

The last time I went a couple of years ago, I carried huge roller bags that needed to be checked in. Ridiculous! This time, I'll see how it goes with just my Aeronaut and either my Synapse or my Co-Pilot.

Starting to do lots of research on one-bagging it and packing. One big development for my travels now, though, is that I now take an iPad instead of a 15" MacBook Pro. This is a big reduction in weight, bulk, and hassle. And... on the iPad, I can do everything I need to.



Someone please help me!
I have BAS (Bihn Acquisition Syndrome)!!

WenV
12-22-2012, 02:43 PM
Our family of 4 will be traveling to Singapore and Philippines early in 2013. This will be the first time we're traveling with our two kids (5yo & 16mths). Our 5yo is pretty excited as he's been on a plane previously but first time for the younger child.

Bags to pack: Aeronaut (2), possibly Brain Bag, one Synapse as a nappy bag, another Synapse as my husband's EDC, Co-Pilot as my EDC. Plus an assortment of OP, packing cubes, and travel organizers for the bags. I will post packing photos later.

We haven't quite made it to the One Bagging scenario yet, perhaps for our next big trip to USA when the kids are a bit older. Our trips to Singapore always consisted of bringing stuff back for family members there and vice versa, so traveling light is a pipe dream. :)

JLE
12-22-2012, 06:14 PM
Our TB collection will get lots of use in 2013. Here's what's on the cards so far:

January - 2 weeks with the family at the beach in Portsea, Victoria. 3 Aeronauts, 2 Synapses, 2 LCBs and whatever huge bag my husband insists on taking... :)
February - possibly, a girls' long weekend in Hong Kong or maybe Tokyo (decisions, decisions... :)). Will be taking carry-on luggage only despite weight restrictions. I will use the Aeronaut but only if a niggling shoulder injury has recovered by then; otherwise a Bric's soft sided cabin spinner which comes in at about 2.3 kg empty (not too bad for a good quality wheeled bag)
Also in February - a surprise weekend trip to Tasmania with my husband for our wedding anniversary [shhh!]. The WF plus a LCB or Imago should be perfect for this one.
March - my long-awaited, much-anticipated trip to Bangkok and Bhutan! Imago and Aeronaut - again subject to shoulder recovering, otherwise the Bric's again instead of the Aeronaut.
June/July - four weeks in France and the UK. Much debate already underway about which bags to take! My sons will definitely be taking their Synapses, though.
September - possibly Fiji (TBC). Length of trip will determine bag selection.

In between, lots of short work-related trips to Sydney etc. My WF is my go-to bag for these.

nsh
12-22-2012, 06:17 PM
I love hearing about all the travels! I will, of course, travel with a Synapse as my trusty one bag. I am thinking of adding a Cafe Bag (maybe medium sized) to make a dynamic duo of travel bags.
2013 will be filled with lots of travel:
January: Arizona for a week and Honduras for 17 days
February: DC for a long weekend to visit my Mom recovering from surgery
March: Honduras for a week of fun
April: Chicago for work, Champaign, IL for fun
May: Nancy Drew Conference (finally a fun conference!) in Boston for a whole week!
July: Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia for a family fourth of July celebration
August: surprise trip (TBD) for our first wedding anniversary
That is all I know, so far!
Happy holidays:)

BPritchard
12-23-2012, 09:51 AM
Alaska Cruise

Next May a 7 day cruise roundtrip from Vancover with Holland America. Wife and I will stay a couple of days before the cruise to see the sights in Vancover.
Over the last year, my wife has researched an Alaska trip which included cruise and Denali land tour. We found that the budget for this would be around $8,000 inclusive, air travel, extra time in Vancover, meals on land tour. We did attended a presentation for Discover Alaska. We liked their package since it included food on the land tour and a train from the cruise port to Denali.
Alas, we didn't want to spend the money on one trip where we could do two or three trips with the money saved by only doing the cruise part.

Santa Fe New Mexico
During a hot air ballon festival in Albuquerque.
(we have our passports ;))

San Antonio Texas
Stay near the River walk.

Badger
12-23-2012, 10:15 AM
That's some list! It makes my modest plans seem very pedestrian. As I said elsewhere, Spain probably 8-10 ties, the South of England a couple of times and, hopefully a wee trip to British Columbia.

That's funny, Eric. To me, 8-10 annual trips to Spain seems very exotic—I've never been there. I'd like to walk part of the pilgrimage route of Sant'Iago at some point. (And, you really have not seen "pedestrian" until you've spent hours in a conference room in Skokie, IL.)

Badger
12-23-2012, 10:26 AM
The last time I went a couple of years ago, I carried huge roller bags that needed to be checked in. Ridiculous! This time, I'll see how it goes with just my Aeronaut and either my Synapse or my Co-Pilot.

