2019 will be the 5th year in a row of my 12 Trips in 12 Months travel goal initiative and thanks to an amazing new job with Semester at Sea, I have more than 12 trips already scheduled because I will be actively traveling professionally for nearly 5 months.
If you had asked me when I started this 12 Trips in 12 Months dream back in 2015, I could not have anticipated that it would lead me to a full-time job traveling the world. It was an outcome I certainly aspired for, but not one that felt achievable. And yet, here I am with my dream job traveling to 14 countries over the next 5 months.
A lot has changed for me in these last few travel-filled years, but one thing that has stayed constant is my love of travel. My 12 Trips in 12 Months dream grew out of a desire to travel more, both at home and abroad, but I had no idea how much it would solidify my love of being on the road. There are times when my travel schedule gets so full that it almost stresses me out, but at no point to I ever question or doubt my love of traveling. I now know that it something core and essential to my personal identity.
Right now, this is what my travel schedule for 2019 is looking like. I have labeled the 12 stops that I’ll be doing with Semester at Sea using a (SAS) label:
- January – San Diego, California
- January – Honolulu, Hawaii (SAS)
- January – Kobe, Japan (SAS)
- February – Shanghai, China (SAS)
- February – Hong Kong, China (SAS)
- February – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (SAS)
- February – Yangon, Myanmar (SAS)
- March – Kochi, India (SAS)
- March – Port Louis, Mauritius (SAS)
- March – Cape Town, South Africa (SAS)
- April – Accra, Ghana (SAS)
- April – Casablanca, Morocco (SAS)
- April – Amsterdam, Netherlands (SAS)
- April – Cologne, Germany
- May – Prague, Czech Republic
- May – Vienna, Austria
- May – Budapest, Hungary
At the end of the Semester at Sea Spring 2019 voyage, Sam and I plan to spend an extra month traveling together in Europe. In fact, I will be in Europe for my 30th birthday on May 9th, where I plan to celebrate by visiting my 50th country! 50 countries before 30 years old is an accomplishment that I’ve had in my sights for a few months now, and I’m feeling super excited, proud, conflicted and privileged to (soon) have this accomplishment under my belt. I’m sure I’ll be writing more about how I’m feeling leading up to my birthday, but for now, that is my approximate travel schedule for 2019.
My job contract with Semester at Sea expires at the end of April, so once we return from SAS, our lives are pretty open-ended. We have a few tentative plans, such as returning to Chicago and attending a cousin’s wedding in June, but of course we want to leave things flexible. It is pretty hard to anticipate what types of changes we’ll go through or what opportunities might open up over the next 6 months, so Sam and I are feeling excited about the open road that lies in front of us!