Starting to do lots of research on one-bagging it and packing. One big development for my travels now, though, is that I now take an iPad instead of a 15" MacBook Pro. This is a big reduction in weight, bulk, and hassle. And... on the iPad, I can do everything I need to.


Sandro, Mrs B. and I traveled for three weeks in Italy last year and I used my Aeronaut. The packing list is somewhere here on the forum. If we were going in late spring/summer, it would be even easier since we wouldn't need coats or layers. The only problem with not checking a bag is that you can't carry on liquids. That meant we couldn't bring back wine or oil from the various regions we visited. Next time, I may just bring a shipper and check that on the way back, or else save up a ton of money and pay to have the wineries ship to me.

Bologna is one of my most favorite cities ever. Jealous.

Toblerhaus
12-23-2012, 11:31 AM
Alaska Cruise

Over the last year, my wife has researched an Alaska trip which included cruise and Denali land tour. We found that the budget for this would be around $8,000 inclusive, air travel, extra time in Vancover, meals on land tour. We did attended a presentation for Discover Alaska. We liked their package since it included food on the land tour and a train from the cruise port to Denali.
Alas, we didn't want to spend the money on one trip where we could do two or three trips with the money saved by only doing the cruise part.


I know all too well how expensive the travel outfits can be in Alaska. I honeymooned with Alaska Wildland Adventures (http://www.alaskawildland.com)and it was quite a hefty chunk of change for an 8 day adventure. The trip was *amazing*, but as cash strapped newlyweds, it was pretty scary to commit that money. I'm so glad we did, though.

I hope your cruise is fantastic! It has been more than 15 years since my Alaska trip, and I am so anxious to go back!

nukediver
01-05-2013, 08:44 AM
So, I have been watching this thread with an extreme amount of jealousy, because for the first time in memory I had NO travel planned for the upcoming year. My better half starts school in two weeks, and will go for 9 months with only a short break over July 4th. We're also opting out of the annual summer Scuba trip with our friends :-(

This is emotionally devastating for a Sagittarius (http://www.astrologyzone.com/lifelove/vacation/sagittarius.html). But I'm ok now, because I just bought plane tickets to Ft. Lauderdale for the end of this month for a family birthday celebration. There's also talk of heading back down over Thanksgiving. There's even a possibility that we'll be away for Christmas, either in Washington, DC or Orlando, FL (thank you DVC (http://disneyvacationclub.disney.go.com/)). But the best news? The BEST news?? Just this morning, my better half said "if we're not going diving, maybe we can visit my friends over the 4th of July? You know, the ones in ...... SEATTLE." Well. After I regained my composure, I offhandedly mentioned that I might want to visit a certain little store. After a moment, she realized I meant TB, and rolled her eyes. But seriously. I. Am. So. Excited.

JonP
01-18-2013, 08:24 PM
Las Vegas - February
New Orleans - March
Minneapolis - March
Phoenix - May
Carolinas or Georgia Coast? - July
Fort Worth - August
Portland - November


Most of these trips are work related, but I usually try and take extra time to see the area and visit any family and/or friends that happen to live nearby.

ArnieJB
01-19-2013, 06:21 AM
Most likely heading to Disney World in Orlando, FL in May for a travel agent conference (wife owns a travel agency specializing in Disney destinations) and then down again in late August for a 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy!

jannilee
01-27-2013, 12:45 PM
Cuba in January (done!)
Arizona in April
Paris and Cardiff Wales in August/September
Ottawa for Christmas
and a few other minor ones Victoria/Vancouver, possibly Portland, Oregon
Never enough!

Fat Crip
01-27-2013, 01:18 PM
Cuba in January (done!)
Arizona in April
Paris and Cardiff Wales in August/September
Ottawa for Christmas
and a few other minor ones Victoria/Vancouver, possibly Portland, Oregon
Never enough!

Can we swap lists, please? I know Cardiff well as I used to live there, but haven't been there for 25 years, and I've only ever been to Paris once, but loved it. The rest would be all new - it's a shame I've missed Cuba, I'd have liked that! :)

jannilee
01-27-2013, 01:42 PM
If you can go to bc why cant you go to Cuba? It would probably be a shorter flight,especially if you flew from Spain. The people there are lovely and so was the resort where we stayed - out in the countryside between varadero and havana. There is a lovely little reef in waist deep water with a good selection of fish and lots of reefs further out too. I have discovered that i LOVE snorkeling.

backpack
01-27-2013, 09:20 PM
I know all too well how expensive the travel outfits can be in Alaska. I honeymooned with Alaska Wildland Adventures (http://www.alaskawildland.com)and it was quite a hefty chunk of change for an 8 day adventure. The trip was *amazing*, but as cash strapped newlyweds, it was pretty scary to commit that money. I'm so glad we did, though.

I hope your cruise is fantastic! It has been more than 15 years since my Alaska trip, and I am so anxious to go back!


I looked at Alaska cruises and all I could see were long ones stopping at all the little tourist trap towns but spending 5 minutes in Denali!

Give me a fast cruise from Seattle or Vancouver to Denali train station ( a great stop by Glaciers Bay and Kodiak would be most appreciated) drop me and the people who love wildlife off, anchor in... Anchorage and take the shoppers to the tourist town "excursions" then pick me and the wildlife lovers at the Denali train station then back to Vancouver or Seattle.

While the wildlife and wild landscape lovers eat up Glaciers Bay and the other National Parks, the shoppers and party goers can eat/drink and by merry the nights away.

The boat is good because there is free food and drink at all hours of the day at the buffets and a room to keep the Travel Bag (most likely Aeronaut and Tristar) in without the need to shlep anything but a Synapse or a Smarter Alec with new customized add-ons in Nordic Dyneema or the (future larger Synapse).

I would love it if the cruise was casual, no formal dinner = no need for frou-frou clothes, if I want to meet the captain, I'll ask for a tour of the bridge.

Another pet peeve, (very important for baby boomers) why can't I bring my pet?*

And why do they use those tiny dingy to take people on excursions locations?
I don't like to go from a city/boat to a something barely able to support my weight, get some real flat boats to get to the Parks destinations already!

If I wanted "adventure" which included falling in freezing cold water to the very detriment to my health, I would do white water rafting!



I only want the ship and train to Denali, I can arrange transportation to and from the departing port. It would be nice to depart from Seattle and come back in Vancouver or vice versa.

I look forward to a cruise like that organized by a preferably northern European operator.


*In cruise ships that allow people to bring their pets, the pets are left in the kennels and not allowed in the cabins!

bvp663
01-28-2013, 01:20 AM
I'm still building my list but so far..

Cancun, Mexico (February)
It's technically a business trip. One of my companies is paying me to attend the conference there. I'm going to fly in early to spend a few days in Tulum and then I'll head to Cancun for the conference before flying home.

Vail, CO (March)
My childhood friend got married last year and has decided to settle down here and requested a visit. I love Colorado and I'm hoping to bring my board and get some powder runs in.

Peru, Brazil, New Zealand (later in 2013)
Still working this out and figuring out when the best time to go is. I plan on seeing ruins in Peru and spending some time taking in the culture and spending time with some Shamans. Then it's off to Brazil to eat açaí bowls and go surfing every day. After that it's off to New Zealand because I've always wanted to visit that beautiful country.

jeffmac
01-28-2013, 01:59 PM
My list is a bit crazy already!

January-
Las Vegas- CES- 3 day quick trip that was all Tri-Star. (Done)

Anaheim- NAMM show- Just got back from 7 days. Tri-Star and Co-Pilot. (Done)

San Francisco- MacWorld- 4 days with Mrs Mac, sort of work/play combo. Tri-Star and a brand new Dyneema Synapse I bought in a moment of weakness.

Feb- All driving trips and recovery!

March-

Spring Break- London 5 days/Paris 2 days. This is a family trip and I am taking my 3 Brito-phile daughters and my long suffering wife on a long delayed major holiday! I am waffling on possibly getting a Dyneema Aeronaut and letting one of my daughters or lovely wife use it or my Tristar. The Synapse really got purchased as a day pack for this trip.

I have a bunch of stuff mapped out in London but 2 days in Paris has me a bit overwhelmed, so I am open to any ideas and suggestion on this!

April-

Musik Messe- Frankfurt 5 days/Edinburgh 3 days/Cambridge 2 days-

This is the other reason I am thinking about the Aeronaut. I can JUST do 8 days in the Tri-star but it is packed to the max. 10 days seems like a stretch..

June

Infocomm- Orlando- 5 day tradeshow- Likely my Tri-Star and my Co-Pilot

Looking back on this it is truly sad how much of my travel is cued on trade shows :(

jeffmac
01-28-2013, 02:04 PM
Santa Fe New Mexico
During a hot air ballon festival in Albuquerque.
(we have our passports ;))

I wish this were a joke :(

Ginkgo
01-29-2013, 10:18 AM
I haven't had a go-out-and-explore-a-new-place type of vacation in years. I've decided that this is the year to change that! Here are some definite and tentative travel plans on the horizon:

February
Chapel Hill/Carrboro, North Carolina to perform at the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival (definite!)

May
Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin to see my sister graduate from her master's program, and perhaps attend WisCon, a feminist sci fi convention? (not set in stone yet, but probably I'll go)

Possible short trips later in the year
Very short trip to the Adirondacks, Boston, Washington DC

Places I Wanna Go Explore Someday Soon, I Hope
Montreal, New Mexico, New Orleans

I've Never Been, I Have Family and Friends Working There, But I'm Concerned About Government Stability
Democratic Republic of the Congo